Allensmore Platinum Jubilee Picnic

Let's toast the Queen

Our community celebration on Sunday 5th June, got off to a splendid start with the bells at St. Andrew’s ringing joyfully. Around thirty residents watched the ringers in action, and some even had a try at ringing under supervision. They then joined other friends and neighbours at Little Village Farm for a picnic and various activities by kind invitation of Mark & Brigitte Ratcliffe who had prepared. The venue brought back happy memories of the Silver Jubilee party which was held in a field opposite.

In honour of the Queen’s historic Jubilee, our host gave the loyal toast and John Harris from Cobhall Common cut the first slice of the wonderful “jubilee” cake made by Carol Williams and iced in patriotic detail by Alison Pratlett. Using the hand-bells, several of the St. Andrew’s ringers then accompanied the party- goers in a rendition of “God Save The Queen”.

The Platinum Pudding Committee would surely have given Allensmore the first prize for the tables laden with delicious desserts! Many thanks to all those who brought a pudding to share to the event.

Picnic-goers enjoyed the opportunity to reminisce over the photographs & memorabilia of weddings and life in rural Allensmore during the Queen’s lifetime. Thanks to Yvonne Chapman for collecting such an informative display; this would not have been possible without the willingness of people to share information, for which we are grateful. Yvonne says, collecting local history doesn’t stop here, so keep those photographs and memories coming!

In spite of the British weather 100 plus people from across the generations supported our event, along with several very well-behaved dogs, which was brilliant to see. A sincere thank you to all who helped with the planning, setting-up and inevitable clearing away, and to all those who came to make it a truly memorable occasion. As someone summarised, what a wonderful community get together…who cares about the weather when we are having so much fun!

More pictures of the weekend are below – click on them to enlarge …

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