The Mayor and Mayoress cut the ribbon with Pearl Friend from Kingfisher Day Centre

The 20th decorated bollard was officially launched today (Friday) in a small ceremony in the Town Square as 80-year old Pearl Friend, along with the Mayor Cllr Barry Jackman and the Mayoress Sandra Jackman, cut the ribbon.

Pearl had won a competition held amongst those who attend the Kingfisher Day Centre which caters for elderly people throughout the area. A number of her friends also attended to celebrate her achievement. Pearl’s design depicts a colourful kingfisher with planting and water and even a fish as well as a badge of the Centre.

Denyse and Harriet from Whitchurch Association present flowers to Pearl

Following the launch, light refreshments and drinks were taken in the White Hart Hotel, courtesy of Andy and Julie.
Flowers were presented to Pearl by Denyse Coles and Harriet Titcomb of the Whitchurch Association, the local charity that administers the funding received for the town from SEEDA.

The Community Art Project reaches out to as many individuals and groups as possible in an aim of encouraging creativity in the town as well as adding colour and interest to the street scene. Several businesses have also contributed to the scheme which makes the town a brighter place to visit and shop.

The original aims to decorate 20 bollards and ‘dump the rust’ has been reached within the first year while there are still more designs in the pipeline.

Friends and supporters celebrate Pearl's creativity before enjoying refreshments kindly donated by the White Hart.

If anyone would like to submit a design, or to sponsor one for a group or business, they can contact John on 01256 892650 or email What a Loada Bollards and details can be provided.

Examples of designs can also be seen on the Bollards Website, and templates can also be downloaded.