Trellech Jubilee Festival
Earlier this year Trellech were lucky enough to be granted some money to assist in promoting our Jubilee Celebration weekend. Aside from the obvious purpose, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, members of various institutions in the village saw it as an excellent opportunity to create a weekend to bring the whole village together. Events were put in place to achieve exactly that and I think we succeeded.
Celebrations were kicked off on Saturday with a Kids Fun Day, held at The Babington Centre. Talented youngsters made crowns and cakes; displayed their artistic talents in the colouring in competition and enjoyed fun and games followed by jam sandwiches, jelly and sponge cake. Later in the evening there was entertainment for the older ‘kids’ in the village with the excellent ‘Shooting the Crow’ playing at The Lion Inn.
Whilst the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant was getting rained on in London on Sunday, the Pensioners High Tea was taking place in The Babington Centre. ‘Posh sandwiches’, cream teas and homemade cakes were on the menu and a good time was had by all. Thankfully there was the ‘wet weather’ contingency plan of a marquee in The Babington Centre grounds because it was there that a hog was roasting for most of the day – ready to be enjoyed by everyone at the Family Fun Disco in the evening. Despite the pouring rain, everyone had a good time.
Monday saw a more sedate activity as we took part in a guided walk around the many historical and interesting sites of the village – led by Stuart Wilson of the Trellech Dig. We even picked up a couple of lucky visitors who learned more than they bargained for! The sun shone too. We started at The Methodist Church browsing through the fantastic old photographs of the village and ended up at St Nicholas’s Church for afternoon tea. Some of the more hardy folk took the opportunity to venture up the Bell Tower and have a go at ringing the bells.
The Jubilee Open Mic session at The Lion Inn on Monday night showcased local talent. This popular event has gone from strength to strength and was a great addition to the weekend’s festivities. A few hardy souls went out to light a beacon which, whilst it wasn’t an ‘official’ one, was nonetheless in the spirit of the Jubilee.
Tuesday evening St Nicholas’s Church hosted a lovely Civic Service and we were very pleased to see Mr David Davies MP and our newly elected Councillor, Debby Blakebrough attend. Rev’d Sandra Howells gave a thought provoking service which was followed by refreshments. We then had soup and bread at The Lion Inn as the answers to the Treasure Hunt were given and the raffle prizes were drawn.
So successful was the weekend that we’re keen to start an annual festival in the village – an excuse for a big get together and celebration. The last weekend in June has been ‘allocated’ as the Trellech Village Festival and everyone in Trellech and surrounding area is invited to an open meeting at 7:30pm on Thursday, September 13th at The Babington Centre to give us ideas for what people would like to see happen at next year’s Festival.
Weekends like this don’t just happen by accident and I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of everyone in Trellech, to thank New Grove Trust for our funding and especially to thank Vanessa Hathaway (Bubble Events), Debbie Zsigo and her team at The Lion Inn, Nora and John Roberts (Trellech Country Fayre), Ed and Jean Rogers (Friends of St Nicholas’s Church), Stuart Wilson (Trellech Archaeological Dig), Marion Evans (Methodist Church) and Rev’d Sandra Howells (St Nicholas’s Church) for all their hard work and input. I’d also like to thank Stephen King (Trellech Primary School) for his help with leaflet distribution. Without this team of willing volunteers none of the above would have happened.
See you next year!!
Sarah Whiddett, Co-ordinator
Trellech Village Festival