PREPARATIONS for celebrations marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are under way across the area, with villagers in Fence leading the way.
The driving force behind the party in is Fence United, a small group who organise events in the village with a view to creating a greater sense of community. They teamed up with other groups in the village and came up with an impressive array of attractions over the Jubilee weekend.
The excitement begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2nd, with a procession of floats through the village. It will be joined by a pipe band when it leaves from the Sparrow Hawk car park and slowly wind its way along Wheatley Lane Road to the Bay Horse before returning to the village school by 12-15 p.m. Anyone can dress up and join the parade, either as individuals or as part of a group.
The school playground is the focal point for an afternoon of fun, with music by Fluke, followed by “Fence’s Got Talent”. More entertainment follows with Scruff’s Dog Show, with classes including one for the dog that looks most like its owner. The Women’s Institute will be out in force with table top games, and there will also be stalls and plenty to eat with a barbecue, ice cream and sweets stalls, competitions and a balloon race, and a display of memorabilia in the Methodist Church to mark the Queen’s reign.
The mood turns to glamour in the evening with the Diamond Jubilee Ball, a black tie dinner and dance at the Fence Gate with tickets at £30 head.
On Sunday, June 3rd, the village’s three churches will combine to hold a special Jubilee joint service at the Methodist Church, followed by a Jacob’s Join lunch, and in the afternoon there will be a joint Songs of Praise, outside the village hall and library, followed by afternoon tea in the village hall.