Community groups came together today for the town’s first Whitchurch Volunteer Fair, held at the Gill Nethercott Centre. Local people flocked to see the wealth of volunteer organisations in the town and the Centre buzzed all morning with the steady stream of visitors.

The light and airy venue was the perfect location as over 20 different groups took stands to both promote their activities and to encourage participation.

With groups that support the young to those catering for the elderly, from those with environmental credentials to groups providing education, all had a common interest – in providing voluntary services to the local community and were all seeking to raise levels of support.

The Mayor Cllr John Clark and several other Whitchurch councillors attended, along with representatives from both Hampshire and Basingstoke Councils, all touring the stands to view the good work being carried out by local people.

Those present included:

Basingstoke & Deane Community Services
Basingstoke Volunteer Services
Friends of Whitchurch Silk Mill
Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance
Kingfisher Day Centre
Millennium Green
Rising Fives
Summer Streetz
Surestart Childrens Centre
Testbourne Community School
Testbourne Teapot Baby and Toddler Group
The Bench Youth Club
Victim Support
Whitchurch Arts
Whitchurch Association
Whitchurch Community Arts Project
Whitchurch Festival
Whitchurch Films
Whitchurch Town Website
Whitchurch Toy Library
Whitchurch Youth Project

Many suggested that this should be an annual event.

Below: Some pictures from the event. Click to enlarge.