Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Businesses and residents get behind Buy a Basket campaign

SEVENTEEN hanging baskets have been purchased by Henley businesses and residents during the past week.

SEVENTEEN hanging baskets have been purchased by Henley businesses and residents during the past week.

These latest orders bring the total number of baskets sold since the Henley Standard launched its Buy a Basket campaign a fortnight ago to 21.

We are urging town centre shops, businesses and residents to buy hanging baskets in order to reach a record 150 — and boost Henley’s chances of becoming Britain in Bloom champion.

Andy Jarvis, director of Aura Creative in Bell Street, has ordered three baskets after reading about our campaign.

The marketing communications business moved to the town in January.

Mr Jarvis said: “The idea of hanging baskets appealed as it helps showcase our great building, brightens up the end of Bell Street and helps us do our bit for the town in the bid to win Britain in Bloom.

“Obviously this is the first time we have purchased baskets but hopefully won’t be the last as we’ll look forward to helping defend the title next year.”

He said he was considering adding a windowbox or tub display.

Two hanging baskets have been purchased by residents of Boathouse Reach.

Resident Jane Berry said: “There are 19 properties and between us we have decided to put the baskets up. There are lots of people who walk down Meadow Road towards the River and Rowing Museum and the park so it will help make the area more attractive.

“I would imagine the Britain in Bloom judges will be coming down Meadow Road so I hope it will help.”

Volunteers at the Helen and Douglas House charity shop in Duke Street have donated money to buy a basket for the store.

Gay Peel, one of the volunteers, said: “We couldn’t ask the charity to give us the money for a basket because it kind of defeats the object so we all think this is a brilliant idea. Henley Town Council has agreed to pay for a bracket, which is really kind of them as it means it will be up there forever and maybe we’ll be able to do this year after year.

“When you drive into the town, whichever way you approach it, it’s really fabulous when all the baskets are up.”

Kate Hardy, practice manager of Lawrence Hamblin solicitors in Greys Road, has ordered two baskets as usual.

She said: “They make Henley look lovely. We fully support Henley in Bloom and we are positive that we are going to be very successful in the competition.”

Deborah Corcoran, office manager for Saer Ltd, has ordered two hanging baskets.

The Station Road company, an oil and gas consultancy, used to order one basket but decided to double its order a few years ago.

Mrs Corcoran said: “They make the building look pretty and it’s nice for the street. I think they make Henley look colourful and even more attractive than it already is.”

Edward Hems, practice principal at Royal House Dental Centre in Station Road, has ordered one basket for the first time.

He said: “We have done the Christmas tree for a number of years and are delighted to support Henley’s bid for Britain in Bloom.

“It is a privilege to be in such a beautiful town and any small thing we can do to support it we will be very happy to do.” Jason Lock, director of search marketing agency Screaming Frog in Market Place, has ordered a hanging basket for the first time. He said: “Screaming Frog decided to buy a basket to assist Henley’s entry in the Britain in Bloom national finals.

“While we’re certain the council will do a great job in making the town’s displays look great, it’s also the responsibility of all the local residents and business owners to play their part.

“As a business, it’s not always easy to find the time to look after hanging baskets, so supporting the Henley Standard’s campaign and having Windowflowers do all the hard work is ideal.”

Liz Taylor, property manager for Bell Street estate agents Robinson Sherston, has ordered one hanging basket as usual.

“It does make the town look nice.” she said. “The baskets definitely make a difference.”

Former Henley residents Andrew and Rachel Morrison sent a letter and cheque for £50 to Henley in Bloom to sponsor a hanging basket.

The Morrisons, who now live in Holyport, near Maidenhead, wrote: “We wish you success in the Britain in Bloom competition.”

Marisa Francini, a member of Henley in Bloom who is co-ordinating the sale of the hanging baskets, said: “We are very pleased as 17 is big improvement on last week and we hope the momentum will continue.

“We have had a lot of interest shown from businesses in the town and we have leafleted more retailers this week so hopefully orders from high street shops will start to pick up.”

Windowflowers, based in Burnham, provides the baskets which will be installed next month and maintained until October at a cost of £49.50 plus VAT per basket.

This year’s basket will feature gold bidens to celebrate Henley’s success in the regional round last year.

To order a hanging basket, complete the form printed here. Alternatively, pick up an application form from Henley town hall. The form can also be downloaded at www.henley towncouncil.gov.uk

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