THE QUEEN’S 60th DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
The Joint Village Committee organised two brilliant celebrations: the Jubilee Cabaret Evening on June 2nd and the Village Jubilee Party on
June 3rd. The Cabaret Evening was a full scale dinner with singer Maria Lyn providing the entertainment, while the Village Party was a great
mixture of events with the Royal Pageant itself being shown on a big screen. Both events took place in the Village Hall due to the usual British
weather. Some of the photos that Colin Parsons took are shown below and on succeeding pages.
Jubilee Celebrations Sat 2nd June 2012
Saturday 10:01am - unanimous decision - the Village Hall!
The day started with cloud and by the time 7.30pm arrived the heavens opened - what a very wise decision from the committee to change the
venue to the Village Hall - it rained and it rained and it rained for the next 24hrs or more. Saturday, dressing up the village hall fit for a
Queen. The copious amounts of bunting that was to have stretched for miles all around the Winchfield was wrapped all around the village
hall inside and out. The tables dressed with Jubilee flags, the fridges filled with wine, Jubilee bubbly and lager, the chairs for 80+ in their
places, and thanks to Pam who made us all a well earned cuppa - the village was ready to receive. The first to arrive to entertain us was Maria
Lyn, but she nearly never made it as the sat nav took her and her new husband into the wilds of the Vale of Glamorgan miles away from
Maria Lyn “the Welsh Lady of Song” with “the voice of an angel” - she has sung far and wide, from Las Vegas, USA in the west to St.
Petersburg, Russia in the east, from Mauritius in the south to Finland in the north and at a private wedding in Hawaii. She thrills her
audiences with the purity of her voice and her wide repertoire, singing in Italian, French and Welsh as well as English. In addition to her
international shows, local performances and charity work, Maria Lyn also arranges her own music, composes musical scores and writes her
own songs. “The voice of an angel” big show productions with a deeply personal touch Maria Lyn has a unique talent, now appreciated by a
much wider and international audience. And "WOW!!!" what a night! Not only did Maria Lyn entertain us, but also our very own Paul &
Gareth dressed as Mexicans and shaking their maracas to the beat of Maria Lyn's voice.
Then it was half time and the ladies sprung into action - the buffet was served - what a spread; from Coronation Chicken to salads galore to
exotic desserts - you name it the ladies had made it. A quick change by Maria Lyn into another beautiful sparkly outfit and it was singing and
dancing the night way - and for a grand finale Maria Lyn stood on a chair singing, full power, her last most moving most exhilarating most
amazing song of all - this was surely a 'night to remember'. Thanks so much Maria Lyn for making our Queen's Jubilee such an incredibly
special occasion - and thanks so much to everyone on the committee and all the helpers; and all the ladies for their mouth watering recipes
headed by Barbara Whitehouse; and to Pam and Dai Harris who did such an amazing job supplying all the thirsty villagers with as much
alcohol as they dared to drink; and to our very own Maître d'hôtel, Steven Madeley, who was dying to sing 'Mustang Sally' every time he got
near the microphone but resisted - what will power; and a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who attended and supported the evening and
donated raffle prizes; and thanks yet again to Sue and Mike for their most generous meal for two at The Barley Mow.............. the evening
wouldn't have happened without YOU ALL!!
Jubilee Celebrations Sun 3rd June 2012
All I can say is that the Queen's Jubilee evening celebration in the village hall will be remembered by all those who attended as the one and
only, never to be repeated in most of our lifetimes, event of the century....The gales blew and the heavens opened but that was not going to
stop the resilient residents of Penllyn and the Graig from having a wonderful Jubilee event. Having made the sensible decision to decamp
from the Winchfield, the village hall was packed from 12.00 noon until the early evening. Colin Parsons once again came up trumps with a
big screen projection of the Thames flotilla, Dai Harris kept the Peroni flowing and Chris and Pauline cooked burgers and hot dogs to
perfection throughout the afternoon. We were also well supplied with teas, coffees and delicious home-made cakes thanks to a hardworking
refreshment team! There were some amazing entries in our Jubilee inspired cake and bunting competitions and Jill Bonney and Carol
Madeley had the enviable task of tasting all of the edible entries. For the children we also held a ‘best-dressed bicycle’ parade and those who
were willing to brave the elements took part in children’s races alongside the church, courtesy of Martin Jones.
Congratulations to our competition winners:
Adult bunting: Janet Booth
Children’s bunting: Alex and Joss Fenner
Adult Jubilee cake: Rose Morgan
Children’s Jubilee cake: Luke Treadwell
Best-dressed bicycle: everyone who entered was a winner.
For those looking for a spot of retail therapy there were stalls selling cakes and gifts, a well-supplied tombola and a chance to buy the Barley
Mow’s own unique chutneys and pickles. Many, many thanks to all of those involved in organising and running the event - it was one of those
special events which makes us all realise what a wonderful village we live in and, as one visitor was heard to say “if only you could bottle it.”
After a superb Saturday night, many residents assembled bleary - eyed at the Village Hall on the Sunday morning. The weather showed no
signs of improvement so the decision was taken to keep the festivities in the hall. We managed to carry out a number of events and activities
on the day. In no particular order;
• The rugby pass challenge. It would have given me great pleasure to get the ball into Brian Moore's mouth but sadly myself (and others)
need some more practice!
• The bouncy castle. Despite the rain - it did not stop several children enjoying themselves.
• The children's craft area and face painting. There was a steady stream of children walking round with some fantastic artistic creations on
their faces. There was also a best dressed Jubilee bike competition.
• The barbecue and bar. Peroni was available which is always popular and this was backed up by some great food from the barbecue set up in
the garage. The late afternoon half - price offer was especially popular!
• The tea and cakes and the cake competition. No village event could take place without this - all done with a smile and cakes to the usual
• The tombola, cake stall and other stalls - lots here to attract interest.
Whilst all of this was going on the photos of the previous night were being displayed on the big screen and later the events live from London.
What struck me most was how different the day was from the previous night. It was more family orientated and I was pleased to see lots of
new faces. Also many people dropped in during the day and some stayed for the duration! I would like to thank all those involved with the
organisation, planning and support for their commitment, time and enthusiasm. It was a day to remember for lots of reasons.