Wednesday, 20 September 2017

German Circle

ON February 14 the German Circle celebrated its 40th anniversary at King’s Arms Barn in Henley.

After a few words of welcome by Edith Gardiner, the programme began with a music recital by four members of the Henley Symphony Orchestra who performed works by Haydn and Beethoven ideally selected to suit the German occasion.

This was followed by a short talk on the history of King’s Arms Barn by Ruth Gibson, a native of Berlin and a member of the Henley Archaeological and Historical Group, while members of the German Circle provided coffee and cakes and other afternoon tea delicacies.

The idea of setting up this group originated from Sheila Dickie, who saw the need for a German conversation class in Henley.

The first meeting of the group took place in February 1977 and was so successful that it has continued to meet every two weeks on Tuesday afternoons for 40 years.

The occasion was wound up by Swiss-born Anna Stephenson who thanked everyone, particularly Lesley Fryer who had worked so hard to keep the group going for all these years.

Anna’s niece on a visit from Switzerland had brought her the latest thing in eco cloths for removing fingerprints and dust from IT equipment.

On each small square was printed a witty epigram to bring a smile to the user’s face. To the delight of the audience, Anna read out a few of them and everyone left the party in a happy frame of mind.

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