Evercreech Diamond Jubilee Celebrations


2012 is the year of The Queens Diamond Jubilee and the community of Evercreech celebrated in the whole event in wonderful style.

With only the second ever Diamond Jubilee in our Nation’s long history it was fantastic that so many families and friends in the community got together to have a great time and acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our Queen during her distinguished time as the head of our monarchy.

On Sunday the 3rd June a Street Party attended by over 400 people took place in The Cedars, the cul-de-sac off the High Street. Many people made a wonderful effort and dressed up for the event and as the photos show everyone enjoyed an absolutely wonderful community and family party.

At midday the party started with music and singing provided by the Counterpoint Singers followed by a great set performed by the fantastic local band of paramedics, ‘The Defibrillators’. A change of style later brought on ‘The Grey Dogs Jazz Band’ and the whole afternoon went along with a swing.

Despite the threat of very changeable weather the party was a terrific success and it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves.

Everyone is very grateful to all the residents of The Cedars for hosting the party and to everyone else who helped make the event run so well.

It was the biggest village picnic in living memory and a very special way to celebrate this wonderful occasion.

The popular bar was provided by The Bell Inn and tablecloths came courtesy of The Co-op. Local factory Greencore kindly donated special Jubilee cakes for every table and Margaret Elliot also made lovely colourful flower arrangements for the table centres.

So many people helped to make the Street Party a success and the committee would also particularly like to thank The Parish Council, RK Stone, Aquaid, The Bell Inn, Westcombe Dairies and many individuals for their very generous support and donations to ensure the event took place.

On Monday 4th June beacons were lit at Small Down, Chesterblade and on Creech Hill, each forming part of the national chain and with calm, clear skies, BBQ’s and big crowds, both venues were great places to make a bit of local history (please see separate reports on the beacons).

There were many photographs were taken during the whole Bank Holiday weekend and these will play a hugely important part in recording this historic occasion in the village archive for generations to come. At the Street Party everyone was asked to submit their photos with a prize on offer for the best picture demonstrating the ‘Spirit of the Jubilee’. The winning picture was taken by David Wakeford and shows two girls thoroughly enjoying their day. Well done David, it is a lovely shot. Click here to view Photos.

A small selection of all the pictures submitted is here to view on this site and a full display of all the pictures going into the village archive will be exhibited at the Village Show on Saturday 1st September at the playing fields. Don’t miss it.

The Jubilee Committee, in conjunction with Evercreech Parish Council, also commissioned Jubilee Commemorative Coins in presentation cases to be given to every child of the parish up to the age of eleven years. These coins were presented to The Acorns pre-school group and the Toddlers Group on Wednesday 18th July and then to all the pupils of Evercreech Primary School at their ‘leavers’ service in the church on Friday 20th July by Mr Ted Allen DL (Chairman of the Jubilee committee) and Mr Andrew Doble (Chairman of Evercreech Parish Council). (see photos).

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