Mixed weather with showers and a drop in temperature due to a northerly wind is, in some minds, “typical Bank Holiday weather”.
The Calendar for Whitchurch was packed with events, and spirits for a good time were not going to be dampened.
Perhaps not the most exciting of events, but Saturday saw the launch of public consultation for the Neighbourhood Plan – when residents could find out what was involved. This plan sets out planning and house building for the future and local councillors were on hand to explain. OK, not the most riveting of events for a August Bank Holiday, but exceptionally important to the town.
Throughout the day Whitchurch was also hosting Hampshire Open Studios, with local artists showing their creative talents from ceramics and basketry to textiles and pastel art.
Meanwhile, the weather held for the football down at Longmeadow, where Whitchurch Utd took on Folland Sports, for a 2-2 draw as they get stuck into their year in the Wessex Premier Division.
But with CarFest just down the road, all these had a strong competitor for visitors. Many local people attended the Chis Evans promoted event, including working as volunteers on the site where thousands had flocked to enjoy the events and music, all while raising funds for BBC Children in Need. Top bands played into the evening, with Keane rounding the night off.
Nearer home the first Watership Inn Beer Festival was underway at Freefolk with around 25 ales with many local breweries, including perhaps Hampshire’s newest – beer Mash Brewery from just across at East Stratton. There was great music here too, with Darren Rampton’s Dr.Vegas playing to an appreciative audience. And shall we mention the Burger Eating Competition? Perhaps not. On Sunday its Pickled Eggs!
Back in town the local pubs were a popular wind down to a busy day for many but if even more fun was wanted there was Karaoke at the White Hart, with some excellent music to dance to as well, as the evening wound on. There are more events coming up here too, with live music.
These were just a few of the many events on the first day of the Bank Holiday.
Sunday opened wet with true Bank Holiday weather, but the sun was soon starting to come through, and more events were taking place. See the Calendar page.
Whitchurch is a place to be.
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