Bealings Jubilee Jamboree Japes - 4th June 2012
morning dawned bright and sunny
Actually it rained and rained and rained. By 11am however things
had brightened a little, tents were erected, bunting hung and most
of the hog roast had arrived!
The pudding and salad table began to groan quite quickly and the
bar was in business.
12.30 the traffic was stopped and five outriders on bicycles (looking
like a cross between the Blues Brothers and dodgy secret service
men, whose car had broken down somewhere) swept into the Village
Hall Car Park.
They were followed by "Her Majesty The Queen" in a trap
pulled by two grey ponies. She was greeted by "HRH The Duke
of Edinburgh", showing no signs of his impending hospitalisation
and a hushed, overawed, (quite possibly bemused) crowd.
Royal couple inspected the outriders who stood to attention and
then proceeded to the field where, on behalf of both villages, Mr
Eric Barnett, chairman of Great Bealings Parish Council made a short
speech of welcome. "Her Majesty" then made a short speech
and the festivities officially commenced.
hog roast, salad and puddings disappeared rapidly, many families
sharing the communal tables, with others dotted about the field.
Patriotic music accompanied the festivities thanks to Chris Mason's
valiant efforts, followed by Kelly Pritchard singing songs from
the earlier parts of the Queen's reign. Kelly sang beautifully and
then judged the Best Dressed Hat Competition, won
by Reggie, with his London landmarks hat. Patch won the Best Dressed
Wheelbarrow with his festive pompoms and streamers (and the cardboard
corgi sulked a bit!).
Kelly's brother Philip who is currently appearing in the West End
also sang, prior to his trip to perform in Canada
Football was played with much enthusiasm and almost as much skill,
by children's and men's teams. Thanks to Phil Double for kit and
refereeing. First Aid was not needed but a few bruised shins were
Bealings won the Tug of War in both the Women's and Men's rounds.
Great Bealings won the first leg of both but were then over-powered
by the superiority (in many ways) of the Little Bealings residents
in the second two legs!
Malcolm Watson our resident photographer perched precariously on
a ladder with several small boys playing football below, to take
a village photo. He survived to tell the tale! Larger copies of
the photos can be downloaded by clicking any of the photos on this
page and then saving them to disk with File.. Save.
The day came to a close with a rousing rendition of Jerusalem,
Rule Britannia and some inexplicable bobbing up and down. Flags
were waved and the sun shone at last!
With many thanks to everyone who came to help celebrate the Jubilee,
to Grove Farm Residents Association for sponsoring members' tickets
and to everyone who bought hog roast and drinks in aid of Help for
Heroes; we raised £400 for their very good cause. Thanks to
Margaret and Roger "Windsor" for their contribution to
proceedings and their driver Fiona Powell. Thanks also to Jaz and
Ros from the Admiral's Head for the refreshments & venue for
planning meetings, coming to the rescue with rolls and bread when
we were overwhelmed with demand for hog roast and for supply of
the delicious Adnams!
To the five anonymous (their own choice) Secret Service men, thank
you and to Vicki and Peter Carr for the delicious cream teas served
during the afternoon.
A brilliant village day in honour of HM Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
|Words: Jenny Cavell - Shaw
Photos: Malcolm Watson
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