Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Just 17 more to go as hanging baskets are ready to go up

THE Henley Standard’s Buy a Basket campaign is just 17 baskets away from its 150 target.

THE Henley Standard’s Buy a Basket campaign is just 17 baskets away from its 150 target.

Seven businesses have pledged support over the past week, bringing the total number of baskets sold so far to 133.

We are urging town centre shops, businesses and residents to buy the Windowflowers summer 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 do hope we meet our target because it means so much when everyone gets into the spirit of things.

“It’s always nice for more baskets to be added each year, although we are most grateful and appreciative to the businesses who buy them every year.”

Vanessa Lakatos, owner of Deep Clothing in Reading Road, has ordered one basket. She said: “We always support the town as we all have to do our bit and work together as a community. The baskets make the town a nicer place to visit.”

Clive Hemsley, managing director of Billings Europe in Hart Street, has ordered two baskets. He said: “They make a fantastic difference to the town and I think everybody should have them. It’s brilliant that residents are now able to buy them because the more people who have them, the better.”

Martin Turner, branch manager of building merchants Gibbs & Dandy in Reading Road, said he would order three baskets as usual.

“We like to support the local community and promote Henley as a destination,” he said. “Although we are part of a national group, we think of ourselves as a local merchant.”

Joel Adams, of Temptation Gifts in Bell Street, said: “Temptation will be providing two beautiful hanging baskets, one above each of our award-winning window displays. We’re delighted to contribute to just one of the projects which make Henley such a vibrant and beautiful town to visit all-year round.”

Janice Stow, optical assistance at Frost Borneo in Hart Street, said one basket would be ordered, as usual.

“We love making the street and the practice look nice because it is all about showing pride in your town,” she said. “It is important that when you drive into a town it looks nice because you can tell a lot from the street furniture and way the town is kept.” Paul Dalton, proprietor of Daltons estate agents in Reading Road, will order one basket.

“We have always bought them,” he said. “I think it cheers the place up and makes it look colourful. The campaign is a good idea and if it helps us win the Britain in Bloom competition then that would be great.”

Buffery & Co accountants and tax advisers in Hart Street will also order one basket.

Windowflowers, based in Burnham, provides the hanging baskets, which will be installed from next week 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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