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  
Singer Vince Hill offers sculpture to town
Published 24/04/14



SINGER Vince Hill and his wife Annie have offered a sculpture to Henley as a memorial to their son.

Athol Hill, 42, died in his sleep on January 28, less than 48 hours after a car crash on the B481 at Highmooor. More than 200 people attended his funeral in Henley.

His parents, who live in Shiplake, wanted to donate the bronze to the town as a thank-you for its support over the years.

The statue, called Wild Deer Leaping, was made by sculptor Claire Norrington to commemorate the coupleís golden wedding anniversary in 2009. It measures 6ft 6in by 11ft 6in.

Mr Hill, 80, said: “I donít know how long we have got on this mortal coil so we thought about giving it as a gift to the town in Atholís name as he is not going to inherit it now.

We have always been very happy in the Henley area since we moved here 35 years ago. The town has been good to us and we thought we would give something back to the community when we pass on.”

The singer, best known for his 1967 hit Edelweiss, added: “The bronze is absolutely beautiful. It is spring - thatís what shouts out at you with three young deer leaping. It will be wonderful for people to see it.”

On Tuesday, members of the town councilís recreation and amenities committee agreed to recommend that the council accepts the offer. Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak said: “I think this is an enormously generous donation - it is a beautiful sculpture and I would like to see it in the flesh. It has my total support as is it brings more art into Henley, which is absolutely brilliant.”

Mayor-elect Martin Akehurst said: “It is an excellent idea. I think more people should be able to see it.”

Councillor Sam Evans said the offer from the Hills was “hugely generous”, adding: “Letís just find the right spot which fits as it is all about movement and wildlife.”

Councillors suggested a number of possible sites for the statue, including Marsh Meadows, a field at Gillotts School, which Athol Hill attended, and by the bowling green at Mill Meadows.

The Mayor said: “We should come up with three or four sites for us to discuss in the future.”

There was only one dissenting voice. Councillor David Clenshaw, who opposed the mermaid statue that is now in situ at Red Lion Lawn, abstained from the vote.

He said: “My heart sinks at the prospect of getting into another fight about culture in Henley.”

A final decision will be made by the full council on May 6.



Published 24/04/14

MOST POPULAR
Man dies after collision on driveway
Villagers pledge to save historic pub
Toll-free period after bridge re-opens
Good weather brought crowds to Henley Show
Spurned boss made me quit
New shop front plan attacked
Delays continue at Bix
Hat-trick of Bloom Gold
LATEST NEWS HEADLINES
Hat-trick of bloom gold
Leader of SODC passes away
'Better citizens make better rugby players'
Florist is rising star at business awards
Former soldier wins double at Invictus Games
Man dies in collision with car on driveway
Showjumping vistory for Imogen
Drivers urged to plan journeys
Psychologist comes home to share reflections
Ex-Mayor voted on to parish council
MP back on tour
Hospital developer asked to keep us informed
Latest Video View more from   Henley Standard TV
ADVERTISE WITH US
LATEST SPORTS HEADLINES
Hawks go top of the League
Late strike leaves visitors searching for win
Girls need your vote for top-flight tutoring
Hawks Women lose two-year unbeaten record
Rebellions have edge to secure trophy
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 2013  |  Registered in England number 1418717