AS I look back over the past year I feel it has been a very successful and prosperous one for
AS I look back over the past year I feel it has been a very successful and prosperous one for Henley.
We remembered all those who gave their lives in 1914 with a moving ceremony in the town square and a special exhibition dedicated to them.
The glorious weather helped to make all the various events in the Henley calendar go with a swing. The royal regatta, women’s regatta, town and visitors’ regatta, the regatta for the disabled and the veterans’ regatta all had increased entries and support.
The youth festival and Music in the Meadows were increasingly popular with the younger members of the town along with the Henley Festival, the fringe and a very well attended and exciting literary festival.
We look forward to the New Year with a number of challenges — the need to work with Townlands Hospital to ensure its successful completion, the need to represent Henley with our branch line commuting facilities and hasten electrification, the need to ensure a successful completion of the neighbourhood plan so we have an agreed and legally binding framework for housing development in Henley and many more.
The one thing I hope that continues is the amazingly generous effort of those who willingly give their time for organisations and charities in Henley — more than 230 groups in a town with only 12,500 residents. One of many examples was the carols around the tree event on December 20, which raised more than £1,000 for local charities. That is what makes Henley special. That is what makes it all worthwhile. My thanks to all those of you who have contributed towards the success of these ventures.
Glynnis and I wish you all a healthy, peaceful and prosperous New Year.