Billy Pinches is.....

What follows appeared in the Roundabout Magazine mid year 2003.

Henley Plant Hire were instrumental in renovating my neglected garden when I first moved in to my present home. They supplied the equipment needed to cut down the 100 odd horrid Leylandii trees which surounded it. They were also responsible for digging the holes to put in the posts for my new garden fence. Well nearly....They supplied the wherewithal....Phil & I did the work....
I have since forgiven them.

Later, (after I had recovered!) My 'next of kin' imformed me that I was once more in need, I trundled down to Reading Road in Henley, only to be told that Billy Pinces was consolidating. Consolidating? Yes! He's moved! He has now placed his scattered outposts under one roof and has refurbished and enlarged the original premises, with ample parking, on Meadows Farm, Marlow Road from which he started the business nearly 30 years ago.

Lovely! I could never find anywhere to park in Henley town anyway.

It was then that I met Billy Pinches, and was captivated
by his understated enthusiasm, drive and very big hat

He took me for a guided tour and suprised me with the range and extent of his products, which ranged from things as little as an emmersion heater spanner to a 13 ton digger!

Billy was originally a landscape gardener, and only when a friend borrowed some freely given equipment and then insisted on paying for it did he realise the niche in the market. From what was then a virtually non-existant service he now covers building, horticulture and DIY needs and stocks such diverse things as scaffolding towers, the latest American hydrostatic cultivators, hydraulic diggers and turf cutters a la Alan Tichmarsh.

Apart from the hire of tools and retail items ranging from safety boots to kiddies industrial type toys, the showroom contains a vast array of industrial lighting, space heaters, 'Dickies' clothing and a good range of Dewalt tools.

He's clever man is Billy.

..And I didn't 'arf fancy his hat.


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