Bishop’s Waltham Bites proceeds to help save lives


The Meon Valley Heartstart recently received a boost when it was presented with a cheque for £360 from the Bishop’s Waltham Town Team.

The money was raised by Bishop’s Waltham Town Team from the ticket sales for April’s highly successful Bishop’s Waltham Bites Event.

Meon Valley Heartstart ( is a community organisation set up in 2001 to help save lives by training people in emergency life saving skills. These are the actions needed to keep someone alive and safe until professional help arrives. It offers its training sessions to the general public, to community groups and to schools – all free of charge. It is a service that has no paid staff and is completely run by volunteers. Last year over 4,000 people were trained by this small voluntary group.

Meon Valley Heartstart Chairperson, Virginia Lovell said “We are very grateful for this donation from the Bishop’s Waltham Town Team. We are wholly dependent on donations to keep our service running and to continue to help save lives in the Meon Valley area”.

Robin Shepherd, Town Team Chairman, along with Giorgio’s Proprietor, and Chairman of the Bishop’s Waltham Chamber of Trade, Barry Nicholson presented the cheque outside Giorgio’s Restaurant on Monday evening. Robin said “We are really pleased to be able to pass on some of the proceeds from Bishop’s Waltham Bites to such a deserving organisation. On behalf of the Town Team itself and the eight participating outlets, it is great to know that the funds we raised will be able to help Heartstart provide its much needed service.”

The Bishop’s Waltham Town Team is a partnership organisation which exists to sustain and future-proof the Bishop’s Waltham Town Centre by developing new markets and uses for it. It promotes and stimulates the town centre’s role as a commercial and social meeting place for all the people in our community and from the villages nearby.

The Town Team launched Bishop’s Waltham Bites in October 2016 as an opportunity for ticket holders to sample tasters of what the town’s restaurants, pubs and food outlets have to offer. Since then it has become a very popular event in the town’s calendar with tickets always in high demand.

The next Bishop’s Waltham Bites event will be held on Saturday 5th October with tickets going on sale about 3 weeks in advance.