Summer fete and market could help revamp Waterlooville

PLANS Traders in Waterlooville met at Butlers Pantry to discuss ways of revitalising the town
PLANS Traders in Waterlooville met at Butlers Pantry to discuss ways of revitalising the town
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A BIG summer fete, Christmas market and multicultural day are among the events being proposed to help revitalise Waterlooville.

Traders gathered at Butler’s Pantry in London Road to thrash out ideas on how to encourage a sense of pride and community spirit in the town.

Representatives from a range of businesses attended the meeting, including bigger chains such as Asda and Waitrose, and smaller businesses such as Caterpillar Crafts and Pink Party Shop.

The meeting was organised by the Waterlooville Community Forum Events Team.

Fifty ideas were generated at a previous meeting in January and these were whittled down to 15, which traders then took a vote on.

The five top events were a multicultural day, Waterlooville in Bloom, a children’s activity trail, a precinct summer fete and a Christmas market.

The In Bloom event could take place this summer.

The summer fete has been pencilled in for Sunday, August 16 and up to 50 stalls are planned.

The other ideas are being worked on by the team.

Gemma Evans, who runs Pink Party Shop in Stakes Hill Road, was pleased businesses had got together.

‘It’s definitely needed,’ she said.

‘It’s nice because it’s not just the independent shops, there are a few of the bigger chains as well.

‘Waterlooville needs some kind of revival.’

The Heroes pub has said it will run the ‘Waterlooville Has Talent’ contest.

Plans for the summer fete are under way and it needs stalls, catering, arena acts, raffle prizes, and volunteers. Email Jackie Buckley at The next meeting is on April 29 at 6pm at Waterlooville library.