Saturday, 17 November 2018

Volunteers tidy up hall grounds

ABOUT 20 volunteers cleared the grounds of Shiplake Memorial Hall.

ABOUT 20 volunteers cleared the grounds of Shiplake Memorial Hall.

They trimmed bushes and hedges and removed tree stumps.

They also prepared a site to plant a tree in memory of Lizzie Thomas, a former hall management committee member and amateur actress, who died after collapsing during a stage performance in Tiverton, Devon, in April.

Mrs Thomas, 62, who helped start the Shiplake and Dunsden Dramatic Organisation in 1999, lived in Henley before moving to Devon with husband Andrew and children Harriet and Gareth in 2010.

Mark Manson, a current member of the committee, organised the clean-up and hopes to repeat the exercise two or three times a year. He said: “When you have 20 or so willing and able volunteers and 90 minutes of work timetabled, it’s amazing what can be achieved. It was a fantastic effort from all concerned.

“The rain came just as I was serving up the half-time coffee and buns — at least it meant the cake was moist!

“We’ll try to pencil in another ‘blitz’ before Christmas.”

The volunteers focused on the entrance and exit to the hall in Memorial Avenue.

Mr Manson added: “The hedging at the exit was so high you could not see in either direction so we cut that back. It has improved the safety for people coming out.”

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