Sunday, 20 August 2017

Thousands visit Henley shopping fair

ABOUT 2,000 people visited the Love Henley Christmas fair on Sunday.

ABOUT 2,000 people visited the Love Henley Christmas fair on Sunday.

Stallholders at Hotel du Vin sold a variety of art, crafts, food, drink, gifts, jewellery and clothes produced in the area.

Organiser Alison Hussey, from Mill End, said the number of visitors showed people were interested in buying local products and she is now planning a spring fair.

She said: ?The stallholders said how lovely it was that people were asking questions about where their products came from. I think people didn?t realise that there was so much available in the Henley area.?

The fair was opened by Henley Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak and Millie Roberts, who inspired Millie?s Dream, an appeal to raise £15,000 to equip 10 schools with a defibrillator. A raffle in aid of the charity raised £565. The prizes were donated by stallholders.

Among the 20 businesses represented at the fair were the Quince Tree pub in Stonor, the Chiltern Valley Winery and Brewery in Hambleden, Chiltern Lamb, of Fawley, and jeweller Julia Lacey.

Andrew Tucker, who owns Henley record shop In the Groove, played a DJ set and musician Sam Brown, from Sonning Common, gave a workshop in how to play a ukelele, which culminated in a performance in the courtyard and a ?flash-mob? of about 30 ukulele players from her groups.

Jo Wise, from Green and Gorgeous in Little Stoke, gave a demonstration on how to make a Christmas wreath. Mulled wine, hot chocolate and chestnuts were also on sale.

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