Chairman’s Annual Report 2011/2012
During the year the Committee met five times and four newsletters were distributed. Two successful outings took place, the first to Devizes on 13th May; secondly to Mapledurham mill and house in October. Thanks are due to Ruth Gibson for organizing these; also for the Oxford Local History Association (OXPAST) conference in Henley on June 12 th.
In association with SOAG digs took place during the spring and summer at Highlands Farm and Ewelme.
A full lecture programme was arranged by Martin Cresswell with a range of eight interesting speakers. This seems to have generated a rising membership: 77 as at September 2012. A smart new membership application form has been devised by Derek Toms. Wine is now served at all our meetings by Viv Greenwood, which the Committee hopes will generate some social interchange.
Graham Jones has done a wonderful job with our website and has a new working group to incorporate a town trail. In fact, our participation in Henley in Bloom this year resulted in markers for the original Town Trail to be rediscovered as well as boosting the heritage points awarded by the Judges helping to achieve the first Gold award for the town.
In September a probate transcription group was set up by Cynthia Robinson to transcribe the 300 Henley wills passed to us by the Burford VCH group.
Several planning concerns have been registered during the year, particularly regarding the proposed stopping up at Bell Street/Northfield End, the Red Lion loft conversion and Red Lion lawn crumbling river walling.