Monday, 23 October 2017

Bloom organisers to receive £5,000 a year

AN annual donation of £5,000 is to be made by the town council to support Henley in Bloom.

AN annual donation of £5,000 is to be made by the town council to support Henley in Bloom.

The council gave that amount as a one-off donation ahead of the town’s inclusion in this year’s national Britain in Bloom final.

Now it has agreed to do the same every year as it used to years ago.

Councillor Elizabeth Hodgkin made a plea for the grant to be reinstated at a meeting of the council’s recreation and amenities committee.

She said: “It has been years since Henley in Bloom has had a funding line from this town council. When we struggled for money it was one of the lines that went.

“I think it is time we put faith in what we are doing. Henley in Bloom provides a massive amount to this town and it will assist us in the work we have been doing.”

Councillor David Clenshaw said he would support a £5,000 donation to help the town in the national final next year but didn’t think it should be an annual grant.

Councillor Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, replied: “What we did last year was a tremendous amount of work and we added a lot of things in town.We are going for gold but we don’t just do it for competitions, we do it for Henley.”

Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak said he had “issues” with a permanent budget line but added: “Henley in Bloom does give fantastic value.”

The committee approved the proposal by six votes to three and the decision was ratified by the full council.

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