Saturday, 13 August 2022

Owner’s flowers help shop win window display contest

A BOUTIQUE has won the Henley summer window display competition.

A BOUTIQUE has won the Henley summer window display competition.

Barbara Easton in Duke Street paid homage to Henley Royal Regatta with a display of souvenirs from the event, including a picture of Gloriana from last year. There were also items such as a hippo, the symbol of Leander Club, that were bought from neighbouring shops.

Owner Barbara Easton, who has had the shop in Henley for almost 20 years, also used flowers from her own garden to mark Henley in Bloom, the competition’s theme. She said: “I am so glad to win but it was a joint effort with the staff and we put a lot into it.

“We try to support Henley shops so everything was bought locally. The little hippo was bought from the Sue Ryder charity shop. The fuchsias are from my garden, which is looking rather naked as a result.”

Mrs Easton received a cheque for £150, the Perpetual Cup and a bottle of champagne.

She often takes part in Henley’s window display competitions and also won the last one at Christmas. Mrs Easton said: “I think all shops should do that extra little bit as we have a lot of people coming into the town, including those from overseas.”

Judge Jeni Wood, a town councillor, said: “The window says everything about the theme — everything that has to be there is there. It is also very blooming.”

Lawrence Menswear in Duke Street was runner-up and third place went to the Henley Pharmacy in Bell Street.

A “unique window award” was given to Cannelle in Hart Street which created a “lab” of essential oils from natural flowers to reflect Henley in Bloom. The display also included pipettes, funnels and tubes as well as white coats. The shop received a cheque for £25 which the staff will put towards a picnic.

The competition was sponsored by Hotel du Vin, of New Street, jewellers Precious Love, of Duke Street, office services company Delegate and financial advisors Milton Gordon & Co, both of Hart Street. White Gdn florists in Hart Street provided a sunflower which each entrant had to display.

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