Whitchurch's Old News - What happened in Whitchurch in February 2006

School Governors Required

Testbourne Community School currently has vacancies for both partnership and co-opted governors.

Governors play an important role in overseeing the running of the school and
the school currently has vacancies for both partnership and co-opted governors. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact us to find out more.

You can telephone on 892061 and ask for Paul Welch or contact him by

Gardener 90 Not Out!

Friends, family and members of Whitchurch Gardens Association joined Ernie Bromley to celebrate his 90th birthday in a lunch at the Harvest Home on Saturday 18th.

Ernie put his survival down to the support he has received over the years from his wife Brit.

Whitchurch's New Town Councillors

Whitchurch Town Council has 2 new members, Councillors Andy Alferovs and John Markham.  Both will be on the Leisure & Environment Committee.

Full details of the Town Council and its roles and responsibilities are on the Town Council's page, its members and committees are here.

The next Community Wardens' Surgery will be held from 3 - 4pm in the Town Hall on 23 Feb, details of the monthly surgeries are in the Events Diary.


Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has just notified the Town Clerk, Cathy Burt, that because the new Green Garden Waste Collection Service is commencing in March, the old green waste sacks, which you have been able to purchase from the Town Hall, will no longer be collected as from 31st January 2006.  

Because there was such short notice of this cessation, green waste sacks were still being purchased in bulk up until the middle of January.  If anyone is left with a stock of these bags, we are instructed that they can phone the Civic Offices on 01256 844844 and a refund will be arranged.  Anyone who has not yet done so, may also get information and/or sign up to the new scheme by phoning the same number, or via the Basingstoke website here.

On behalf of the Borough Council, Whitchurch Town Council apologises for your inconvenience.


Following on from the Christmas in Whitchurch (CIW) activities, the Town Centre Revitalisation Group met on 22nd Feb to plan what to do next.

The main thrust of the meeting was that CIW 2005 had shown that with a relatively small concerted effort things can be improved in the Town Centre. It was agreed that the event should be repeated in 2006 with more activities, more decorations and the possibility of a street market.

It was agreed that the initiative should be continued throughout the year with, hopefully, a series of town centre events aimed at raising Whitchurch's profile, attracting more visitors to the town and encouraging more local residents to shop there.

Thewhitchurchweb newsletter is due to be published in the Spring and this will provide a vehicle for local publicity whilst attempts will be made to advertise the town more widely with a "Spend a Day in Whitchurch" theme.

Full details of the meeting, which included a review of CIW 2005 is here.



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