Saturday, 18 January 2020
WHEN they gathered for their monthly meeting on Valentine’s Day, Henley town councillors were clearly feeling the love.
The chambers in the town hall were decorated with heart-shaped glitter for the meeting and every councillor and member of the public was given a chocolate on arrival.
That is except for South Oxfordshire district councillor Joan Bland, who obviously felt left out as she delivered her monthly report.
As she approached the council table, she said: “I have no chair, no water and no Ferrero Rocher.”
At this, Councillors Stefan Gawrysiak and David Eggleton both rushed to pour her a glass of water.
Cllr Gawrysiak also planted a kiss on Cllr Bland’s cheek at her behest.
However, the love-in didn’t last too long as councillors fired some (admittedly light-hearted) shots at one another during the rest of the meeting.
When Mayor Julian Brookes vacated the top seat and left the room during a discussion on a grant to Henley YMCA because he is a trustee, Deputy Mayor Will Hamilton, who is in line to succeed him in May, took his place.
Councillor Kellie Hinton commented: “A little bit of practice... practice makes perfect!”
When Cllr Brookes returned, she joked: “I preferred it the other way!”
Cllr Gawrysiak got himself in a muddle when he referred to former mayor Ken Arlett, who was attending the meeting as a member of the public, by his old moniker of “Councillor Arlett”.
Mr Arlett, who stood unsuccessfully to join the district council in 2015, responded by raising his arms in celebration.
With the possibility of a by-election following the resignation of Councillor Dylan Thomas, perhaps Cllr Gawrysiak’s slip-up was actually a prediction!
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