Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Centenary war memorial appeal gathers pace

THE organiser of an appeal to raise money for three new war memorials for Henley’s “forgotten” servicemen has praised the local community for its support.

The Lest We Forget project must raise £3,200 in order to receive an £8,200 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will fund the memorials in the town hall and at Holy Trinity Church and St Mary’s Church in time to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War on August 4.

More than half the £3,200 has been raised and organiser Mike Willoughby, 66, said: “I am very privileged because it was my hobby and it has turned into a Henley community project with an immense amount of backing and support and enthusiasm.

“It has put Henley way ahead of the game as far as centenary commemoration planning goes. The money is steadily coming in and it’s amazing what the people of Henley have come up with so far.” Money so far has come from donations from Lord Camoys of Stonor and Sir William McAlpine, who owns the Fawley Hill estate.

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