Do you remember those cotton bags paid for by a grant to the town with a design by the Rainbow Guides?
There were unfortunate difficulties in making them available.
That is now hopefully in the past, since the local charity, the Whitchurch Association, took the bull by the horns in an attempt to get the bags where they rightfully belonged – into the hands of the people of Whitchurch.
A number of retailers very kindly assisted in the distribution of some of the bags that had been retrieved and prizes were arranged in recognition of their support.
Two prizes have been drawn and they have now been awarded.
The winner was Dowling and Sons, the long established shoe shop in Bell Street.
The family-run business decided to give the award to the Kingfisher Day Centre, which has recently moved to new premises in Laverstoke. Whitchurch Association Chairperson Harriet Titcomb visited to make the presentation. It was received by Graham Gibbons on behalf of the Centre which is now housed within the old Portals Sports and Social club building. The premises have been opened up and refurbished with a bright spacious room, and even a skittle alley that the Centre is happy for anyone to use.
Centre Manager Julia Cobb was thrilled with the cheque saying:
The second prize was to a recipient of the bags. The names of all residents who collected a bag from a retailer went into the hat, and the lucky winner of £25 to spend in a shop of their choice was Angeline Moth of Seeviours Court. Angeline is a Whitchurch lady ‘through and through’ and has seen many changes in the town. When asked what she has noticed most she said:
“It will go into the residents’ pot which funds projects such as day trips.”
“All the new houses. You used to be able to walk anywhere.”
Coincidentally Angeline chose Dowlings for her purchase where she bought herself a smart pair of shoes.
Every household in Whitchurch should have received a bag under the terms of the grant.
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