Thursday, 05 August 2021

On course for another great display of baskets

NINETY-THREE hanging baskets have been sold by Henley in Bloom in less than three weeks.

NINETY-THREE hanging baskets have been sold by Henley in Bloom in less than three weeks.

Shops, businesses and residents have bought one or more of the summer baskets, which will be red, white and blue to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Many more are expected to be sold in the next few weeks as the town aims to match last year’s record of 209 baskets.

Kellie Hinton, vice-chairwoman of Henley in Bloom, said: “The sales for the first couple of weeks were great but I would really like to urge the chain stores to get involved.

“Each year we do this campaign we see an increase in the number of baskets bought by residents and independent shops but never much from the chain stores.

“Well done to everyone who is supporting Henley in Bloom and a plea to those managers and assistant managers of the chain stores to lobby their area managers.

“These baskets make the town look as wonderful as possible, which is good for all businesses.” The baskets will once again be supplied and maintained by WindowFlowers, of Burnham, and will be put up at the end of May or start of June.

The first basket of this year’s campaign was bought by town councillor Will Hamilton for his home in Greys Road.

He said: “I am not a very good gardener so someone else looking after it is ideal. It would be great if everyone in Henley could have one.”

Hilary Redhead, who runs the Bell Bookshop in Bell Street, has bought two baskets. She said: “It’s a nice feature outside the shop and makes the place look nice.

“We’ve not really got anything outside and the baskets are maintained so we don’t have to worry about them. It’s nice to support something like this.”

Aspen Weatherburn, proprietor of Naughty Mutt Nice in Reading Road, bought one basket for her shop as she has done in previous years.

She said: “The hanging baskets make all the shop fronts look really beautiful and this year it is a wonderful way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.”

The Strada restaurant in Bell Street has ordered two baskets.

General manager David Bird said: “We have supported the hanging basket scheme for years in the summer and the winter.

“The baskets enhance the frontage and we’re lucky enough to have two more on a lamppost outside.

“It certainly helps that I live, work and shop in the town, even though Strada is a national chain.

“We are very much involved in the local community. We did a Sue Ryder charity day in November and we support other local charities.

“Ninety per cent of the team live in Henley. It’s a beautiful town and just because we’re a national chain it does not mean we can’t get involved.” McQueen Turner Solicitors, in Station Road, have ordered a hanging basket and a bracket to put it on.

Principal Alexa McQueen Turner said: “We actually just missed out last year so as soon as we saw it in the Henley Standard we put in the order.

“We have only been in this office for three years and we were kicking ourselves that we didn’t get involved last year.

“It’s about supporting the town and that’s what the business wants to do.”

Investment firm Courtiers has ordered two hanging baskets for its premises in Hart Street.

Brand manager Leo Hallam said: “We like working with the local community. The baskets are pleasant to look at and I think when you’re walking in town you notice them as they are well presented.”

Each hanging basket costs £60, including VAT, which is £1 less than last year’s baskets.

There will also be a £20 discount with orders of 10 or more baskets. A bracket to hang a basket costs £22, including installation.

Order forms are available from the town hall or to order a basket, call Becky Walker at Henley Town Council on (01491) 576982 or email

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