The Bard of Henley Company Limited



Twenty-odd years ago I spoke with a wonderful elderly lady who lived close by me on High Street. Knowing I was interested in the history of the town, she regaled me with her story of leaving Birmingham to become a Land Army Girl in Henley. Out of respect to this lady and her family, I will not say more of the conversation we had together, except to say, her words inspired me, set a seed for a story in my head, which has been lurking there ever since.

I thought it fitting that this year, the hundredth anniversary of the end of WW1, a war which first saw the formation of the Women’s Land Army, that I mark the event in somewhat personal terms writing a piece about Henley and the WLA during WW2.

Though purely fictional, the narrative relies on factual events that occurred both on a national scale and locally here in town. Truly an uplifting tale of hope, love and loss in a very dark period in our history.

Initially it took the form of a stage play but, it became clear that the restrictions posed by a snapshot of the period may possibly devalue the important part this band of very brave and hard-working women played during the war years. I needed to write a comprehensive backstory, but more on that later this year.

The play running for three nights, will be performed by HADS at the Memorial Hall, Thursday 11th, Friday 12th and Saturday 13th of OCTOBER, curtain 7.30pm. Tickets on  sale now at only £10.00! A fully functional bar, serving wine and soft drinks, will be made available to our patrons.

TICKETS for reserved seating are available online, and in paper format from Dukes Stationers, High Street.

A Book Based on the Play will be published in Time for Christmas 2018 - Watch This Site for Further News!