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2022 will see the 70th Anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II ascending to the throne. The actual anniversary date is 6th February but there was a long Bank Holiday Weekend from 2nd to 5th June when many events took place to celebrate the occasion. 

 

The Parish Council have already taken the lead in commemorating this event by planting five young silver birch trees along the Reeds Drive edge of the cemetery field.

THURSDAY 2nd JUNE

Woolavington joined the official Nationwide Light a Beacon Event with a beacon being lit in the Sports field on the evening of Thursday, 2nd June. Luckily the weather was kind and a good crowd of people came along to witness this historic occasion. Children's entertainment including a bouncy castle, hook a duck etc and refreshment outlets were stationed on the field and Bob Darch kindly provided musical entertainment. Just prior to the lighting of the beacon at 9,45 p,m, a pop up choir sang the Jubilee Anthem "A Life Lived with Grace" Thanks must go to Nic Presley, Nigel Frith and Peter Beer for constructing and lighting the beacon.

SUNDAY 5th JUNE

12 noon to 2.00 p.m.

There were picnic lunches at the Village Hall and at Bitham Walk Hall. The damp weather conditions meant that it would have been uncomfortable for people to picnic in the playing field as originally intended but everyone enjoyed themselves in the comfort of the beautifully decorated hall. Later games took place for the younger children.

4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

A High Tea for 70 villagers over the age of 70 at the Village Hall. An amazing afternoon tea was served with musical entertainment and a glass of bubbly to toast the Queen. The photo below shows the Woolavington Handbell Team playing patriotic music.

Thanks are due to Eddie and Doris Marsh and their team for organising these very enjoyable events in the Village Hall and to Villages Together for their support in providing grant aid.

Appreciation must also be given to National Grid for donating a luxury hamper which was raffled at the Jubilee events and raised £277 which will be used to fund improvements to facilities in the villages. The winning ticket, drawn by Mo Retford wearing her crown, was 666 and sold at the Beacon event to Sue.

A search of the Parish Records recently resulted in discovering a copy of the Woolavington Coronation Celebrations Souvenir Programme which is reproduced below together with details of events on the day.