Whitchurch's Old News - What happened
in Whitchurch in December 2005
support for Whitchurch charities
Charities' monthly sale brought a good number of Whitchurch's Saturday
shoppers to the Parish Hall on Saturday morning. See picture on the right
Whitchurch resents press slur
This website and all involved in
organising Christmas in Whitchurch would like to dissociate themselves
from the claim that the temporary blizzard experienced on 3 Dec was
"fake" snow as reported in the Basingstoke Gazette of 8 Dec.
Whitchurch is Here
The first main events of Christmas
in Whitchurch happened on 3rd December.
||A bright start
to the day saw shoppers being encouraged to enter 3 prize
competitions, one for children to spot the oddities in shop
windows, one for the best Christmas in Whitchurch photograph and
finally to select the best chop window display.
The new Beehive Farm Shop offered samples
of locally produced sausages, fruit juice and wine, which were
all appreciated by early morning shoppers.
|As the sun disappeared a
"reindeer" and trap appeared to give rides around the town.
Staff in the shops joined in the festive spirit.
Ladies Singing for Fun led the carol
singing in the lead up to the Mayor Irene Clarke's switching on
the Town Hall Lights and were fortified by mince pies from
The Mayor discusses the blizzard in the
Town Centre with Community Police Constable Paula Osmond and Tony
Corbin, who has worked with Stewart Parrington's Town Centre Revitalisation Group to organise the event.
Mulled wine and mince pies were served after the lighting up of
the Town Hall for those
shopkeepers, carol singers and members of the Town Centre
Revitalisation Group who had taken part in the day's activities.
Sir George Young
Councillor Irene Clarke braves a local
snowstorm to declare Whitchurch "Well and truly lit up".
Entry forms for all the competitions are in
all the shops in the town centre and there's still plenty of
time to take part and win.
There are more Christmas in Whitchurch
events, see them all here.
Prizes and Carol
Following the Fire Brigade's carols
on the morning of 17 December, the Mayor braved the chance of further snow storms
to present prizes to the winners of the first 2 Christmas in Whitchurch
Cllr Irene Clarke checks for signs of snow
and before presenting the prizes!
The trophy for the best shop window was won
by G Dowling and Son and Megan Kail (above) and Sarah Geddes won
the Odd One Out competition.
Phillips won £10 in the draw from those who nominated shop
Ladies Singing for Fun sang carols and
rounded off the day in the sun with "I'm Dreaming of a White
Christmas". Passers by enjoyed to singing and generously donated
to the Motor Neurone Disease charity.
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