THREE hampers will be raffled for charity as part of this year’s Christmas celebrations in Henley.
They will contain goods, produce and gift vouchers from businesses around the town and will be awarded to one man, one woman and one child.
The raffle tickets will cost £1 each and will go on sale on December 1 at the town hall or the Upstairs & Downstairs tea room in Duke Street, which is owned by Mayor Lorraine Hillier.
They will also be on sale during the late-night shopping event on Friday, December 4 and a new Sunday shopping event called Henley’s High Street Hootenanny on Sunday, December 6.
The proceeds will go towards the Mayor’s chosen charities for her year of office, Oxfordshire Mind, Thames Valley Animal Welfare and the Teenage Wilderness Trust.
Councillor Hillier will draw the winners in Market Place at 7pm on December 23 as part of that night’s Living Advent Calendar event.
Henley Town Council is still putting the hampers together and wants to hear from businesses that can donate prizes.
For more information, call town centre manager Rachel Rae on (01491) 630082.
The High Street Hootenanny, which was going to be called Santa’s Sunday Shopping, will include “pop-up” performances by local musicians and entertainers.
Shops will offer festive drinks and snacks and Father Christmas will walk around town, greeting children.
The event replaces the Switch On and Shop event, which was held on a trial basis last November but was judged to be ineffective by some Â businesses.
The late-night shopping event will include the usual stalls run by local businesses, charities and community groups.
The town’s Christmas tree lights will be switched on and there will be carol singing on the town hall steps.