Pre-school children from Henley donned their hard hats and high-visibility jackets last Friday (9) for a tour round Jewsons.
A total of 15 children from Badgemore Pre-school in Hop Gardens visited the store in Reading Road to learn about the building trade.
They were shown around the shop and warehouse by branch manager Jonathan Jarman before driver Dennis Pearce gave them a demonstration of the crane on his 14-tonne truck.
Each child was given a hard hat and toy truck as a souvenir from the visit, which was arranged by Mr Pearce’s wife Sally, who works at the pre-school.
Mr Jarman said: “We were told the kids were dead excited and. Here at Jewsons we are always trying to do things with the community and get youngsters involved.
“When Sally approached me I thought it was a really good idea and a good way for us to give back to the community.”
Lucy Robinson, pre-school manager, added: “Last term we were learning about construction and that’s when Sally came up for the idea for us to visit Jewsons.
“All the children had a really good time and everyone enjoyed themselves. Jonathan was fantastic with them and all the children said their favourite bit was the truck with the crane.”
Badgemore Pre-school caters for children aged between two and five and holds regular trips in and around Henley.
This week, the pre-school will be going to the Fawley Hill Estate to see the exotic animals kept by Lord and Lady McAlpine.
1405280: Children and staff from the pre-school with Dennis Pearce and Jonathan Jarman (left and second left)
Henley Hawks’ player of the year Ryan Newman was presented with a specially made watch by club sponsors Bremont. The watch has a green trim in honour of the Hawks’ colours and is engraved with “Henley Hawks 2014” on the underside of the face. Newman, who picked up the honour at the club’s end-of-season awards ceremony, said: “I love a good watch and I was actually looking for a new one before I won the award. It’s amazing and I’m extremely grateful to Bremont.” Hawks chairman Mike Thethewey added: “Bremont have been big sponsors of the club and very kindly offered to give a watch to our player of the year, which is fantastic. You should have seen Ryan’s face when he found out - he was amazed.”
The watch, which has a leather travel bag and choice of straps, was presented to Newman at Bremont headquarters in Marlow Road by a team including head watchmaker Stuart Duff. Sarah Weare, head of marketing at Bremont, said: “We love building local connections with organisations like the rugby club and we like to support our local town.” Pictured, left to right, Sarah Weare, Ryan Newman, Sophie Laurie (marketing executive at Bremont), Mike Trethewey, Drew Woodcock (Bremont logistics manager) and Stuart Duff
the president of the Combined Cadet Force Association inspected youngsters at the Oratory School in Woodcote. Lt Gen Sir Robert Fulton was greeted with a parade by a guard of honour. He then inspected the cadets while the school orchestra played marching tunes. After lunch, he watched them perform various activities before the whole corps came together for a final parade. Wg Cdr Marland Green, the school’s contingent commander, said: “It was fantastic to be able to welcome him and to show him what the school provides for the cadets.” Lt Gen Fulton is pictured talking to cadet Sgt Michael Merritt with Marland Green and senior under-officer Noah Cape in the background
sixteen members of Wargrave Tennis Club took part in its the annual Tomlinson tournament, named in honour of former member Derek Tomlinson. They were randomly paired to take part in the doubles competition before Linda Nelson and Charles Freeman beat Sue Daniels and Brian Curtis in the final. The trophy was presented by Mr Tomlinson’s widow Maureen and all four finalists received a bottle of wine each.