Well, what an absolutely amazing Diamond Jubilee weekend we have had!  Events ‘kicked’ off with the unveiling of the plaque on Saturday morning commemorating that Clapps Mead Playing Field is now a ‘Queen Elizabeth Fields in Trust’ designated play field.  The plaque was unveiled by Mr. Will Grafton whose family had donated the field to the village in the past.  This was followed by the Jubilee Flower Competition, judged by Diana Swann. The beautiful arrangements were a sight to behold and the winner was Mrs. Anne Harrington. Then it was time for the judging by the W.I. of the ‘kid’s bake off’ and the Jubilee Cakes and meringues baked by the children of the village were superb.  This led on to the ‘kids Jubilee Party’ with some sixty or seventy children having a whale of a time on the Rolling Horse, Bouncy Castle, Crown Making Competition and, of course, a supern sit-down Jubilee Tea attended also by our own Queen Isobel.  The children of the village also received a Commerative Jubilee Mug donated by the Parish Council and the Chideock Society.  In the evening it was time for Party in the Park and we all ‘danced the night away’ to sounds of the 50’s, 60′ 70’s and 80’s and even had a visit from our own Queen Evalina!  There was the draw of the raffle in aid of the Chideock News, a wine raffle and a barbecue.  A great time was had by all!  On Sunday morning the Jubilee Songs of Praise was extremely well attended with the service being conducted by Jim Pettifer our Lay Preacher.  Coffee and biscuits were served afterwards and then many people took advantage of the large marquee to host their own special Jubilee Picnics.  Monday heralded another day of activities with an excellent Art Exhibition, Chideock Past and Present Exhbition, Children’s Art Workshop, Royal Quiz, Murder Mystery Quiz and excellent teas and home-made cakes supplied by our ever popular Chideock W.I.  Many made it up to the lighting of Thorncombe Beacon at 10.p.m.  All in all a wonderful weekend of entertainment and events.  Many thanks must go to Keith Bayliss, Chairman of the Fete Committee and the many other Groups and organisations that helped to make this event so sucessful.  Many thanks also to all those who helped with the ‘start up’ and the ‘clear up’ – always the unsung heroes!  Over the next week or two we hope to make a Diamond Jubilee Gallery of all the photographs taken of this wonderful weekend – we will let you know when it is available.

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