Saturday, 05 December 2020

Mayor's civic dinner raises £1,800 for charity

THE outgoing Mayor of Henley’s civic dinner raised about £1,800 for charity

THE outgoing Mayor of Henley’s civic dinner raised about £1,800 for charity.

More than 100 guests attended the event, which was hosted by Councillor Lorraine Hillier and her sister and escort Susan George at Shiplake College on Saturday.

The dignitaries included Michael Macfadyen, a deputy lieutenant of Oxfordshire, the Lord Mayor of Oxford Rae Humberstone, Councillor Paul Harrison, chairman-elect of South Oxfordshire District Council, and the mayors of Faringdon and Witney.

Also present were Sir William and Lady McAlpine, of Fawley Hill, and musician Mike Hurst, from Park Corner, near Nettlebed, who opened Cllr Hillier’s Hot Gossip coffee shop in Friday Street, Henley, in 2007.

Singer Rebecca Poole, from Nettlebed, performed with an acoustic guitarist during the pre-dinner drinks reception and again during the dinner.

Grace was said by Jonathan Barter, a former Henley town councillor, and toasts were raised by Macfadyen, Mr Hurst and town councillor Stefan Gawrysiak.

The master of ceremonies was former mayor Ken Arlett, of Elizabeth Road, Henley.

The diners, who had paid £50 a head to attend, took part in a post-dinner auction with prizes including a visit to feed the animals at the McAlpines’ estate and meals at the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row and Hotel du Vin in New Street, Henley. The proceeds will be divided between Cllr Hillier’s three chosen charities, the Teenage Wilderness Trust, MIND Oxfordshire and Thames Valley Animal Welfare.

She said: “It was a lovely occasion. The venue provided such a lovely setting and I was very impressed with the catering.

“I’m very thankful to all the businesses and individuals who donated prizes and to all the guests for showing their support.”

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