Henley Peace Tree ceremony
Henley Quakers have given a tree to the town as a focus for peace. Henley has memorials for townsfolk who have been killed in war, but until now nothing to denote hope for the future – Peace. The tree was planted in Mill Meadows by the Parks Department. An inauguration by the mayor had to be cancelled because of the pandemic but the tree has been well looked after. On 23 July about 20 members of Henley meeting gathered at the tree. We had a meeting for worship and unveiled a plaque with a quotation from the Quaker poet and anti-slavery campaigner John Greenleaf Whittier. We then celebrated with a picnic.
The Peace Tree is at Mill Meadows near the hedge in front of the River and Rowing Museum.