Villeroy & Boch

Aquarius of Howden Welcomes Villeroy and Boch


Aquarius has been trading in Howden for over 27 years. Our work tends to cross a number of traditional bou

ndaries. Bathroom designs  have to keep abreast of new technologies and changing  expectations. The final installations are then created  by combining a variety of trade skills in what is often a very small workspace.

Since the latest recession began we have had to work hard, like all other businesses, to maintain turnover  without compromising standards. We have always tried to provide options to suit all budgets and we do this by carefully selecting our products. We recently took the decision to add a very well respected brand to our showroom which will give us even more range and versatility in our future designs.

The new addition is ‘Villeroy and Boch’ who have and expect exacting standards. They are an exclusive brand and we had to be sure that their range was suitable with plenty of products to improve our offering at all price points before we took the concession.

After initial discussions  and studies of their ranges we are delighted to become involved with them. Nothing in this world is certain, but we are confident that  Aquarius of Howden and Villeroy & Boch will be a very effective combination. We are also proud to be bringing such a prestigious product into the heart of Howden. We hope that this will make a further contribution to the many fine and varied businesses which help to define the special shape and feel of this quietly exciting market town.

So, to complete the introduction, Howden, meet Villeroy and Boch. Villeroy and Boch, meet Howden.

Aquarius of Howden





Phil’s Testimonial: Shower room design and build.

“They were great guys, they always cleaned up after themselves, vacuumed up daily, very professional, and we were delighted with the job when it was finished”

Suzi’s Testimonial: Bathroom design and build

“The whole thing was seamless as far as we were concerned, and I think that’s the beauty of Aquarius’ service. They really do put the customer first.”

Sally’s Testimonial: Bathroom design and build.

“When you go in they’re extremely helpful, if you’re not sure they’ll always be patient and help you with what you want. They only want to give the best customer service that they can”

Ken’s testimonial: Two bathrooms over 20 years.

“The standard of work was exceptional…you won’t get any better at a reasonable price”

The intrepid adventurers return

Graham Harrison from Aquarius of Howden welcomes Geoff and Sophie Earl back to Howden after their epic Lands End to John O’Groats charity cycle ride that was supported by Aquarius and other Howden businesses.

The intrepid Aquarius sponsored cycling team has left Lands End

As reported in our last blog post, Geoff and Sophie Earl are embarking on an epic cycle ride to raise money for World Vision.  Resplendent in Aquarius of Howden shirts, they have started their journey and sent this picture and feedback;

“Cyclists sporting aquarius shirts at lands end this morning. First leg all to plan just too many hills!”

Good luck for the rest of the ride and we look forward to making you a cuppa at the showroom on 5th August!

Aquarius of Howden supports epic fundraising challenge

An epic cycling challenge involving an East Yorkshire father and daughter has been given a boost by a Howden bathroom business.

On 31st July, Geoff and Sophie Earl from Asselby near Howden will embark on the famous Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride, with no support vehicle and riding the 1080 miles with just what they can carry on their bikes.

Geoff Earl, Sophie Earl and Laurie Kersey prepare for their epic cycle ride

Generously supported by Aquarius of Howden and other local businesses, the father, daughter and two friends, Laurie Kearsey (24) and Mark Mihkelson (50) aim to complete the grueling ride, taking the longer East Coast route to accommodate a pit stop in Asselby on 5th August, in only 14 days.

Geoff, who will celebrate his 50th birthday later this year and who describes himself as ‘a keen cyclist since Easter!’ explained how the challenge came about; “Over a year ago Sophie and I started talking about doing something memorable during her 2010 summer vacation from Sheffield University and we decided to do the cycle ride to raise money for World Vision as it’s a charity that we’ve supported for many years. The challenge has been made possible thanks to businesses like Aquarius, who have provided our cycling shirts and made a generous donation and we’re all very grateful.”

Sophie continued; “We’ve been cycling 100 miles a week in training since Easter and we’re quietly confident that we can rise to the challenge of averaging around 80 miles a day. The route and accommodation have been meticulously planned and we’re all really looking forward to raising lots of money for worthwhile charities.”

World Vision is an organisation that provides help and support for children and families in the poorest parts of the world to help overcome poverty and injustice. They help people to help themselves and achieve some of the things that we take for granted. Geoff and Sophie have already beaten their £3000 fundraising target, but would welcome more donations to benefit World Vision. If you would like to support them, please visit

The co-founder in one of Howden’s oldest businesses is celebrating after gaining an honours degree aged 57.

Aquarius of Howden’s director Rick Kay’s  lifelong fascination with physics prompted him to embark on a degree course with the Open University in 2003.  Rick explains how it came about; “I had always harboured a desire to explore physics in detail.  By the time I got to 40, Aquarius bathrooms was well established and I considered that the time was right from a business perspective but I feared that I was too old to learn how to study and take notes all over again, so the idea was parked once more.”

A decade later, Rick bit the bullet and began an OU course that comprised six years of project and course work through distance learning and residential courses before graduating at London’s Barbican last month.

Of the achievement, Rick said; “I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I’m delighted to have completed my degree.  It’s quite ironic that, having waited this long, I have now got the urge to continue learning and I plan to take a year off and then look at a research based masters.”

Rick, whose other interests include summer and winter climbing and ‘dabbling’ in music and the arts, was one of only 30 graduates from Yorkshire and one of only 300 nationwide to be awarded this prestigious degree.

The team at Aquarius has been delighting customers with its bespoke bathroom designs and installations for over 24 years.

Cricket returns to Howden’s Ashes thanks to generosity of local businesses

Howden Cricket Club looking forward to welcoming Saturday cricket back to the Ashes playing field next season after a 12 year absence.
The club disbanded in the mid 1990s and the pavilion at the Treeton Road site fell into disrepair but a determined group of footballers and cricketers have worked tirelessly to restore the historic pavilion to its former glory in the shadow of the Minster.

The restored Ashes Cricket Pavilion in Treeton Road, Howden

Aquarius of Howden have helped to refurbish the historic building

Although the club reformed in 2004 and now plays in the Snaith and District evening league, there has been no Saturday cricket at the Ashes since 1998
A team including Aquarius of Howden employees Andy Smith, James Smith and Ian Mitchell have spent the last two months installing hot water and three new state of the art showers kindly supplied by Aquarius and will refurbish the toilets once the pavilion roof is made watertight over the next few weeks. The final stage of the refurbishment will be to fit the Howdens supplied kitchen and the make-over will be complete.
Former pace bowler and keen footballer Andy is delighted that the pavilion will be used again; “It’s such an important part of Howden’s history and we’re proud to have been a part of its restoration. We’re very grateful to Aquarius and Howdens as the project wouldn’t have been viable without their generosity.”
The earliest recorded match of Cricket in East Yorkshire apparently took place at Wallingfen near Gilberdyke on 13 August 1778, when Howden beat Beverley by 64 ‘notches’.
The team at Aquarius has been delighting customers with its bespoke bathroom designs and installations for over 24 years.