Henley Life October 2018 - page 11

A club founder’s dream has become a
reality as Henley’s Phyllis Court opened
its eagerly anticipated Fitness Centre in
September, almost 90 years after its
founder, Captain Roy Finlay, dreamt of
introducing a swimming pool to the
After a year of build work, the £4.2m
facility now offers members access to a
20m swimming pool, a fully equipped
gym, an exercise studio, treatment and
consultation rooms and a saunarium, a
combination of a sauna and a steam
Henley Life
attended the opening
which was a preview event for VIPs,
including Captain Roy Finlay’s niece,
89-year-old Dione Venables. Members
were invited to enjoy exclusive tours of
the new facility during the weekend.
Fitness classes including Pilates, aqua
fit and salsa and therapies such as
beauty, physiotherapy and podiatry,
will be available from October 1.
The facility is exclusive to members
for four months before potentially
extending to guests staying at the club.
Phyllis Court Chairman, Barry Jackson
(seen on the left with Dione Venables),
says: “The opening of this building is
the result of many years of hard work
and planning and is a tribute to our
members and club management.
The state-of-the-art Fitness Centre is
the latest benefit that members of
Phyllis Court can enjoy.
Other benefits include access to a
huge variety of exciting events
including Henley Royal Regatta and
preferential rates on bedrooms and on
dining in the restaurants.
There are also more than 30 ‘interest’
clubs and societies, from rowing to jazz
and croquet to wine appreciation.
If you are interested in becoming a
member please contact the
membership manager, Jez Scholfield
on (01491) 570510 or email
Brakspear wins national award for
Club to Pub Swim
Brewer and pub operator Brakspear lifted the trophy for
the Best Sponsorship at the national Beer & Cider
Marketing Awards, for its role in developing and
supporting the Henley Club to Pub Swim.
The event has become a huge success with beers at the
finish line and the after-swim party at the Angel on the
The Club to Pub Swim took place in July for a fifth year
and attracted more than 600 swimmers. Awards judge and
beer writer Pete Brown said: "In the best sponsorships, the
sponsor gives something back in return for gaining
awareness. The judges liked the generosity of the
Brakspear idea, which includes giving each swimmer a
bottle of Two Bells beer as they get out of the water --what
could be a better end to a
Jeremy Laming of
Henley Swim added:
"From the outset,
Brakspear has been a
fantastic partner,
instilling a sense of fun
into the event. Swimmers
look forward to their
bottle of Two Bells and
the medal incorporating
a bottle opener, as they come out of the water.”
Pictured: Mark Dunlop, licensee at the Angel on the Bridge,
Emma Sweet, Brakspear marketing manager, holding the
trophy, and Jeremy Laming of Henley Swim.
New state-of-the-art
fitness centre opens
| OCTOBER 2018
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