Saturday, 31 July 2021

Regatta church service packed on finals day

HUNDREDS of people attended the annual Henley Royal Regatta church service

HUNDREDS of people attended the annual Henley Royal Regatta church service.

Sir Steve Redgrave, the regatta chairman, stewards and competitors as well as members of the public were among those at St Mary?s Church on Sunday morning.

Also present was Henley Mayor Lorraine Hillier and the Mayoress Susan George, her sister.

The service was conducted by Rev Canon Martyn Griffiths, rector of St Mary's, who joked that the Easter candle in the church had wilted in the heat like someone in Fawley Meadows during the sunny days of the regatta.

The sermon was given by Rev Canon Jeremy Haselock, chaplain to the Queen and vice-dean of Norwich Cathedral.

He told a story of how the closest he had been to a rowing boat was when he fell out of a punt in Oxford.

Sir Steve read the lesson, from Corinthians, which was about discipline.

The hymns included O Worship The King, All Glorious Above, Fight The Good Fight With All Thy Might and All Creatures Of Our God And King.

The congregation read together a prayer for the town of Henley, adapted from a prayer by Archbishop Laud, and a prayer for the regatta, adapted from a prayer by Bishop Gerald Ellison, a steward of the regatta.

Lawrenceville School, from New Jersey, performed the collection for the church.

The procession from the church was led by Sir Steve and Cllr Hillier to the Imperial March by Edward Elgar.

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