WARGRAVE resident John Fryer told tales about the village at the annual meeting held on Tuesday
WARGRAVE resident John Fryer told tales about the village at the annual meeting held on Tuesday last week.
Mr Fryer, who grew up in the village, recounted stories from before the Second World War to the Fifties.
The youngest of four children, he would hire boats from Bushnell’s boatyard to explore the river.
He recalled a number of personalities, including a vicar who always preached the same sermon at Christmas and Sir Ernest Cain, baronet of Wargrave, who once invited him to afternoon tea to meet his daughters.
The committee and schedule for the coming year were agreed.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 12, when Ann Smith will speak about “100 years of Reading shopping”. On Tuesday, May 10, Valerie Alasia will give a talk on the old Henley workhouse.
Meetings are held at the Old Pavilion off Recreation Road, starting at 8pm. For more information, call Peter Delaney on 0118 940 3121 or visit www.wargravehistory.org.uk