Saturday, 12 June 2021

Lest We Forget: launch of Poppy Appeal

THIS year’s Henley Poppy Appeal will be launched in the town centre tomorrow (Saturday).

Musician Sam Brown and her group the International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common will be performing in Market Place from 11am.

Mayor Martin Akehurst will buy the first poppy from John Green, chairman of the Royal British Legion’s Henley and Peppard branch. Councillor Akehurst will help to distribute poppy trays and collection tins to businesses, cafés, schools and pubs.

House-to-house collections are taking place daily until November 8 and there will be street collections tomorrow, next Saturday and on November 7 and 8 with the help of the Henley cadet groups.

On the evening of November 8 there will be a fund-raising concert at St Mary’s Church featuring the Aliquando chamber choir and the West Forest Sinfonia.

They will perform a specially commissioned piece in honour of the men from this area who died in the First World War.

It is set to Wilfred Owen’s poem I Know The Music and was composed by Patrick Hawes, who will conduct.

The programme also includes Cherubim’s Requiem in C Minor and Elgar’s Nimrod.

Tickets cost £20 and are available from Boatique in Friday Street or by calling (01491) 578238.

Henley’s annual open air remembrance service will be held in Market Place on November 9 at 10.45am.

The Legion will conduct a parade led by branch standard bearer Brian Hughes and marshalled by Paul Smyth, of the Territorial Army.

A fancy dress party with the theme of the “Roaring Twenties” will be held at the town hall on November 15 at 7.30pm.

The Sound Force Big Band will perform and the guests will be served cocktails and curries cooked by Gurkhas.

Tickets costs £35 and guests are encouraged to form tables of 10. For more infomation, call Connie Butt on (01491) 414324.

• An exhibition called Lest We Forget will be held at Holy Trinity Church on November 7 (2pm to 7pm) and November 8 and 15 (10am to 5pm). It will also be available for school visits from November 10 to 14.

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