Every household in Whitchurch is to receive a free, decorated cotton shopping bag in an aim to cut down on the use of plastic bags.

The decoration on them comes from one of the short-listed entries in the Town’s Community Art Project –  a mosaic design called ‘A Child’s View of Whitchurch’, which had been submitted by the Rainbow Brownies.

Whilst that idea for a piece of public art proved not to be possible, the design itself was considered too good to waste, and the idea for using it on the shopping bags was hatched.

A grant was awarded from the SEEDA funded Town Centre Improvements Programme for Phil Cooper of ‘Working 4 Whitchurch’ to see this through, and an artist was employed to work up the design so that it could feature on the bags. Coupons are to be delivered to every house during July *, which can then be exchanged for the bags at traders in the town who are displaying special logos in their windows.

With the aims of Whitchurch to become a Fairtrade Town which was reconfirmed at the last full Council meeting, some are hoping that these bags will also be Fairtrade products.

This project of just over £3,500 is one of several still underway.

For full details and latest reports of the other projects see the Whitchurch Association website.

* (August 26th: Awaiting updated information)

(September 19th: Information received, see this news item)