Monday, 26 July 2021

Baskets on target

THE Henley Standard’s Buy a Basket campaign is just 28 baskets away from its 150 target.

THE Henley Standard’s Buy a Basket campaign is just 28 baskets away from its 150 target.

A further 21 baskets were bought over the past week, bringing the total so far to 122.

We are urging town centre shops, businesses and residents to buy the summer hanging baskets to boost Henley’s chances of becoming Britain in Bloom champion and beat the current record of 146, set in 2005.

Caroline Langler, a member of the group which is co-ordinating the sales, said: “I am astonished at how generous and community- spirited people have been so far, which is lovely.”

Almost half of the latest purchases were made by Henley residents. This year was the first that residents have been able to buy the baskets, which are supplied and maintained by Windowflowers.

Duncan Campbell bought two for his house in Greys Road and said: “I like the idea of brightening the town up a bit and spreading Britain in Bloom all through the town rather than just in the centre.”

Sue and Tony Vivian-Wright also live in Greys Road and bought two baskets.

Mrs Vivian-Wright said: “They make the town look so nice and our house is at the bottom of the road so lots of people will see them as they drive into the town. The baskets make the town look bright and cheerful.”

Heidi Whitelock, of New Street, bought one basket and said: “Windowflowers do a really good job and the baskets always look really beautiful.” Selina Craig, of Gravel Hill, ordered one basket and said: “I just thought it would be a nice thing to do.

“My house kind of sticks out into the road so it’s a good place to put one. I’m trying to encourage some of my neighbours to buy one too.”

Nansi Diamond, of Thames Side, ordered one basket and said: “We hope Henley does well in Britain in Bloom because everybody works terribly hard.”

Jane Clarke, of King’s Road, also ordered one basket and said: “I feel lucky to live in such a beautiful town and I think it’s great to be able to support it and make it look pretty for the summer.”

Higgs Group, publishers of the Henley Standard, has ordered six hanging baskets for its premises in Station Road.

Managing director Neil Ratcliffe said: “Last year we bought three baskets so this year we decided to double that. The campaign is gaining momentum and we wanted to demonstrate our commitment to the cause. The target is now in sight and hopefully we will reach 150 baskets in the next couple of weeks.”

Nick Warner, director of Bell Street estate agents Savills, ordered two baskets.

He said: “Savills are delighted to support this initiative to show Henley at its very best, adding colour throughout the summer when many visitors come to town.”

Juliet Steynor, manager of Noa Noa in Duke Street, ordered one basket and said: “We want to support the community. The ladies from Henley in Bloom who came to see us were really enthusiastic and said if everyone got them it would help to win the competition.”

Louisa Bisson, co-owner of furniture and interiors shop Brook House in Reading Road, ordered one basket.

She said the campaign would help unite the town.

Sam Jonkers, owner of Jonkers bookshop in Hart Street, ordered one basket, saying the floral display would make the town look pretty.

Windowflowers, based in Burnham, provides the baskets, which will be installed next month and maintained until October at a cost of £49.50 plus VAT per basket.

This year’s basket will feature gold bidens to celebrate Henley’s success in the regional round of Britain in Bloom last year.

To order a hanging basket, complete the form printed here. Alternatively, pick up an application form from Henley town hall.

The form can also be downloaded at www.henley towncouncil.gov.uk

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