Detectives wanted to solve 1940s’ ‘murder’

Press Release: 19/03/2014

Organisers dressed in 1940s outfits

Bishop’s Waltham is well-known for its friendly atmosphere and community spirit, so when the rumour of a murder spread around town residents were understandably surprised.

Fortunately, however, the murder in question turned out to be entirely fictitious, but don’t tell that to the 200 ‘detectives’ set to hunt down the ‘killer’.

On Saturday 3 May, Bishop’s Waltham will slip back into the 1940s to play host to a town-wide murder mystery event with a period theme. On arrival, participants –‘detectives’ - will receive their crime file detailing the crime scene, the list of possible suspects and a map of the town.

Fuelled with tea and cake, their mission is to find and question the suspects and search for clues before returning to the Jubilee Hall with their deductions. Dinner and dancing will follow, all in-keeping with the 1940s’ theme, and a ‘Chief Inspector’ will reveal the culprit during the evening.

The story has been written especially for Bishop’s Waltham by ‘partners in crime’ Liz Bourne and David Burnfield who have been ‘plotting murders’ together since 2005. The 1940s’ theme (specifically 1944) was chosen to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings. Period costumes from Hampshire Wardrobe will be worn to create the atmosphere and 1940s’ music will be heard as detectives hunt around town.

The event is being organised by the Bishop’s Waltham Town Team, with the help of over 20 volunteers, several community organisations and a grant from Hampshire County Council.

Head of the organising committee Robert Shields said:

The idea for the event came from Bishop’s Waltham resident, Joan Clarke, who had attended a similar event in nearby Cheriton.

The energy and enthusiasm of the volunteers has been overwhelming. It promises to be a great day with proceeds going towards the Bishop’s Waltham Care Group.

Hampshire County Councillor and Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, Cllr Rob Humby, said:

It was a pleasure for me to be able to support the Town Team’s application for a County Councillor grant. It is clear that this community event will be educational, it will bring local people together who otherwise may not have met, and it will get people out into the fresh air. With this grant, the Town Team has been able to keep ticket prices at an affordable level for all.

Tickets are on sale at the following outlets in Bishop’s Waltham: Best Wishes, Sweet Corner and The Anvil. For more information see