IT’S the gift that kept on giving – and now it’s standing in Wokingham town centre as a testament to the generous nature of the town’s people.
The Happiness Tree formed the focal point for a town-wide celebration of Easter, which took place in Market Place on Good Friday. Starting with hot cross buns at Wokingham Baptist Church in Milton Road, a procession headed up by the town’s mayors, Cllr Bob Wyatt and Peter Lucey, went to Market Place. As they arrived they were able to watch HeartBeat – The Rhythm of Love, a play organised by Stage-Fright and featuring a cast comprising local people and was the culmination of weeks of hard work. During the performance, the Happiness Tree was assembled. It brought together 700 good deeds that had been carried out over the past few weeks in the town. Organised by More Arts Wokingham, people had to perform a good deed and record it on the baton, which had been specially made by local wood turner Nigel Griffiths. These batons formed the branches of the Happiness Tree.Hundreds of people turned out for the popular event.
Pictures: Sharon and WIlliam Elliott