THE first ever Henley in Bloom activity day has been hailed a success — despite being hit by rain.
Members of the group were in Market Place on Saturday to raise awareness of their work but had to finish at 12.30pm instead of 2pm due to a heavy downpour.
The event was the brainchild of Henley in Bloom chairwoman Kellie Hinton and was designed to celebrate and encourage horticulture, art, heritage, health and wellbeing, civic pride and community.
Fellow town councillors helped man stalls together with members of the Henley Allotments Association and the Henley Archaeological and Historical Society.
There was also face-painting for children and rock covers band Crossfire Hurricanes performed. Raffle tickets were sold to help cover the cost of the event.
Councillor Hinton said: “It was really lovely and everything I had hoped for but unfortunately the weather got us so we had to finish early. We can’t do anything about the weather.
“We were able to celebrate horticulture by planting seeds and it was great to have councillors in attendance and they were meeting residents.”
Cllr Hinton said she hoped to use the leftover materials to run a stall at other events including a Soha event at Makins recreation ground and a fun day at Henley YMCA.
“We’ve still got a lot of things in stock so we’re looking to get involved in other community events,” she said.