Platinum Jubilee Village Picnic Celebration

On behalf of the Parish Council I want to thank everyone who came to the picnic on the recreation ground and made it such a successful afternoon. We were very lucky with the weather and that, despite a few drops of rain early on, it held off. We even managed to pack up all the tents after everyone had left and before the weather turned on Sunday.

The success of the day is largely due to the huge amount of time and effort that went into planning for the event, and I would like to thank Ruth Walker for leading this, together with Jane Barbieri, Roz Griffin and many others who gave their valuable help.

On the day I was so impressed with the way everybody joined in and made it such an inclusive and enjoyable event. The food that everyone provided was excellent and looked wonderful set out on the long rows of tables in the food tent. Special thanks to everyone who helped set it out, together with the hot drinks, and to Sheila Colton for the most impressive and beautifully made cake. A big thank you to Ian and Nicky, from Rose Cottage, for the decorations around the field, which looked wonderful, patriotic and in keeping for the Jubilee. I particularly wanted to thank Mary Noble for organising the afternoon’s games, together with everyone who helped her. Fortunately, we ended up with no broken bones from the very competitively fought races!

Moor Harmony lifted everyone’s spirits with a wonderful medley of songs, including the Platinum Jubilee Song. Richard Oliver got everyone off to a good start with a glass of Pimms, backed up by Andy Giles with additional drinks at the bar. Thanks, too, to Patrick Hoyte for the introductions and Mark Oxtoby for the drone photograph of everyone gathered together, and to Jamie and Lisa for taking the photographs on the ground.

Many thanks are due to Philip Douglas for opening the event and providing the field for car parking, Hilary Carrick for the Loyal Toast, Geoff Vint for cutting the cake and Eddie Bishop for dressing the Platinum Oak. Altogether, it turned out to be a a wonderful way to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as well as providing such a good reason to bring people together in the village to socialise after the last couple of difficult years.

I continue to be amazed how such a small village can provide the essential facilities that are required to put on such an event as this, with the food tent provided by Stuart Lowen, the sound system by Peter Stenner and a link up to Keith Eagle’s electric supply. Terry Walker made the prize trophies for the ‘Best Dressed House’ and ‘The Best Decorated Hat’. Stuart and Keith’s help was also invaluable with making such short work of packing up the tents and tables, etc, at the end.

The whole day ended up being a testimony to the spirit and skills in the village, and will be remembered for a long time to come. Many thanks to everyone for putting in such a magnificent amount of time and effort and making it a memorable day for all.

James Wilmoth
Chairman, Wootton Courtenay Parish Council