Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Opposition councillor back in Henley in Bloom chair

KELLIE HINTON has returned as chairwoman of Henley in Bloom.

KELLIE HINTON has returned as chairwoman of Henley in Bloom.

The town councillor was ousted after the Conservatives won control of the town council from Henley Residents’ Group in May last year.

She was replaced by Conservative councillor Simon Smith and has been his deputy for the past year.

Now Cllr Smith has stepped down from the committee and has been replaced by Cllr Hinton with her HRG colleague David Eggleton becoming deputy chairman. Both were elected unanimously.

Henley Mayor Julian Brookes has taken the spare place on the committee.

Cllr Hinton said the committee wished to thank Cllr Smith for his participation over the last year. She also announced that the group is to host an activity day to celebrate horticulture in the town on June 25.

There will be up to 10 craft, plant and cake stalls at the event in Market Place from 10am to 2pm.

Cllr Hinton said she hoped to involve other community groups, such as Henley in Transition, Chelsea Fringe Henley and the Henley Allotments Association and to use the event to mark the Queen&rsquos 90th birthday, possibly with a large canvas for people to contribute to. Ideas for activities include a plant-a-seed stall, making twig candle holders using recycled plastic and twigs from Mill Meadows and floral-themed biscuit decorating.

The committee agreed to budget £150 for the event. It also agreed to give the Gardening Buddies £200 for their work across the town and £100 to Caroline Langler, a member of the group, to work on “grot spots”.

Meawnhile, entries are open for this year&rsquos Henley in Bloom competitions.

There will be awards for the best front, back and community gardens, pubs and restaurants.

The front and back gardens categories are split into patios and lawns while the community gardens can be maintained by residents or professionally. Gardens should be residents&rsquo own work and bonus points will be given for environmentally friendly gardens with insect-friendly flowers.

This year pubs and restaurants are being asked to enter the contest rather than being judged automatically.

Judging will take place during the week commencing July 18 and the awards will be presented at a ceremony on September 22.

Entry forms are available from the town hall and should be returned there by July 1.

For more information, call Caroline Langler on (01491) 577567 or email her at

• Henley in Bloom will be judged for the Thames and Chilterns in Bloom competition on July 14. The judges will be Peter Thompson, who also judged the town last year, and Norman Parker.

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