Plans to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee were announced this week at Henley Town Council’s Town & Community meeting for the long Bank Holiday weekend 2-5 June.
On Thursday 2 June, the Charter Market stalls will be dressed with bunting and flags and in the evening, the beacon on Makins Recreation Ground will be lit along with more than 1,500 beacons nationwide. The ceremony will start at 9.35pm.
Retailers will be invited to enter the shop window competition which will run by David Rodger Sharp and Delegate Conference and Office services and the judging will take place on Friday 3 June.
Pubs and restaurants around the Market Place with seating licences will be encouraged to make use of their licenced area on the Saturday (4 June) and there will be wandering entertainment/music and there will also be music on the bandstand at Mill Meadows.
Residents are encouraged to host a Big Lunch street party on Sunday 5 June but for those who can’t attend one, they are invited to Mill Meadows to celebrate where there will be music and street food. Residents can bring their own picnic blankets or use the deck chairs provided by the Council, listen to music on the bandstand, and either eat their own picnics or purchase food from the Piazza or one of the street food vendors on site. Visitors will be able to make use of the River & Rowing Museum, adventure golf, and play areas. To apply for a temporary road closure you need to apply to SODC click here for full details. 28 days notice is required.
Schools will be asked if they would like their pupils to receive a commemorative coin or a tree sapling to plant as part of the national The Queen’s Green Canopy. Each school will also be given a tree and plaque for their grounds. Any surplus saplings will be planted at Gillotts Field.
Children can also enter a colouring competition – more details on this to follow.