Sunday, 16 December 2018

Rotary Club of Henley Bridge

ALEX HUME, the manager of Henley’s Waitrose store, gave members a fascinating insight into the John Lewis Partnership.

ALEX HUME, the manager of Henley’s Waitrose store, gave members a fascinating insight into the John Lewis Partnership.

He became interested in retail when he worked for Liberty in Regent Street before going university.

After graduating, he worked for various food retail businesses, including Waitrose, where he worked his way through the ranks managing various departments until he was appointed to his current post in 2000.

Alex explained the ethos of the John Lewis Partnership, which goes back to 1920 when John Spedan Lewis, the son of the founder, introduced what were then radical practices but many of which remain today.

These include profit sharing and a staff representative staff council so the partnership became the property of the people employed within it.



Rotarians were surprised to learn that the partnership has several recreational sites for holidays, including a castle and a golf course. Peter Wilkinson gave the vote of thanks.

The club held its annual carols dinner on December 16 at Badgemore Park Golf Club, the usual venue for its Wednesday evening meetings.

The Henley Carol Singers gave a wonderful performance of carols old and new. The singers encouraged members to join in the well-known, traditional carols.

This year the singers were raising money for Henley YMCA and a bucket was passed round, raising £300.

The club also took the opportunity to present a cheque for £1,509 to the RNLI. The money was raised at the Henley half marathon in October and, as usual, the RNLI was one of the designated charities.

The cheque was presented to Tony Hobbs, who founded the half marathon event, on behalf of the charity.



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