Friday, 22 June 2018

Widow plants red rose in memory of bowler husband

A MEMBER of Henley Bowls Club has planted a rose in memory of her husband who died a year ago.

A MEMBER of Henley Bowls Club has planted a rose in memory of her husband who died a year ago.

George Francis was a member of the club for 30 years and his wife Connie felt the tribute could support the town’s bid to win Britain in Bloom. The rose, called Red Romance, has been planted in a bed just off the green at Mill Meadows. It is accompanied by a plaque that includes the tribute: “A true sporting gentleman”.

Mrs Francis, who lives in Woodley, said: “The club’s flowerbeds and borders are kept by members who devote their time to making them colourful and tidy. George was a popular member, a good bowler and gentleman. The rose will be a constant reminder of George’s time at the club, where he was loved and respected by all.”

Mr Francis was an all-round sportsman with a love for cricket and he played bowls at Henley until the age of 90. He served in the army during the Second World War before training as a teacher and working at Henley Secondary Modern School in the Fifties.

Two of his pupils were Gill Robins and Geoff Newbury, who are members of the club and remember George for his gentle manner and enthusiasm.

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