Copyright, George Mccavitt, 2012

Stourpaine Jubilee Street Party

Stourpaine is our village in the Blackmore Vale in North Dorset, England, on the River Stour

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Stourpaine Jubilee Street Party

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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   Holme    was   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   Holme    was   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 Holme    where   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   Day    and   one   we   shall   all   remember   as being very special.
The Union Jack was Winner of the Stourpaine Jubilee Poster Competition The Pink Queen was Runner-up in the Stourpaine Jubilee Poster Competition
Click    on    the    envelope    of    the    letter    back    to    Joanna Gardiner    from   Buckingham   Palace    to   read   what   the Queen   thought   of   Aishlinn   Lewis-Smith 's   pink   portrait and    Sophie    Campbell ’s    interpretation    of    the    Union Jack:

Stourpaine Jubilee Street Party