Sir George Young has congratulated Whitchurch Association on its success in the Market Towns Award Competition.
"Whitchurch launched a Christmas in Whitchurch initiative last December, as part of its town centre revitalisation programme. I was delighted to hear that this initiative was recognised by the South East Rural Towns Partnership. I wish them every success in the next round".
The following press release was put out by the Whitchurch Association.
WHITCHURCH WINS REGIONAL AWARD
Whitchurch’s profile was further raised this week with the news that it has received recognition in the form of a prestigious regional Market Towns Award from The South East Rural Towns' Partnership (SERTP).
The award, in the Social and Community category, is for the Town’s Christmas in Whitchurch 2005 initiative, part of the Whitchurch Association initiated Town Centre Revitalisation programme. The programme hopes to raise the profile of the Town, boost business and make visual improvements to the Town Centre. Leader of the programme, local resident Stewart Parrington said,
“This is terrific news and comes at an ideal time. We understand that what impressed the judges most was the fact that Christmas in Whitchurch 2005 was conceived in such a remarkably short period of time, at virtually zero cost, engaged virtually all parts of the community and used innovative methods like the new Community website (www.thewhitchurchweb.org) to share information and ideas”
Mr. Parrington continued
“The recognition and the award is a great fillip to our continued efforts to revitalise the Town. It couldn’t have been achieved without the enthusiastic support of the WTCR team members, local retailers, the community at large and the support and guidance we received from Tony Corbin, our Town Project Officer”
The award will be formally presented as part of the next SERTP Rural Towns and Networking Event to be held in Emsworth on 13th July. Whitchurch, as one of four towns in the South East receiving awards, also stands the chance of going forward to the National Awards competition in September.
In the meantime, retailers and local community groups have been invited to a meeting at the White Hart on 28th June (starting at 6pm.) to hear about the next phases of the Town Centre Revitalisation Programme.
The meeting will focus upon Christmas in Whitchurch 2006 and present ideas for a ‘Welcome Pack’ for new residents. We will also be sharing details of a retail needs survey, the funding for which has come to the Town via the Learning and Skills Council’s Retail Skills sector. The scheme will also help small retailers looking to up-skill their staff.