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Whitchurch Fete 2012

Despite typical Bank Holiday weather the 2012 Whitchurch Fete went ahead on Monday 27th August. A large number of stallholders turned up, all the usual rides etc operated as well as the horse and dog shows.

Unfortunately (& rather obviously) the weather affected the attendance and gate takings were well down. However pre event income helped towards a better overall total than expected and the Committee hope to make a number of donations but not on the scale of previous years.

The one incident that caused some laughter was the escaped sheep being chased all around the field before being recaptured.

We look forward to next year when we hope that once again some 3000 people enjoy across the board attractions for all ages and tastes and thank all who have supported us this year and previous years.

Finally I would like to thank all the volunteers and stall holders who braved the dreadful weather and carried on regardless.

Ashton Broad
Whitchurch Village Fete Committee

Switching on Christmas Lights
– Friday 7th December
Big Thank You

christmas lights Thanks to a lot of hard work by many people, not least the Clerk to the Parish Council, the lights were switched on in Whitchurch Village and for the very first time included shooting stars on the lamp posts in the centre of the village. The lights were funded mainly by the Parish Council but there was also generous support from BANES obtained by Peter Edwards through the Ward Councillor grant.

After a couple of brief speeches and appropriate words from Ashton Broad (Chair, Parish Council) and Peter Edwards (Ward Councillor), Christmas Carols were sung by a crowd of about 50 strong – young and old – lead by the Amplius Choir. Santa Claus made a very special visit to Whitchurch Village, taking time out of his busy schedule, to switch on the Christmas lights. Afterwards, the celebrations continued in the Church Hall where Peter & Ann Edwards served some lovely mulled wine and mince pies donated from various people. There was some special entertainment with 2 young flautists – Carys Lampard and Millie Loveday – and a trombonist – John Davies – who all played a number of Christmas favourites superbly – thank you to all three musicians.

Thank you to all who attended & supported. We hope you enjoy the illuminations.

New Vicar for St Nicholas Church

Martin Hancock was be licensed as the part–time Vicar of St Nicholas Church, Whitchurch on Monday 15th October at 7.30pm and has commenced his duties within the Parish.

Martin comes to Whitchurch and Hengrove after 8 years as Vicar of Old Hill in the Black Country. Prior to that he served his curacy in Bedford.

Before going into the ministry he worked for Coca–Cola and Schweppes in their Head Office in Uxbridge. Martin is married to Joanna, they have 3 grown up children, and one grandson Joshua. Away from work Martin is interested in most sports, Joanna says obsessed!!

Martin has played, Cricket, Football, Snooker and Golf, but these days age has taken it’s toll, and it’s only golf now. Martin looks forward to meeting and serving many of you in the coming years and can be contacted on 01275 892469.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of local volunteers a number of varied events took place with the whole weekend acclaimed as a huge success

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Read all about what happened

Village Fete

Details of the 2012 Whitchurch Village Fete held on the August bank holiday.
Details on Whitchurch Village Fetes