After the wonderful news that Beryl Flynn, from Henley who went missing after church on Sunday was found yesterday morning in the woods behind Swiss Farm by a dog walker, the Herald and the Mayor, Councillor Kellie Hinton invited volunteers who had helped search for Beryl to a ‘thank you’ drinks reception last night (Wednesday) along with volunteer members of the Oxfordshire Lowland Search and Rescue.
The Herald co-ordinated a search party via Facebook on Tuesday evening to cover locations around the town and to go door-to-door knocking asking the public to check outbuildings and to look out for Beryl. Editor Michaela Clarke, said, “I only called the search party at 5.30pm on Tuesday for a 6.30pm start. I was bowled over by the response we got in this short notice time. When I found out yesterday I thought that we should thank everyone and give a toast to Beryl’s safe return.”
The Mayor, Kellie Hinton and Councillor David Eggleton received an email from Henley Sgt Neil Anns which Michaela read out last night. “Just a quick email to let you know Beryl has been found this afternoon and is safe. She is off to hospital for medical attention. Please can you accept my personal thanks and praise for the efforts of all members of the Council and the community for their efforts. I am genuinely elated at the support of the community in seeking to locate Beryl. I have never seen such a turnout of numbers in my 6 years of policing. It is a testament to relationship we all have with each as partners and the care and compassion of the community. I cannot thank you all enough, especially you Dave. I obviously saw you out and about many times.”
Penny and Alister who joined the search on Tuesday but weren’t able to make the drinks emailed and said, “It was our pleasure to support the search last night, and we are so thrilled to see the news that Beryl has been found. Truly the best news. Many thanks to you and Kellie for galvanising the “volunteer army” – such community spirit is what makes the town special.
Enjoy the drinks tonight, and raise a toast from us.”
Tesco in Henley kindly donated two bottles of fizz to the event and IBS Office Solutions offered on Tuesday to print leaflets and posters for the search party.
Sophie Balchin, Beryl’s niece posted on the Herald Facebook page, “Thank you so much to everyone for your help, love and support in finding my Aunty B. We have been so overwhelmed and impressed by the support of the community, TVP & OxSAR.”