Monday, 21 June 2021

Henley Ladies Probus Club

THE 240th meeting of the club was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club on August 11.

THE 240th meeting of the club was held at Badgemore Park Golf Club on August 11.

Mary, the chairman, welcomed members, including a new one, Myra French.

She also reported the death of Magda Eliot, one of our long-serving members, who had been made an MBE for services rendered to the RAF after the war. Another piece of pastoral news was that Joy Stubbs had left hospital.

Audrey Richardson put in a plea to any member who enjoys driving to put themselves forward for the Henley Volunteer Drivers.

She also reminded members that the Cancer Research charity shop welcombed rags as well as good clothes to sell.

Our speaker, Charles Whittaker, was then welcomed with his talk about the legacy of Augustin Pugin.

Pugin, an English architect, designer and artist who lived from 1812 to 1852 is responsible for reredos in Sacred Heart Church in Henley.

Charles, a member of the church, was asked by the priest to write a book on the subject which became the talk for the club.

Originally the reredos was in the private chapel at Danesfield House, which belonged to a very wealthy Catholic family, the Scott Murrays.

When the house was sold the church was deconsecrated and the reredos put into storage. When the Catholic church was built in Vicarage Road, Henley, in 1936 it was relocated there. With the aid of photos, Charles took us through the stained glass window which emphasised the importance of women in the Bible as the founders of the House of Israel and also the many artefacts which remain today.

The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 8 when Robin John will give a talk call “Climbing Killimanjaro”.

If you are interested in Henley Ladies Probus Club, please call Marion Whitaker on (01491) 628629 or email

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