THEY came, they saw, they cooked! The long-awaited Henley Food Festival arrived in town last week and was an enormous hit with an estimated 15,000 people packed into Market Place on Friday and Saturday. Food-lovers filled the temporary food hall to sample the delights of local restaurants and the town hall where 15 chefs demonstrated their skills.
Henley has once again been plunged into queuing chaos which has left commuters asking: “Is this a sign of things to come?” Temporary traffic lights were installed at all three exits at the Reading Road roundabout with Station Road on Wednesday, causing tailbacks along River Terrace, Thames Side, Queen Street, Station Road and Reading Road. The unmanned lights signalled long waits for drivers who were left to sweat it out on one of the warmest days of the year so far.
Henley’s Oxfam shop has taken a record £250,000 for good causes over the last year. Lyn Morris, who manages the Market Place store, said it was the most they’d ever raised and thanked the volunteers who helped make it possible. “We’ve had one of the highest increases in sales of any store in the South-East,” she said.