Coronavirus Update – Kenton Theatre Closed and Rugby Matches Suspended

After the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday that the government advises against all non-essential travel and social contact, venues and businesses in Henley have suspended or cancelled events.

All shows at the Kenton Theatre have been cancelled until the end of April. Their statement said, “The situation will be under constant review and any developments will be posted on the website. We shall be in contact with ticketholders as soon as possible. We thank patrons for their continued support for the Theatre and hope to return to normal business as soon as possible.”

Henley Rugby Club is following the RFU advice and is suspending all rugby activity.  The statement says, “‘Rugby activity includes club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses from 17 March until 14 April subject to continued review. The decision has been taken following government advice in the interests of players, coaches, referees, volunteers, supporters and the wider rugby union community.”

A spokesperson for HRFC said, “We appreciate that this is a very difficult time for the country as a whole, and we need to adhere to government advice whilst making sure that the wellbeing of all Club members is absolutely paramount.  Further statements will be made in the next 48 hours with regards to all other non-playing activities at the Club, including Tiger Turf usage. In the meantime, we thank you for your understanding during this period, and we look forward to welcoming you back at Dry Leas in due course.”

The Regal Picturehouse cinema is currently still open.

Harpsden Fete in June has been cancelled this year.

Oxfordshire Age UK are increasing the support they are providing to older people and carers by telephone. They are pleased to be offering a new, free, telephone support service. This will include a friendly, regular weekly call to see how people are, to chat and also problem-solve if people are facing practical problems.  If you think you or a loved one would benefit from this service, please phone 01865 411 288 which will connect straight to an answerphone where you can leave your name and contact number. A member of the Age UK team will then ring you back as soon as they are able during normal working hours.

Henley Swim are at the moment continuing with their planned events this summer.  They said, “With our first event not taking place until 28 June we are unsure what the status will be at that time and will continue to update on our plans.  Regardless we are already working with suppliers and authorities on measures that best protect our swimmers to ensure happy healthy events.”

We will update this article throughout the day.


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