Sunday, 19 September 2021

All set for Poppy Appeal launch

MUSICIAN Sam Brown will launch this year?s Henley Poppy Appeal tomorrow (Saturday).

MUSICIAN Sam Brown will launch this year?s Henley Poppy Appeal tomorrow (Saturday).

She will perform with her group, the International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common, in Market Place from 10am to 1pm.

Brown, from Sonning Common, also performed at last year?s launch.

Spectators will also be able to buy poppy seeds as well as a traditional poppy, enamel pins and other products from collectors.

The seeds, which are part of a national initiative, are sponsored by Toad Hall garden centre, the Aliquando choir and Legion branches.

On Wednesday, a social networking event will be held at the Bull pub in Bell Street from 7pm. All are welcome for a sing-a-long around the piano. House-to-house and static collections will begin that day and will run until November 10. Street collections will take place on November 9 and 10.

Other fund-raising events include a Second World War fancy dress party at the town hall on November 8.

The Sound Force Big Band will perform and there will be a special guest performance by singer Maria von Hackemann. Tickets cost £25 each, which includes a fish and chip supper. There will be tables for eight or 10 people.

The annual Remembrance Sunday parade will take place on November 10, starting in Greys Road car park at 10.20pm. The parade marshal will again be Major Paul Smyth, of the Territorial Army. There will be 20 chairs outside the town hall for those who want to watch the parade but find standing difficult.

A ceremony for Armistice Day on November 11 will be held at the town hall, beginning at 10.55am.

The Shiplake and Dunsden branch of the Legion held its annual supper at Shiplake College on Friday.

The Watlington branch of the Legion will be carol singing at the memorial hall on November 9 at 8pm.

The Poppy Appeal is one of four charities benefiting from this year?s Henley Living Advent Calendar, which runs from December 1 to Christmas Eve. For more information, call Shirley Lees on 07775 893148 or email

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