Residents are being encouraged to pay a visit to the Encounters Arts pop-up shop at 91 High Street, Andover, before it closes on Sunday 15 June.
Hundreds of people have dropped in over the past few weeks to share their memories, ideas and aspirations for the town. Various events are planned for the final weekend, which will help bring to life all the comments and reflections captured. The Millennium Man will also be out and about gathering people’s thoughts about Andover.
Councillor Ian Carr, leader of Test Valley Borough Council, said: “The Encounters pop-up shop has proved a great success. Residents have just a few more days to drop in, so make sure you don’t miss out!”
“This has been a great opportunity for people to think about all the things they love about the town as well as the things they would like to change. Capturing this in fun and innovative ways has really helped bring to life people’s reflections on the past and hopes for the future. The project also supports the work of the Andover Summit, which aims to bring together local residents and businesses to enhance the town.”
Ruth Ben-Tovim, project coordinator for Encounters Arts, said: “The Andover shop has been a huge success. We’ve had so much support in such a short period of time. We are really grateful to everyone who has come in and left a trace of themselves behind. The shop is filled with a rich snapshot of Andover past, present and future for all to see and experience.
“Over the weekend we will be presenting some of the rich material that has been collected in the shop through a series of short performance presentations called Andover Stories. Performances will take place at 2pm on Friday, 12 noon and 2pm on Saturday and 11am and 1pm on Sunday.”
“The Andover shop is the beginning of what we hope will be a really rich journey of participation and community engagement in Andover.”
The information gathered in the shop will feed into a programme of public art for the town, funded by Section 106 developer contributions from Andover Business Park and other new developments in the area.