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Saturday, 23 March 2019
THE speaker for our evening meeting on Tuesday, October 18 was Tom Carberry, from the Christ Church Centre in Reading Road, Henley. He explained that the need for a community centre to provide a base for local charitable organisations and help those in need was identified in about 1990.
The centre was first established as a registered charity in 1995.
The total cost was £2million. To date, £1.95million has been raised, mainly from legacies and through a number of fund-raising activities and it is anticipated that by next year the remaining £50,000 will also have been achieved.
The centre comprises four main halls and three meeting rooms to provide both a community social centre and also accommodation for charities and community groups.
Now typically in any one week some 30-plus diverse groups will meet at the centre. These include Bluebells, the Henley Stroke Club, a Parkinson’s UK support group, a carers support group, AL-Anon and Mencap.
Fund-raising concerts and art shows are staged regularly, including Rotary’s charity jazz night in April every year.
The centre has come to be recognised as a much-valued base in the community.
Barry Prior thanked Tom for his informative talk and commended him for his contribution to the centre over some 16 years.
31 October 2016
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