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Rowledge village party celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

PUBLISHED: 18:13 08 June 2012 | UPDATED: 21:28 20 February 2013

Photo: Darren Walsh

Photo: Darren Walsh

In Rowledge, we wanted to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, as an historic event nationally and locally as a village, to give everyone, especially the children, memories of how they celebrated this unique occasion in our lives

By Nora Tarrant

In Rowledge, we wanted to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, as an historic event nationally and locally as a village, to give everyone, especially the children, memories of how they celebrated this unique occasion in our lives.

The intentionwas to bring the whole village together as a community, as many people live herebut do not mix or join in, while others are heavily involved with village life.

It was amazing how many skills were found to be lurking in homes here, from four professional photographers totwo MCs, interior decorators, musicians and many more.

We had no money to start with and tried to get everything donated, from local businesses, schools, churches, bands, choirs and villagers, who all gave their services for free.

We had approximately 1,000 people attend for eight hours of non-stopentertainment, with the majority of acts living in the village.

We provided afree cream tea for 650, with scones donated by Frensham Heights School, plus cakes baked by so many residents of all ages, some wonderfully decorated with jubilee themes.

Many village groups of all ages helped with something, from making cakes, bunting, decorations, volunteering to man stalls, setting up and clearing away. So many were involved in playing their part in making the day possible.

Dame Elizabeth Anson has lived here for 47 years, but was in London during the coronation as her father was at the Abbey. She has wonderful tales to tell. She opened the village celebrations for the Silver and Golden jubilees too and we wonder if this connection is an historical first?

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