Diamond Jubilee Events 2012

Beckingham village held several different events over the Diamond Jubilee Weekend 2nd to 4th June. It all began with one or two residents commenting that "we really should try and do something". They in turn got together with a few others and decided to send out letters to all households within the parish of Beckingham cum Saundby asking what residents thought, what events they would like and if they might be willing to get involved. The response was absolutely amazing with plenty of suggestions and many offering to do single events, donate or just generally help. A committee was formed to oversee the events with members Brian and Pat Suart, Caroline and Tony Thomas, Don and Marion Brown.
Lions float and horses and carriage leading the Parade
Meetings were held with all organisers and those who wanted to be involved and the planning began in earnest with much hard work and effort going into the events. Souvenir programmes of all known events were created and delivered, one to every household in Beckingham and Saundby. Funding mostly came from Beckingham cum Saundby Parish Council, Bassetlaw District Council and the generosity of those involved.

Members of the village History Group, Tony Thomas and Maxine Downes, were out and about braving the weather throughout the weekend photographing and filming most of the events for the Group’s archives and posterity. These may be put on display for residents to view at a future date. Below is the result of the weekend celebrations, along with a few of the images. Please click on any of them to enlarge.

Events held Saturday 2nd June and all weekend ....
A Scarecrow Competition took place over the whole period organised by the village Gardeners Club, led by Rex Madin. The group encouraged residents to add some jubilee sparkle to their gardens even if not entering the competition. About 40 scarecrows were created of many different and novel ideas, including the Queen and Royal family, the Olympics, children's characters, tea parties and much more. Maps were produced to show residents and visitors where the scarecrows were placed and judging took place on the Sunday with the winners being awarded garden vouchers and rosettes.

1st place went to "Beckingham Palace does the Olympics" created in a garden in The Limes. A lot of effort went into this one cleverly filling the whole garden showing the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh having tea complete with corgis and watching the Olympics along with some spectators.
2nd place went to "How long will you be dear?", placed on the corner of Drovers End. This one showed the Queen having her hair done sitting under a hairdryer with the Duke waiting patiently standing beside her.
3rd place went to "Help the Heroes", in Old Trent Road, which really requires no explanation.
Beckingham Institute held an Open Day on the Saturday 2nd June inviting non members to go along and play games such as pool, snooker darts and dominoes.

All Saint's Church was open all weekend for visitors and residents to view, decorated inside with bunting, balloons and flags along with some memorabilia. Arranged around the Church were some beautiful floral displays in the theme of red white and blue created by the ladies of the Church. A steady stream of people of all ages visited the Church throughout the weekend.

The Village History Group led by Freda Proudley created a display in the Church for the weekend of many items of royal memorabilia donated for the day by members and residents. Among the commemorative items was china including a Queen Victoria Coronation cup and Diamond Jubilee cup and saucer, various prayer books, bibles, coins and spoons, all displayed in a cabinet. There were books, newspapers and scrapbooks of royalty and souvenir brochures including an original programme of Queen Elizabeth II Coronation for visitors to browse through. Also on display were several 78 records including the Billy Cotton Band with "In a Golden Coach/When the Coronation Bells March" and Jack Payne & his Band with "Jubilee Celebrations - a Cavalcade of Popular Tunes from 1910 to 1935". Sadly there was no record player available to play them!

Events held on Sunday 3rd June ....

The weather on the Sunday was extremely wet and quite cold but this did not seem to put people off attending the events of the day which began with a special Service of Thanksgiving in celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee held in the morning in All Saint's Church. Included was a Flag Raising Ceremony of the Union Jack on the newly erected flagpole. Many people attended and a light buffet lunch was served afterwards. The Church bells were rung several times throughout the day.

A Fun Dog Show and Agility took place in the afternoon on the Spinney in the centre of the village behind the Recreation Room, organised by Linda Flint and John O’hare, sponsored by Excel Dog Training. Many dogs and their owners of all ages took part even though it was pouring with rain and everyone got soaking wet but still seemed to enjoy themselves! The Judge was John Brett. There were classes to suit everyone and included Best Puppy (under 12 months), Best Veteran Dog (over 7), Best Child Handler (under 10), Waggiest Tail, Prettiest Bitch, and Handsomest Dog. Sadly there is no record of the winners, the list became rather soggy due to the rain and was eventually given up. But all winners were awarded rosettes and it was considered a great success with requests for another show!
A Jubilee Celebration Concert organised by Colin Gibson, took place on Sunday evening in the newly renovated and restored Willow Works. It was the first time a concert had been held in the building and the acoustics proved to be excellent. The varied programme of music was provided by the New World Ensemble String Quartet with talented local professional musicians Andy Long on violin and his wife Zoe Long on cello who generously gave their performance for free. They are always popular and a pleasure to see and hear with Andy's own unique and entertaining style. They were accompanied by two musicians introduced as the "two Katies", Katie New on violin and Katie Stables on the Viola. The rapport between all four musicians was a joy providing a thoroughly enjoyable evening for all 60 people attending. Refreshments of wine and tasty nibbles were served during the interval.
Events held on Monday 4th June ....
Most of Monday's events took place on the Green and Spinney area in the centre of the village with the street (The Green) officially closed to traffic for the afternoon and the whole area decorated with bunting. The intermittent rain did not seem to deter anyone and it is estimated that between, 500 to 600 people attended.

A Grand Parade around the village was the first of the day's events, organised by Brian Suart. Starting from the Village Hall at noon, the parade was led by a suitably decorated float, courtesy of North Notts Lions, playing appropriate music. Riding on the float were two children from the village school who had been specially chosen as King and Queen, Amy Burgess and Elliot Newton. This was followed by a beautifully turned out white carriage pulled by two handsome white horses generously donated for the event by Pegasus Horse and Carriage Masters from Saundby. All dressed with red, white and blue plumes and flags. The four passengers invited to ride in the carriage for the parade were Mr Ken Bullivant, in recognition of all his past support to the Parish in his role as District and County Councillor now retired, along with his wife Barbara, and Mr Bob Gill with his sister Joan as two residents who had lived in the village the longest. Next were the classic vehicles organised by Mick Rennison and Jonathan Heath, which included several cars, 8 tractors and 7 motorbikes. Finally there were some children on their decorated bicycles. At the end of the parade all the classic vehicles were on display in Bar Road North for the remainder of the afternoon.
A Teddy Bears' Picnic took place in the afternoon on the village Green organised by Jennifer Hutt, Marion Dickinson and her daughter Jane with children bringing their own picnic together with their teddy bears. A special teddy bear cake made by Caroline Thomas was served and drinks were also provided. The children had fun being entertained by a life size Mr Teddy (Steve Hutt), who organised various games. Materials were provided for the children to make their own crowns. Face painting sessions were organised by Kerry Baines with the help of Jayne Hanson and her daughter Sally. All much enjoyed by the children many of whom were dressed in red white and blue.

A Street Party was also held on the Green in the afternoon organised by Kath Long and her many helpers. Namely, Anne McKeen, Jenny Hudson, Val Turtle, Jill Bennett, Bev Taylor, Christine Bucker, Hazel Richardson, Elide Brittain, Joan Sanger and Marion Brown. These hardworking ladies created a wonderful spread of food much enjoyed by everyone, served in the Recreation Room along with tea, coffee and soft drinks. There were three special celebration cakes which were ceremoniously cut by "King of the parade" Elliot Newton, Chair of the Jubilee Steering Committee Brian Suart and committee member Caroline Thomas. Tables and chairs were set up in the street where many chose to sit despite the unpredictable weather.

A Hog Roast was generously supplied and served with all the trimmings by Paul and Natalie Sutherland at their business premises MECHfs in Bar Road North. Catering for around 350 people this proved extremely popular with a long queue forming very quickly and the food fast running out!
Other attractions available for the afternoon included a Bouncy Castle set up in the Spinney courtesy of Mrs and Mrs Adlington, suitable for and enjoyed by all ages. Last but not least, ice creams were for sale on the Green from Louise Kay with her Ice Cream Bike, always popular whatever the weather.

A Ceilidh (Barn Dance) was held in the evening in the Village Hall. A very lively and enjoyable night where 80 people danced to live music provided by the talented musicians of The Little Band, established for over 30 years and comprising 2 violinists and 2 guitarists along with their entertaining caller. By the end of the night, everybody knew their "dos-ŕ-dos" from their right hand star! A supper of jacket potato with various fillings was provided, and the event was a virtual sell out. It was lovely to see so many young people entering into the spirit of the evening, clearly enjoying themselves along with the "more mature" members of the community. Grateful thanks are due to the overall organiser Claire Hunter together with her husband Clive, Roger & Sue Platts, and Don and Marion Brown, as well as the people who helped on the night. The Village Hall would like to thank Lincolnshire Co-operative for their support in providing ₤50 in Co-op vouchers together with bunting and balloons, and also those who attended the event, making it a fitting end to the excellent weekend of events.

To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee the Parish Council produced and paid for a specially designed tea towel. Made by Countryside Art of Spilsby, Lincs., the attractive design depicts historic buildings within the parish. Namely, All Saints Church of Beckingham, St Martins of Tours of Saundby, The Willow Works, Beckingham Primary School, Methodist Chapel and Beckingham Institute, along with our favourite owl “Theo” on the Green. Finished off with designs in each corner depicting nature, these tea towels make a practical as well as a commemorative souvenir. They were delivered one to every household in Beckingham and Saundby together with the Jubilee programmes. A limited number of tea towels were made available for sale in the village shop.

Beckingham Jubilee Steering Committee would like to give their sincere thanks to everyone who was involved in the organising, funding, contributing and helping of all these events. It is fully appreciated how much hard work and effort was required. It has been wonderful to see how the village has come together and got so involved in making it such a great success with many entering into the spirit decorating properties with bunting and flags. The village should be proud of what was achieved and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves!

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