Tuesday, 03 August 2021

Homes show highlights creativity

THE second Henley House and Garden Show was officially launched at Phyllis Court Club.

THE second Henley House and Garden Show was officially launched at Phyllis Court Club.

More than 40 guests, including sponsors, architects, artists, designers and property developers, gathered at the networking event.

The show, which is organised by interior designer Niki Schafer and supported by the Henley Standard, will be held on the weekend of March 12 and 13.

There will be 65 exhibitors, 10 more than last year, with displays of indoor and outdoor furniture, flooring and artwork for the home.

The show will be opened on each day by a choir, including one with members of the Henley Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society.

It will be spread across four main sites — a marquee for exhibitors in Market Place, a space for more in the town hall, craft galleries in King’s Arms Barn and workshops at the Over-60s Club in Greys Road car park.

Guest speakers will include Julia Kendell of the BBC’s DIY SOS, who appeared at last year’s inaugural show, Jay Blades of Out of the Dark and Alastair Broom, managing director of GarageTek.

Angie and Calum Best, who both run Henley gyms, will be models for the home decor fashion show at 5pm on the first day, compered by Rob Heginbotham.

Workshops will include one on upcycling and a cookery demonstration by chef Shaun Dickens, who runs the Boathouse restaurant in Station Road.

Mrs Schafer herself will host a session called “A walk through interior design”.

It is hoped students from The Henley College will man stalls at the show to gain work experience.

Mrs Schafer, who lives in Walton Avenue, Henley, said: “As a director of the Henley Business Partnership, I realised there were a lot of people in the house and garden business and that people in this area love their homes and gardens.

“We’re all about promoting Henley at its best. The idea is lots and lots takes place during the summer months and we’re trying to promote Henley as a winter destination and celebrate with as many parts of Henley as possible.

“Visitors can expect fabulous craftsmanship, creativity and collaboration, which are the values of the show.”

This year the show will be raising money for the multi-sensory room at the Chiltern Centre for disabled children. About 4,000 people visited last year’s show.

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