(RSVP) to ALL local Whitchurch Retail Businesses
It is a few months now since the launch of the
above initiative in the guise of Christmas in Whitchurch 2005. Well, the
Town Centre Revitalisation Project Team has been busy in the meantime and is
now ready to introduce and take feedback on the next phases of the initiative.
It is proposed we do this at an informal �Retailer
Rendezvous� evening to be held at the White Hart Hotel. I hope you will
accept our invitation to join us for the update which will include refreshments
and a light bite.
To ensure we do not take up too much of your time
on the night, we are pleased to provide some initial information on two of the
initiatives we will be talking about with this invitation:
The third item we will discuss on 28th
is a retail survey that we hope will take place during the Summer and be
reported upon by the end of September. This externally funded activity will
provide some useful information on local consumer shopping habits and needs. A
further advantage will be the opportunity for those interested to partake in
some heavily subsidised retail related staff training later this year provided
through the Retail Sector Skills Council.
All in all, I believe the event will be an
excellent opportunity to meet acquaintances old and new and get up to date with
what�s happening. If that isn�t enough of an incentive to join us �your initial
drink and the buffet is on us!�
To help us plan the event efficiently, would you
kindly please confirm your attendance� no later than Friday 9th June �
by completing the reply slip at the bottom of this page and attaching it to an
email to myself
or call 892107.
I really do hope you will be able to join us for
what I believe will be an enjoyable and informative evening of great relevance
to the future prosperity and well being of Whitchurch Town Centre retailing
P.S. We should also have some news on Grants
for Town Centre Improvement in 2007/08 too!
in Whitchurch 2006
Following the success of last years hastily
arranged �Christmas in Whitchurch 2005�, we are now starting to plan, as has
been requested, an even better event this year.
Last year in a very short period of time we
achieved a very attractive Christmas lighting display and increased publicity
for the town�s retailers. This included good press coverage, prominent articles
on the newly launched Whitchurch Web Site (www.thewhitchurchweb.org
) and more town centre footfall generated by the various CIW competitions.
Hopefully this increased awareness of the �retail offer� in Whitchurch is
helping business. However, just as important were the excellent community group
contributions, the Town Council�s support and the festive spirit enjoyed by
Our first task this year is to establish which
retailers will support the idea of having illuminated Christmas trees outside
their premises. Depending on the number of participants, the likely cost per
tree is: -
����������� Bracket����������������������� �15.00 (one off cost)
Bracket������������ �25.00 (one off cost)
����������� Tree���������������������������� �10.00 (annual
����������� Lights������������������������� �25.00 (one off cost,
except bulb replacement & electricity)
(N.B. The above costs are an indication only.)
Having agreed to join/support� �Christmas in Whitchurch 2006�, we need to
get the necessary Conservation Area planning consents from Basingstoke &
Deane Borough Council and also from the Highways Authority (as trees
technically �overhang the pavement�). If applicable, you will need to get
permission from your landlord for the bracket to be fixed to the building (&
an upstairs power source to the lights).
We anticipate that the overall Christmas in
Whitchurch 2006 programme will take a similar form to last year. There promises
to be a wide range of events in the town all of which will be widely promoted
on behalf of contributors via the local press, posters, flyers, the website and
the new Whitchurch Web Community Magazine.
Amongst the ideas being investigated are a
Victorian themed event (with support from WADs) and a Christmas Market. With
this more ambitious programme and time on our side, there is an excellent
chance that in return for the modest investment in festive lights and trees,
Whitchurch retailers will get considerable exposure for their businesses and
increased numbers of both local and visiting shoppers.
With the support of �Brockenhurst Estate Agents� we
are hoping to produce a �Welcome Pack� that will be given to all new families
& individuals that move in to Whitchurch.
The primary aim of this pack is to �Welcome new
residents to Whitchurch�. The pack will include a folder, which lists all the
information about the town that they are likely to need. This will include
information on local Schools, Doctors, Clubs and Societies and most importantly
what they can buy from where in Whitchurch and also where they can eat and
As a retailer/supplier of services you will be
listed in the folder without charge to your business. However, you will also
have the opportunity of including a �Welcome Pack Offer yourself � perhaps in
the form of a Voucher� (with a date limit) - that will encourage new residents
to come into your shop/restaurant or contact your business.
There will be no other cost involved, but we do
hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to encourage new residents to
shop locally and quickly get to know your business.
Rendezvous� 28th June at the White Hart Hotel�
Reply slip: To assist us with our planning
and catering arrangements for the event would you please kindly return this
slip to the address below no later than Friday 9th June. Thank you.
Website Address: www.
I will/will not be able to attend� (please delete as applicable)
I will be supporting Christmas in Whitchurch
I anticipate buying the CIW
Bracket and Tree����������������� Y/N
I would like to provide a Voucher offer for the
Welcome Pack Y/N ���������������������������������
I would like to provide a complimentary item for
the Welcome Pack��������������������� Y/N
Name of Business:
Type of Business:
Conservation Area property?��������������������� Y/N
Landlord |permission Required?���������������� Y/N