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From Friday 22 May 2020 the skatepark at Makins Recreation Ground will be fenced off to deter people gathering in groups above the numbers permitted within the Government’s guidance which were introduced to prevent the spread of the virus.

The situation will be reviewed regularly and the Council will open the skatepark as soon as it considered safe to do so.

Thank you for help.


THE HENLEY BASKET - www.henleybasket.co.uk 

Henley Town Council has launched a retail and hospitality website for Henley to help you all at this very difficult time. 

To view the website and support your local retailer please click here: http://www.henleybasket.co.uk



Should you need to urgently contact a member of staff during this time please call

Louise Hastings General Enquiries 07730 095053
Helen Barnett Town and Community Issues 07702 884321
James Churchill-Coleman Town Hall  07889 861977

The Henley Covid-19 Mutual Aid group has been set up to provide assistance to vulnerable local community members, this could take the form of shopping for groceries or pharmacy products, taking bins out, dog walking or being a warm voice at the end of the phone or a myriad of other ways.  Register on their website if you need assistance Henley Mutual Aid HenleyC19aid@gmail.com  or if you would like to become a volunteer. 

Parking charges suspended for all District Council car parks in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse until 1 June 2020

Press Release Issued on the 18/3/2020 updated 11.05.2020

In light of the ongoing extraordinary circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Henley Town Council has taken major steps to protect its staff and the public, whilst still keeping local services running as much as possible.

The action plan, released by Henley Town Council, includes the following measures that take immediate effect:

  • The Information Centre in the Town Hall is closed to walk-in appointments until further notice. However, services will still be provided by telephone and email where possible.
  • All bookings for Council buildings or on Council land cancelled until further notice.
  • Parking in Henley during Covid 19 lockdown- Resident parking regulations in Henley are suspended until further notice. Residents and Mill Meadow Permits are currently not being renewed until the 1st June 2020. However, car parking at Mill Meadows still has enforcement.  SODC car parks – Kings Road and Greys Road are free to park. 

    If this situation changes or the renewal date is extended this message will be updated. 

  • Although parking permits are not currently being issued Resident & Visitor permit prices will increase as of Wednesday 01/04/20

    Resident permits - £100 per annum.

    Visitor permits - £25 per second set.

    With effect from 01/04/20 the cost of an Excess Charge Notice will increase from £20 (if paid within 14 days) to £25 and for payment made after 14 up to 28 days will increase from £40 to £50.

  • The Henley Town Bus Service will be temporarily suspended after Thursday 9th April 2020. Current Government advice and the resulting severely reduced passenger numbers mean that it is not viable to continue the service at this time. Residents should check the Henley Town Council website for future updates.  For support with food and medication deliveries, residents can contact the Henley Covid 19 Mutual Aid Group on email HenleyC19aid@gmail.com or phone Councillor Dave Eggleton on 07836 202508.
  • Thames Travel Buses (X38, X39 and X40) ‘River Rapids’ will be running a reduced Saturday service during the week.  Please check their website for specific times (www.thames-travel.co.uk).
  • Arriva Buses timetables remain unchanged. Check website for updates (www.arrivabus.co.uk).
  • The Charter Market shall still operate every Thursday until further notice but will contain food traders only. Traders will do their upmost to minimise the risk to the general public by setting up stalls further apart to obtain social distancing as much as possible, and where provided will be cleaning all shopping baskets. All traders will be wearing gloves. 
  •  Farmers Markets cancelled until further notice but some food stalls may be attending the Charter Market on the 4th Thursday of the month.
  •  Parks will continue to stay open. Playgrounds CLOSED
  • The Town Medal awards event has been postponed.
  • The Mayoral Dinner has been postponed.
  • The Annual Town Meeting is cancelled and this year the reports will be available online.
  • The Henley Town Council VE Day celebration on the 8th May 2020 has been cancelled.
  • The Annual Meeting - Mayor Making will this year be a virtual ceremony at 11.30 am on Moday 11 May 2020. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXGNEuRlaeVNTIiJgjqsAZA
  • The Council will be offering its facilities free of charge to the emergency services, charities and other groups, to help with any efforts to address the ongoing crisis.                
    • Henley Royal Regatta CANCELLED.
    • Tough Mudder - CANCELLED. This event is being combined with London South on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.
    • Henley Festival - CANCELLED
    • Eat! Food Festival - CANCELLED. It is hoped this event may take place later in the year.
    • Henley Womens Regatta - CANCELLED
    • Rewind Festival - RESCHEDULED to 20-22 August 2021
    • Henley Literary Festival -
    • Traditional Boat Festival -

Further updates will be issued by Henley Town Council, as they become available, or as they arise.

Do check our website www.henleytowncouncil.gov.uk and www.visit-henley for updates on policy and events as they happen.

Town Clerk, Sheridan Jacklin-Edward, commented, “It is with deep regret that we have decided to cancel upcoming events, and close our Information Centre, but we believe this is in the best interest of the public, staff, and councillors. We will still keep as many of council facilities and services running as possible, and will continue to review as the crisis develops. We have been incredibly impressed by the amount of community action to combat the crisis. We applaud all those voluntary groups, local authorities, emergency services, and especially the NHS, for their tireless work at this difficult time, and the Council is committed to working, however we can, to support the local community and minimise the impact of the crisis.”

Shopping information for older and vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic (as of 20 March 2020 to be updated as information becomes available)

Tesco Mon, Wednesday and Friday 9-10am
Waitrose Everyday 8-9am 
Sainsburys No special time as only a 'convenience' store but will help elderly and vulnerable and are keeping stock back for them
Superdrug No plans yet


Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets are available to sponsor in the town centre and surrounding streets.

The cost of a basket includes installation, maintenance and watering and removal by Windowflowers  (Windowflowers can install brackets subject to location).

1 summer basket  - £67.50 inc vat (£56.25 + vat) end May/June to October

1 winter basket     - £62.50 inc vat  (£52.08 + vat) October to May  

10 or more baskets per year - discount available - please email

1 bracket - £30.00 inc vat (£25.00 + vat)

The Henley Standard support this initiative and like to list the names of those who have purchased baskets.  Please tick the box on the order form if you would like to be listed and your name and contact details will be forwarded to their news desk.   

Please return the form via e-mail to j.smith@henleytowncouncil.gov.uk by Friday 15 May 2020.  Please make your online payment to: BACS - Sort Code 30-94-13 Ac No 00427886 Lloyds TSB Henley-on-Thames Town Council, quoting ref:  HIB and your name.

 Please click here for an order form.



Please support your local town:

Today there is a comfortable mix of architectural styles spanning the centuries with many interesting features for the historian, some of which are conveniently hidden in the churches and local pubs.

With a population of some 11,000 Henley on Thames supports the many small, attractive villages in the countryside around.

The town's prosperity goes back to the 12th century as river trade developed because of the town's position.  Take a look at the History page to find out more.Henley-on-Thames is a pretty riverside market town

on one of the most beautiful stretches of the River Thames, in gently wooded, rolling countryside. It is an hour west of London and close to the M4 and M40 making it ideal for a day trip or

for a long weekend away from the madding crowd (photo kindly supplied by sidni.brener@yahoo.co.uk)

Against the the backdrop of history and natural tranquility lies an outstanding variety of specialist shops for the serious browser.  

Residents and visitors alike can enjoy our many parks and open spaces, wander by the river, charter boats along the river and whet their appetites at the many and varied restaurants,

cafes and pubs to which the town plays host.  

If you live or work in Henley there are all kinds of ways you can get involved in the life of our thriving community, from sports and the arts to growing vegetables in our allotments or

becoming a 'gardening buddy'.  Henley has something for everyone as we hope you will discover when you browse this website.

Check out our 'What's On' page for events in and around Henley coming up soon. For pictures and information about Britain in Bloom click here.                                     


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