Old Dalby Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Sunday, 3rd June 2012

The ‘Street Party’ we had planned had to take place in the Village Hall because of the very wet weather.  However, this did not deter people from coming and a huge number of villagers turned up clutching their offerings of food to make, what has become a tradition in Old Dalby, a ‘ pot luck’ lunch.  People circulated (with difficulty because there wasn’t much space as you can imagine with so many bodies) and the atmosphere was one of happy community spirit.  The children were very well behaved and a credit to their parents.  Lots of photographs were taken; we would ask the people who attended who took photographs to let Emily Granger 1, Longcliff Close, borrow your ‘chip’ so that she can look through them all and select the best ones to make up an album to commemorate the occasion.  We plan to have an evening later in the year for everyone to come together and view the photographs; perhaps another ‘pot luck’ lunch/supper! A date will be fixed at out next meeting.

The Jubilee Hat competition was judged by Val Anderson and Eileen Hyslop.  The winners were:

Under 5’s:  Alex Hicton
6-9’s: 1st Poppy Moss, 2nd Florence Stuart, 3rd Theo Stuart
10-13: Lizzie Brooks (Nether Broughton)
14-17: Josie Ediss
Adults: 1st Rosemary Houghton, 2nd Sharon Robinson

After lunch we toasted the Queen, then absent friend, David Ayres, who had already started to plan the occasion last year, before his sudden death in September.

Monday, 4th June 2012

The events we had planned all went ahead.  The It’s a Knockout Contest got under way at the beginning of the afternoon.  This was won by a team made up of the ‘Herrick’ family. The Scouts worked very hard in the morning to prepare all the obstacles for the six teams teat entered and put up their tent for the evening session.  The family cricket match took place with the same six teams competing who where in the It’s a Knockout.  This was won by the Purcell/Clayton families.  A rounders match was organised by Ishabel Granger and Jane Ware.  By this time it was almost time to light the BBQs and it was really nice to see so many people come together and enjoy the occasion.  The children had a wonderful time and it was good to see them able to chase around and enjoy so much space.  We all enjoyed dancing to Govannen, although some of us were getting slightly weary and cold by this time.  The beacon, which had been constructed by members of the Cricket Club, was lit around 10.00 pm. and provided some heat for us all as we finished the evening around the fire.

The Diamond Jubilee committee is indebted to the Village Hall, Cricket Club and Scout organisations for the use of their facilities to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, without which none of the above could have taken place.  We thank them all.

We would also like to thank the Old Dalby Day Committee and Parish Council for their generous donations.

Margaret Bairstow

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