Monday, 18 December 2017

Thought for the Week

HENLEY’S Christmas celebration was neither depressingly dull nor hilariously merry. The festive note was not absent but it was sounded

HENLEY’S Christmas celebration was neither depressingly dull nor hilariously merry. The festive note was not absent but it was sounded quite decorously. Appreciation of the spiritual significance of the occasion was indicated by the large attendances at the various places of worship throughout the morning and afternoon, while its convivial and hospitable side found expression in an organised effort to render cheerful the lot of those whom the fortune of war placed in the position of the town’s guests during the yuletide festival.

The recent heavy rains and gales have had the effect of bringing out the floods at Henley to a considerable extent. The Lion and Mill Meadows towing paths are submerged and in places along the Thames side the water is over the top of the river wall. There is a very strong stream running which, with the strong winds that have accompanied the rain, have made the Royal Engineers’ job of practising the building of pontoon bridges extremely difficult.

For the entertainment of the men of the military and naval sections stationed in the town, a thoroughly successful smoking concert was given at the Royal Hotel on Wednesday evening. The concert was arranged by a committee of ladies under the very capable direction of Mrs Allan Borman Heath.

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