Stourpaine is our village in the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, England, on the River Stour
Stourpaine Jubilee Street Party
Sunday 03 June 2012
noon until late
Unlike London we were blessed with glorious weather and even had some people getting sunburnt!The day was organised by a brilliant, enthusiastic and very willing team from the village who took on the challenge of providing a lunch of Coronation Chicken, with Vegetarian option, Rice, Salads, and French bread followed by a magnificent array of celebration cupcakes! Sandwiches and crisps were provided for the children.South Holmewas closed for the day and tables were decorated with Union Flag tablecloths and jam jars of garden flowers. The village bunting was hung across the road and the music was in place for the festivities to begin!Villagers arrived carrying their chairs and drinks and very quickly South Holmewas full (300 people) and a wonderful community atmosphere spread along the whole street.The children met at Holy Trinity Church(as they had for the Coronation) and processed with our Rector to South Holmewhere the Jubilee Grace was said followed by everyone singing The National Anthem and then a surprise Jubilee Firework!The lunch progressed with a real swing to music from the 50's interspersed with music from the Coronation Service. The children were entertained with street games and all had a great time. In the afternoon we were led by two wonderful musical villagers in Community singing and The Last Night of the Proms had better watch out - Stourpaine singing Land of Hope and Glory was quite something!It was a real Village Dayand one we shall all remember as being very special.
Click on the envelope of the letter back to Joanna Gardinerfrom Buckingham Palaceto read what the Queen thought of Aishlinn Lewis-Smith's pink portrait and Sophie Campbell’s interpretation of the Union Jack: