Friday, 22 October 2021

Monument or new road to mark Queen’s 90th birthday

A MONUMENT to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday could be put up in Henley.

A MONUMENT to commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday could be put up in Henley.

A sundial or a metal sphere on a plinth in Millennium Court at King’s Arms Barn are among the ideas to have been discussed by a town council working group.

Councillor Sarah Miller suggested the monument could carry a quote from the Queen on her 21st birthday, saying: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Another suggestion was that a road within the new £16 million Townlands Hospital complex be named “Queen Elizabeth Court”. The council wants to get all the town’s schools involved by asking pupils to design a stamp to mark the occasion.

Headteachers would choose the winning design and this would appear on an envelope with the town’s coat of arms.



Cllr Miller said: “I think it’s good to be doing something quite simple.” She suggested putting the winning design on mugs or T-shirts to be sold for  charity.

An exhibition celebrating Henley’s links with the Queen will be held at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Upper Market Place from June 17 to 19.

The council will invite people celebrating their 90th birthdays this year to the launch event.

Other ideas include the creation of a “Queen Elizabeth Garden” with a crown and dates in flowers, letting off 90 balloons from Mill Meadows and a book for people to wish the Queen “happy birthday” which would then be sent to her.

A tea party for the elderly will be held at the d:two centre in Market Place on June 12.

Organised by Home Instead Senior Care and the Henley Business Partnership, it will feature afternoon tea, entertainment and community singing.

A village picnic, including a beacon lighting ceremony, will take place on Peppard Common on June 11.

It expected that some street parties will be held in June too.

The council is happy to consider any other ideas and residents are encouraged to submit photographs for the exhibition. Send your pictures and details to Henley Town Council, Town Hall, Market Place, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 2AQ or email n.taylor@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk or call (01491) 576982.



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