Friday, 24 November 2017

Henley Rotary Club

THE speaker for our evening meeting on Tuesday, October 18 was Tom Carberry, from the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, Henley. He explained that the need for a community centre to provide a base for local charitable organisations and help those in need was identified in about 1990.

The centre was first established as a registered charity in 1995.

The total cost was £2million. To date, £1.95million has been raised, mainly from legacies and through a number of fund-raising activities and it is anticipated that by next year the remaining £50,000 will also have been achieved.

The centre comprises four main halls and three meeting rooms to provide both a community social centre and also accommodation for charities and community groups.

Now typically in any one week some 30-plus diverse groups will meet at the centre. These include Bluebells, the Henley Stroke Club, a Parkinson’s UK support group, a carers support group, AL-Anon and Mencap.

Fund-raising concerts and art shows are staged regularly, including Rotary’s charity jazz night in April every year.

The centre has come to be recognised as a much-valued base in the community.

Barry Prior thanked Tom for his informative talk and commended him for his contribution to the centre over some 16 years.

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