Mayor Takes The Plunge

The Mayor of Henley, Mrs Elizabeth Hodgkin braved the icy conditions at the weekend and dropped in at The Henley Leisure Centre in Gillotts Lane,  to watch some members of Henley Canoe Club during one of their frequent Winter indoor coaching sessions.

“During the Winter, when it becomes too cold for our Junior members to be out on the River, we hold regular sessions here at the pool so that they can learn techniques and skills that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to teach. This proves invaluable for when they get back on the water in May” said Pete Holloway, Manager of the Eyot Centre where the Club is based.

Since becoming a trustee of the Eyot Centre, the Mayor has taken an active interest in the Club and will be opening an exhibition later this month at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Henley, which will detail the history of The Eyot Centre and it’s activities, as well as the two principal clubs based there – The Henley Canoe Club and The Henley Dragons.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase a range of Canoes, Kayaks, Buoyancy Aids and accessories.

“We are staging the exhibition not only to promote the amazing work done at The Eyot Centre, but to raise awareness of Paddlesports in general.  Henley has produced some of the world’s finest athletes on the water and will continue to do so through the development of Centres and Clubs like ours. “ said Keith Walker, Coach and Chairman of the Henley Canoe Club.

For more information on The Eyot Centre, Henley Canoe Club or The Henley Dragons – contact Pete Holloway on 07710 – 296327 or send an email to:

Or better still – come and have a chat with us at the Old Fire Station in Henley from 20th Feb.