With Hallowe’en approaching, Hampshire Police have been issuing some important advice.
Whilst the event can be a lot of fun. it does need to be remembered that it can also cause much distress especially to the elderly and the more vulnerable members of our community.

The police offer the following advice:

  • If you do not know who is calling at your house you do not need to open the door
  • Try to see who is at the door by looking through a spy hole or window before opening the door
  • If you have a chain on your door – keep this in place when opening the door
  • If you feel threatened in your home please contact police.

The police have also circulated posters to local shops. These remind shoppers that flour or eggs will not be sold to under 16s in the days leading up to 31st October. The posters can also be downloaded from the police site at NO TRICK OR TREAT

Alternatives…
In Whitchurch we are very lucky to have a series of events that can be supported to replace some of the more ‘boisterous’ behaviour that sometimes occurs.

A Poor Guy - charity fundraising

Guys about Town, Fireworks, Bonfire
Leading up to Hallowe’en the Guys about Town activity is taking place. Build a Guy and display in in your garden, on your premises or anywhere visible. Guys will be judged over the 27th and 28th, then can be taken to the Bonfire and Fireworks on the Meadow on Saturday 29th. See details HERE

Guys are already appearing around town, some even being used for raising funds for local charities. ‘A Poor Guy’ shown here, down on The Green, is raising funds for Naomi House.

Pumpkin Carving
Also on Saturday 29th after lunch there is to be pumpkin carving at the White Hart with assistance from Whitchurch Arts. Families can join in in creating some artistic creations. These can then be taken down to the Meadow or to decorate your own home for Hallowe’en. Why not pop in for some fun with the family – enjoy a sociable drink too while you are there.
Far more fun than Trick or Treat!

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