Jemini Flowers Florist Prepares for Platinum Jubilee


Liz Pinker, who has worked at Jemini Flowers in the indoor market for about 40 years, is busier than ever.

Throughout this period, she worked in the various units that the store occupied in the historic market.

As the Platinum Jubilee celebrations approach early next month, Ms Pinker knows the shop’s flowers will sell well.

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She said: “Customers will be coming in and buying flowers for their homes for the Jubilee weekend – I think we’re going to be very busy.

“We have installed many pennants and flags in the covered market and many traders will participate in a window decoration competition.

“I think most retailers will get involved and have their windows decorated by May 28.

“People will be buying flowers for their homes or wanting to take flowers with them if they are visiting friends for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Ms Pinker, who lives in Kirtlington, near Kidlington, said she enjoys working with other traders on various projects in the market.

She added: “Right now I think the market is improving – there’s a good post-Covid vibe.”

Ms. Pinker always takes every opportunity she can to work with other traders on joint market projects.

Along with iScream’s Graham MacDonald and Ellie, the manager of The Garden, she helped bring shopkeepers together for their most successful Easter egg hunt ever.

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Most recently, Ms Pinker has worked with The Garden of Oxford and The Woolhound to help coordinate the market’s Platinum Jubilee activities, which include a Spot the Corgi market competition for young families.

She is already getting herself into the Jubilee spirit by planning her participation in the Inter-Market Traders Jubilee Showcase Competition. When not busy with her role as store manager for Jemini Flowers, she volunteers on community projects at home.

“It keeps me busy but I love doing it,” she added.

Her role as a volunteer includes working for Dance 10 Theater School as a community leader where she is responsible for all fundraising. She also volunteers for the Kirtlington Youth Club as secretary and volunteer helper, Kirtlington Village Hall as a committee member, and she also helps organize Kirtlington Fete.

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After working for Jemini for approximately 40 years, Ms. Pinker has come to know the customers well and they appreciate her service with a smile and sense of humor. Preparations for the platinum jubilee showcase are well underway and a vintage Union Jack has been found. The vintage flag belonged to his grandmother, who owned a pub and this flag has been in their family since the 1950s. It was last used at the 1977 Silver Jubilee celebrations.

This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team over 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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