Saturday, 21 October 2017

Grant request for Women's Regatta extension

THE Henley Women?s Regatta could be extended to four days

THE Henley Women?s Regatta could be extended to four days.

The event, in which 18,000 women compete on the Henley Royal Regatta course, currently takes place over three days in June.

The regatta has asked Henley Town Council for a grant of £10,000 to fund the extra day.

Chairwoman Miriam Luke told a meeting of the council?s finance strategy and management committee that the grant would cover rental costs as well as live streaming of the races.

Mrs Luke said the regatta was at capacity this year and she wanted to enable more women to take part.

She said: ?We host the regatta for 18,000 women. All the clubs in Henley compete and everyone enjoys it.

?We have a large number of crews who come from abroad and stay in the town for some time, even until the Henley Royal Regatta, which is three weeks afterwards.

?We are a friendly regatta and don?t cost the town anything. All members of the public get access for free. We estimate the regatta brings in £300,000 to the town and that?s a conservative estimate. It?s valued by both the rowing community and Henley as a town.?

The regatta was invited to make a full presentation at the committee?s next meeting in October.

The town council approved grants totalling more than £7,000.

These included £1,570 to Headway Thames Valley, £1,000 to the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, £750 to Henley Round Table, £700 to the Henley Wildlife Group, £679 to the Aliquando choir, £500 each to the Regatta for the Disabled and South and Vale Carers and £400 to the Henley window display competition.

Budgeted costs of £530 to the Henley Photographic Club, £311 to the Henley Flower Arranging Club and £265 to the Face of Henley awards were also approved to cover free use of council facilities.

A grant of £500 to U3A Henley, a branch of the University of the Third Age, was turned down as councillors wanted to see more information on what the money would be used for.

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