Clent gears up for Jubilee extravaganza

Clent gears up for Jubilee extravaganza

Villagers Caroline Howard and Paul Timmins. Buy photo: 221233L

Clent Jubilee committee chairman Caroline Howard with winner of the poster campaign Elizabeth Baxter, aged nine.

First published in Clent

DIAMOND Jubilee fever has kicked off in Clent as the village plans a host of events to mark the Queen’s milestone celebration.

Community-spirited villagers have organised a fun-packed weekend of back to back activities and parties in the picturesque north Worcestershire village.

Parish councillor Caroline, chairman of Clent Jubilee Committee, said: “It’s going to be a wonderful event - come rain or shine. The whole village is going to come together.”

Patriotic flag-waving and singing will begin at a Jubilee party and three-course meal at Clent Parish Hall on Friday June 1.

On Saturday June 2 there will be a celebratory champagne breakfast at The Vine Inn from 10am, followed by free tours of the bell tower at St Leonard’s Church which is also hosting a flower festival throughout the weekend.

Villagers and visitors can also enjoy a walking tour of various gardens that will be opened to the public betweem 11am and 4pm.

There will be a Jubilee art exhibition at The Heywood Studio, off Woodman Lane, and a variety of pubs will be hosting afternoon teas.

On Sunday June 3 there will be a Jubilee church service at St Leonard’s Church starting at 9.45am. A parish photograph will later be taken in the church grounds at 11.15am to commemorate the occasion.

At midday there will be a village procession from Clent School to Centenary Field, followed by a picnic on the field and cricket pitch running from 1pm to 4pm - during which time an Oak donated directly from the Queen’s estate at Sandringham will be planted.

The afternoon will also include a classic car display, cricket match, five-a-side football event and treasure hunt.

St Leonard’s church will also be open for afternoon tea.

On Monday June 4 - there’ll be a barn dance at Walton Farm from 6pm. Tickets (£5 each or £12 for a family) are available from Sue Hindle-Smith on 07807 836746.

And a beacon will be lit on Walton Hill at 10.30pm. Entry to the beacon lighting, which includes fireworks, is free.

A design by creative Clent youngster Elizabeth Baxter was picked by the village jubilee committee to promote their weekend of activities.

The nine-year-old Clent School pupil’s jubilee themed poster was selected to feature on all of the village’s publicity material following a competition.

Her design will also be included in an exhibition at The Heywood Studio, Woodman Lane, Clent.

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