Sam Brown and over 40 members of the International Ukulele Club of Sonning Common launched the Poppy Appeal in Market Place on Saturday morning to the delight of the crowds in the morning sunshine. The Mayor, Stefan Gawrysiak joined in the singing together with the Malcolm Page, the Henley Branch President and John Green the Henley Chairman who was selling poppies.
Shirley Lees, Poppy Appeal Organiser for Henley said, “This is the second year we have had Sam and the Ukulele Club here to do a public launch, before this the Poppy Appeal was just launched at the Royal British Legion Henley Branch AGM. I wanted to put on a community event for the public to come along to.”
This year as well as poppies, enamel badges, stickers and wristbands the Royal British Legion are asking for donations towards poppy seeds for the public to sow and to bloom in August 2014 for the centenary commemorations of the start of The First World War. The Henley branch are also trialling some special school packs this year at Trinity and St Mary’s Schools which have bendy rulers, stickers and bugs for the children to make donations for.
Shirley has also organised a Singalong on Wednesday night (6 November) at the Bull on Bell Street from 7pm and a World War II Dance at the Town Hall on Friday night from 7.30pm. Full details can be found at http://www.henleyherald.com/2013/10/22/henley-2013-poppy-appeal-launch/
Next weekend there will be a Military vehicle display in Market Square and the Henley Air, Sea and Army Cadets will be there offering poppies. The Henley Remembrance Service takes place on Market Square from 10.30am on Sunday 10 November where local service and community groups will be laying wreaths and parading.