Whitchurch's Old News - What happened in Whitchurch in November 2005

1 November

Christmas in Whitchurch - Plans Move On

The third meeting of the Town Centre Revitalisation culminated in the production of firm plans for Christmas in Whitchurch

Stewart Parrington, the Team Leader, reported that the Town Centre will be well lit by shop window lights and 3rd and 17th December will see town centre events.

On 3rd December there is music and singing planned together with food and drink, reindeer rides and a shop window. The activities will culminate in the switching on of the lights.

On the 17th activities will centre round the Combined Churches Choir's carol singing and other music.

The activities will be well publicised in the Town Centre, through newsletter drops to residents, by roadside signs and press advertisements.

Most of the Town Centre shopkeepers  are signed up to taking part and a pack containing the details of the programme will be delivered to all by the weekend.

Full details of the project are here with latest minutes here

3 November

Wind Damage in Whitchurch - Defences Left Intact

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Picture by Keith Watts

The beech tree, that was brought down by high winds on Thursday morning blocking Newbury Hill, was around 160 years old according to a ring count by Graham Burgess.

During removal of the tree, the branches became entangled with overhead power cables causing work to be halted whilst Southern Electricity were called in.

Once the tree was removed, Graham also spotted that part of Whitchurch's WWII defences had been revealed. The pill box can now be clearly seen guarding the entrances to Kings Walk and Firs Way.

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Relate sessions in Whitchurch

A new service is now available on Tuesday evenings in the Town Hall.

Relate, the UK’s leading organisation for couple and family relationships, will be running counselling sessions each Tuesday evening from 6pm onwards.

Sessions are available by appointment only by calling 01256 324364.

Information about relate is here

Santa in Whitchurch

Santa and Elfie visited the Testbourne Community School's Christmas fair. Elfie tells the assembled children a new Christmas story

Christmas Church Services

Churches Together in Whitchurch's Christmas services are listed here

Irish Dancing Classes

Lessons in Irish dancing for children over 4 are held between 3.45 and 4.45pm in the Youth Suite, Testbourne School. Just turn up, the cost is £4 per class. Further information is available from Roisin Barrett on 895475.

Scouts on Remembrance Day

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Photo ©2005 Andrew Reeves-Hall

Millennium Meadow to boldly go?

It's hoped that the Millennium Meadow will be the scene of star gazing next year.

Saturn and its rings will provide a particularly good display early next year and (weather permitting) it is hoped to have sessions to view the planet through telescopes in the Meadow.

As a precursor there is an evening talk on Saturn in Grately on 17th November - if you want more details call Graham Burgess on 892837.

Christmas in Whitchurch - Plans Finalised

The fourth meeting of the Town Centre Revitalisation culminated in the finalisation plans for Christmas in Whitchurch.

3rd December will be a busy day in Whitchurch, in addition to the Whitchurch Charities Monthly Sale, Santa will be appearing at both the Silk Mill and Whitchurch Primary School and the Mayor, Councillor Irene Clark will switch on the Town Hall lights, by special arrangement with the Meteorological Office, snow is forecast in the area of the Town Hall.

There will be a children's competition to identify a mystery item in the town centre shop windows and the launch of the Best dressed Window Competition and Christmas in Whitchurch photographic competition.

Weather permitting there will be rides in a "reindeer" pulled trap.

Full details of all the activities starting on 3 December up until Christmas will be in a special brochure which will be delivered in weekend newspapers, through letter boxes and in town centre shops.

1st Whitchurch Guides are producing posters which will in the shop windows and even the unoccupied shops will be decorated for the occasion.

Full details of the project are here.
Minutes of the last meeting are here



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