Members vote overwhelmingly for fitness centre at club
PLANS to build a sports and fitness pavilion in the grounds of Phyllis Court Club in
PLANS to build a sports and fitness pavilion in the grounds of Phyllis Court Club in Henley have been backed by members.
A total of 1,118 members out of the 1,746 who voted supported the idea.
The single-storey pavilion at the private members’ club will include a swimming pool, gym, exercise studio, treatment rooms and changing rooms.
Patricia Christmas, who chairs the club’s council, said it would greatly enhance the sporting activities available at the club.
She said: “The current fitness groups at Phyllis Court, which include rowing, croquet, tennis, canoe and kayaking, golf, Pilates and yoga, will be delighted to have purpose-built accommodation as a result of this historic decision.
“I’m delighted because it has taken us so long. Since 1938, numerous councils have tried to put something in place, such as a fitness pavilion, spa and swimming pool.
“A lot of groundwork was done by those people and we are really grateful to them. Now we have got the votes and confidence from the membership to move ahead with this.
“Of course Phyllis Court will continue to have a wide range of interest groups, including fine art, computers, jazz and wine.”
The club will appoint a project manager to take charge of the development and a membership drive will be launched in the next few weeks.
An open day for new members was held at the club on Thursday last week. Dozens of people attended the all-day event and were shown around the club, riverside pavilion and grounds while Hobbs of Henley provided river cruises.
Gill Markham, a member of the club’s council, said: “The idea was to showcase all the facilities and events we hold at the club. We wanted current and prospective members to come in and see what we can do.”