Diamond days are coming as Titchfield plans for jubilee

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PLANS are well under way for a host of events in Titchfield to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Celebrations spanning four days are being organised by villagers to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen ascending the throne.

The programme of events includes children’s parties, a church service, a 50s-style dance, a Jubilee Jamboree fete, beacon lighting, and a flower festival.

Ann Whyntie, chairwoman of the organising committee, said: ‘Titchfield is a very community-minded village so we should have a great weekend with lots of things to do for all ages and tastes.

‘They had a big celebration here back in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee so we thought it would be fitting to do something this time as well.

‘It’s not any one group that’s leading this, it’s a collaboration between lots of groups in the village.

‘We want it to be a whole long weekend of things that you can dip in and out of, but we’re still getting the word out about it at the moment.

‘It’s about giving people a good time without them having to spend a lot of money.’

The highlight of the weekend will be the lighting of the Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society’s beacon on Monday, June 4.

Titchfield was one of 2012 places across the country to be chosen to host a beacon.

It will be lit in the half hour before the Queen lights the final beacon at Buckingham Palace at 10.30pm.

To help fund the weekend the organising committee has received £2,000 from local county councillor Geoff Hockley’s community fund.

Cllr Hockley said: ‘Titchfield is an ancient village, so it only seems right and proper that something should be done here to celebrate the jubilee.

‘There will be lots of events going on and I got involved because these sorts of things clearly cost money to put on.’

Most events will be free but there will be a small charge for the dance and lunch.

Local groups helping out include the Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, the WI, as well as the local churches, schools and youth group.

Among the events arranged so far are children’s parties on June 2, a 50s dance and giant screen to watch the Thames flotilla on June 3, a fete in Barry’s Meadow, strawberry teas in the Parish Rooms and the beacon lighting on June 4 and there will be open gardens on June 5.

There will also be a flower festival at St Peter’s Church and an exhibition of life in Titchfield over the past 60 years at Titchfield Community Centre.

For more information email titchfieldjubilee@gmail.com