Saturday, 19 June 2021

Monstrosity of design

Sir, — Phyllis Court has a distinguished history which can be traced back to 1301 when the building, known as Fillets Court, was the manor of Henley-on-Thames.

Through the ages, Phyllis Court has had many owners but the most far-sighted was Roy Finlay, who founded a proprietary club in 1906.

Without doubt, this is a stunning manor house with its beautiful riverside location and gardens. Most members, including my wife and I, are proud to be part of it.

With this background, how can anyone design — and have approved by the club’s council — such a monstrosity as the proposed fitness club (Henley Standard, January 3)? In no way does it complement the beauty of the clubhouse, grounds and location.

One also has to question the club’s need for a leisure centre when Henley already has some four or five, including the one alongside Gillotts School, all of which are desperately seeking members and offering all sorts of incentives to encourage new members.

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