September 2022 | Executive Committee Briefing

Our membership numbers continue to grow and this month we welcome Dr Val Cumming, Peter Colling, Theresa Dombey, and Linda and Adrian Gregory, and Ann Tully and David Evans which brings our total to 615.

Thank you for those of you who supported our Music on the Lawn event on August 7 and for the many emails and phone calls of thanks for staging it. The Committee are extremely grateful for the positive feedback. You purchased 200 tickets making the event very special. We are grateful to Barry Owen for providing the music, Calnans Butchers of Watlington for the bbq, to Richards Events for providing security and to Remenham Club for allowing us to use their lovely riverside venue. Thank you all again.

Lost Property. We are holding a ladies ring which was picked up at the Music on the Lawn event. If you think it is yours please call 07860 145982 with a description and we will return it to you.

For the second year running the Society will be represented at the Henley Farm & Country  Show at Hambleden on Saturday 10th September and we look forward to seeing you there. Tickets, priced at £15 for adults, £10 for Seniors and free to children under the age of 16 accompanied by a ticket holding Adult or Senior, are available via the show website In addition there is a free bus ferry from outside Boots Henley (and Platts Marlow) to the showground, running between 9 am and 5.30 pm (again check the Show website).  Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome both on the free buses and on the showground.

The Committee continue to be vigilant on all planning applications and a number are well overdue for determination. The Premier Inn on the Station Car Park (see below**), Wyevale Garden Centre  site in Shiplake, Thames Farm also in Shiplake, the Smith Centre Fair Mile and land to the west of Fairmile have all hit the barriers. Our Deputy Chairman, Julian Brookes, is almost permanently in touch with SODC officials on all of these sites and whilst I am sure the planning authority can give a string of reasons for the delays, we wonder how much of it is down to Council officials still working from home!! We will update the Membership as more information comes in.

**We have now been notified that the Proposal for a  Premier Inn on Station Car Park has been refused by SODC Planning Officers. We have the full decision notice in writing and it can be forward to interested parties, or see the SODC Planning Portal application ref P21/S2618/FUL