Monday, 02 August 2021

That’s 163... final hanging baskets go up

THE final Windowflowers hanging baskets will be installed in Henley this week.

THE final Windowflowers hanging baskets will be installed in Henley this week.

Six more have been purchased by Henley businesses during the past week, bringing the total number sold since the Henley Standard launched its Buy a Basket campaign to 163 — 13 more than our record-breaking target of 150.

The campaign was launched in April to boost the town’s chances of becoming Britain in Bloom champion.

Marisa Francini, a member of Henley in Bloom, which has co-ordinated the basket sales, said: “We are very proud that the businesses and people of Henley continue to support this campaign, particularly when money is so tight. The regional judging is on July 19, with the national judging following 10 days later. We should have a fantastic display by then, especially if we get some sunny, warm days. Thank you again to all who have ordered. I can’t wait to see the results.”

Alexandra Balintova, manager of Maison Blanc in Hart Street, has ordered two baskets and said: “I am a flower lover and I would like to support Henley in Bloom. I like to attract customers by having a nice outside area.”

Roy Hastings, who co-owns the Chocolate Theatre Café in Thame Side, also ordered two baskets.

He said: “We want the place to look nice and we felt that having a company watering them for us would keep them looking exciting. This is the first year we’ve had them and it is to bring the café up to the standard of the rest of the town.” Catherine Mayne, manager of Jaeger in Thame Side, said she was inspired to buy two baskets after hanging baskets attached to the lamp posts along the river front had to be removed due to safety concerns.

“We just thought it was shameful that there are none along the river,” she said. “We have pushed our head office and they have agreed so that we can get into the spirit of things and help make the area look pretty.”

Henley is competing for the national title for the first time after winning gold in the town category for the Thames Valley and Chilterns region in last year’s competition.

lProducers from the BBC’s One Show, who were due in Henley yesterday (Thursday) to film an item about the campaign, have postponed their visit to July 22 due to other filming commitments.

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