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

Support Needed for Naomi House Fund Raiser

Chris Benton and Jane Acott are looking for more jumble and donations for the raffle and prize draw - and your attendance on Bank Holiday Monday! Chris and Jane have lined up a full set of attractions for the day, jumble sale, cake stalls, bouncy castle, name the teddy, live music, possible radio broadcast, barbeque, charity raffle and auction, so please go along on the 28th.

More Summer Activities

There are new additions to the children's activities for the school holidays listed here. To add to those on the Meadow and at Testbourne there are:
Fridays (until 18 Aug) Pre-school children's activities at the Methodist Church
9 & 31 Aug Cheer Leader Classes at Testbourne Sessions for 4-7year olds and 7 - 14
1 Aug - 1 Sep Silk Mill many different activities

The Toy Library will only open on 2nd and 23rd in August, from 1 to 3pm. Children and their parents and carers are invited to choose from the Aladdin's Cave and enjoy the toys for an extended period during the holidays. The library can be found at the Community Suite, Testbourne Community School, Micheldever Road. The Toy Library will re-open as usual every Wednesday on September 6.

Major prize for Hanging Containers

Whitchurch's annual produce show is on 19th August in the Parish Hall.

In view of the fact that many houses and businesses in the Town have beautiful hanging baskets, there will be a �25 prize for the best hanging container brought along to the show; runners up will receive vouchers for seeds next year.

This is just one class in the 120 that are open to all ages, with special classes reserved for children; there will be floral art, flowers, vegetables, fruit, culinary, wines and beers, handicraft, children's and photography. What's more, all the details including an entry form are to be found here on the web, just press here.

Mr Punch Attracts a Hungry Audience
Children watching Punch & Judy

Queue for ice cream

Thanks to Linda Cowley's efforts, Wednesday, 9th, saw the first of the 3 children's activities in the Millennium Meadow. Over 60 children definitely appreciated Mr Punch's activities and the ice cream!

There are more free children's events in the Meadow on Wednesdays at 1pm, they are listed here

Sunday 13th sees The Gold Rush for adults at 7pm

Mr Punch

Punch & Judy

Open Air Performance in the Meadow

The audience watch the performance

A crowd of over 70 saw the first open air performance in the Millennium Meadow on 13th. A cool but fine evening and a very lively performance from the Rude Mechanical Theatre of Gold Rush rewarded those who turned up to enjoy the evening.










Town Show produces a Good Display
Brigitte Braod with her prize winning fruit cake and trophy for best in show rose

The Town's Annual Show, held on 19th August, organised by the Whitchurch Gardens' Association, produced its usual colourful display with around 200 entries in over 80 classes. Notable was the quality and quantity of exhibits in the floral art, children's art and photographic sections.

Other classes were not so well supported; given the number of superb floral display in the Town's gardens and allotments, there is so much more that could and should have won prizes. Even the �25 prize for hanging baskets produced only 4 entries!

Whitchurch's Mayor, Cllr Hugh James presented the trophies. Full results and more photos are here. The Mayor's Trophy for the best display by a business in Whitchurch was awarded to the Prince Regent for its hanging baskets.

Brigitte Broad with her prize winning cake and the best bloom in the show.

Chill to This's First Birthday

There's an invitation to the town's 11s to 17s to attend Chill to This's 1st Birthday Party which will be held in the Parish Hall on Friday 1st September from 7.30 - 10pm.

In addition to the disco there will be games, karaoke, food and the first drink (non-alcoholic, of course) is free - all this for �1! Membership of the club is free and it's the youth club run by the youth for the youth.

For more information contact Club Leader, John Wiltshire on 893198 or look here.

Pond Dipping on the Meadow

Children examine the results of pond dippingWednesday 23rd saw the last of the Millennium Meadow's summer midweek events for children. Over 30 took part in pond dipping, Linda Cowley had ordered pond-dipping nets from House n Home. With Graham Burgess and childminders an enthusiastic group trawled the spring-fed stream for 1� hours finding 25 species of creatures from Alderfly larva (Sialis velata) through Pond Skater (Gerris lacustris) to White Ramshorn Snail (Planorbis albus). The children listed their catches on record boards prepared by Anna Nason.

A round of leaf rubbings completed an enjoyable day and participants received a certificate listing all the species caught (and returned!).




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