Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Happy (official) birthday Ma'am

MORE than 100 senior citizens were treated to a tea party in Henley to mark the Queen?s official birthday.

MORE than 100 senior citizens were treated to a tea party in Henley to mark the Queen?s official birthday.

The celebration was organised by the Henley Business Partnership for the second year running and held at the d:two centre in Market Place on Sunday.

The guests were served cakes and drinks and there was a raffle with prizes from local businesses including Boatique in Friday Street.

Singer Kitty Mazinsky performed hits from the Fifties and the Henley brownies read a story to guests while dressed as characters including a cat and a Native American chief.

Mayor Lorraine Hillier also attended.

Organiser Paul Westgarth, director of Home Instead Senior Care, said: ?The Mayor does a Christmas party every year so we decided it would be nice to do a summer one.

?It was to coincide with the Queen?s official birthday on Saturday and was open to anyone over 65 in the area. We provided transport for the guests. It went very well. Everybody left happy and weighed down with raffle prizes and cake.

The raffle raised £100 which will go towards next year?s party.?

Councillor Hillier said the party was a ?marvellous? idea.

?There was a lovely atmosphere,? she said. ?It has definitely given me some ideas for my Christmas party.?

The event, which was first held last year, was funded by donations from the partnership, Home Instead Senior Care, TimeFinders elderly care and care home companies Orchard House and Signature of Marlow.

Violet Laurence, of Greys Road, Henley, said: ?It was introduced to me by the gardening club. I?ll definitely be going to the Mayor?s Christmas party.?

Ciss Platten, from Shiplake, added: ?I?ve been to every Christmas tea party since 1982 and it?s nice to have one in summer too.

?It was a lovely day ? the singer and the cakes were the best bit.?

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