Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Mayor speaks of her pride at civic lunch

ELIZABETH HODGKIN held a civic lunch at Henley town hall on Sunday to mark her year as Mayor.

ELIZABETH HODGKIN held a civic lunch at Henley town hall on Sunday to mark her year as Mayor.

She said her highlights included meeting the Queen, the Olympic heroes’ parade and Henley being twinned with Bled.

“I am very proud of our achievements,” said the Mayor. “We have a very efficient operation here in Henley — we are always told that we are punching above our weight but we are always looking for ways to improve things to make the town vibrant and attractive.”

Sixty guests, including Lord and Lady Camoys, town medal winners and dignitaries from neighbouring councils were present at the invitation-only event.

Toasts to the Queen and to Henley were proposed by Deputy Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and grace was read by town councillor David Silvester. Guests enjoyed a two-course carvery meal, which included vegetables provided by the Henley Allotment Association, cooked by chef and Standard columnist Paul Clerehugh.

The guest speaker was Paralympic rower Helene Raynsford who won gold in the single sculls at Beijing in 2008 before retiring due to injury.

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