Diamond Jubilee Beacon Lighting


Monday June 4th, 2012

Each year Chesterblade gets together for a BBQ and this year it was combined with a Beacon to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It was the most beautiful and clear evening on what is thought to be the second highest point in our beautiful County.

Tony Drake kindly allowed the use his field again and Ed Green built a terrific beacon/bonfire from trees that had fallen in earlier winds this year. Masses of pallets were donated (and delivered!) from Framptons and some had been collected from Bradfords. It was a tremendous sight!

As the fire was lit, a group of young men lead everyone into the National Anthem alongside a volley of fireworks from Luke Piper, who loves an excuse to light up the sky. Luke and his children had been sending up lighted lanterns prior to that. There are not many days in a year that you can do that on Small Down!

Approximately 80 people had a BBQ supper and were joined by many more that came to see the beacon lit. About 150 – 200 people were on Small Down to witness and celebrate a beautiful occasion.




On an unexpectedly calm, fine evening on Bank Holiday Monday the Diamond Jubilee Beacon on Creech Hill was a splendid sight.  Villagers from Milton Clevedon and Evercreech were joined by those from Lamyatt (many of whom had energetically walked from  Lamyatt Village Hall) for the lighting at 10.01 pm. Thanks to the untiring efforts of John Osbourne the ‘Beacon Master’ who had built it and masterminded the lighting process, the Beacon lit immediately to the cheers of all onlookers.  Smalldown Beacon could be seen to the north and Castle Cary, Sherborne and many others were visible to the south.  A full moon added to the sense of occasion – a fitting jubilee celebration.  A big ‘thank you’ to John and his helpers for a wonderful evening.



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