Monday, 02 August 2021

Henley Rotary Club

JIM DONAHUE was brought up in America but, since 1997, has lived in the Thames

JIM DONAHUE was brought up in America but, since 1997, has lived in the Thames Valley and has been active in the community.

He has had books of photographs of Whitchurch and Pangbourne published and last year published his latest book, Portrait of Henley-on-Thames, about which he spoke at the Henley Literary Festival in the autumn.

He won the rural category in the 2015 British Life Photography Awards.

Jim and his partner Claire were guests at a well-attended “twilight” meeting of Henley Rotary Club at the Red Lion Hotel on Tuesday last week and gave a slide show of several of the images used in his book on Henley.

He emphasised four main reasons for producing the book: the wealth of fascinating history; the community spirit; traditions at the heart of Henley; and the beauty of the countryside.

Among the many stunning photographs he showed were ones of a meeting of Henley Town Council, the rolling Chiltern Hills at Stonor, a misty autumn morning rowing scene taken from the grounds of the Henley Business school, a pub quiz at the Bird in Hand in Greys Road and a meeting of Greys Women’s Institute.

There were several pictures showing the range of sporting activities in the area as well as a number of pictures taken at the Henley Festival, some showing the hordes of boats on the river during the event.

Peter Thomson thanked the speaker for his talk and illustrations, commenting that it was interesting to see how outsiders viewed this area.

Earlier, Peter himself had been congratulated by the president John Grout for being chief organiser of the recent jazz concert, featuring and largely sold by the club’s beloved honorary member, Ken Fitt.

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