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Henley Standard

February 19, 1915

LAST Saturday afternoon, the children of the Piggott schools, numbering about 220, were invited to Woodclyffe Hall by quarter-master Sgt Burnett and his fellow NCOs as a slight acknowledgment of the kindness they and the men of the companies had received while billeted here. Each child received a bag full of biscuits, sweets, buns and oranges and while sampling the contents several soldiers amused them by singing.

A family of eight will be housed and maintained at Barn House, Watlington, as a result of Mr Burmester's canvass for money and gifts. The Deazeers were residing near Ostend at the outbreak of the war. They were absolutely penniless when they fled to this country.

The Henley Town Band, although it has rendered very useful public services in connection with military parades, recruiting and various charitable functions, has not had a very prosperous season from a financial standpoint. A report issued with the annual balance sheet states that the band, owing to the war, has had to incur several unforeseen expenses and also suffered through loss of subscriptions, cancelled enagagments and its inability to give any public performances in aid of its funds.

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