The Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

The celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee took place on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd June in Chitterne.

On Sunday the church bells were rung and a dedication service was held for the new jubilee gates, made by local welder Alan Sprack, which have been erected alongside the church.

In the afternoon there was a cricket match on the Sportsfield between Chitterne and New Road Service Station/Smith Family with tea in the Hall and Quick Cricket for the children.

On Monday two guided coach trips around the S.P.T.A. (Salisbury Plain Training Area)were popular.

At lunchtime villagers assembled in the Sportsfield with tables, chairs, umbrellas and food and drink for a picnic.

Meanwhile in the Hall, a Jubilee Box, hand crafted in mahogany by Nick Windsor, together with it's contents, donated by villagers to represent the year 2002, was on display prior to being locked away. Photos and mementos of the Coronation in 1953 and the Silver Jubilee in 1977 were also displayed, with jubilee pictures by the children, a photo competition, literature on the S.P.T.A. and an audio tape of a recent radio programme about Chitterne.

After lunch there were amusements, including an obstacle course for dogs, and the presentation of Jubilee Souvenir Coins to the children.

In the evening villagers were entertained in the Sportsfield with music and Karaoke until it was dark enough to light the beacon on the hill and the bonfire in the field. A sparkling display of fireworks rounded off the celebrations.

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