Monday, 14 June 2021

Henley Hope Festival hailed a success

THE third annual Henley Hope Festival has been hailed a success.

THE third annual Henley Hope Festival has been hailed a success.

The three-day event, organised by Henley Baptist Church and Churches Together in Henley, involved a series of activities and free community events for all ages.

It started last Friday morning with a mothers and toddlers play session and Easter egg hunt at the d:two centre in Market Place.

The next day there were activities for older children including an egg hunt, songs, crafts and stories.

About 60 people attended a free soup lunch on Saturday afternoon and there was a men’s breakfast at the Argyll pub in Market Place with a talk by guest speaker Steve Thomas called “Being a man in today’s world”.

The d:two centre also hosted a free youth film night including pizza and ice cream and there was a family “back to church” service with live music on Sunday morning. This was followed by a service for teenagers.

This year’s festival was held in the spring rather than summer to prevent church fixtures clashing but there are plans for more events under the Hope Festival banner later this year.

Organiser Russell Martin said: “There were some real highlights, including the soup lunch, which was a great way to show people that they matter and to share conversation with them.

“We were pleased to welcome several new faces into church, including some who may have been away for a while.

“This year we’re treating the festival as more of a bunch of activities throughout the year instead of doing it in one big push. It has taken a lot of hard work to organise but has been great fun.”

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