Henley Standard Property
HOME

Date:

Order your copy Advertise with us! HENLEY PAGES
Delivering the news from Henley on Thames and South Oxfordshire for over 100 years
  News     Sport    Celebrity   What's On Regulars Community Info Henley Standard TV Lifestyle Property Jobs Classifieds Gallery Trade
                               Follow us    Follow us    Newsfeed Search the Henley Standard  
Volunteers raise 32,000 for Poppy Appeal
Published 17/03/14



THREE fund-raisers have been recognised for their efforts during last year’s Poppy Appeal.

Sam Brown, Connie Butt and Brian Hughes helped the Henley and Peppard branch of the Royal British Legion to raise more than 32,000.

The trio were presented with certificates by the branch at Henley town hall last week.

The branch was presented with the Goadby Cup at the Legion’s Oxfordshire county conference in January for achieving the highest percentage increase in money raised compared with the previous year.

Mr Hughes, 81, of Harpsden Road, Henley, has collected more than 48,000 for the Legion in 19 years, including 3,090 during last year’s appeal. He has also been county standard bearer for 10 years. Mr Hughes, who served in the Royal Army Service Corps in Egypt in the Fifties, said: “I started collecting in 1995, so this coming year will be my 20th.


“Back then the Poppy Appeal advertised for volunteers and I took two days off my job as an electrician to do it. I got 600 that year and it just mushroomed after that.

“I really enjoy meeting people and over the years people have come to expect me. As soon as they open the door and see me they rush to get their bags or wallets, I don’t even have to say anything.

“It’s nice to be recognised with this certificate and it makes it all worthwhile.”

Mrs Brown, 49, a professional musician from Sonning Common, has launched the appeal for the last two years with her ukelele band.

Last year, she arranged for more than 40 players from the International Ukelele Club of Sonning Common, the People’s Ukelele Brigade and the Jumping Flea Club to play for five hours in Henley market place.

She said: “It’s very nice to be recognised but it’s not just for me, it’s for all the people who came together to play. We had about 20 players in the first year and last year must have been double that. We would love to do it again this year.”

Ms Butt, 70, who lives in Riverside, served for the RAF in the Sixties and has organised Second World War-themed dances at the town hall for the past two years.

She said: “I’ve been involved in the Poppy Appeal since 1995, when I organised a VE Day celebration on Henley Bridge. I collect every year but this certificate is to recognise the dances I’ve held at the hall. I’m very pleased to be recognised.”

Poppy appeal organiser Shirley Lees said: “When we won the Goadby Cup we wanted to recognise the people who had contributed the most to it. We are most grateful to Sam, Connie and Brian for all their invaluable help.

“The success was due to their efforts and some generous individual donations but also to every individual who gives whatever they can afford. Every donation counts. We are so grateful for the generosity of the people of Henley.”

Branch chairman John Green added: “These three individuals made significant contributions to our success and we wanted to specially thank them for their efforts. The number one mover and shaker has been Shirley herself — without her none of this could have happened.”

Published 17/03/14

MOST POPULAR
Phone ban means pupils have to talk
Father's fury at Thames Path waste dumping
Driver rescued from car in river
GP quits due to work pressure
Landowner wants to leave ‘legacy for local people’
Snow forecast over Henley this week
Lock-keeper who spent 19 years greeting river visitors
170 new homes on industrial estate approved
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Man who helped revive Boat Festival dies suddenly
Politicians play a different kind of game
New headmaster appointed at the Oratory School
Driver rescued from car in river
Landowner wants to leave ‘legacy for local people’
"We're too busy to eat" says GP
Enterprise expert honoured for service to the economy
Festive boost for shops
Finally, care unit ready
MP backs help for young people
Calling all young would-be journalists
Phone ban means pupils have to talk
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Prolific teenage batsman secures Best of the Week award
Teenager leads the way at wet and windy village 10km
Woolven impresses north of the border
Early season play under way as club looks to build on success
Drummond’s fine saves not enough for amber and blues
Top Videos
 
Most Popular
 
 
 
 
Higgs Group
HIGGS GROUP
Tel: 01491 419400
www.higgsgroup.co.uk
HENLEY PAGES
Tel: 01491 419419
www.henleypages.com
HIGGS PRINTING & DESIGN
Tel: 01491 419429
www.higgsprinting.co.uk
HIGGS OFFICE SUPPLIES
Tel: 01491 419499
www.higgsofficesupplies.co.uk
HENLEY LIFE MAGAZINE
Tel: 01491 419449
www.henleylife.co.uk
HIGGS GROUP, Caxton House, 1 Station Road, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1AD.

Cookie Policy | Copyright and Terms | Competition Rules | Contact Us | Advertise with us | Site Map
© Higgs & Co (Printers) Limited 2016  |  Registered in England number 1418717