Thursday, 23 September 2021

Speakers encourage community spirit

ABOUT 25 people attended a meeting in Henley to discuss ways of launching community projects

ABOUT 25 people attended a meeting in Henley to discuss ways of launching community projects.

The event, which was held at the YMCA in Lawson Road, included presentations from four community groups about their recent successes.

It was organised by the Gainsborough Residents? Association, whose secretary Simon Narracott and chairman David Eggleton were among the speakers.

The association was set up in 2013 to represent residents of the Gainsborough estate and has campaigned on several issues.

Most recently, it successfully lobbied South Oxfordshire District Council to install £1,700 worth of new road signs on the estate.

Town councillor Kellie Hinton spoke about her work as chairwoman of Henley in Bloom.

The town has been awarded silver gilt in the national Britain in Bloom competition for the past two years and has won gold in the Thames and Chilterns region for three years running.

James Sadler and Stan Rust, of Sonning Common Village Gardeners, and Allen Levy, of Henley Tennis Club, also gave presentations, as did Henley police community support officer Claire Hewett.

Mr Narracott said: ?It was a very informal gathering and there weren't quite as many visitors as we would have liked but there were some very productive discussions.

"We're definitely going to have more meetings like this as we need to keep reaching out to more and more people.?

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