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Going for Gold closes in on halfway point
Published 12/05/14



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THE Henley Standard’s Going for Gold campaign is closing in on the halfway mark.

Seventy-two summer hanging baskets have been sold in the first three weeks of our campaign to boost Henley’s chances of becoming Britain in Bloom champion.

We are urging town centre shops, businesses and residents to buy baskets and beat last year’s record-breaking total of 163.

Henley won the silver gilt in the Royal Horticultural Society national competition last year and this time the town is going for gold. Marisa Francini, a member of Henley in Bloom who co-ordinates the sale of the baskets, is calling for orders to be made within the next 10 days.

She said: “We have doubled last week’s figure and that is absolutely fantastic.


“However, we still have a long way to go. Ideally we need to get all the orders sent in over the next 10 days so that we can start putting up the baskets at the end of May.

“We will be contacting businesses around the town during that time to remind them of this great initiative and to help Henley look wonderful for the judging and throughout the summer.”

Ten businesses based at The Hub in Station Road have clubbed together to buy six baskets. Elizabeth Cairns, who works for Quintessa, said: “Everyone loved the baskets last year and thought they looked really nice.

“We are one of the first buildings you see as you come out of the station and there are lots of businesses based here so we decided to collectively buy the baskets because the outside does need cheering up a bit.”

Waitrose in Bell Street has ordered three baskets.

Ellaine Campbell, partner co-ordination manager, said: “I think everybody in the town should respond to this campaign because it is a good thing for companies to become involved in.

“We are tucked away from the town centre but we do like to make an effort to make the shop look nice.”

Four other businesses have ordered two baskets each and another nine businesses have ordered one.

Savills estate agents in Bell Street has ordered two baskets as usual.

Helen Booker, office administration representative, said: “We are in quite a prominent position on the corner of Bell Street and New Street so we want to look welcoming and have lots of flowers for people to look at as they travel through Henley.”

Reids of Henley in Reading Road supports Henley in Bloom every year and has ordered two baskets this year. Kay Reid said: “Henley is a tourist attraction and if everyone has a hanging basket it does make the town look much prettier.”

Joules in Market Place has ordered one basket.

A spokeswoman said: “Colour and brightness, not to mention the odd floral print, is what Joules is all about so we couldn’t wait to get involved with Henley in Bloom.

“Supporting a local event and adding even more vibrancy to this great town is something we were more than happy to do.”

E T Sheppard and Daltons, both in Reading Road, have each ordered one basket as usual.

Paul Dalton, proprietor of Daltons, said: “We always support Henley in Bloom and want to brighten up the town and win the gold medal.”

Carol Jones, office manager at E T Sheppard, said: “We want to support the town and make it look pretty.”

Sparkes jewellers in Station Road has ordered one basket.

Owner Sheila Clark said: “I have always had hanging baskets outside the shop and the Henley in Bloom campaign is such a positive initiative.

“The baskets are large and good value for money so we will always support them. Lots of people seem to be getting involved this year, which is wonderful.”

The d:two centre in Market Place has ordered one basket. Administrator David Prior said: “We have had baskets in the past few years and we find that they make our building look much better and it adds to the attractiveness of Henley.”

Eight residents have supported the campaign by buying baskets to decorate their homes.

Norman Peters is getting involved for the first time and has bought two baskets for his home in Northfield End.

He said: “We wanted to make the house and town look pretty.”

Jean Lowery has bought two baskets to decorate her home in Bell Street for the first time.

She said: “The baskets looked really good last year and I thought it would be nice to have some outside my house. For me, the bonus is that the scheme includes watering, which is helpful if you are going away on holiday.”

Philip Allison and Nansi Diamond, of Thames Side, have supported Henley in Bloom for years and have bought one basket this year.

Mrs Diamond said: “We absolutely love the hanging baskets. They look wonderful.The service is terrific because they are watered every day which means I can go away and know they are going to be looked after.”

Windowflowers, based in Burnham, provides the baskets which will be installed at the end of May and maintained until October at a cost of 60 for one or 116.40 for two, including VAT.

To order a hanging basket, and ensure it is installed by the end of the month, download and complete the form here and return it within the next 10 days.

THE following have ordered baskets: Six — Higgs Group, Station Road, The Hub, Station Road; five — The Argyll, Market Place; Three — Patisserie Franco Belge, Duke Street, Ballards, Hart Street, Waitrose, Bell Street; Two — A Manning UK, Reading Road, Stonehouse Property Care, Station Road, Facy’s, Market Place, Jaeger, River Side, Saer, Station Road, The Veterinary Centre, Reading Road, Jean Long, Bell Street, Savills, Bell Street, Tony and Sue Vivian-Wright, Greys Road, Kench & Co, Station Road, Nik Peters, Northfield End, Rive Gauche, Hart Street, Reids of Henley, Reading Road, Duncan Campbell, Greys Road, L Cormack, Northfield End; One — Towergate Insurance, Duke Street, Royal House Dental Centre, Station Road, Selina Craig, Gravel Hill, Philip Allison and Nansi Diamond, Thames Side, Joules, Market Place, Marc Antoni, Hart Street, d:two, Market Place, Sparkes Jewellery, Station Road, Daltons, Reading Road, E T Sheppard, Reading Road, P Godding, Meadow Road, Knight Frank, Thames Side, Robinson Sherston, Bell Street, Buffery & Co, Hart Street, Jonkers Rare Books, Hart Street, Pamela Beggin, Thames Side.

THE following have ordered baskets: Six — Higgs Group, Station Road, The Hub, Station Road; five — The Argyll, Market Place; Three — Patisserie Franco Belge, Duke Street, Ballards, Hart Street, Waitrose, Bell Street; Two — A Manning UK, Reading Road, Stonehouse Property Care, Station Road, Facy’s, Market Place, Jaeger, River Side, Saer, Station Road, The Veterinary Centre, Reading Road, Jean Long, Bell Street, Savills, Bell Street, Tony and Sue Vivian-Wright, Greys Road, Kench & Co, Station Road, Nik Peters, Northfield End, Rive Gauche, Hart Street, Reids of Henley, Reading Road, Duncan Campbell, Greys Road, L Cormack, Northfield End; One — Towergate Insurance, Duke Street, Royal House Dental Centre, Station Road, Selina Craig, Gravel Hill, Philip Allison and Nansi Diamond, Thames Side, Joules, Market Place, Marc Antoni, Hart Street, d:two, Market Place, Sparkes Jewellery, Station Road, Daltons, Reading Road, E T Sheppard, Reading Road, P Godding, Meadow Road, Knight Frank, Thames Side, Robinson Sherston, Bell Street, Buffery & Co, Hart Street, Jonkers Rare Books, Hart Street, Pamela Beggin, Thames Side.

Published 12/05/14

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