A 29ft Nordman Fir Christmas Tree was chosen by the Mayor, Councillor Julian Brooks and Colin Fitzgerald from Invesco Perpetual last week at the Tree Barn in Christmas Common which will be installed as always in the centre of Market Place. The lights on the tree will be switched on at the Christmas Festival on Friday 2 December.
This was the first time that the tree has been provided by the Tree Barn. Andrew Ingram from the Tree Barn said, “I am delighted that we are providing the tree for Henley town centre for the first time. It is a absolute pleasure and an honour.”
Hanna Thomas, Events & Sponsorship Manager at Invesco Perpetual said, “Invesco Perpetual remains committed to supporting many initiatives within the local Henley community and we are delighted to again be sponsoring the Christmas tree in the town centre for what will be our 16th year.”
The Mayor said, “We chose a Nordman Fir because it retains its needles better than most and has a relatively smaller base so it will fit better in Market Place. Henley Town Council would like to thank Invesco Perpetual for sponsoring our Market Place Christmas tree this year and to the Tree Barn for taking us around their estate to view several trees before making our final choice.”
New festoon Christmas lighting is going to be installed this year in Reading Road, Duke Street, Friday Street, Bell Street and part of Hart Street. Henley Town Council has agreed to purchase the lighting at a cost of £46,580 over five years from the company Light Angels. They will also provide lights for trees in Gravel Hill, Market Place, Singers Park, Red Lion Lawn and Northfield End.
As well as the Christmas Festival when the shops will be open late there will be a Special Sunday Shopping Event on Sunday 11 December from 11-4pm. Helen Barnett, Henley Town Manager said, “We hope that people will come out and do their Christmas shopping locally on this special day and support the great independent shops we have in Henley.”
SODC will be offering FREE car parking again this year all day on Tuesdays in December in their central car parks in Henley Town (Kings Road, Greys Road and Southfields).