Whitchurch town centre was buzzing today as the sun shone and the shoppers came out. Rarely has there been so much going on in the Square on an ordinary Saturday morning.

Richard promotes his Charity Cycle Ride

CHARITY CYCLE RIDE
First to arrive was local firefighter Richard Belcher who was publicising his forthcoming Open Road charity cycling tour of all the Open golf courses between Carnoustie and Kent. As well as riding between them he will be playing the first hole at each! It is hoped this site will be able to track his progress when he sets off later this month.

Nev and Cindy on the Festival stand

WHITCHURCH FESTIVAL
Across the road Neville Bright and Cindy Dunlop were promoting the Carnival Procession and Fair, just two weeks away. There was a competition to guess the weight of the bag of coins, the winner taking the contents plus an extra £20.
This year’s procession already looks as if it will be the biggest yet, with a highlight being the Salvation Army Household Troops Band, visiting the town on the same day.
At this year’s procession finish, the Primary School, there will be added attractions with bouncy castle, pony rides, live music, face-painting and numerous stalls and games.

Brightening the Town Centre

COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT
Meanwhile across the Square young artist Liam was decorating the fifth Community Arts Project bollard with a colourful interpretive design. The project is gaining much support and interest and more designs will continue to appear over the summer months – a case of Watch the Bollards! A launch event is presently being arranged too.

Win on the Raffle!


PARISH FETE
Meanwhile, just around the corner outside the Town Hall, the Parish Fete stall was selling raffle tickets, with a fantastic £150 first prize, as well as runner up prizes including of a case of wine and a photo portrait session. This popular annual Fete is to be held again on the Lawns next Saturday, July 10th, and as well as the wide array of stalls, cream teas and other refreshments, there will be dancing, music and even a Llama display.

There is a growing community spirit within the town with such a range of exciting activities taking place. If anyone would like to publicise their events remember they can also be placed on this website.