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

Good support for Whitchurch charities
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Whitchurch 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.



Christmas In 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 Somerfield.

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.

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Photo by 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 Singing

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 competitions

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.

Alan Phillips won �10 in the draw from those who nominated shop windows

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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