Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Update

Here is your guide to everything that will be going on over the bank holiday weekend.  It is hoped that everyone will be able to join in the activities planned, making it a memorable and fun village celebration.

All events will go ahead, come rain or shine, with marquees and gazebos laid on just in case the sun isn’t shining.  Do feel free to invite your family and friends from further afield too.

Friday 3rd June: VILLAGE FUN DOG EVENT, INCLUDING A ‘DOG OLYMPICS’ – The Plough Inn Garden 2.30pm
Bring along your pooch and enter them into the fun.  Sections to include Temptation Alley, Musical Sits, Egg & Spoon Race (with dog on lead in same hand), Waggiest Tail, Dog looking most like its Owner, Dog the judge would most like to take home, PLUS Dog Olympics.  Only £1 per section or £2 for the Dog Olympics.  Free to spectators, so do come along and watch the fun, and bring some loose change for teas, coffees and cakes.  Further details available from Dom Jarman at dominic.jarman@btinternet.com.

Saturday 4th June: LWAC FAMILY SPORTS DAY  1pm – 5pm, Bodkins
Apple bobbing, obstacle course, tug of war, sack races, egg and spoon races and lots more. Burgers & hotdogs (1 free to all children), memorabilia mugs or coins for all children attending, kindly donated by Peter & Yvonne Wilson.  Live music from local band Spike and of course the bar serving alcohol and soft drinks, plus a raffle.

Saturday 4th June: 1950’S EVENING – LIVE MUSIC AND BAR  – Evening 7pm ‘til late, Bodkins
1950’s fancy dress (optional) with a prize for the winner.  Tickets £3.00 per adult available from Steve Bolton at stevembolton@gmail.com, Ian Burton at Ian.Burton1966@gmail.com, Michelle Rainbow at rainbowm96@gmail.com, and via Rainbows/Brownies.  All monies donated to the Rainbows/Brownies for the Defibrillator for LWAC.

Saturday 4th June: THREE LITTLE MAIDS PERFORMED BY THE SORELLE SINGERS – 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church.
Join operatic trio ‘Sorelle’ for a comedy concert of opera and musical theatre favourites, where adventures are plotted and mischief is never far from sight!
£15.00 per adult (accompanied U16s free), including a free drink and nibbles.  Tickets available on the door or in advance from www.sorellesingers.com or from Dom Jarman on 01865 407416.


1pm: Meet outside St Mary’s Church to wave off the children’s parade
Children from LW School and Pre-School, our Brownies and Rainbows troops will be parading in their regalia from the church to The Plough Inn – the newly refurbished church bells will be ringing and the music will be playing.  Come and wave them all by with your flags and your cheers and join in the parade.   Everyone is welcome – maybe bring along your baby or toddler in a decorated buggy.

1.30pm – 5pm Come and join in the village party at The Plough Inn
This is a free event, though you might want to bring some cash if you fancy having your face painted, a drink or treat, and there will be a full bar.  Proceeds from teas, coffees, cakes, and ice creams will all be going to LW School and Pre-School.  People are encouraged to make an afternoon of it and bring a picnic, blankets and picnic chairs, and enjoy the free music and fun activities on offer.  A few tables and chairs will also be provided in the marquee so get there early to bag your spot.

The afternoon will begin with traditional maypole dancing.  Enjoy relaxing to the swing band whilst you eat your picnic and then maybe you will be in the mood to join in with a village sing song.  A fantastic commemorative village plate (cleverly crafted by Clare Owen) will be on display and will be auctioned during the afternoon.  There will also be traditional games, face painting and model making to keep little ones happy, and plans to finish the event off with a giant village hokey cokey around the garden.

Villagers are encouraged to decorate their homes and gardens anytime from the week before.  Entries will be judged on Sunday afternoon and a prize will be awarded to the best effort!

In which case, why not enter the ‘Portrait of the Queen’ competition – full details available from Pip Higginbottom at pmrose3@googlemail.com.  Entries will be judged on Sunday afternoon and a prize awarded to the winning entry.

These events are brought to you by a wonderful team, represented by: Wittenham Warriors, LW Parish Council, LW Primary School, LW Pre-School, LW Rainbows and Brownies, LW Athletics Club, The Pendon Museum, WI, Wittenham Singers, The Plough Inn and The Friends of St Mary’s Church.

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