And there are still over 100 sleeps until the big day! However plans for Henley-on-Christmas got under way at the weekend when the Mayor, Councillor Kellie Hinton chose the Market Place Christmas tree at the Tree Barn in Christmas Common with the help from owner, Andrew Ingram.
The Tree Barn has over 120 acres of land where they grow 120,000 trees. This year’s tree, a Nordmann Fir stands around 28ft and is about 20-25 years old. We joined the Kellie, her daughter Hallie and the Mayor’s consort, David Eggleton in Andrew’s Land Rover in a hilarious, roller coaster bumpy ride out to the large Christmas trees. Kellie said afterwards, “that was the ride of my life!”
Kellie added, “It is fantastic to be here this morning. I really love that we source the tree locally now. It is a real privilege and I’m proud to be able to choose the tree with the help of Hallie my daughter. Coming out to the Tree Barn and meeting Andrew who has helped us choose our tree has been a brilliant experience and I can’t wait to see it shining in Market Place.”
Andrew said, “I’m delighted that we are providing the tree again for Henley town again this year as a local supplier. I’m very proud and pleased and look forward to it being put in place for everyone to enjoy this Christmas.”
Invesco Perpetual are sponsoring Henley’s Christmas Tree again this year. Hanna Thomas, Events & Sponsorship Manager at Invesco Perpetual said, “Invesco Perpetual is proud to support many initiatives within the local Henley community. We are delighted to continue our long term sponsorship of the Christmas tree in the town centre.”
The lights on the tree will be switched on at the Christmas Festival on Friday 1 December.