Diamond Jubilee Weekend – June 1st and 2nd

Very many thanks to so many villagers who gave so much help over the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

The concert in the Church on Friday evening was sold out, and was a lovely evening of South Marston talent, rounded off by rousing singing led by Jackie Sansum.

South Marston schoolchildren and those at Tots n Toddlers were given commemorative Jubilee mugs by South Marston Parish Council. Extras were on sale and the Committee hopes that there will be some profit from the weekend to buy something as a permanent memorial of the event. There are still a very few left – please contact Jenny McEwen on 825312 if you would like one.

South Marston bellringers heralded the beginning of the Jubilee celebrations on Saturday. Bunting, flags and flowers decorated the centre of the village – the street party was held on the Glebe and War Memorial Garden, as well as in the road outside the school. The Church was full of flowers, and the exhibition of old South Marston photographs and memorabilia was busy for nearly 9 hours. It was so popular, and prompted so many memories, that we hope to have a re-run of this, with extra photographs, if anyone can dig deeply into their attics to find more. We will also have photographs from this Jubilee. Please contact Mary Case on 826038 if you have any to share.

School children and members of the Friendly Club sang during the afternoon, while the Highworth Silver band took a break. Celebrations ended with everyone singing Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, and the National Anthem after an official photograph taken from the top of the Church tower. News will follow on how to obtain copies of this.

The Carriers put on a pig roast on Saturday evening, in spite of the rain, which had started to fall by then. We were very lucky with the weather during the day. Thanks again to all of the helpers; particularly Yuasa Batteries who donated the wine for Friday evenings wine and cheese interval in the Church and to Crocodile Packaging for their donation of money to help with the Jubilee weekend.

Photographs were taken by Stacy Woolhouse, including one from the top of the Church tower, and will be available to view and order at the next Meeting Point on Saturday 14th. July in the Village Hall between 10am and midday.

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