Whitchurch Town Council Press Release

It is still very much business as usual for Whitchurch Town Council. Administration staff have been working very hard remotely to process refunds for those of you who have booked shows with us. We would like to thank you very much for your patience with the backlog of refunds which are still being processed, it is hoped that all tickets and event refunds will be completed by 30th April 2020.

The Mayor of Whitchurch Cllr Bev Duffy said “Whitchurch Town Council’s End of Year Accounts for 2019/2020 have been completed and they are currently being checked by the Council’s accountants. The Council is adopting legal changes to conducting the business of Council in order for work to still continue. Upcoming audits will be completed virtually. I appreciate that this has involved a lot of work during what has been a difficult time.”

“It is with sadness that I reflect on the resignation of Cllr Tony Neville. Cllr Neville has been a very active councillor during his eight years in office with two years spent as Mayor. Tony was lovely to work with and with his kind and caring attitude he is highly regarded in the town. Tony has been a huge asset to Whitchurch Town Council, always willing to help out with events and he will be greatly missed. I would like to send Tony and Pat Neville our very best wishes from all staff and councillors for his retirement. The Council now has one casual vacancy within North Ward.”
There is some good news about upcoming productions that have been postponed:

The Mersey Beatles show originally booked for 21st March 2020 will now be taking place on 30th October 2021. If you have purchased ticket for this show, then your ticket will still be valid. If you need to request a refund please contact Rhodes Media directly on Tel: 01772 269890 or visit www.rhodesmedia.com

The Jerseys Show which was planned for May 2021 has now been rebooked for Friday 23rd October 2020. Tickets will be going on sale in the next few weeks.

The Land of Hope & Glory VE Tour by Neil Sands Productions has been cancelled. Staff are contacting those who have booked to arrange refunds or transfer bookings to the Christmas Memories Matinee Show on 24th November 2020 at 2pm. Tickets are just £10.00 for over 60’s, groups of ten or more receive the 11th ticket free of charge.

The Easter Pantomime scheduled to take place on 17th April will now be taking place next Easter in April 2021. Once the date has been confirmed with Anton Benson Productions an announcement will be made.

Whitchurch Town Council very much hopes that Party in the Park can be brought back later in the year, we are listening closely for updates on public gatherings and following trusted news sources in order for a well-informed decision to be made.

Anyone wishing to contact the Civic Centre can telephone the office number on 01948 665761. Calls are currently being diverted and this phoneline will be answered between the hours of 10am & 1pm. If you call outside of these hours, then please do leave a clear message detailing your name and phone number and someone will call you back as soon as possible or on the next business day.

Whitchurch has three main COVID-19 groups which have been set up to help those who are vulnerable within the community or self-isolating.

These three groups are St Alkmund’s Church – contact Rev Judy Hunt 01948 667253, The Beacon Church – Mob: 07341 932072 and Helping Hands Whitchurch Tel: 0731 160 7794.

Whitchurch Town Council is supporting these three groups and the remaining grant funds held in the 2019/2020 accounts were split equally between all three. The Mayor of Whitchurch Cllr Bev Duffy has supported Helping Hands Whitchurch as well as Whitchurch Food Bank from the Mayor’s Allowance. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help.

All of the public play areas in Whitchurch and outdoor gym equipment remained closed. However, Whitchurch Cemetery and the main section of Jubilee Park are still open. Please ensure you follow the rules imposed by the government: do not arrange to meet friends, stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household, avoid busy places, do not touch your face and wash your hands as soon as you return home.

The Town Council’s grounds maintenance contractors are working hard to maintain our outdoor spaces, whilst following the rules of social distancing. We are very grateful to Nobridge Ltd for their hard work and commitment.
Every Thursday the Whitchurch community has come out in force to applaud all of the good work our carers are undertaking, particularly during the coronavirus outbreak, and for that we thank you.

The Town Council is on hand to assist any resident who is in need as a point of refence as always, but particularly during the pandemic.

We all must stay strong, stay home but most importantly stay united.