A VIEW FROM EVERLEIGH (taken from The COurier Magazine)
Sally Matton, Chair of Everleigh Parish Council (CD 850480 or firstname.lastname@example.org) writes:
The View from Everleigh was a sight to behold when the fireworks filled the sky and then the beacon was ablaze after a fun filled afternoon and evening on the bank holiday Monday.
We pulled out all the stops to deliver a village event to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Tidworth Area Board, we were able to provide a new marquee, a bouncy castle for the day, toilet facilities and celebration mugs and medals along with other prizes for the day. The field at the top of The Street was made available to us by the DTE and Mr Bruce Waite. A huge thank you to Bruce for allowing us to use the field and for letting us have a beacon.
We were one of four thousand country-wide and come 10.15 pm the whole field was awash with light from the beacon. We could see another beacon in the distance to the south so it was good to know that ours would have been seen by others too.
Earlier on in the afternoon we held the Everleigh Olympics which saw teams of five compete over an obstacle course for bronze, silver and gold medals. The adults section was hotly contested and had to have two heats. We hope that everyone who took part had fun and have now recovered from their exertions! There was also a Jubilee Hat Competition for the children and the standard was very high. The winners were Jacob Matton, Sebastion Naylor and Lawrence Goldsmith. Well done to all who entered. There was also a best decorated house competition and the judging was very difficult but the winners were The Crappers, Mal and Elaine, Jim Stoodley and The Balsdons. Well done to you all and thank you to all who got into the spirit of things. If the Queen had paid a visit to our village (as she often does) she would have been very touched by all our efforts.
In order to get ready for the event many hours of preparation and hard work were put in by the Parish Councillors and other villagers.
Thank you to all involved and a special thanks to Mal for supplying all the wood for the beacon. We truly have a good community spirit in the village which we should all be proud of.
During the afternoon a special fundraising event took place to support The Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester. Jackson Wheeler had his head shaved to raise about £1,000. Well done Jackson and thank you to all who supported him and sponsored him. A very fine effort indeed.
I’m sure some photos will be on the Everleigh website soon of the day and evening.
Another good cause was supported too by a raffle and a plant sale – over £100 was raised for the St Peter’s Church Appeal for the new memorials in the church (see last month’s View from Everleigh). There was a reception on Friday 1st June for all those who had given donations so far and the memorials are now in place and looking splendid.
If you would still like to donate please send a cheque payable to St Peter’s Church Appeal c/o Mr David Hammerson, The Old Rectory, Everleigh, Wiltshire SN8 3EY.
Here’s wishing you all a very lovely summer and hoping that the sun has a chance to shine.
The next Parish Council meeting will take place at 7 pm in the Crown Hotel on Monday, 9th July – everyone is welcome to attend.