The weather didn’t quite feel like Christmas yesterday however that didn’t deter Henley Mayor, Mayoress and David Millar from Invesco choosing a stunning 35 foot Nordmann Fir Christmas Tree at the Tree Barn in Christmas Common to be the centre piece for Market Place this year. Invesco have very kindly the sponsored the tree again this year.
The Tree Barn has around 120,000 trees, planting 17-18,000 each year and selling over 14,000 and Andrew Ingram, the owner helped the trio select the tree. Plans for the Christmas festivities in Henley are being scaled down this year to Covid-19 restrictions. The tree will be installed for Friday 27 November.
David Millar, Head of Multi-Assets at Invesco who is one of the Senior Fund Managers was asked this year to help choose the tree. He said, “I was very excited to be asked. It’s amazing to see all the trees here today. The one we have chosen was planted 30 years ago. Many of my colleagues buy their Christmas trees from here and it’s great to buy a tree that you can actually see growing in the ground. I think it’s incredibly important that Invesco has strong links in Henley as we have our European head office here. Even though a lot of us haven’t been at the office for a lot of the year, it is even more reason to have that connection and hopefully people from Invesco and the town will enjoy the tree when it’s in place. It’s as important as ever.”
Despite not probably not having a Christmas Festival this year, Andrew Ingram from the Tree Barn was pleased to receive the call to say that Henley Town Council and Invesco still wanted a tree this year. He said, “I’m always delighted to supply Henley with a tree and we’re only 7 miles away and it’s great pleasure and we’re delighted to do it. I hope it will bring a smile to people’s faces particularly this year. We will do everything we can to get trees to people. We’re putting in place online ordering of trees, which can either be click and collected or we can deliver direct to someone’s house if they don’t feel comfortable. We are going to have more late nights on Thursday and Fridays until 7.30/8.00pm. We are hoping that because people are working at home, rather than have those hugely busy weekends we can get people to come in the middle of the week when we’re quieter. We will be working hard to encourage people to come in the week through our social media channels.”
Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett said, “It is essential with the number of events being cancelled up to Christmas, that the Town Council take the initiative to do its utmost to make sure that the town takes on a fantastic Christmas feeling. The Christmas tree is always the centre of attraction, and the choice that myself and David Millar from Invesco have made we are sure will help light up the town. The Henley Town Council’s Event Committee led by Cllr Sarah Miller, are coming up with some excellent ideas to brighten up the town over the festive season, and hopefully these will bring people out in large numbers to see them, and from there, use all our local shops to do their Christmas shopping.”