Thursday, 24 June 2021

Henley Golf Club

THE first meeting of the New Year took place at Henley Golf Club.

THE first meeting of the New Year took place at Henley Golf Club.

After the normal business, members were most enjoyably entertained with a talk on the history of Lord’s cricket ground and the MCC.

This was delivered by the president-elect John Grout, who is a senior member of the MCC.

Apart from recounting the history of the ground, John regaled members with some of his own experiences at Lord’s and many famous events there.

He ended by inviting all the members to be his guests at a match during the season.

The vote of thanks was given by Mark Harling in a most suitable manner for the occasion.

At last week’s meeting president Barry Prior welcomed former member and old friend John Manning to the club’s lunch meeting at Henley Golf Club.

Members listened to a talk by Moira Logie, senior fund-raiser at the Sue Ryder hospice in Nettlebed.

Ms Logie, who hails from Glasgow but has worked in several NHS sites in England, now heads up a team of fund-raisers who also cover the Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading.

She gave a potted biography of Lady Ryder.

She was born in Leeds in 1924 and joined the First Air Nursing Yeomanry in the Second World War and met Leonard Cheshire, whom she married in 1959. She died in 2000.

The hospice at Joyce Grove has been in existence for 35 years and has 100 staff and 500 volunteers.

Ms Logie spoke about the regular sales held there and the various other ways in which volunteers and groups can help.

She acknowledged a donation of £22,500 made by the Rotary Club of Henley Bridge following the annual Halloween fireworks display held in the hospice grounds.

During questions, she confirmed that the display would continue, although it would no longer be organised by the Rotarians.

She explained why the hospice would not be moving to the new Townlands Hospital site as the charity would not be able to provide day care and community services there. For the immediate future, the hospice would remain at Joyce Grove.

John Luker proposed the vote of thanks.

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