Sunday, 21 April 2019

Council chairman celebrates end of year with dinner

Council chairman celebrates end of year with dinner

MORE than 90 people attended a civic dinner in Henley organised by South Oxfordshire District Council chairmanLorraine Hillier.

The event at Phyllis Court Club was in aid of Henley Citizens Advice and the Smallwood Trust for women on low incomes, her chosen charities for her civic year.

Guests included the district council leader Jane Murphy, Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth and Henley Mayor Glen Lambert and Deputy Mayor Ken Arlett.

Also present were Councillor Hillier’s sister Susan George, who was her escort, and her mother Shirley Hillier, who donated a hamper of goods to the raffe.

Before the three-course meal grace was said by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, former rector of Henley with Remenham.

Cllr Hillier gave a speech before the guests were entertained by musician Mike Hurst, who was a member of the Springfields in the Sixties and lives near Nettlebed. His last number was an impromptu duet with Councillor Arlett.

Cllr Hillier said: “There was a wonderful atmosphere with some fantastic company and I had so many comments afterwards from people who really enjoyed it.”

Her year in office ends on May 16 and she said: “It has been an incredible year and I’ve attended so many events as well as being formally introduced to royalty twice, which was a real privilege.

“There hasn’t been a district council chairman from Henley for some time so I’ve been proud of that, although it has been a challenge to raise funds on top of everything else.

“I’ve had a lot of support from officers and have to say I’m envious of whoever will be taking over.”

For more pictures, see this week’s Henley Standard.

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