christmas in whitchurch - the town centre revitalisation project's first activity
  Christmas in Whitchurch 2005 was the first short term project aimed at revitalising Whitchurch's Town centre - there is more here on the whole project. Pictures are to be found on the December news archive page It was the winner of the Social and Community Section of the South East Rural Towns' Partnership annual awards and the organisers received a certificate to mark the event, details are here.

There have been 2 articles on the vent in SERTP's June and September Newsletters

Work is well in hand for a bigger and better 2006 event,

16 business, 6 local groups and members of the Whitchurch Association were actively working on a programme of activities from the end of November until Christmas. These built on annual events such as Santa at the Mill and the Combined Churches Carol Singing.

Those involved

Beehive Farm Shop
Brockenhurst Estate Agents
Flower Power
Focus on Hair
G Dowling & Son
House n Home
John Dennett
Karen Jarmarkier
Lloyd's Pharmacy
Newbury Building Society
Over My Shoulder
Redwoods Estate Agents
Serenity Health and Beauty
The Old Paper Shop
The Silk Mill
The White Hart

  Community and Voluntary Groups
    1st Whitchurch Guides
Anglican Church
Baptist Church
Combined Churches Choir
Country Market
Fire Brigade Band
Ladies Singing For Fun
Millennium Meadow
Penny Turner
Testbourne Community School PTFA
Whitchurch Charities
Whitchurch Primary School
the following are being approached:
      Salvation Army Band
Activities now planned
  Decoration of Town Centre - A coordinated use of white lights in shop windows - a set has been identified that can be reused out door when planning permission for Christmas trees is obtained (2006)
Town Centre activities - dates identified are 3 & 17 Dec, activities below are firm, those in italic are the ideas at present with times (and dates) to be confirmed:
  26th Nov 11am - 4pm Testbourne Community School Craft Fair
  1st - 17th Dec   Create a Star - competition - Library
  2nd Dec 10 - 11.30am Christmas Country Market
  3rd Dec 9am Grand Opening - Beehive Farm Shop, from 10am - 12noon TV Chef, Mike Robinson will be signing copies of his new book
    10am onwards Children's shop window competition
Photographic Competition launched
Cats Protection League Tombola
    10am - 3pm Whitchurch Charities Christmas Sale
    12noon - 3pm Free "Reindeer" Rides - Start at Town Hall - Donations to Naomi House
    2 - 4pm Whitchurch Primary School Christmas Fare
    12noon Candy Floss  outside Town Hall
    3 - 5pm Santa at the Mill
    3.45 Ladies Singing for Fun - Carols, until ......
    4pm Switch-on of Town Centre lights by the Mayor, Cllr Irene Clark, followed by announcement of the winners of the children's spot the shop window competition
and more carols from the Ladies Singing for Fun
  7th Dec 7.30pm Ladies Singing for Fun Carols
  10 - 20th Dec   Whitchurch Scouts Post - Local delivery from the Old Paper Shop and Seeviour's Court
  10 Dec   Christmas Bazaar - 1st Whitchurch Scouts
  13th Dec 7.30pm Testbourne Community Carol Service, All Hallows
  14th Dec 6.30pm Carols by Torchlight, Whitchurch Primary School
17th Dec 9am - 12.30pm Whitchurch Fire Brigade Band
    10am - 11am Combined Churches Carol Singing - Town Hall
    12.15pm Best Dressed Shop Window Competition - Prize presentation
"Spot the odd one" Shop Window Competition - Prize Presentation
    12.30 - 12.45pm Ladies Singing for Fun - Carols
    1pm Christmas competition - Create a Star - entries closes
19th Dec 8pm Whitchurch Folk Club (& Friends) Carol Singing in Pubs - starting from The Bell
  20th Dec 11am - 3pm Felt Making Workshop for children at the Silk Mill
    7pm Carol Singing starting from All Hallows - collection for Save the Children
  21st Dec 11am - 3pm Silk Painting for children at the Silk Mill
  23rd Dec 4pm Twilight Tales for Christmas - stories and fun for children up to 8 at the Library
  24th Dec 10am -12noon Salvation Army Band - The Square
  Advertising - To promote the activities above and any other group's or business' events during the Christmas in Whitchurch period - Town Centre posters (kindly reproduced by ), road side signs, newspapers, this website, flyers distributed to households

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