A well-attended meeting has confirmed most of the exciting plans for this year’s grand start to the town’s festive season.
Shop and business owners along with supporters and helpers met at H’s Coffee Shop where arrangements were finalised and some exciting new additions announced, including a Santas Grotto and a second shopping night.

Whitchurch is likely to have one of the best Christmas launches the town has seen for several years.

Peter Pan

Lights, the Mayor, Peter Pan, music and singing
The festivities start less than two weeks away, on Thursday 1st December, when at 6.00pm the lights will be switched on at the Town Hall by the Town Mayor Cllr Barry Jackman and Peter Pan (Ben-Ryan Davies from Waterloo Road) – who is flying specially over from the Anvil. There will also be carol singing and also a band to add to the merriment, making it an evening not to miss.

Fairytale Competition
At the same time the Fairytale Competition will start – the fantastic brainchild of Pauline Choppen and Gillian Sturgess. Decorated Scrolls will be unrolled in the windows each of the participating shops and businesses, each setting out a fairytale story linking to the contest, while White Mice inside the premises will hold an answer!

Gillian Surgess of 'Serenity' and Pauline of 'Pauline Forsters' display the Scrolls and White Mice, along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Whitchurch

Activities throughout the town
Many of the shops will be open for the evening and will be providing drinks and nibbles, including mulled wine and mince pies, while Christmas cakes will be available in the Coffee Shop.
Kingsleys are providing the seasonal home for Santa and his grotto, Daisydown Crafts will have a special lucky dip, and there will be face painting, balloons and goody bags over at the Newbury Building Society. Other shops will be open such as the Veg Patch which will be offering Christmas hampers and holly wreaths, while there will be special promotions at Rosie’s Gifts, itself a veritable treasure trove.

The Silk Mill Shop will have choir singing and will be raising funds for the waterwheel as well as having characters in Victorian costume.
Next door the Gill Nethercott Centre will be holding its popular annual Christmas Fair with stalls packed with gifts for those Christmas presents. The river bank will be candlelit, music will be played and there will be warming refreshments including jacket potatoes.
Free Refreshments
For a FREE tea or coffee and a cake at the GNC Fair take along the voucher…
Download it from here: Xmas Fair Voucher

And a second evening too
Such has been the interest this year that a second evening has just been confirmed. It is hoped that many shops will also be supporting this, to allow for a last minute shop before the Christmas Day – no need to go to Andover or Basingstoke! Highlight of the evening will be the announcement of prize winners with the Fairytale winner receiving a family ticket to see the Peter Pan pantomime at the Anvil. The draw will be made by Whitchurch’s Carnival Queen at 6.00pm in H’s Coffee Shop.
The winner of the best shop window competition will also be announced with the winner receiving a special Christmas Flower Decoration from Serenity.
So mark that second date too!

PROGRAMME
For the Christmas in Whitchurch programme see the Special Page HERE

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Trees and Lights
You may see work going ahead in the week before as Phil Cooper and Bill Judge from the Handbag Shop have undertaken to erect this year’s trees and lights. They have said they will be better than ever, and will reach right up London Street as far as the Prince Regent!
Superb news.

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