Every couple of months a special meeting is held amongst representatives of various community groups in the town. Those present exchange ideas, share experiences and discuss future events.
The meeting this week in the White Hart showed that the town has a wealth of activity for its residents to enjoy.

Wide range of representation
Present were representatives of groups as diverse as the Teapot Baby and Toddlers, the Festival Committee, the Parish Hall, the Methodist Church, the Police Youth Commission, the Tennis Club and the the Whitchurch Traders Association. There was also presence from Whitchurch Association, Basingstoke & Deane‘s Community Development Officer, and BVS, the Basingstoke Voluntary Service, as well as the town website Whitchurch.org.uk.

Topics discussed included the DBS – the Disclosure and Barring Service, the replacement for the CRB, which the BVS can help with. BVS can also advise on procedures for obtaining grants, and setting up structures for voluntary groups.

Sharing information
There was much sharing of information on local Food Banks and Christmas gift appeals with a possibility of setting up central collection points, while the Methodist Church are collecting filled shoe boxes for the needy.

There was interesting news on the creation of the Youth Police Commission which acts as a liaison group, while it was also reported that the local Youth Club urgently needs adult helpers. Details of the proposed Travel Forum were also discussed.

The Whitchurch Traders Association announced they are holding a special dinner as well as plans for work on historic town features such as the Benchmark in the Square and the Newbury Road Pill Box. They are also progressing ideas on improving town centre parking which will please many.

Along at the Parish Hall the WADS theatre group have moved in for rehearsals and shows, while the regular movies using the new equipment are doing well. The Tennis Club reported that the game can still be played on Sundays and Thursdays, while Walking for Health are planning their Winter activities and the training of new leaders.

Testbourne Teapot are having a Dad’s Day when dads and grandads can join in with the fun, and nearer Christmas Santa will also be returning for the festive party. Whitchurch Association are running several events at the Gill Nethercott Centre including a family tea party with films which is already proving to be popular, so get your tickets soon.

Useful for planning
These meetings are very useful for organisations planning their programmes for the year, which then get listed on the increasingly popular town website and its Events Calendar.

The next Community Get-Together is likely to be in the new year and will be advertised here:
UPCOMING EVENTS

If any groups, organisations or businesses wish to add any of their news or events to the town website, just email:
contact@whitchurch.org.uk

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