The project, funded by SEEDA, was the brain child of local resident John Buckley who has been working with a number of individuals, community groups and businesses in creating ideas to brighten up the town centre.
After successful test decorations to two in World Cup England colours in Bell Street, local Whitchurch Arts member Steve Miller was commissioned as one of the artists to work on the White Hart bollards, which are being kindly sponsored by Arkells, owners of the pub.
Landlady Julie Moss had submitted two excellent ideas for salt and pepper pots which were worked up by John and have now been painted by Steve, complete with the Arkell’s Bee logo.
Julie, along with husband Andy, is fast making the White Hart a centre for local artistic endeavours with a range of creative related activities ranging from the display of local artists work, to the fun-filled childrens’ chalking competitions in the car park. They are certainly putting the Art into the Hart!
Meanwhile, several other decorative bollard designs are already in the pipeline including scenes from Watership Down, the Whitchurch Riots, Silk Weaving and local wildlife. There are also designs by young children and even an idea to incorporate poetry onto one of them. Even local events can be promoted on the bollards!
A submission for decorating a number of bollards has also been made into the 2012 Olympics Five Gold Rings promotion.
Supported by the Town Council, HCC and Basingstoke and Deane, the colourful project is planned to be an ongoing community activity, enriching the local street scene.
With around 40 bollards in the town centre area suitable for decoration there is also ample opportunity for businesses and groups to promote themselves through sponsoring a bollard, while at the same time they would be showing support for making the town centre a more vibrant area.
A display of present designs is being arranged and further ideas are eagerly sought from individuals, groups and businesses, while an official launch and dedication of the first bollards is to be arranged. Given the location, there are rumours this may include a baptism using beer!
Further details of the project and how to submit ideas, or how to adopt or sponsor a bollard for business or group promotion, are available from John on 01256 892650, or via the dedicated website WHITCHURCH BOLLARDS.
The Whitchurch Bollards Community Arts Project is just one of a number of projects that have been supported by SEEDA (South East England Development Agency), ranging from this new Town website and the ‘Paint your Town’ property grants, to FREE cotton bags for all households and an Amenities Guide.
Full details of the present position on these and other projects are available on the Whitchurch Association website.