Clent gears up for Jubilee extravaganza

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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