Ashleworth Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Ashleworth Jubilee Celebrations
A weekend to remember
What a splendid weekend of activities. I do hope everyone enjoyed them as much as we did.
We started off with the barn dance at the memorial hall on Saturday evening where we were serenaded by and also educated in the ways of barn dancing by The Amazing Matchless Band from 7.30pm to 11.30pm by which time we were all exhausted. Unfortunately an ambulance had to be called as one dancer fell and cracked his pelvis; I am happy to say that he came home the next day and is doing well.
We were fed right royally, thank you helpers; the bar did brisk business getting through both barrels of beer plus much wine and cider, thanks to you Lou.
Monday dawned bright but chilly after all the rain of Sunday and thanks to the Ashleworth Bell Ringers the day started with a wonderful jubilee peal of bells.
Great fun was had at the picnic, the weather stayed dry and the sun even showed its face at times. Well done to all the children who decorated their scooters and bicycles so beautifully and Kathryn did an amazing job of organising the maypole dancing, which was executed perfectly, and all the children’s games. , chair of the Parish Council handed out the commemorative stamps to the children of Ashleworth, the funding for this coming from the Parish Council who generously donated £400 to the festivities.
The WI were kind enough to provide free soft drinks and teas all afternoon and thanks to the generosity of Pat and Rod we were also able to provide free ice creams. The picnic ended at 6pm with an adults only wheelbarrow race. The variously decorated barrows were pushed by one adult whilst the other sat in it holding a pint of water.
Although still dry it was getting colder, but this did not put villagers off and there was a good crowd who enjoyed the food, the beer and the musical entertainment . Finally at 10.15pm, Ashleworths allotted time, the splendid beacon built by Frank and Paul was lit and after a slightly false start joined the other two that could be seen lighting the sky on Berrow Hill and Bredon Hill.
At time of going to press the jubilee lunch club, the quiz and the quilt are still ongoing and will be reported at at a later date.
A huge thank you goes to all those on the working group, all those others who willingly volunteered their time and muscle to put things up, take things down, bake, organise and generally make the whole thing a huge success.
And thank you to all of you who came to join us and make it a memorable Diamond Jubilee weekend.
A book of photographs from all the events will be made and will be available for all to see and you can see photos on this website.
A Commemorative wall hanging/quilt is being made for the Memorial Hall. Squares of which will be decorated by the villagers old and young.