STEWARDS, competitors and spectators were among a large congregation at the annual royal regatta service at St Mary’s Church on
STEWARDS, competitors and spectators were among a large congregation at the annual royal regatta service at St Mary’s Church on Sunday morning before the finals.
They were welcomed by the rector, the Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, who conducted the service.
The choir, which included rowing commentator Robert Treharne Jones, was under the direction of choirmaster and organist Dr Jonathan White. It sang the anthem Jubilate Deo by Sir Charles Stanford.The sermon was preached by Rev Canon Dr Robin Ward, principal of St Stephen’s House, Oxford, and the lesson was read by Mike Sweeney, chairman of the regatta’s committee of management.
As usual, the service included the prayer for the town of Henley, adapted from a prayer by Archbishop Laud, as well as one for the regatta, written by Bishop Gerald Ellison, a steward who died in 1992. A collection was taken by two American crews from Green Lake Crew.