The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – What a great day!

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Jubilee Celebrations in Whitchurch Village

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of local volunteers a number of varied events took place with the whole weekend acclaimed as a huge success.

On behalf of Matt Donovan and myself, a massive thank you for all your contributions towards a fantastic Jubilee weekend. We have had lots of positive feedback and some constructive advice and will learn from this so we can tweak and improve the next time we have something similar to put on.

The service at St Nicholas was lovely. My daughters and I were made to feel most welcome and the hour long service was over in a flash. The church was beautifully decorated; amongst the displays we spotted an original 1952/3 Coronation programme, belonging to Annette Sealy,that we were too nervous to pick up (we would have loved a quick flick through).

horseworld

The weather was inclement at Horseworld between 12 and 2 but the girls at reception told us that 200 extra visitors had come in with their ‘villager flyers’. We enjoyed lunch (and a glass of Ann’s wine) and a chin wag in the digger barn until the rain went off and then watched the presentation of horses complete with Jubilee adornments and flag.

community centre

We spent a few hours blowing up balloons on Sunday afternoon in the community centre and then waited for the masses to descend for the family disco at 7 o’clock. MATT and I looked at one another at 6.55 and wondered if it might just be us and Vi doing a boogie…… but then between 6.59 and 7 .10 about 150 people arrived ! The helium balloons proved a great source of entertainment and the parents chilled while the kids do what kids do. We had so many kind and grateful comments that evening and also requests for one disco per month.

Radio Bristol

On to Monday morning and the BBC were at the community centre; Radio Bristol gave us a good 5–6 minutes. After this, many of us met at the field with buckets, brushes, bunting and flags while Vi darted back and forth making sure that all was well at the hall. Geoff came to the rescue with emergency printing and Mike, Martin and Ashton just “did” all those jobs like rigging up a massive tent, sorting out power supplies and all that stuff where we wouldn’t have a clue where or how to start.

Big Sing

There were loads of people at the bowls in the afternoon and there was a great flower display, art exhibition and fascinating old photos from the history society. We had a steady stream of visitors and then a bit of a swell at 3pm for Pat Clements ‘Big Sing’ with standing room only (we were delighted that our local MP Mr Rees Mogg was able to pop in for a while). I have to say that, for me, this was the most special of all our events. A simple concept, but one that brings so many smiles – especially to our senior citizens. I felt privileged to be part of it and we think there were about 300 there. Norma and the WI girls came up trumps with the delicious cream teas.

Big Sing

And so……the sun eventually came out at 6.45 pm! It was a good decision to move the evening event to the cricket ground. The band played, people brought picnics (just as well as there was nowhere near enough roasted hog) and the beacon was ignited with gusto by Ashton at 10.15. A massive thanks to all of you who helped set up and clear up (especially the Parsons who should have been celebrating a birthday). Numbers on the evening? We reckon it was about 700.

A truly great weekend for Whitchurch and its residents who can’t wait (but will have to) for the next big Royal event……now what will that be I wonder?

Alyson Lampard
Whitchurch Jubilee Committee

thank you to all

Any feedback or comments on the Jubilee pleae send to:

Matt Donovan
matt1.donovan@hotmail.com