Mayor’s Report – May 2016
May Fair – Sunday 1st
It was on a warm but overcast day that Sandra and I made our way to the Silk Mill, the venue for this event organised by the Whitchurch Festival Committee. Youngsters had come out in the hopes of becoming crowned May Queen or the winner as best dressed pirate or princess. Well after dancing around the maypole we had the difficult task of judging both May Queen (and Princess) and pirate. Not as many people turned out as expected but those there enjoyed the event. The setting was as usual the best, giving visitors the opportunity to experience all that is the tranquil setting in the grounds of the Mill. Thanks again go to the committee and helpers in the organisation of what is now an annual event.
John Dennett charity cricket match – Monday 2nd
Having been warm and dry for a couple of days it was quite a disappointment to arrive at Parsonage Cricket ground for this annual charity match with intermittent light rain. However the weather did not dampen the spirits of the cricketers or the spectators. The John Dennett Memorial Team had entered the break with a score of 171. Whitchurch Cricket Club battled through the increasing rain and within 3 overs of the finish smashed a six to win – the first time Whitchurch had won the cap. This was the first match of the season and it was a joy, albeit a wet one to share with such lovely folk – I don’t think it will be the last match we watch this season.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards – Wednesday 4th
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards is always a very pleasurable evening celebrating the best that can be brought out of youngsters as they stretch themselves to gain this award. Many of the youngsters find new skills and become more confident as individuals as well as learning how to be a valued member of a team. It was with particular pleasure this year to represent the town as Mayor and to present these well deserved awards. Again we pay tribute to the team leaders and trainers who give of their time freely and with the reward of seeing young people flourish and gain life experiences.
Winchester Morris Men – Wednesday 4th
Having presented the D of E awards at Testbourne and we reached the town centre as the Winchester Morris Men, on their annual visit to Whitchurch, were forming up ready to dance. They shook my hand enthusiastically and welcomed me as Andy (they were expecting the Deputy Mayor). It was my privilege to enjoy with a few other townsfolk this lively traditional folk dancing. During the third dance with a tap on my shoulder I turned to see a young lady in night clothes under her coat, her mum brought her from her bed to listen to the Morris Men. They played their songs and danced and eventually went to visit The Bell for a little sustenance before departing Whitchurch.
Football Club Presentation Evening – Saturday 7th
The Whitchurch United Football Club, founded in 1903, held their presentation evening at the Longmeadow Sports and Social Club. Various presentations of trophies, shields and cups were made to the wide range of worthy recipients by the Chairman of the Club. The first team had finished a respectable 14th place out of 21 in the Wessex league and are looking to consolidate and improve their place in the coming season. The Mayoress and I congratulated the team on their performance this season and the winning of the North Hants Senior Cup held just a couple of days ago. We had pleasure in presenting the Jackman Cup in recognition of the most consistent player of the season. The junior teams are holding their presentation evening later in the month.
Cllr Barry J Jackman
Mayor of Whitchurch