Rowlands Castle gets ready to party for the Queen’s Jubilee

CELEBRATION From left, Jane Pickering, Dreen Chestnutt, Sue Arnold, Lisa Walker, Catherine Billam, Becky Collins, Deborah Trollope, Richard Milton and Steve Protheroe get in the mood for partying.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (121638-830)
CELEBRATION From left, Jane Pickering, Dreen Chestnutt, Sue Arnold, Lisa Walker, Catherine Billam, Becky Collins, Deborah Trollope, Richard Milton and Steve Protheroe get in the mood for partying. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121638-830)
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A TWO-day extravaganza is being planned as villagers pull out all the stops to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubillee.

The celebrations in Rowlands Castle will start with a traditional English tea party and end with a thrilling fireworks display.

Residents and local businesses have been rallying round over the past few months to raise more than £5,000 to cover the cost of the event.

Villagers are being asked to take part in a walking procession around the village, dressed in 50s clothes.

A vintage car from the 1950s will lead the procession.

Steve Protheroe, a parish councillor and one of the organisers, said the event had captured the imagination of the village.

‘When we had the launch meeting in February, we asked the older people what happened with the Silver Jubilee,’ he said.

‘The feedback was there’s always been something going on in the village – there’s always been that community here.

‘At the moment we have a fantastic group of people who want to celebrate and enjoy themselves and really do something special.’

The fun will start with a Jubilee Summer Fair in the Parish Hall on Saturday, June 2. The Montessori Nursery is hosting the event from 11am to 3pm, with games and a children’s tea party in the garden.

At the children’s request, nursery staff have decided to hold a Big Bake Off for the youngsters, with the WI judging the competition and presenting prizes.

Later on Saturday there will be a walking procession, starting from 2.30pm, with prizes for the best costume.

The procession will lead to The Green, where there will be refreshments from the village WI and NSPCC and music from Denmead Brass Band. Scores of people are set to gather on the village green on Sunday for a thanksgiving service at 10.30am.

From 2pm, people are invited to the recreation ground for the Big Jubilee Lunch, with a sea of picnics across the grass.

Looking to recreate the vintage atmosphere, people will be playing games from the period, like bulldog, tug-of-war and French skipping.

There will be a children’s treasure hunt with prizes.

The climax will be a fireworks display at Deepleap from 10pm. The event is being supported by Asda at Havant and NatWest bank.

Mr Protheroe said: ‘It’s a tale of wonderful community spirit from everybody.’