As early as the 16th century, the fourth Sunday of Lent was called Mothering Sunday, when families came together to attend church. It was traditionally a day off for servants, who could use it to return home and visit their mothers, since they wouldn’t get to see them during the rest of the year …..By the early 20th century, Mothering Sunday had evolved into a tradition of spending family time at home.
Children and young people who were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.
Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.
This year it is 31st March and Chocolate Café Customers treat their mums to breakfast, lunch or Afternoon Tea. It is one of the few days of the year when we don’t require you to book a table, but we always look forward to warmly welcoming you and your families.
And if you are looking for fab gift ideas to treat your special mum, then you can buy Chocolate Café gift vouchers or get 25% off on our popular Chocolate Tasting for Two by joining our VIP list. https://chocolatecafehenley.co.uk/vip-list/
This includes a glass of Prosecco each and a delicious platter of various different chocolates treats made in house, together with a hot chocolate sauce to dip marshmallows, bananas and strawberries in. There are no expiry date on our vouchers so it makes an ideal present for mum.
For other Mothering Sunday gift Ideas go to https://chocolatecafehenley.co.uk/shopping/
The streets of New York visit Henley on Thames via Reading Operatic Society!
ROS is proud to present the much loved musical ‘Annie’.
Chocolate Cafe Henley is offering people who attend this performance a special treat (to be advised), so please keep your ticket.
Based on the popular comic strip, Annie tells the extraordinary story of a little orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury with Depression-era billionaire Oliver Warbucks.
Unlike most of the other children at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage, spunky Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her.
So when Mr. Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks the most powerful man in America to help find her real mom and dad instead, and he agrees.
Warbucks’ whopping reward for finding Annie’s parents attracts the attention of con artists Rooster, Lily and the wicked Miss Hannigan, who hatch a plot to kidnap Annie and take the $50,000 reward.
Featuring songs such as ‘Maybe’, ‘Little Girls’, ‘You’re Never Fully Dressed’ and ‘Tomorrow’, this is a show not to be missed and will have you leaving the theatre humming (and singing) these classics tunes.
Refill is a national practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street. We know water fountains can be expensive to install and maintain, so now friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses are welcoming people in to refill your water bottle – for free
The Problem with Plastic
Plastic pollution is damaging the health of our oceans. From plankton to pilot whales, algae to albatross ― no ocean life remains free from the effects of plastic waste. It’s even found in the seafood we eat. It’s been dubbed as “one of the most serious emerging threats to marine biodiversity,” by the Convention on Biological Diversity and between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year – over 80% of it coming from land-based sources. The main contributor is larger plastic litter, including everyday items such as drinks bottles and other types of plastic packaging, as well as sewage-related related debris, such as cotton buds, wet wipes, sanitary waste and microbeads.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. However global efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are just not keeping up.
Here in the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them – meaning nearly half (44%) are NOT put in the recycling. This means that nationally, of the over 35 million plastic bottles being used every day in the UK, nearly 16 million plastic bottles aren’t being put out for recycling.
If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation!
Refill Henley on Thames
A Refill Campaign was introduced in October to help reduce plastic waste. The river in Henley is extremely important to the locals, for many reasons including the Royal Rowing Regatta which takes place every summer. The river is a massive source of joy to visitors and locals as well as an important habitat to wildlife. The importance of keeping it clean and plastic-waste free was not lost on the people of Henley on Thames.
Within our Chocolate Cafes, we have always had a policy to refill water bottles. With countless cyclists throughout the year, together with walkers and other people passing by, this is something we have always offered. Whilst there is an official scheme in Henley you can get free water for your bottle in the Chocolate Café at Goring or Chocolate Cafe Wokingham.
Midsomer Murders was filmed in and around Henley and the town hosts a1 hour guided tours of Henley-On-Thames and its Midsomer Filming locations.
Led by local guides, the tour gives a personal touch and an insight into parts of the Town that tourists often miss. You will be shown filming locations from episodes of the long-running Midsomer Murders Series and iconic buildings and views of the town
The new series of Henley Midsomer Murder walking tours kicked off for 2018 season, starting from The Argyll pub where the episode ‘Last Year’s Model’ was filmed.
This year the series will celebrate the 21st series which has been filmed at a number of Henley locations including the latest location, Henley Rugby Club that will feature in the new series which has yet to be aired. The club was converted into the home of the Causton Lions RFC with several of the Hawks squad being part of the Lions team.
The Midsomer Murders walking tour starts at 11am every Saturday (apart from 7 July) until 27 October and takes approximately 1 hour.
The humble plastic straw’s days may be numbered! It may not have entirely escaped your notice but plastic straws have been getting a lot of bad press recently. Plastic has come to the fore with programmes like Blue Planet 2 highlighting the damage done to our seas and eco-system.
With that in mind, Chocolate Cafe Henley has decided to ditch plastic straws altogether and are now going to buy and offer degradable paper straws instead.
There is, of course, a price to pay as paper straws are 5 times more expensive than plastic. We think our customers would prefer to be as eco-friendly as possible. Whilst there is a large price difference the cafe doesn’t think this will need to be passed onto customers.
Please let us know what you think by commenting below.
Best wishes from Chocolate Cafe Henley.