Waterlooville 200 is launched

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There’s plenty to look forward to as one of the biggest events in Waterlooville’s history is just months away.

The Waterloo to Waterlooville 200 project, which marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the town, was officially launched at Waterlooville library.

The Launch of 'Waterloo 200' at Waterlooville Library '(left to right) Cllr. Mike Cheshire Leader of Havant Borough Council, with Hampshire Police Sergeant Julian Ainsworth based at Waterlooville Police Station and Clare Jefferson-Jones - Project Manager 'Waterloo 200' ''''Picture:  Malcolm Wells

The Launch of 'Waterloo 200' at Waterlooville Library '(left to right) Cllr. Mike Cheshire Leader of Havant Borough Council, with Hampshire Police Sergeant Julian Ainsworth based at Waterlooville Police Station and Clare Jefferson-Jones - Project Manager 'Waterloo 200' ''''Picture: Malcolm Wells

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded more than £44,000 towards the extravaganza, which will include a timeline exhibition, talks, presentations, and a big day of celebration on June 20 that will include a procession and the unveiling of a new town flag.

The project will tell the story of Waterlooville, which is named after soldiers who stopped there after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

The scheme is headed by Waterlooville Community Forum, The Spring and Waterlooville library.

David Crichton, chairman of Waterlooville Community Forum, said: ‘We have got an opportunity here to do what we have been trying to do in the events team, which is to sell Waterlooville.

‘It’s a one-off. It’s going to be a hard slog. We have limited time to do it. We are looking for as many people locally to get involved as possible.’

Janet Johnston, involved as part of Waterlooville Business Association, said: ‘It will bring people here who have never been before.’

Clare Jefferson-Jones, from Hayling Island, is project manager.

She said: ‘It all started round those five houses and the pub with the heroes returning.

‘Two hundred years is quite new, but it’s a lovely period of time to document what’s being happening and share that.’

Visit waterlooville200.org