Whitchurch Local News

Whitchurch Local News

Another Challenge is Nigh

Hello everybody, in the next few days Simon Dutton and his team of friends will be attempting to cycle from Southampton to Amsterdam. With your help we can make sure they have a jolly good time without struggling under the weight of our gratitude. This is where you come in. Any donation, whether it’s for 25p or £500 will be gratefully received. As three children were born at North Hants hospital last year that otherwise may not have survived, it’s clear how important this cause is.

Helping us raise 500 would go a long way to say thank you for all of the care and attention these children and their families received, Hampshire List (hampshire-list.co.uk). The charity challenge for North Hants Hospital and the Southampton Children's Hospital Neonatal Unit is on Sunday 23rd June 2016. Myself and my brother, John Dutton (and other family members who will be retrieving us at various points along the route) will be cycling from Taunton to Tiverton along the river path in Devon.

If you've been following me on Twitter then you might have noticed the yellow wristband I'm wearing. I made a little video where I explain what it's all about, but in short, it's to raise money for North Hants Hospital. ( Read more here: hampshire-list.co.uk. Simon Dutton is aiming to raise £500 to thank North Hants Hospital Neonatal unit and the Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Both units have supported Simon and his family when complications with one of Simon’s children, Jacob, resulted in him being born several weeks prematurely.

Parish Hall Improvements to Start

The most obvious change will be the installation of temperature control air conditioning and fans in the Rooms.    The kitchen, which was opened in 1987, is totally obsolete with no view to it being replaced.    It needs to be completely re-modelled and new storage facilities added.    A new kitchen will also allow the Committee to install a lift for wheelchair users and other disabled individuals. A new floor has been laid and the repainting work has started.

The old kitchen equipment will be replaced by the dining tables and chairs which, in turn, will make way for a new kitchen of the kind which our Parish Hall facilities deserve. The new kitchen will be operational in time for the Hombár Fest on 15th and 16th November. A new heating system, new flooring and new kitchen, together with repairs to the roof, window frames and external brickwork are all due to start next month.

The first job will be the installation of a new boiler system which will enable an environmentally friendly central heating system to be installed. The programme of works will entail the complete refurbishment of the three theatres (Main Hall, Church Room and Recital Hall) as well as the building services fit-out and modernisation. The scheme is now being advertised for tender and work should start in a month's time on the 5th September. Barton Seagrave Parish Hall is an excellent facility for the community.

 It has proved very popular for hirers and the local youth club. Committee members have worked hard to keep it open in the face of grant cuts and small numbers on the committee. This improvement programme will create a modern building that is inclusive and supportive of all ages, but also adheres to the principles of sustainable development. If you've ever met Simon Dutton, you'll know he's one of the kindest people you'll ever meet.

Success for Friendly Club

In the summer of 2013 Whitchurch Bowls Club, a friendly club in South Bristol, became a charity and last year fully opened their new clubhouse with a catered bar, lounge and walk-in changing area. They’ve also had success competing against teams from across the UK. Friendly Whitchurch Bowls Club has reported success for the second time in a week. The club's number one Blaise Hervieux (pictured) parted company with a 73 average at Larkhall Bowling Club to win his 20th Caledonia Regional title.

Gentry go Underground

Last week Gentry Underground forced their fans to make a decision. It was a Monday, on a day when they should have been in lessons or working, but instead hundreds of Gentry fans had agreed to meet in a carpark at Whitchurch. Why? Why would you drive 75 miles round-trip on a weekday with just one objective? This is the power of the Gentry. What could be better than listening to some hot, new music from a local band? Listening to it recorded while you’re digging away into the earth with a shovel in Chipping Sodbury.

That’s right, I am here with the Gentry Underground in their latest underground video and they are recording their latest track. This coming week, Gentry Underground will be recording a new song at the historic Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in Whitchurch. This was an idea that came from a chat with the residents of Whitchurch and is one small step towards promoting local talent. There is a rumour on the scene that The Gentry Underground are recording their next single in Whitchurch.

Win at the White Hart

There will be great family oriented prizes each week you visit us in August. You do have to find the treasure to win, which is located in one of our coffins. That means it is hidden in a dark corner so it won’t knock the beer over on your way back from the loo! The clue is also nailed to one of the coffins​ and will lead you to the treasure chest - please don't try to force it open! Check out our Facebook page for more details and clues ​about where NOT​ to look for the treasure.

It’s almost time for our annual White Hart game, and this year is going to be bigger than ever! Join us in the Rose and Crown’s function room on Saturday 25th August from 12:30pm to play the board game “Win at the White Hart. ” It’s a great way to spend a few hours with your friends and family. There are still a few weeks left in August to be counted in the White Hart's Sports Quiz.

The prizes are getting bigger each week - and there is still time to get your name on the quiz board. Are you any good at remembering random facts?. The White Hart is proud to welcome you to a new year of family friendly entertainment featuring the best in live music, comedy, quizzes and games. Families are having a great time at the White Hart pub's fun family orientated prize competitions. The Gentry Underground are recording their latest track underground in Whitchurch.

Newbury Road Closure

Network Rail has released ambitious plans to transform a key stretch of railway into London’s gateway station. Detailed designs for a new footbridge over Newbury Road, opened up platforms, and moved the taxi rank have been published in a consultation starting today, Tuesday 8 August. Network Rail has released details of its plans for the closure of a section of Newbury Road to allow the redevelopment of Reading station. The plans have been put out for public consultation and can be viewed on Railtrack's website o­n their link "Consultation Plan".

It's back to the future in Newbury town centre this summer after Network Rail announced that it will be permanently closing almost the entire length of Newbury Road at three points during August and September, to allow for bridge repairs. Network Rail is getting set to close a key railway line in Reading on Saturdays. It has released details of its plans until it carries out major track work later this year. A road in Newbury is to be closed next week for a major improvement project by Network Rail.

Whitchurch History for Sale

A collection of historical photographs of Whitchurch is being offered for sale by Hugo Fox. The photographs are for sale to an interested buyer and will not be sold as a lot. They cover a number of years from the turn of the century to the mid 1950s. Production of the prints are extremely good, well over 100 years of age. The photographs appear to have been taken from original glass plates and negatives (not sure what the camera type was).

The subjects covered include a number of businesses, street scenes, homes, schools, churches, etc. Hugo Fox of Hugo Fox-Ede and Co. is selling a collection of Whitchurch photos. "As part of the millennium celebrations, I decided to help the residents and historical society by documenting important landmarks, people and buildings in the village," says Fox. "I collected approximately 10,000 images from 1998 through 2003. ". Hugo Fox is offering historic photos of Whitchurch for sale.

For example, he has a photo of Whitchurch Junction Station circa 1890 which is on sale for £300. In contrast, a 1925 photo of the same location is only £60. Hugo Fox, who has worked closely with the Whitchurch Museum for many years, is offering a complete collection of his photographs of Whitchurch history. Hugo Fox, the entrepreneur behind Lantana Square and Brixton Village, has put his formidable collection of historical Whitchurch photos up for sale.

Hugo Fox is selling a vintage collection of Whitchurch history for sale, including photos of the old Whitchurch Town Hall. Success for Friendly Club: Whitchurch Bowls Club is chalking up individual and club victories. When he asked if I could promote his 500th mile challenge in support of North Hants Hospital Neonatal unit and the Southampton Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, how could I refuse?. The A303 is three miles north of the village. [citation needed].

Dance the Summer Away

We are pleased to announce that the Marina School of Dance will be running a course of Summer School classes on Thursdays at Testbourne School. Classes will be running for a week at a time with different groups: Mini Mice (3-4 Years old), Pre-Primary Ballet (4-7 years old) and Primary I and II (7-10 Years old). The Marina School of Dance are the leading dance school in the New Forest, with highly-trained and fully qualified teachers.

In partnership with Testbourne School, they are providing a wide range of dance lessons to children aged 3 to 18 years old. Summer is here and the days are long, but it's never too late to learn a new skill. The Marina School of dance will be running a range of classes, for all ages and abilities. From Ballroom Dancing, Salsa, Hip Hop and Street Dance. We are running a range of Summer School courses for both children and adults at Testbourne Academy.

Sun Shines on Fte

It was a good day last Saturday at Berehill House and Wessex Lodge. Matt the gardener had led the day’s planting session, which included details of annual flower beds, shrubs, planting bulbs and general tidying from the autumn before. The weather was fine with some sun and things should settle down for the winter now. The sun shone over Fte for the majority of the day, a wonder to behold considering the summer we’ve had already! Wessex Lodge saw a beautiful funeral service which was attended by 2 standard bearers, 8 allegiant escorts and our staff joined together to lead the cortege.

The third round of the 2015 Foster's Edinburgh Twilight Championship took place at the Fife Golf Club, Monifieth yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. After a somewhat windy and miserable second round the weather came good with warm sunshine making it a pleasant afternoon. We’ve had a few glorious days lately, and so enjoyed taking clients for walks at Berehill House & Wessex Lodge.  A good number of 'spot the farm animal'challenges were attempted. Successfully finding: geese, sheep, ducklings and a visiting pony!.

After a mixed start to the season, Fordingbridge Town Emus enjoyed a 2-1 success at home to Berehill Reserves on Saturday. These will be available on Thursdays from the 20th July 2017 – 31st August 2017. This term we are running a Summer School course on Thursday afternoons at Testbourne Primary School. Starting at 1:30pm the course runs until 4:00pm and costs £15. The Marina School of Dance will be running a course of Summer School classes on Thursdays at Testbourne School.

More Summer Holiday Activities

Summer is always a fun time of the year. It seems like holidays are getting longer and longer as the years go by. Even with all that extra time on your hands, it isn’t always easy to entertain children all day! Fortunately, Testbourne has more than enough activities going on in the area for a fun-filled summer holiday, whatever your age group. The team at Testbourne Extended Schools Partnership have been hard at work organising some great events to keep you all entertained.

There are two great events organised by Testbourne Extended Schools Partnership. One is a family trip to Folly Farm, the other will be an overnight stay at the Metropole Hotel in Bournemouth with a trip to the SeaLife Sanctuary. There is an excursion to London for our Year 6 and 7 students which includes the HMS Belfast and a boat tour down the Thames. This will be followed later with some sporting activities for them on Hampstead Heath.

The children are very lucky to have this opportunity and are looking forward to going on holiday with their parents and grandparents. Testbourne Extended Schools Partnership is organising a residential trip for Year 6 and 7 pupils to Orchardleigh Park in Somerset. The trip takes place from Monday 11 July - Friday 15 July. The first one is a residential activity at Brockenhurst Outdoor Education Centre. The trip will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and is mainly for four years.

You should be prepared to sleep either in tents or in bivvies, so you may want to consider taking your own sleeping kit to be on the safe side. There are a couple of family trips organised by Testbourne Extended Schools Partnership involving the pupils from our local schools. Some parents have already attended these events and we encourage other parents to do so in order to get involved. The sessions are arranged for students in Year 7 and Year 10.

Calling all card makers

Calling all card makers. If you do it with enjoyment, if you're artistic and creative, if you have a desire to help others to enjoy their day, we'd love to hear from you. We are looking for volunteers who would like to become our Library Scribes – making cards for people across the Borough of Wrecsam & Flintshire who will be celebrating a birthday or anniversary over the next 12 months. We are looking for someone who has an eye for colour and design, who can clearly write in capital letters with a pen.

Preferably someone with experience of using the internet and emailing. but not essential. What do you need?. Calling all card makers. If you make your own greetings cards, Whitchurch Library would love to hear from you. If you enjoy crafting and making your own cards, or if you’re thinking of giving it a go, please get in touch as we’d like to put together an event for those who enjoy the craft.

We’ve teamed up with the Oxford-based company Paper Jam Press. Do you enjoy making birthday cards, thank-you cards and Christmas cards and would like to donate them to your community library? The Friends of Whitchurch Library are on the lookout for card enthusiasts who have a knack for creativity with an eye for design. If you think that’s you, please get in touch. Whitchurch Library is holding a card making workshop on Wednesday 2 May for all those who like to get crafty.

Whitchurch Festival Fte and Procession

J ust über 48 hours to go before the registration deadline for the Whitchurch Festival Fete and Procession - one of the highlights in this year's Whitchurch Festival schedule.  A total of 35 floats and walkers have already signed up, but there are still spaces available if you'd like to join in (see more about the processions here ). The procession steps off at 12noon on Saturday 16 June from the St Bartholomew's High Street car park, accompanied by a carnival procession along Bartholomew Avenue and a fte at the bowling club in Railway Road.

Join us for what promises to be a wonderfully colourful occasion!. The annual Whitchurch Festival of Community takes place again on Saturday 16th July 2014. The theme this year is Wales: Inside and Outside. There will be a procession led by the Carnival Queen, Emma Beddoe, starting at 12:00pm from the Top Meadow car park at the foot of the Wirral Hill, followed by a funfair on Beacon Hill and lots of other community events happening around Whitchurch.

 Come on down to our parish in south Shropshire, near Bishop's Castle for a fun-filled day out!. So you’re thinking of taking part in this year’s Whitchurch Festival fte and procession? Good choice. It is an established tradition in Whitchurch, a great way to celebrate the community, and an excellent opportunity to raise money for charity.   I hope you will join us on Sunday 16th July by taking part in the procession or the fte.

We look forward to seeing you then. The Whitchurch Carnival and fte, which is now in its 42nd year, is bigger than ever this year!  The plan is to brighten up the streets of Whitchurch with floats, handmade bunting, flags and banners. And those taking part in the procession will be joined by a selection of Joss sticks to help illuminate the route. The Whitchurch Festival Fete and Procession is an annual event which has been organised and run by The Whitchurch Community Association (WCA) for the past 7 years.

The whole community gets involved, either in the Committee or through supporting their friends who are participants. If you've never been to either of these annual Lunes events as local folk call them, you'll have the chance this Saturday 16th July, at Whitchurch Canonicorum's Festival Fete and procession. For 'Miniature Memories', attendees will be making close fitting, framed greeting cards and envelopes using miniature prints of Whitchurch landmarks which have been provided by the library.

Noisy Helicopters

On Friday 6 February, one of the RAF Odiham guard dogs let duty slip and ran out of his kennel. He made a little visit to one of the local farmers on our boundary. After this, one of the neighbours recorded what they assumed was intruders landing on their property using a night vision scope. They thought it was an awful lot helicopters taking off and landing in the middle of the night when there’s no training going on.

There was a nuisance report from one individual last Friday morning at 5. 37am. We received 17 calls and tweets on the same subject between then and 7. 30am. This is not a pattern of behaviour we want to see, and I can reassure everyone that there are no plans to up our flying hours or accelerate the work rate in any way. A helicopter, believed to be one of the Chinooks assigned to the QRA, was singled out by one complainant on Twitter.

@ChrisStBCT said: “It's a shame that people in this town are so ungrateful for our Armed Forces. They are working hard day and night protecting us. ”. If you were woken up by a noisy helicopter on Friday morning, then we’d like to apologise. It is very rare for our crews to fly over the local area but sometimes it is necessary and we do try to plan ahead with people. Thanks to one complaint about noise from a resident in the area, the team at RAF Odiham — home of the Army Air Corps — want everyone to know how much they value local support for their work.

Aircraft from the base have been taking part in a pre-planned training exercise overnight. One resident made a complaint about noise, however noise is at an acceptable level currently. Calling all card makers. If you enjoy making greetings cards, Whitchurch Library would love to hear from you.   The activities have been chosen because they encourage independent, adventurous learning, with hands-on experiments; risk taking, and developing knowledge of the world we live in.

Local Group Going Places

I can remember the exact first time I heard The Gentry Underground. I was wandering through the rainy streets of Mayfair on a bitterly cold December evening in 2014. I had just left an artsy gallery to catch up with my boyfriend at his flat nearby. As we headed back towards Dalston, the booming bass hit us like a freight train. It was so loud my head felt like it was vibrating and my feet wanted to shuffle instinctively.

Since then, I’ve heard this story time and time again from others lucky enough to run into one of their cinematic house parties. We are a small collective of DJs, musicians, artists, film makers and promoters - with connections throughout the local scene. We have started to throw parties under the name 'The Gentry Underground'. We try to limit these parties to 100 attendees as this gives us more freedom to make sure that everyone who comes has a great time.

London-based guitarist and singer Gianni Honeymoon was born in England, raised in Germany, returned to the UK aged 17. His band,  The Gentry Underground, have had a rollercoaster ride after their original agent, Zephyr Talent, spectacularly imploded, leaving them trying to pick up the pieces with no bookings. The Gentry Underground is growing fast, having spawned a London and Edinburgh band in its first few months. I was invited to a meeting of the Bath branch this weekend in a ‘jam’ room above the decidedly bohemian Family Records store in North Street.

Support Whitchurch United

As a member of the SUFC Supporters Trust, this is a message I have to share. This is an urgent message for all supporters, that no matter where you live, please can you try and support Whitchurch United FC as best as you can in their two remaining pre-season matches this month. Whitchurch United FC are in pre-season and looking to beat Cirencester United in our first league match on the 12th of August. We’re a semi-professional football club with big ambitions.

We’ve got a great bunch of lads and all hoping to gain promotion to the top-tier. Whitchurch United have a programme of pre-season matches this month. Pelsall Villa on Saturday and Hednesford Town on Tuesday and then two home matches in the week commencing 21st July against Stratford Town and Matlock Town. The first is tomorrow, on Tuesday 12th July, in a home friendly with Milford. Kick-off 7. 45pm at the Red Lion Ground, Broad Common Road, North Whitchurch.

Lots to Do This Weekend

A sunny weekend is finally upon us and there are so many options when it comes to going out.  You could go the classic route of grabbing your friends and heading to the beach, or meet them at the microbrewery for a few drinks.  Or you could do something you've never done before, like going to an escape room. But that's only if you want to spend some money!  I find it's cheaper to stay home and have picnics for dinner and breakfast (with coffee, of course).

A long weekend ahead means you can get caught up on a lot of things that you’ve been putting off. You don’t have to travel many miles to check things off of your bucket list either. Try a new restaurant, try a new workout class, or start your summer BBQ grilling. With the holiday season over, it feels like a new year has begun. We’ve all been busy celebrating and visiting family, but now that some time has passed you’re looking at your calendar and there are lots of open spots.

Ready to get out and have some fun this weekend? If so, you’re not alone. The weather is looking nice, the sun is shining, and hopefully you got a bunch of stuff done today. There are a lot of things to do this weekend. While you may not have a lot of spare time, it is fun to check out all the options before making your final decision. There are plenty of things to do this weekend and you may not be able to do them all.

Too many things spawn not-enough time and then, you have to choose. Whitchurch United's pre-season programme gets under way this month with two friendlies away at Welling United and Salisbury City. AFC Wimbledon v Whitchurch United. Saturday 22nd July KO 3pm. Ok, I know what you’re thinking — the last thing that we need is A NEW Local Group. But don’t be hasty; the Gentry Underground aren’t just any old band of local-brewed grunge.

Town Councillor Elected

A by-election to fill a town councillor position has returned an ex-councillor. Out of a total of 205 votes cast, Jeremy Moore took 128 of the votes (a majority of 55%). A total of 43 people did not vote (a percentage of 21%). There was no other candidate. The turnout was 21%. Churnborough, North Yorkshire - Town Councillor Elected. An exceedingly low turn out has returned an ex-councillor. An ex-councillor was elected after just 39 people turned out to vote of the electorate's 1,425.

Swimming Pool is Open!

We are very pleased to announce the opening of the Testbourne Pool for its 54th season. The Epsom-Hillside Community Center (the “Center”) owns and operates the 45-year-old, 6 lane, 25 yard pool between Morrissey Boulevard and Silloway Street. The pool is operated by a dedicated group of volunteers known as the Testbourne Pool, Inc. (the “Pool”). The Testbourne Pool is a private members'club situated on the River Test, near Hinton Ampner in Hampshire, England.

The pool was built in 1991 and has played host to many world class swimmers. It is often referred to as a 'training facility'because of this. We are open every day (except Mondays) from 9am – 7:30pm. Do bring a towel, flippers and a small amount of money to buy a snack or drink. The Testbourne Pool is now open for the summer. The timetable can be found on the village notice boards as well as here.

Schools To Open As Usual

Both Whitchurch schools will be open as usual on 30 June. Update: Whitchurch Infant School will close at 12. 15pm on Monday 30 June and re-open at 8. 30am on 2 July 2018 In a letter to parents, both head teachers explained: "Many of you have asked about the safety of our buildings. At the start of the summer term we convened an in-service meeting to outline the emergency procedures we would follow if there was a dangerous incident.

Following a full debrief of the situation and discussions with the local education authority, the Governing Body of Dame Alice Harpur School has decided to open both Dame Alice Harpur School and The Harpur Trust School (formerly Paignton Community Primary School) on 30 June. The National Trust has told residents that both schools will be open as usual for the beginning of the next academic year. The trust also said that no maintenance or essential repairs are needed.

Further details will follow once re-development plans have been finalised. Both Whitchurch schools will be open as usual on 30 June, despite today’s announcement that additional funding for our city’s two schools is not available in the short term. Both Whitchurch schools will be open as usual on 30 June. I’m delighted to be able to let everyone know that the Testbourne Pool is now open for the summer. The Testbourne Pool is now open for the summer and we are excited to see everyone enjoying it.

Whitchurch Child Minders

As you know, the 2016/17 school year will begin in just a few weeks time, and it is imperative that you get your child off to a good start. One of the most important aspects surrounding school readiness involves learning the basics of numeracy, literacy and social skills. Many Whitchurch parents register their children at a Child Minder's setting for their first week back at school in September before regular school term begins at the end of September.

I have owned my own child minding business in the Whitchurch area for 7 years, enabling me to become very familiar with other licensed child minders who work in the local area. My business is now based in Cambridge, and I am helping to promote the work of some dedicated local child minders who offer babysitting services. Whitchurch Child Minders.  The list of local registered Child Minders in Whitchurch has been updated. The list of local registered Child Minders has been updated.

Woodland Creatures in Town

The village of Whitchurch is often criticized for not being very accessible, and there are days when I would agree with that statement. But every few months the village has an influx of visitors on their doorstep, and one of those weekends took place at the beginning of June, which was dubbed "Woodland Creatures in Town". I’m going to keep it short today because I don’t want to influence your decision or distract from the headline, which should be read with a heightened level of astonishment.

Children playing with toys, in a shop, on a weekday — in town! How did that happen?. Sylvanian families, Hermey the Elf, and Gnasher the Gnarly Bear were among the characters that made it out to our annual Safari in the Woods event held at Whitchurch Playing Fields. Those attending the event were able to meet some of the woodland creatures held at the centre and also learn how to take care of them.

Emotional Meeting on Harvest Demolition

- Last night I also attended an emotional meeting at the Harvest Home in Irving Park. It was a proposed 10-store development by DRW. The developers told neighbors that their neighborhood meetings are the only chance they have to voice their opinions about what is taking place with these developments. There was heated opposition to this project, and a resident named Suzi expressed the fear that no one will find another affordable apartment like this.

She thinks the building is going to be. Last night the University of Saskatchewan scheduled a meeting with interested members of the community to speak regarding the Harvest Home. This building has been temporarily protected since September by a city historic designation, on one condition: there was to be time dedicated for discussion between students, citizens of Saskatoon, and University administration on how to move forward. Woodland families had an amazing time over the weekend.

The Last Music Event

This time, I will be hosting the event at Bandung, Indonesia, on December 7, 2012 at 19:00 local time. We will have two musicians whom I just recently met on Facebook community (new friends), none other than @Ighibutr Zakri, a guitarist and composer from Cirebon, West Java and @IZULFITRIYANI an English Poet from Indonesia. I’ve always enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere at The Last Music Event which is held at Old Spitalfields Market. I’m going to a bunch of their events this year, and have booked my tickets for the last event on Sunday 25th September 2015.

There will be no music event until the Autumn, however we are working on a few things that could make the wait worthwhile for those who have gone through the intensive search for cheap - last minute airfare deals. What a great summer we are having, and I am looking forward to enjoy the last acoustic music event of this year. It’s going to take place at Parma's Park, a public park that is right in the middle of the city.

Summer Hits Whitchurch

The weather station at Whitchurch, a small town some five miles south-west of Cardiff in South Wales, is normally considered by to be the best of England and Wales. Sited on high ground, but downwind of the Bristol Channel, it has a mean elevation of about 110 meters above sea level. The mean temperature range recorded by this site, for for example the year as a whole, is some 1. 5°F (0. 8°C) more than that recorded over an exactly similar area of the Welsh coast to the north-west of Harlech.

Whitchurch.  If you are looking for a relaxing stroll, look elsewhere. Whitchurch walk is anything but relaxing - but it does have great views of the surrounding countryside and is well worth doing. Just an hour after midnight on Sunday, a rain gauge in Whitchurch recorded 0. 8mm of rainfall, making it the wettest place in the UK at that time of day. If you like the music, You can support us or buy a ticket for our next concert.

Overton Black Arrows Strike Gold

With just two rounds left of the British Cadet Championship, Overton Arrows has struck gold. With £9,000 prize money hanging on the line, Overton Arrows needed a top-eight finish in Hayling Island’s final round to claim a cash prize of £3,600 and place highly enough to be awarded the British Champion team title.  Armed with just their trusty Black Arrows bow, all the arrows they could carry, and having come off a loss in the previous round due to equipment failure - it seemed a tall order for Hope Tozer, Sam Connon, Samuel Fincham and Evelyn Payne to pull this one off.

Overton Bowmen had an epic day of international shooting at the World Field Championships in Italy. British team captain Mike Jackson, shot alongside Richard Edwards and Steve Whelan to earn Gold to go with his Team Gold from Sweden. Showing that age is no barrier the trio of Englishmen blew the older teams away. Overton Black Arrows Archers have achieved a superb Gold medal for British Junior Squad at the National Trails held in Sheffield this weekend.

Overton’s young team of just four archers shot superbly and consistently throughout the course of the competition and won on an off target score of 66 for their 54 arrows. The Overton Black Arrows took the valuable British Schools Badminton Championships title yesterday. The Overton Arrows, who had never won the prestigious competition before, beat a second string Kirkham side in the final at Exeter University. Team Overton Black Arrows are delighted to announce that they have taken delivery of their first ever Arrows car in time for the Silverstone round of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Fund Raising Delay

I was just about to try my hand at writing an intro piece, then I found out the delay in me and Helen's fundraising for Cancer Research UK. My best friend (Livvy) tore her calf muscle whilst playing mini rugby. It has meant she has been unable to run or swim, so we have had to postpone the triathlon until at least October. It goes without saying we are gutted. We were looking forward to raising thousands of pounds for Cancer Research UK on 30th September along with trying to break the current Guinness World Record of £32,500 raised for a single event.

However, Livvy is apparently pressing on with the rest of her fund raising and there are various other events that she is running in throughout October and. My Sister and I Livvy Sinton and Helen Pritchard are taking part in the Brighton Marathon on 28 April as a tribute to my Dad Allan Sinton who died of cancer last year. He was passionate about anything to do with sport and we thought that his funeral would be the perfect place to hold a non-runner's race.

It ended up being an hilarious way to say goodbye to him and raise some money for Cancer Research UK at the same time, so we decided to make it our first ever annual triathlon in memory of him. The triathon will consist of two laps of the burial ground where Dad is buried then a third lap around Stanford Le Hope cemetery and back to his grave. The following year we thought – let’.

The great tri-series between the club's Livvy and Helen has been postponed to next year because of serious injuries for both competitors. Livvy who was due to take part on August 11 has had a ruptured cruciate ligament in her knee. She is determined to get back to winning ways as soon as possible and hopefully will be running by December. Helen, who was due to run on August 18 was left with a minor injury after the Cambridge Triathlon.

This meant that they would have been racing with an almost three week gap between each race, which was too risky with their bodies so close to peak physical conditioning. Fundraisers Helen Leggett and Livvy Pettman had a daunting challenge at the end of July. To run three marathon distance triathlons in as many days. They both felt they were ready to run the 150 mile challenge, but then disaster struck. Fund Raising Delay.

Bad Music in a Nice Town

You could argue that it was an historic event. Not because so many people turned out to see the band, but because in one corner of the room there were kids with Mohicans and moustaches having the time of their lives watching a band called Bad Music in a Nice Town. That in itself is rare. Rockus 2015 saw a mere six brave souls lay their life on the line in the fight against music.

I was one of them, and — though it is hard to judge your efforts until all the judges have done their work, it already seems like things are looking up for us…. Thirty seven bands have now played in this town which is quickly becoming known (locally at least) for it's annual Rockus Festival. It doesn't need saying that the first Whitchurch Rock Festival was a success. The summer triathlon by Livvy and Helen has had to be postponed because of injury, but the two are pressing on with other fund raising for Cancer Research UK.

Newbury to be cut off for months!

Newbury is to be closed for about 6 months. This was announced on the 23rd Sept, a single sentence in the Oxford Mail, so I haven't seen much reaction yet. Note that they don't tell you that Newbury and Shawford are to be one station from Saturday 7th October. It also isn't clear if the High Level Bridge (the "New" Bridge built in the 1970s) is going to close, or just Newbury Road itself - although they do plan work there at night over the coming months.

 One of my local councillors has posted an update on Facebook which indicates that the High Level Bridge does need strengthening before it can support modern trains - hampshire-list.co.uk. Newbury road is one of the many streets that carry a large number of cars daily underneath the Letchworth railway line but are threatened with closure. Currently, Network Rail have only proposed closure between certain hours for safety reasons but have refused to release their full plans.

They are threatening to close Evershed Way, Redlands Road and other roads as well. Drivers heading into Newbury will not be able to use Newbury Road from the Basin Bridge North Roundabout in the direction of the B3046 (Basingstoke Road) during this time - and this area of road will be closed for the duration. No new posts! Newbury Road will be closed in both directions between the junctions with A4 Bath Road and Theale Grove, for about 6 months.

The work is needed to allow a major scheme at the railway station to go ahead. A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We are proposing to close the rail line at Newbury as part of the Thames Valley Signalling Renewals project. As you can see from the map above (taken from Network Rail's website), this affects everyone in the area who uses Newbury Road.  Or why not come yourself ;). What: Last acoustic music event before the Autumn.

Town Council Election

Time is running out if you want to stand in the upcoming Town Council Election. If you are a Henley Town resident and would like to be considered for election on Thursday 23rd May 2018, you must complete the nomination form and return it by 1600hrs (4pm) on Wednesday 15th April. Back in October I attended a meeting at Henley Town Council with the other candidates who were interested in standing. A fellow resident suggested that we could host a question & answer session online so that residents can ask us any questions they have about any of our policies or plans.

A town council election will be held on Thursday, February 2nd. If you are interested in standing in this election your application must be handed into the Clerk by January 19th. The Town Council currently has six vacancies and as there is no retiring member we would encourage new people to put themselves forward to keep on the interest of our residents. The Town Council Election will be held on the 6th of May. The Town Council Election will be held on the 6th of May.

The Electoral Commission will be selecting candidates in the next few weeks, and they will communicate with those people who have registered to stand for election. Please note that anyone can register to vote or stand in the election. There are only 6 days left for anyone who wishes to stand in the local town council elections. I am pleased to report that nominations are already coming in and the number of candidates contesting is encouraging.

More Roadwork Disruption

More disruption lies ahead for Oxford's roads as Southern Gas Networks plans to dig up London Street to replace mains. Workers will start digging on Monday (11 June), and once finished, the gas supply will be brought into the road before the new houses are built by developer Taylor Wimpey. London Street in Gravittown, Kent is to be closed off for twelve days whilst Southern Gas upgrade their underground pipes. The road closure period will start from the evening of 25th May and last until 4th June.

The Southern Gas network plan to install a gas pipe in London Street. This will mean they need to dig up our road for a period of time. Council Roadwork Disruption. Southern Gas plan to dig up London Street. As you know a by-election for the Town Council is being held on 12th October. An extremely low turn out in a special by-election has returned an ex-councillor. Doug Ford. Oh no, they have their eyes firmly set on international stardom.

The Prince Prepares

London, England – The Prince Regent, the future King George IV of the United Kingdom, has announced that he will be hosting a regatta with six boat races in honour of his inauguration as Regent. It is being said that His Royal Highness has received an official notification from the Boat Racing Committee that they have reworked the dates of the Pub Race from its original May 2 date to May 13th, when it will coincide with the spectacle of his coronation.

The Prince Regent is sprucing up for the Pub Race. All of Charlotte has come out for this grand event. Flags flutter in the breeze, ponies are prancing about, and the King's Own Royal Welsh Rangers are leading an impromptu parade down King Street. Everyone is accounted for except one; His Royal Highness, the Prince Regent. Windermere's finest watering hole is back after a long hiatus. While it’s been open for business all summer, it’s now sprucing up the menu and hiring new employees.

Party on the Meadow?

An Essex family had to be rescued last weekend after getting stuck in quicksand on a riverbank. The three children, a 7-year-old girl, and her two brothers aged nine and ten, found themselves stuck up to their thighs in Quicksand at the Millennium Meadow Adventure Playground near Stansted Airport - a popular attraction for families with its rope swings, bridges and abseils. The Millennium Meadow is a water meadow as one family found out last weekend.

Carol, the mother was concerned about her 6 year old daughter running around with only flip flops on. She realised that all the children were in the same boat so while they were waiting for the fireworks to start she went looking for a nappy. It is a beautiful summery day and our family have taken the time to go out onto our local Millennium Meadows which stretch for miles around. Simon, our son and his friend James have packed their fishing rods and they are starting to look for any signs of life in the shallow pools which dot the fields.

O ne of our favourite walk places is the Millennium Meadow, one of those places which as soon as we get round the corner from our house we know we're going to enjoy. It's a water meadow on the edge of town, beside what was once called Cannon Lane. A Cambridge family realised the grass was not always greener when it moved in next door to the city's millennium meadow. The Prince Regent Facebook closed group has been abuzz with posts from hopeful workers waiting to be selected by Chef Simon DuTrieux of Couchiching Catering.

United Finish Seventh

Having spent much of the first half of the season at the top of the table, Whitchurch had high hopes but a poor second half of the season saw them slip down to finish 7th overall. The team started the game using far more confident, attacking and direct play than they had in their previous 2 games. In last week’s FA Vase semi-final against Romsey Town, Whitchurch made it through to the final 8 - 4 on penalties after a 1 - 0 loss was followed by a 1 - 1 draw.

Neither side could score this week in normal time despite several attempts on goal.    In extra time Whitchurch's extra fitness showed as players dropped left right and centre with cramp. The first half saw continued dominance from the visitors, while Whitchurch dropped deeper in defence. The first goal came just two minutes in, while a second almost inevitably followed on ten minutes.  Two further Whitchurch efforts were saved by keeper Jake Underdown following half time headers before United made it 5-0 on 65 minutes.

The Blues finally broke their goal duck with a 72nd minute penalty, but the visitors bagged two more late goals to secure the three points. The final game of the season was played in an electric atmosphere at home to Merley Cobham Sports. The pitch was in good condition and the weather fine. Whitchurch soon scored and went on to dominate the first period, winning 7-1. But at this level of hockey it is never that easy, and Merley Cobham scored straight back from the first penalty corner they were awarded in order to make it 2-1 at half time.

It is with deep regret that we have to report the sad demise of Whitchurch FC after just one month of their return to the great game. Having 7-1 annihilate a team of crack troops from Swanage on Monday they had high hopes for the rest of their campaign, but alas could only manage two draws and three losses, rendering them 7th in the table. It was a triumphant last day of the Wessex League with all three home sides taking maximum points and a clean sheet.

Internet Toys Here in Whitchurch

kids toys in Whitchurch. When my kids were younger I'd spend ages trawling the internet looking for cool, unusual and often rather expensive toys to amuse them with.       They always loved them when they arrived, especially the robot dog which is still being enjoyed by their cousin's children now.     It wasn't until a friend pointed out that the majority of toys I was finding are actually available in my area that I realised how easy it is to get hold of great pre-loved toys without needing to add them to the substantial pile of credit card debt I spend most of my time trying to reduce.

Internet Toys is a collection of toys available on the internet that were bought and enjoyed by their owners in Whitchurch but have now been discarded. Even though they are readily available to purchase on-line, they have not been sold and remain as clutter in homes across Whitchurch. They include brand new toys from popular brands that have only been opened out of the original packaging for photographs to be taken at great expense. One or two we’ll even throw in a free toy for you to play with.

. The Internet has changed a lot of things about our lives, but one of the strangest is that it's made toys more expensive. I mean, who can afford a second hand Star Wars figure on eBay when the price has risen to £300? Well now there's a solution. Online retailer The Digital Dentist are opening up a new shop in Whitchurch selling pre-loved internet toys. Here in Whitchurch have now introduced a new online shop to purchase pre loved toys.

There are many different items available from cameras that you can take photos with, Ninja Turtles, cute little toy babies and even a xylophone which we all used to love as children. My name is Dwynwen Jones, I am the owner of Internet Toys Here In Whitchurch. I originally started it in my garden in the summer, and now I have built it up to a small shop at 3 Pinewoods, Whitchurch, Cardiff, .