christmas in whitchurch - the town centre revitalisation project's first activity
  Christmas in Whitchurch 2006 is a bigger and better version of CIW2005 which 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 05 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.

This year's pictures are now on the site press here for switching on the lights, the Christmas Market, WADS mystery plays and shop window displays.

 There have been 2 articles on the event in SERTP's June and September 2006 Newsletters

Photographs of the switching on of the lights and other activities on 9th December are here

The participants and programme for 2006 are below,

This year 25 business, 14 local groups and members of the Whitchurch Association are actively working on a programme of activities from the middle of the year until now. These build include annual events such as Santa at the Mill and the Salvation Army Band playing in The Square

Free Competitions
  Competition From To Prize Giving Entry Form
  Children's Christmas Tree Competition 1 Dec 1pm
16 Dec
  From the Library
  Vote for the Best Shop Window Display 9am
2 Dec
8 Dec
3.45pm 9 Dec press here
  Children's Spot the Odd One Out Shop Window competition 9am
4 Dec
15 Dec
16 Dec
press here
  'Christmas in Whitchurch' picture competition, 3 age groups 9am
9 Dec
2 Jan
26 Dec press here
Those involved

Beehive Farm Shop
Brockenhurst Estate Agents
David Manning
Flower Power
Focus on Hair
G Dowling & Son
House 'n Home
John Dennett
Karen Jarmarkier
Lloyd's Pharmacy
Newbury Building Society
Nine Springs Nursery
Redwoods Estate Agents
Serenity Health and Beauty
Street Video
The Harvest Home
The Old Paper Shop
The Silk Mill
The White Hart
Whitchurch Barbershop

  Community and Voluntary Groups
    Anglican Church
Baptist Church
Country Market
Fire Brigade Band
Ladies Singing For Fun
Methodist Church
Razz m Tazz
Testbourne Community School PTFA
Whitchurch Charities
Whitchurch Primary School
Whitchurch Scouts
Salvation Army Band

Whitchurch Town Council
Basingstoke and Dean District Council
Hampshire County Council

Activities now planned by the Whitchurch Town Centre Revitalisation Team, plus some activities organised by others
  Decoration of Town Centre - A coordinated use of white lights in shop windows with Christmas trees, where shop frontage supports this.
Town Centre activities - dates identified are 9, 16 & 23 Dec:
  30 Nov &
2 Dec
7.30pm Testbourne Theatre Hall - Razz m Tazz's Kerfuffle
  1st Dec 10 - 11.30am Christmas Country Market
    10.30am Start of competition for children to decorate a paper Christmas tree. All the entries will be used as part of the decorations in the library, so a whole forest of decorated trees is required.
Collect a tree entry form from the library to take away and decorate
There are small prizes for first and second in two age groups of - 5 years and under and 6 to 11 years
  2nd Dec 9am Start of the Children's Spot the Odd One Out Shop Window competition (runs until 15 Dec) entry form here and the opportunity for townsfolk to vote for their favourite Shop Window Display (until 8 Dec) entry form here
    10am - 3pm Four Charities' Christmas Sale
    10am St John the Fisher - Christmas Sale
    2 - 5pm Whitchurch Primary School Christmas Fair
  3rd Dec   6pm All Hallows Church Christingle service
  8th Dec 9am Judging panel tours Town Shop Windows
    1pm Last time for submission of voting forms for the Best Dressed Shop Window
  8  & 9th Dec 7.30pm WADS - Julius Caesar - Testbourne Theatre Hall
  9th Dec 9am 'Christmas in Whitchurch' picture competition (ends 2nd Jan) entry form here
    9am Scouts' Christmas Post begins (ends 20 Dec) - post boxes in the Old Paper Shop and Seeviour's Court Foyer - deliveries in the town only 15p
    9.30 - 11.30am Town Hall Staff Tombola - Proceeds to Mayor's Charity
    10.30am - 2pm Fairtrade tea and coffee and Fairtrade products in the Cottage from 10.30 - 11.30am and then jacket potatoes with various fillings, mince pies & coffee in the church from 12 - 2pm. �1.50 per potato, 20p mince pie and 50p coffee or tea. Complete with festive surroundings (!) and Christmas music - what more could you ask for?
    3.30pm Ladies Singing for Fun - Carols outside the Town Hall until .....
    3.45pm The mayor will present the Best Shop Window Trophy presentation and then switch on the town's lights (probably in a snow storm) followed immediately by .....
    4.15pm More carols from Ladies Singing for Fun
    4 - 6pm Then follow Santa to Santa at the Mill
  11th Dec   Scouts' Carol Float (until 24th)
  13th Dec 7.30pm Ladies Singing for Fun Christmas Concert
  15th Dec 1pm Entries close for Children's Spot the Odd One Out Shop Window competition
    7.30pm Celebrate Christmas with the Andover Light Orchestra
For the whole family to listen and join in some seasonal classics including a different arrangement of 'The 12 Days of Christmas'
16th Dec 9am - 12noon Whitchurch Fire Brigade - Carols in the Square
    10am -3pm Craft Market - Parish Hall
    12noon Miracle Play - WADS - Outside Town Hall
    12noon - 5pm Christmas Fair - White Hart Car Park
    1pm Presentation of prize to the winner of Children's Spot the Odd One Out Shop Window competition
      Library Christmas Tree competition ends
    2pm Miracle Play - WADS - Outside Town Hall
  18th Dec 8pm Carol Singing around the Town's Pubs starting from The Bell
  19th Dec 7pm Carol Singing around the Town starting from All Hallows
  20th Dec   Scouts' Christmas Post ends
  23rd Dec 10am -12noon Salvation Army Band - The Square
  Advertising - To promote the activities above and any other groups' or businesses' events during the Christmas in Whitchurch period - the first edition of the Community Newsletter, Town Centre posters, road side signs, newspapers, this website, flyers distributed to households

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