Alresford to become a ‘ghost town’

Press Release: 22/10/2014

Jade Moses and Heidi Isa

This autumn half-term Alresford is set to reveal its spooky side with a free ‘ghost hunt’ organised for local and visiting children.

From Monday 27 October until Saturday 1 November, a specially devised trail will take participants around town in search of ghosts and ghouls, with a Halloween treat at the end.

The Alresford Ghost Hunt has been planned and organised by Winchester City Council’s Market Towns Development and Support officers in collaboration with the New Alresford Town Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Alresford Arts Society.

New Alresford Town Council decided in favour of coming on board with the City Council’s Market Towns Development project in August 2014 and the Ghost Hunt is the first of a number of events and activities planned by the two officers sharing the post, Heidi Isa and Jade Moses.

The ghosts which will decorate the town for the week were drawn by children from Sunhill Infant and Junior Schools as part of a picture competition. Over 60 children submitted pictures and 18 of these have been chosen to go into the ghost hunt.

Local businesses have covered the costs of the activity through a combination of sponsorship money and a small fee for ‘hosting a ghost’. This means that the Ghost Hunt will be a free half-term activity.

Cllr Lisa Griffiths, Chair of New Alresford Town Council, said:

We are delighted that Heidi and Jade have been able to organise this half-term event, bringing together different members of the community and linking with other organisations in the town. You can bring your grandparents or siblings to join in the fun and have a scarily good time in Alresford this October!

Cllr Robert Humby, Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, added:

The Market Towns Development role has been running for 18 months now and I’ve been incredibly pleased with the results in Bishop’s Waltham, Wickham and Denmead. It seems that Heidi and Jade have hit the ground running with Alresford and I look forward to seeing the results of another imaginative event.

Trails can be collected from Long Barn, Heidi’s Patisserie, Mange2 Deli, The Naked Grape and the Watercress Line from 10am on Monday 27 October. Participants will also be given the option to take part in a free prize draw to win a family photo shoot at Maddie Attenborough Photography or a Family Ticket on the Watercress Line. To find out more see Facebook (All about Alresford).