Henley’s Festive House Trail

Brining a little ‘joy’ to Christmas 

There is no doubting that this has been a strange year, but also a year that has seen huge community togetherness and support. So in celebration of that, the Chiltern Centre and the Henley Herald have partnered to bring you Henley’s first Festive House Trail. We hope that this will be an opportunity for all of us to bring a little extra joy to our doorsteps this Christmas.   You can just decorate one window or your whole house with lights and decorations.

To get involved we ask that you register your house with us by Thursday 3 December.  We will send you a small pack with ideas for decorations big and small and a postcard with the word JOY emblazoned across it. We ask that you incorporate the postcard into a house window in some way. All houses and windows must be decorated by Sunday 6 December and remain decorated until Christmas Day. We know that the people of Henley enjoy a little competition so if you’d like to enter your house for the competition to win a delicious Christmas hamper from the Henley Larder then send in your photos by Monday 7 December.

Members of the community will be able to download a map of the trail and go out in search of their Christmas joy any time from Saturday 6 December until Christmas Day. It is completely free to take part in this event, although we do ask that you consider making a small donation to the Chiltern Centre when downloading the map. The Chiltern Centre empowers young people with disabilities to live life to the full whilst giving their families a break from the demands of caring for a disabled child.  Every penny raised will support them to keep changing lives.

Jane Ainsley, Fundraising Manager at the Chiltern Centre comments, “This year we have seen such extraordinary community support that we loved the idea of giving something back. We hope that this trail will raise a smile for all this Christmas time. During the first lockdown Raffi Barcella, aged 6 raised over £1000 for the Chiltern Centre by selling his artwork so we loved the idea of taking one of his pieces – ‘Joy’ – and using that as the glue that holds the trail together. It has been a tough year at the Centre both for our young people whose lives have been turned upside down, and also from a financial perspective. But the support we have received from the people of Henley has been amazing and really kept us going this difficult year. We are delighted to be part of something to say thank you to all the people of Henley and hopefully bring a bit of magic to Christmas this year.”

To register send your address and state whether it is a festive decoration and/or light installation to news@henleyherald.com