Festive Fun at Farmers Market

Henley Farmers Market went all out festive on Saturday morning in Market Place with the stallholders dressing up both themselves and their stalls.  Henley Mayor and Mayoress were invited to come along and judge the best dressed stallholder and stall.

Henley Mayor, Councillor Ken Arlett said, “The overwhelming winner of best dressed stall holder was Bill (Tracy) from Chiltern Lamb, who was dressed as a snowman with plenty of flashing lights attached. The best decorated stall was Marlow Cheese Co who had put in so much effort to bring their stall alive with their combinations of Christmas decorations. We gave a special prize to Jo Weavers from Honeys of Henley with her home made trousers which depicted some lovely Christmas words. With some decent dry weather and an abundance of stalls and shoppers it looked like a good time was had by all. A big thank you to all stall holders that took part and put a smile on everyone’s face.”

Bill was presented with a bottle of Hobbs Gin as her prize. She said, “As I’m now running the Farmers market for the Council, I asked everyone to dress up and get involved.  I think if you ask people do this, you have to make a fool of yourself as you possibly can and I think I did!”

James from Marlow Cheese Co said, “We’ve only been back since Covid lockdown.  We did use to come a couple of years ago.  It’s been great local support which has allowed us to make more cheese during lockdown.  We always dress our stall up for Christmas and we’re quite well known for it.  I’m absolutely made up and chuffed I’ve won.  I’ve never won anything in my life.”

Jo Weavers from Honeys of Henley said, “I made by out from charity shop hauls, the Henley Facebook Recycling Group (trousers from there).  Sewed on red stripes on the trousers with words (I’ve Been Very good) and salvaged the fur trim from an old coat for my hat.  It’s really lovely we’ve had such fantastic support today and in actual fact, every time we come to market we’re seeing more people coming out and it’s so nice.  We’ve started to make new friendships with traders too. So hopefully people will remember the Farmers Market is every 2nd Saturday of the month.”

Henley Town Council Markets Manager, Nicci Taylor, “It was Bill’s idea and we wanted the market to be more festive and bring everyone together to join in.  I think it’s gone well and it seems to be busy and hopefully 1 more farmers market on Christmas Eve and a Craft market next Sunday.  It’s encouraging people to come into the town and make it a little bit special this year as it hasn’t been a very good year.”