Business champions call for support of attempts to galvanise townBy Jon Nurse
March 22, 2013
Business champions are calling for support as they prepare a fashion week and Super Sunday markets to galvanise the town.
Members of Wokingham’s Town Team, which aims to promote and improve the town centre, discussed projects in the pipeline for this year and renewed their calls for people passionate about Wokingham to support their mission.
Georgina Hustler, owner of Antique Rose in Bush Walk, said: “We want to keep the momentum going and there needs to be more people that can take on responsibilities to get us moving forward.”
Plans for a fashion show have snowballed into a fashion week, which would launch with a catwalk show at the town hall on Thursday, May 23.
Miss Hustler said: “Wokingham is a great destination for clothes and fashion accessories. It’s a passion of mine. I’ve started to look around and there’s a lot of more there than you think.”
Members discussed drawing on the talents of borough’s teenagers and promoting the WADE charity shop by displaying some of its clothes.
Town councillor Stan Hetherington added: “If we believe in Super Sundays and making it a positive part of the Wokingham experience then we need people to get involved.
“For too long people have gone outside of Wokingham for their shopping.
“We want to persuade them back. Even if it’s just one in 10 people at first – next time it could be two in 10.
“Soon the place will feel like there’s a real buzz around it.”
Businesses are also being encouraged to do their bit for the town’s debut entry into Britain in Bloom by buying a hanging basket from Windowflowers Ltd, which is offering fully planted, watered and maintained displays for £50 plus a charge to install a bracket.
The meeting was used to suggest questions for a town survey that will be posted on the Survey Monkey website next month.
Miss Hustler said: “We need data to show how people feel that live in the town and draw out its strengths and weaknesses.”
The Town Team’s next meeting will be at Wokingham Town Hall on April 18, starting at 6.30pm.