I HAVE lived just outside of Henley for all of my 24 years and went through the local education system of Farm School (now gone) and Rupert House School.
There have been a good few visits to Townlands due to some misbehaving tonsils over the years.
I remember a Henley where the only option for coffee was out of a packet from Waitrose and you could drive through Market Place.
But overall I’ve seen myself and the area grow together, hopefully both for the better, and I want to help maintain and develop that for all.
I want to see the area grow with the times, while hanging on to our traditions, with improvements in infrastructure to social activities.
We need to protect our status as a highly-rated small area of the British countryside and be proud that the eyes of the world are fixed on us for one July week each year.
Small businesses are slowly being pushed out and we need to offer and build on support networks for them, including the pubs.
We need to protect the countryside to make sure it can be kept green and enjoyed by all.