Mayor’s Report July 2015
Parish Fete – Saturday 11th July
This annual event is always looked forward to and supported by many from far and wide. Prayers were answered again this year and the sun shone brightly with the occasion cloud providing relief from the heat. Strawberries and cream, teas, coffee, ice cream, burgers, candy floss and a great variety of stalls of interest to every age group. Include the location on the banks of the River Test with duck races, children (and adults) paddling and cooling off. What more could a parish fete be? The Mayoress and I stayed the full afternoon and met and shared with many folks from Whitchurch, villages around and farther afield. Some folks who had moved from Whitchurch to be with family had come back for the fete and to meet old friends.
Singing for Fun Concert – Saturday 11th July
The Mayoress and I had been treated at events during the week to the musical talents of children and young people from both the primary school and Testbourne. On this occasion we were privileged with a Parish Hall full of supporters for an evening of local talent at its best. The choir were in excellent form as was the accompanying pianist. The guest violinist was a treat I have rarely experienced, you could have heard a pin drop, and those with their eyes closed were not asleep but just soaking up the sheer joy of the played pieces. The town has talent abounding and this event was testament to that.
WWWW parade and opening Ceremony – Saturday 17th July
After all the organisation over some 18 months it finally came – the World Wide Whitchurch Weekend. It was testament to the organisation that this event was such a success. The Parade through the town following the band, the ceremony itself ending with fireworks – what a start to the weekend.
World Wide Whitchurch Weekend – Saturday 18th July
We started the day putting up bunting at the fair in the grounds of Testbourne School where campers that were here for the weekend were just rising. We had a full day visiting the various events, bowls, archery, and football. We visited the Whitchurch Arts exhibition at the Gill Nethercott Centre and the History Society exhibition at the Town Hall. In the evening we went to the Grand Garden Gala event at the Longmeadow Sports and Social Club where the indoor bowls arena had been transformed. Outside, much to the amusement of the 300 or so guests, were the dodgems and the bucking bronco and they both got good use. We did not manage to stay until 2 am Sunday morning but a good few did.
WWWWeekend – Sunday 19th July
Sandra and I, with members of the WWWW management team, attended the service arranged for the weekend at the Anglican Church led by Rev Kelvin Inglis. A celebration of all that is unique about Whitchurch, it was a very uplifting service followed by refreshments and a time to share with other Christians. On to the Bowls Club where competitions were taking place on what was a warm and sunny day. Sandra and I arrived at the Silk Mill around 1pm to attend the last official engagement which was the closing ceremony. It was a pleasure to be able to announce that the World Wide Whitchurch Weekend event would continue as was the vision of its founder Mr Paul Driver.
Whitchurch in Shropshire will host the event in 2017 and Cllr Mike McDonald, Mayor of Whitchurch Shropshire, was present to receive from us the WWWW pennant and an English Oak tree as part of the Whitchurch Forest Project. We stayed for the afternoon and enjoyed everything that was the summer fair at the Silk Mill.
Whitchurch Primary School – Monday 20th July
After a bright and sunny weekend the rain descended and the thank you party for all those who had supported the school in various ways during the last year and had been arranged to be outside, was held in the hall. After being served tea and cakes all the children and teachers were assembled and the guests were treated to a wonderful song of thanks.
The children returned to their classes, some stayed behind a little longer to give all the guests a pot plant as a further way of saying thanks. A very moving and lovely experience.