Thursday, 17 August 2017

Volunteer fair returns

TWO fairs for charities and voluntary groups will be held in Henley this year.

TWO fairs for charities and voluntary groups will be held in Henley this year.

Representatives from organisations will be in the Market Place on April 27 and October 12 to talk to the public about supporting them through volunteering or donations.

Two volunteer fairs have been held in the past two years but the last once also included stalls for charities.

Speaking at a meeting of Henley Town Council’s town and community committee, Mayor Elizabeth Hodgkin proposed that the fair brings both charities and voluntary groups together.

Deputy Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak called it a “brilliant event”, saying: “There’s a lot of thing there and we always learn about something new in Henley.

“It’s great. Everyone should go to talk to the people there.”

Councillor David Nimmo-Smith questioned the impact the event, which has previously seen stalls packed into Falaise Square, would have on businesses there.

He said: “There’s more and more things happening in the Market Place which might impinge on people who are renting space there, such as the coffee shops. We could be disadvantaging them.”

Senior committee administrator Nicci Taylor said the council works around the businesses to make sure the event doesn’t hinder their trade.

Councillor Will Hamilton added that if there are too many groups to have stalls in the Market Place, the town hall should be used for overspill.

The committee unanimously voted for the two fairs to be held this year.

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