Monday, 21 June 2021

Festival is beacon of hope to those in need

HOPE for Henley festival has been hailed a success by organisers

HOPE for Henley festival has been hailed a success by organisers.

The event, now in its second year, ran across five days and was co-ordinated by Nomad and Henley Baptist Church.

Activities included two family fun days, a church service in Mill Meadows and offering a helping hand to communities in need of assistance.

Russell Martin, assistant pastor and centre leader at d:two in Market Place, helped to organise the events over the weekend.

He said: ?This year we added some extra events

and it was great to see even more people turn out this year, both to attend and help as volunteers. Altogether about 600 people attended across the weekend.

?The event helps people to meet their neighbours and speak to them in a way they don?t usually get to. It helps to build friendships and a sense of community.?

The group put together community service teams to perform tasks such as tidying up and gardening at various homes and in Freemans Meadow.

Mr Martin added: ?We weeded Freemans Meadow last year and the council asked if we didn?t mind doing it again.

?We also helped some elderly people with their gardens at their homes because they can?t do it themselves. We just help to bring them back under control.?

About 100 people had fun at Freemans Meadow with a climbing wall, mountain bike course, barbecue, football, face-painting and treasure hunt.

Church in the Park took place on Sunday in Mill Meadows and was led by pastor Roger Cole from Henley Baptist Church.

A group of around 120 people sang hymns and joined in with prayers. Other activities over the weekend included cream teas, a fun day at Mill Meadows, a toddler play group and a kids? club for young children.

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