Monday, 29 November 2021

Week of events highlights threat of climate change

Week of events highlights threat of climate change

HENLEY will be celebrating Great Big Green Week from tomorrow (Saturday).

The national initiative, which runs from September 18 to 26, is organised by the Climate Movement charity and aims to be the biggest ever event to raise awareness of climate change and its impact on the natural world.

Greener Henley has organised a number of events taking place in the town throughout the week.

Forty-four shops, cafés and other businesses have signed up to put a display in their windows. Each one will have a photograph of an endangered species to make a “trail” for families to follow.

Some restaurants, cafés and pubs will put on special menus to include local produce and sustainable food and may offer more vegetarian and vegan options.

From 10am to 4pm on Sunday, Greener Henley will have stalls and activities in Market Place offering advice about trees, wildlife and the town’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Fairtrade, Henley Rotary Club, the Henley Toad Patrol, Plastic-Free Henley, Henley Rowing Club, CEE Bill Zero Hour amd Sonning Common Green Gym will all have a presence.

Rev Sam Brewster will include the environment in his sermon at the Trinity at Four service at Christ Church in Reading Road from 4pm (also on Sunday, September 26).

On Monday, Andrew Hawkins, the town’s tree warden, and Sally Rankin, of Henley Wildlife Group, will lead a tree walk around Gillotts Corner Field from 10am to noon. To take part, email

From 9.30am to 10.30am on the same day Sarah Cook will lead a guided cycle ride around Henley.

On Tuesday, Henley Quakers will mark International Day for Peace with a quiet walk. This will start at Friends Meeting House in Northfield End at 10.30am and go to the peace tree in Mill Meadows in front of the River & Rowing Museum.

Another walk is being organised on the same morning by Walkers are Welcome Henley. This will focus on picking up litter in the countryside. To take part, email Peter Stone on

On Wednesday, South Oxfordshire District Council will stage an exhibition on local sustainable businesses in the town hall.

From 9.30am that day Ms Rankin will lead a wildlife working party at Holy Trinity churchyard.

A 7.30pm, social entrepreneur Dr Krish Kandiah will give a talk exploring the relationship between Christian faith, science and the climate emergency. For more information and to book a ticket, visit

On Thursday, Ms Cook will stage another guided cycle ride around Henley from 9.30am to 10.30am.

There will also be a bird walk led by Alan Parfitt in the morning.

Next Friday, Walkers are Welcome Henley will be inviting people to join a two-mile morning walk discovering the footpaths within Henley. For the time and meeting point, email petercstone99

Henley’s Great Big Green Bazaar will take place next Saturday (September 25), showcasing all the things that Greener Henley are doing and featuring Clean Air for Henley, Henley Car Club, the town’s climate emergency working group and the Henley Environment Action Plan. Other groups present will include Greenshoots with their produce and Henley Quakers.

Professor Richard Fortey will be on hand to help people identify fungi.

There will also be a display of environmental artwork produced by the Henley Manor care home and Harpsden Pre-School, among others.

On Sunday, September 26, Warriors on Waste will carry out a Thames clean-up to mark World Rivers Day. Meet at Val Wyatt Marine in Wargrave at 1.30pm and bring your own paddleboard.

For more information, email

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