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Exbourne Jubilee celebrations - the full story

Sunday June 3rd and Monday June 4th 2012

On Sunday morning the Jubilee Service at St Mary's was conducted by Professor Michael Winter OBE, with a Reading by Mrs Lorraine Aagard of Isaiah 6: 1-8 and the Gospel Reading by Mrs Jane Stewart John 3: 1-17. The organ was played by Mrs Elsa Dunn. Hymns included 'Praise the Lord the Almighty the King of Creation' and 'O Jesus I have Promised'. The service concluded with the first and last verses of the National Anthem. In the evening, in the Red Lion, Miss Nadrah Al Shawi (soprano) performed hits from the 1950's and 60's.

Monday saw the 'bring and share' supper being held in St Mary's with the Exbourne Bell Ringers putting on a splendid Jubilee Bell Ringing display. Then everyone made their way to the playing field to wait for the lighting of the beacon on top of the Tower of St Mary's. Other beacons around the region were clearly visible, all being part of the chain of beacons being lit across the UK and the world. Everyone then made their merry way back to the sounds of the Jubilee Concert finale in London being relayed from St Mary's tower. Thank you to everyone who took part, joined in and decorated their houses and gardens to make it a Jubilee to remember!


    Sunday/Monday photos above supplied by Jane Stewart

Geoff Hodgkinson


Saturday June 2nd 2012

On Saturday morning the History Group provided coffee for visitors to a Jubilee exhibition including local residents own memorial pieces and on display waas the restored Queen Victoria Jubilee Weathervane. During the morning Scarecrows appeared around the village ready for the children's 'Name the Scarecrow' competition. There were 19 entries in all, with additional ones done for decoration. Later, nearly 200 folk assembled for the "street party" in the school grounds, where tea was provided free for everyone and our own Queen for the day and elder resident Mrs Kath Neno presented all the children with a certificate for them to exchange for their Exbourne Commemorative Jubilee mug. The winner of the Scarecrow competition - judged by Professor Michael Winter OBE - was the Young Family from Manor Gardens. The winner of the 'Name the Scarecrow' competition was Miss Niamh Flanaghan of North Road. Village Idiot Productions put on 'One Man and His Frog' on Saturday evening to much acclaim. (It will be repeated for anyone who missed it on Saturday 8th June.)


    All Saturday photos supplied by Jane Stewart
Name that Scarecrow, Saturday June 2nd 2012
And the winner was ...
Harry Potter, Hagrid and Voldemort (right and left)
  All scarecrow images supplied by Jane Stewart  
Friday June 1st 2012

The Jubilee in Exbourne got off to a fantastic start with The Timms Brothers playing six decades of music and over 80 villagers dancing the night away. For the young and the bit older it was a great evening and, with a balmy evening to help, folk naturally spilled outside. Entry was free to all, with The Red Lion providing the bar. We owe Cathy a huge thank you for serving throughout the evening alone in the kitchen!

  All Friday photos supplied by Jane Stewart



Earlier stuff

This page pulls together what's been happening, and going to happen, for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in Exbourne.

The village has assembled a committee consisting of only three people (Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary) plus loads of helpers who are chipping in with help and ideas. The project is growing all the time.

A competition for a Jubilee logo was held and the winning design (by Jemma Young aged 10) is shown left. News stories and picture related to the event are below, together with images from the funding events and the actual day itself. We'll keep adding material so bookmark this page and keep visiting.

Jane Stewart has produced an A4 leaflet explaining what the committee is planning and what's been achieved to date. It's well worth reading. There are two ways to get a copy:

  1. CLICK ON THE THUMBNAIL IMAGE RIGHT to get the full sized version of the poster as a jpg.



Official Programme Launched

April 29th 2012: Download the official programme here. Enjoy!


A Royal Oak in Exbourne Playing Fields

26th March 2012: To celebrate Queen Elizabeth's historic 2012 Diamond Jubilee, the Woodland Trust, whose Patron is HRH The Princess Royal, is people across the UK mark this special moment in a way that will stay with them forever - by coming together and planting six million trees. Exbourne is one of the communities who successful applied to take part. On Monday 26th March a Jubilee Oak was planted in Exbourne Playing Field by Rob Phipps, Chairman of Exbourne's Playing Field Association. The Oak was grown from an acorn from one of the Royal estates. Additionally, children from Exbourne Primary School planted a hedge of blackthorn and hawthorn to make a garden edging in the corner of the playing field. The Woodland Trust, Inspired by the discovery of the Royal Record of King George VI's Coronation which details thousands of celebration trees, are creating a new Record of the Jubilee Trees planted in 2012 for the Diamond Jubilee. Our picture (left) shows Rob Phipps and team planting the Jubilee Oak. Right are some of the Primary School children who planted the hedge.

WI Raise Jubilee pounds

March 26th 2012: Saturday saw the Villages Women's Institute out in force to raise funds for the Jubilee Celebrations in Exbourne. Greeting customers with a smile, good coffee and excellent cakes. There were stalls of home made goods, bric a brac and a raffle. After Village Hall hire expenses, £134 was raised - a good effort by every one involved. All the funds raised at the events held so far this year will got towards: the band, for the dance planned for Friday June 1st; the Jubilee party for all ages on Saturday afternoon the 2nd June; and the beacon that is to be lit on top of the Church Tower on Monday 4th June. Thanks to everyone who helped raise the funds for what is going to be a very jolly celebratory weekend. Watch out for posters, bulletins and leaflets to make sure you don't miss all the planned activities. Or watch this page. Our photo is of Mrs Anne Hollis Exbourne WI serving cakes.



Scarecrows, Oaks and Bunting

Friday 23rd March: Exbourne continues to stay ahead of all other local villages in planning for the Jubilee. Here's the latest:

Jubilee Oak Trees: On Monday 26th there will be a planting of Jubilee Oak Trees in the Playing Fields at 2pm.

Character Scarecrow competition: Get your thinking caps on and get your plans ready for making a Scarecrow. It should depict a Children's Storybook or a Character from a Nursery Rhyme. Scarecrows are to be displayed outside your home on Saturday June 2nd. Please register your scarecrow first with Maggie Brady on 851291. A map will be produced of where each scarecrow can be found. It is hoped that children in the village that day will search them out and identify who they are meant to be. There will be a first prize of a £10 book token for the winner.

House decorations: The Committee is calling for all homes and premises to be decorated with bunting, flags and other Jubilee adornments - especially garden gates (if you have one). Let's make this a Jubilee to remember!!!! Not long to go now!!

Bangers and Mash Night raises £167

Friday 23rd March: With apologies to Maggie, here is her report from the Bangers and Mash night back on 10th March. It went missing because our spam filter here at h.net got a bit over-excited. We've had it soundly thrashed and sent to bed early without supper. OK here's what Maggie wrote: "There was much laughter in Exbourne Village Hall on Saturday night when 29 people sat down to a meal of Bangers & Mash and trifle. “The Pearls of Wisdom” team won the Royal Quiz with an impressive score of 19 points out of 20. £167.50 was raised towards the Jubilee celebrations."

Vinyl Saturday boosts Jubilee Night Fever

Saturday 11th February: Exbourne resounded to the sounds of the 50's 60's and 70's on Saturday night when villagers danced the night away to Pete Embling's Totally Vinyl Disco, from Hatherleigh. The event raised £122 towards funds for the Jubilee. If the barn dance in January and the disco on Saturday are anything to go by then Exbourne is in for one fantastic party in June to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee. The disco was absolutely brilliant and villagers danced the night away to music their parents said would never last!! The "John Travolta" award must go to Professor Michael Winter who put his heart and soul into his moves on the dance floor!! Well done! And 'thank you' to Lorraine who organised it - everyone agreed we must do it again!! The next village meeting about the Jubilee is on Wednesday 15th February at 7.30 in the Village Hall. Come and join in. Forthcoming Jubilee events include:

  • Saturday, 18th February, a Jumble Sale in the Village Hall starting at 2.15pm
  • Saturday 10th March: a Bangers and Mash evening with a Royal themed quiz
  • Saturday 24th March, a WI Coffee Morning in the Village Hall.



Logo Competition

The villagers of Exbourne asked children from Exbourne School to design a logo for use on literature and posters for the Jubilee 2012 fundraising and celebration events. The winner was Jemma Young aged 10 (left, with her winning design). Her prize is a family ticket for Okehampton New Carlton Cinema, which is to be presented to Jemma by Olly Brereton who organised the competition. Exbourne has also started a significant fundraising campaign for its celebration of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The first weekend in June is planned to be one of celebration and entertainment!!

The fundraising programme included the Barn Dance already held in the Village Hall (see story below). The next dates are the Vinyl Disco on Saturday 11th February, a Jumble Sale on the 18th February and a Bangers and Mash evening on Saturday 10th March, to include a Royal themed quiz. There's also a WI Coffee Morning on Saturday 24th March. All are in the Village Hall. Please look out for details and support these events. (PS: If you want to show your friends and relatives what Exbourne is planning, you can download the full version of the logo by clicking here)



Jubilee Fund boosted by Barn Dance

Saturday January 14th: Exbourne Village Hall resounded to the sound of dancing feet and country music at Saturday nights barn dance. It was held to raise funds to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee in June. Mike and Bonnie Stenning organised the evening and are very pleased to report that £250 was raised after paying expenses. Mike said "We are delighted with the response to the evening and to see everyone enjoying themselves" Over 50 people filled the hall dancing to the calls by Jerry and Alison Turner of Chilsworthy. Children through to the more mature joined in and made the evening one to remember. Watch out for the programme of further fundraising events and Jubilee weekend celebrations which will be published very soon.



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