Monday, 18 June 2018

THE annual meeting took place on December 6 when some important decisions were taken.

The first was about changing the “year” so that in future our year will start in January.

After a great deal of discussion, it was decided to raise the subscription to £15 per person while the family membership remains the same. Visitors will pay £4 per meeting, up from £3.

We asked for people to come forward to join the committee and, to our great relief, Charlotte Colver offered to take over the role of honorary secretary from Ruth Gibson.

She now acts as Ruth’s “apprentice” and will take over officially after the elections at the next annual meeting in December. John Whiting has taken over as membership secretary and produces our attractive annual information leaflets.

We now need a web master/mistress urgently.

We are planning two visits for the summer while a visit to Kelmscott in September is still a possibility but might be rather ambitious. Visits will go ahead provided we have 20 to 25 people taking part.

Tuesday, June 13: Broughton Castle. Travel by coach, cost approximately £28 (depending on numbers) for coach fare and entry to the castle. Lunch and coffee on arrival will be extra.

Friday, July 14: Vintners Hall, Thames Street, London. Travel by public transport, to meet at 11am at the hall. Cost £12 for the tour with coffee on arrival extra.

Our spring lecturers are as follows:

April 4: Ian Black on “Nelson’s Ladies”.

May 2: Paul Henderson, honorary professor at University College, London, who lives in Henley, on “Natural history leaps forward during the enlightenment”.

June 6: Simon Wenham, a part-time tutor at Oxford University, on “The history of Salters Steamers”.

All lectures are held at King’s Arms Barn at 7.45pm.

The society would like to thank Tim Lloyds for his generous donation of an interesting family archive covering 90 years of Henley history. The papers belonged to his grandfather Arthur R Lloyds, who worked for Mercers and was active on many committees in the town, including the Henley Union.

They include detailed plans and specifications of a house he had built at what was then 6 St Andrew’s Road, information about the rebuilding of a family shop (once a saddlers) in Duke Street when it was redeveloped, documents relating to the Congregational Church, programmes of social events, including dinners, concerts and agricultural shows, and diaries with details of a family cycling holiday.

The papers will be available in the society’s archive room in the town hall. If anyone is interested in compiling a catalogue and would like more details, call Jackie Fortey on (01491) 571753.

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