Just received from the Rockus team….

Street Party!
News just in at Rockus HQ is that the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has approved our application to close London Street for this years’ event, Rockus – The Jubilee Edition!*
Hooray!
Break out the bunting, bake a cake and get ready to have a Jubilee themed street party! With local Whitchurch bands in the Parish Hall; Open-Mic at the White Hart; bouncy castle fun at the Red House and a once in a lifetime Silent Disco at Clacy’s forecourt (garage music?!), what a day we have planned with something for all the family!
We hope you’ll join in the fun on Saturday 2nd June from 1pm.

If you’d like to get involved (volunteers welcome), get more information or just tell us what you think, then please contact us at info@rockusfestival.co.uk; call 07590 633987 (leave a message, we’ll call you back) or visit the website www.rockusfestival.co.uk. There’s also lots more information in the letter (reproduced below).

(*This approval is conditional on us supplying a number of supporting documents and assurances which we’re working hard on and are confident we’ll be able to deliver)”

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Letter to all Residents

Martyn & Marie Page, Test Mews
Fiona Kenny , Micheldever Road
Julia King, Church Street
Mike Poole, Bell Street
Nick Shipway, Bell Street
Mary-ann Webb, Bellevue

23rd May 2012

Dear Whitchurch Resident,

Update: Rockus 2012 – The Jubilee Edition, Saturday 2nd June 2012, 1.00pm – 11.30pm

With only a few weeks remaining until the Jubilee Weekend, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the plans for this years Rockus event, which is taking place on 2nd June 2012.

What is it?
Rockus is a one day music event where we aim to bring the BIG festival atmosphere to our small town for one day. Originating from Testbourne Rocks in 2004, to Twangfest and now Rockus, this event has grown each year, and has provided a platform for dozens of local bands to showcase their talent to an appreciative local audience. Rockus is a not-for-profit social enterprise, run by a small dedicated team of Whitchurch volunteers, all for fun.

Where is it?
This year it’s in town. The main stage is in the Parish Hall which will host 8 local bands, all with a Whitchurch connection (£5 entry, licensed bar); the Open-Mic stage will be in the White Hart car park – all performers welcome; the Red House delivers bouncy castle fun for the kids; and Clacy’s forecourt is transformed into the Silent Disco (£2 per session; headsets provided)! We hope other local businesses turn out for the day too.

Why in Town?
With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee falling on the same weekend that traditionally we have used for Rockus, we saw the opportunity to really put on a special show for the people of Whitchurch. This has become ‘Rockus – The Jubilee Edition’!

Will the road be closed?
We have been working closely with Basingstoke and Dean Council and are delighted to confirm that we have received approval to close the road between London Street (at the White Hart) and just before Test Road, from 1.00pm-00.00am. This Road Closure Order is conditional upon receipt of a number of documents including insurances and the support of the bus companies, and we’re confident we’ll have these in place. The traffic management plan is to divert through traffic via Lynch Hill, though of course to allow resident access via the top end of London road or as normal through Test Road (which will not be advertised as a through route other than by existing signs). There must also be access for emergency vehicles if necessary.

What does the Road Closure mean?
It means we have been given permission to have a Jubilee Street Party for Whitchurch! We can break out the bunting, have tea and cakes all round and hope that the weather is kind to us! This is part of the weekend of festivities planned by the residents of Whitchurch to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We really hope you’ll join us on 2nd June.

If you’d like to get involved, have any ideas or just want to tell us what you think, please get in touch using the contact details below.

Kind regards

The Rockus Team
Website: www.rockusfestival.co.uk
Email: info@rockusfestival.co.uk
Tel: 07590 633987

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