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The Oxhill News

February 2012

This months News



The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Report - January 2012

Thank you to all (68) who returned their questionnaires to the volunteer collectors. A big thank you to them for trudging round the village during December and a great big thank you to all those who committed to take part in the event by handing over a deposit to secure their tickets.

We have banked just under a £1000 in deposits which enables us to confirm reservations and pay over deposits that have been requested by various suppliers.

As a result of your enthusiastic support we are able to confirm the event will go ahead. At the meeting on the 4th January 2012 we produced an outline programme (which is subject to change!).

On Sunday the 3rd June at 12:15pm the event will commence at the Church with a service of Celebration and Thanks Giving. At 1:00pm there will be the dedication of the OWLS planting project in the Church Yard. We will process from there to join those gathered for the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch Street Party’ which will be held on Main Street from the Pub for as far as necessary towards the Church. Food is now included and will comprise of a summer cold lunch which will be served from 1:30pm. From 3:30pm fields games and sports will be organised, mainly for the children with adults welcome to join in! During the evening we are hoping that the village will provide some home grown entertainment in the marquee.

Now come on Oxhill this is where you have to come forward. Lucy Mercer is trying hard to put together a programme of entertainment and has held a couple of meetings which have not been well supported. We know Oxhill has got bags of talent - you just have to come forward to do your bit. Please support Lucy and the event. Look elsewhere in the news for details of the next gathering to plan the Sunday evening home grown entertainment.

On Monday 4th June 2012 festivities will commence at 2:00pm with the Oxhill Hobby Horse Derby. There will be competitions and prizes for the best turned out Hobby Horse, best dressed groom and, for the spectators, the best outfit to include a hat! Further details will follow in the months to come. Races might include ‘a Hunter Cross Country Chase (Gentlemen), the Fillies field dash (Ladies) and a Yearling Flat Race (Children). Afternoon tea will be available from 3:00pm and a display will take place at 3:30pm. From 4:00pm until approximately 5:15pm the traditional family water volley ball event will be held followed by Tug-o-War and other field games. The pig roast meal will start serving at 6:00pm until 7:30pm during which a loyal toast will be given. The evening’s entertainment will then commence with ‘hopefully’, the best of Oxhill talent, rapidly followed by live music for dancing from Pascal’s Triangle. We hope to take a break at 10:00pm to view local beacons being lit and our own light event. Pascal’s Triangle will keep the dancing going until approximately 11:45pm.

Please note that as a result of a pledge of financial support we are able to include food on both days in the cost of the ticket.

Although we haven’t yet counted the number of tickets that the deposits represent it is estimated to be approximately 150. Previous experience dictates that the number that we will be able to cater for will be 300 and hence already we are halfway to that total. Please don’t leave your decision to the last minute expecting that tickets will be available. We will close sales early in May due to the complexity of the catering arrangements and to enable name badges to be prepared. Most of the event will be held on private land and entry will be monitored and controlled if necessary. You will only be able to take part in the event if you are wearing your name badge! It is expected that the 300 limit will be reached and booking closed before May. So if you have not reserved your tickets or ordered tickets for visiting family and friends please do so as soon as you can so as not to be disappointed.

From now on sub-groups will take on the organisation of each part of the event. Rev Nicholas Morgan will lead the Church service. Grenville Moore will be co-ordinating the team preparing for the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’. Di Cronin will be organising the family and children’s games. Lucy Mercer will be coordinating the entertainment for the Sunday evening. On Monday Ed Bratcher is organising the Hobby Horse Derby. Doug Nethercleft will be organising a display and field games. Andy Buchanan will organise and referee the Water Volley Ball. Food on Monday will be co-ordinated by Gaynor Fila and Graeme McDonald hopes to be available to give the loyal toast. Tom and Carol Fox will be providing the pig roast.

These are the main events over the weekend and we are grateful to those named for agreeing to co-ordinate these sections of the programme. They will all be looking to build a team of helpers so please give them your support and please don’t wait to be asked, if you want to join in let somebody know.

In addition to those named Mick and Barbara Shepard will provide essential first aid cover, Ruth Mercer will handle ticketing and badges. Peter Pugh will help with logistics and Ian Broderick hopes to be able to help with site services. Una Hill will be passing on her experience of making decorations and bunting. Jane Smith has been receiving and recording the survey forms from the collectors. Derek Harbour and the Village Hall committee are providing facilities and support. Janet Gardner is allowing the use of her field and Jill Tucker is making the Old Chapel available.

As you can see this will be a big event for the village and it will be great fun to be part of it. If you feel you want to get involved it is not too late. The next meeting will be in the Village Hall on Wednesday 1st February starting at 8pm. Please come along and join in the fun.

Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the Village, by the Village, for the Village!

Congratulations everybody and thank you all for your support and making it happen. Any questions please contact any of the above, or Mike Collins on 680564.

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