Saturday, 19 August 2017

Woman launches heritage walks

AN amateur historian has started a business celebrating Henley’s history.

AN amateur historian has started a business celebrating Henley’s history.

Elizabeth Hazeldine, of Damer Gardens, has launched Henley’s Heritage Walks, providing talks about local history as well as guided tours and “murder walks” examining two of the town’s most notorious crimes.

She set up her business with help from the Department of Work and Pensions’ New Enterprise Allowance scheme after leaving her job at the River and Rowing Museum.

She said: “My idea was to bring Henley to the wider area and offer walks to tourists, schoolchildren, scouts and the like.

“I do a history of the people of St Mary’s and murder walks for Mary Blandy, who poisoned her father, and Kate Laura Dungey, who was killed in 1893.”

Through the NEA scheme, Miss Hazeldine was given a mentor who helped her turn her business plan into reality.

She said: “It really worked for me as it gave me the opportunity to move into self-employment with the back-up of a weekly income.

“This way I have used my knowledge to develop a viable business. I would recommend people take the plunge, as they say — fortune favours the brave.”

For more information on Henley Heritage, contact Elizabeth Hazeldine on Henleyheritagewalks@outlook.com

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