THE Henley Standard’s Going for Gold campaign is only 28 hanging baskets away from its target of 170.
A further 25 baskets were ordered during the past week, bringing the current total to 142.
We are urging town centre shops, businesses and residents to buy summer hanging baskets to support Henley’s bid to win the gold in this year’s national Britain in Bloom competition.
Caroline Langler, a member of Henley in Bloom who has been co-ordinating the sale of the baskets, said: “We are immensely grateful to everyone who has bought one or more basket.
“As usual, the majority of the purchasers seem to be individual shopkeepers and it is disappointing not to see more chain businesses getting involved.
“It would be great if a few more premises in the town would buy a basket to fill a noticeable gap and help us reach our target.”
Among the latest buyers is Hobbs of Henley, in Station Road, which is taking part for the first time this year and has ordered four baskets.
Peter Herbert, one of the directors, said: “We like the town to look nice.
“Henley in Bloom has done an awful lot for the town and we are happy to support it and do our bit by ordering baskets.”
Shaun Dickens at the Boathouse in Station Road is also getting involved for the first time by buying a basket. Assistant manager Liam Kelly said: “The baskets help to brighten up Henley.
“We like to see the town as a whole looking beautiful and we think our guests will enjoy the flowers.”
Gibbs & Dandy building suppliers in Reading Road has increased its usual order from two baskets to four.Branch manager Michael Fuller said: “We like to support the community and the baskets look very nice when you drive through the town, so we decided to increase our normal order to have more of a presence along the road.”
Frost Borneo optometrists and opticians in Hart Street has ordered one basket.
Optical assistant Janis Stow said: “We always support Henley in Bloom because the town is very important to us and as a local business we want to get involved in the community.” Funeral directors A B Walker in Reading Road has ordered two baskets.
Director Julian Walker said: “We are very proud of Henley so anything we can do to enhance the ambience of the town we will. We see it as our duty to commit to improving the area as much as possible.”
Solicitors Laurence Hamblin in Greys Road has ordered two baskets.
Partner Ingmar Heil said: “We see ourselves as an integral part of Henley society and have been participating in Henley in Bloom for as long as we can remember.
“It is a great way for the town to show itself off to its full potential for visitors and residents alike and we are proud to be part of it.”
Henley Sales and Charter in Friday Street has ordered two baskets.
Director Gillian Nahum, said: “We have just moved to new premises in Friday Street, which is a very attractive place to be and will be ever more so with the addition of some floral adornments.”
Energy consultants ERCL/SAER in Station Road has ordered two baskets.
A spokeswoman said: “We are longtime supporters of Henley in Bloom. Both the summer and winter hanging baskets adorning our Dragon Court offices are always a delight for us and anyone walking or driving by.”
BR Management in Boathouse Reach has ordered two baskets.
Residents have also shown their support for the campaign by ordering six baskets in the last week.
Lord and Lady Remnant ordered two for their home in Northfield End.
Lord Remnant said: “I think Henley should be proud of the attractive entrance to the town from Oxford. It wouldn’t do any harm to brighten up Northfield End a bit and I hope that the hanging baskets will achieve exactly that.”
Thomas and Judith Naskret, of Hart Street, took part last year and have ordered one basket this year.
Mr Naskret said: “We think the baskets brighten up the whole area. We live near Henley Bridge and think it’s nice to make a contribution to the town.”
Kellie Hinton, who chairs Henley in Bloom, said: “It would be great to get more people to support the campaign.
“We have had a lot of personal donations and it is really great that people are coming on board, we just need those few extra orders, particularly from the larger chains.”
The baskets contain brightly coloured flowers including pansies, obconica and senetti, among others.
Windowflowers, based in Burnham, is providing the baskets and will maintain them until October at a cost of £60 for one or £116.40 for two (including VAT).
The form to order the baskets can be downloaded at www.henleystandard.co.uk
Henley has won gold in the town category for the Thames Valley and Chilterns region of the competition for the last two years and won silver gilt in the national competition last year.