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Son’s pride as name lives on at new Townlands Hospital

David Tate, pictured in the Maurice Tate Room at Townlands Hospital. Photo courtesy of Henley Herald

by Alex Cameron

The son of former Henley Round Table chairman Maurice Tate has spoken of his pride that his father’s name will live on at the new Townlands Hospital.

Maurice Tate, pictured in 1968, wearing his Round Table lapel badge. Photo courtesy of David Tate.

Maurice Tate, pictured in 1968, wearing his Round Table lapel badge. Photo courtesy of David Tate.

Quantity surveyor Maurice Tate was just 39 when he died following a car crash near Henley, in 1969, in which his wife Christine and children Linda and David were also injured.

The Maurice Tate Building on the hospital site was opened in 1972 thanks to fundraising by dedicated members of Henley-on-Thames Round Table who wanted to create a lasting memorial to their popular chairman.

The venue has since become a much-loved community asset used by several local groups and although it is being demolished as part of the £10 million Townlands Health Campus project, a purpose-built room in the new hospital has been named after Maurice Tate to ensure the amenity – and the family connection – continue.

Inside the old Maurice Tate Building, which has now closed.

Inside the old Maurice Tate Building, which has now closed.

Representatives of NHS Property Services, which holds the head lease on the new hospital, were pleased to welcome son David Tate to the facility and show him the room named after his father.

“I have lived in Henley all my life and have always been very proud of the Maurice Tate Building. It’s fantastic that this community facility and the family name live on in the new hospital,” said David, 58, who followed in his father’s footsteps to chair the local branch of the Round Table.

“After dad died, members wanted to create a permanent memorial and a community room was suggested. It took three years of fundraising and was a big undertaking for the group.

The bright and modern Maurice Tate Room inside the new Townlands Hospital.

The bright and modern Maurice Tate Room inside the new Townlands Hospital.

“I was really pleased to be shown round the new hospital by representatives of NHS Property Services – I was very impressed by the building and am proud of my family’s connection to this excellent new facility,” he added.

The Tate family has further links with Townlands in that David’s late mother, Christine, was secretary to one of the matrons at Townlands, known as Miss Harrison, and worked there from about 1980 to 1995, when she retired.

David, of Henley estate agency Davis Tate, is also working with the site’s developer, Amber Infrastructure, on marketing the residential areas of the site, which are due to be released later this year.

To watch the Henley Standard’s video news report of the recent media tour of the new hospital, click here. For Henley Herald coverage of the media tour, click here.