Bere Regis Celebration of The Queens Diamond Jubilee 2012

All the elements are in place for Bere Regis to celebrate our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style over the weekend of 2nd to 4th June.

Village organisations have been planning and running various activities to help raise money for the main events. We are grateful to the Gardening Club, The Sports Club, the Woodbury Hill Singers, Pop in Place, Bere Regis Beaver Colony and the WI for their support and involvement in a variety of ways.

Flags are being put up along West Street. More flags are available from Arlene Duncanson on 472 141.

The first main event will be the Parish Celebratory Church Service on Sunday 3rd June at 10.30am. I know the Vicar and the PCC are planning a very special service of thanksgiving to which everyone in the parish will be welcome. We are also hoping to have a display of 1950s and Coronation memorabilia and photos in the church at the same time.

On the Sunday afternoon and evening many of you will want be organising your own Street Parties. We know of 4 or 5 that are being planned, but do let Amanda Crocker, the Parish Clerk, know as soon as possible about these both for insurance purposes and so we can apply to close roads if necessary.

Monday 4th June will see our Parish Pageant (the Carnival as was), starting from Shitterton, and ending at the Sports Field. Entries, please, both for floats and for walking groups either to Amanda Crocker on 472 327 or to Sarah Brady on 471 466.

In the afternoon we have the Parish Party at the Sports Field. Bring a family picnic and join in the fun. There will be Silly Sports, Teas, Live Music, a raffle, a Hog Roast and BBQ, and the Sports Club Bar. All the children in the village will be presented with a commemorative gift. The day will end with the lighting of our beacon, as part of the national chain of beacons.

Also to commemorate the Jubilee, we will be installing our new “Bere Regis” village signs, but the date for this is not yet fixed.

Our celebrations will end with a wonderful concert being put on by Kath Jeeves and the Woodbury Hill Singers at the Drax Hall on Saturday 9th June at 2.30pm.

Ian Ventham

Parish Council Chairman


November 2011 Preparations

Bere Regis Parish Council Working Group Newsletter 1 - November 2011

A working group representing many of the village organisations met at the end of October 2011 to start planning events to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year.

The Parish Council is coordinating the activities and taking responsibility for risk assessments and public liability insurance which will only cover events known to and supervised by the Working Group. A means of notifying us about events and activities will be publicised in due course

The Parish Council will put up some seed corn money; however the Working Group wondered whether each of the various village organisations would consider holding a particular event between now and May next year to raise money towards the main events. The more that is raised, the more ambitious we can be in our celebrations.

Different groups of people and organisations will organise the various elements of the celebrations.

Outline Programme

  • Installation of the three new Purbeck stone “BERE REGIS” village signs, perhaps in May. These stones will carry an inscription saying

“To commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen in 2012"

  • Monday 14th May Jubilee Village Quiz 7.30pm
  • Saturday 26th May Rapport 7.30pm entry by ticket at £5 per person from Alison Bennett on 01929 472 023

(Profits from both events above go to the Village Jubilee Fund).

  • Sunday 3rd June Celebratory Jubilee Service in the Parish Church
  • Sunday 3rd June perhaps locally organised Street Parties in the afternoon
  • Monday 4th June Jubilee Pageant Parade through the village, followed by a Parish Picnic at the Sports Ground, with music and entertainment.
  • Monday 4th June lighting the Jubilee Beacon (possibly accompanied by fireworks, subject to consultation and funds)
  • Saturday 9th June Jubilee Concert by the Woodbury Hill Singers at the Drax Hall at 2.30pm

Help Needed

It would be great if various activities could be sponsored in whole or part. If anyone would like to discuss this, please speak to Ian Ventham on 01929 471480

If anyone would like to suggest additional activities or offer their help to make this a truly memorable occasion, please contact Arlene Duncanson on email here or on 472 141

Quarrying, inscribing and installing the three new village signs, which will be similar to the Shitterton sign, will cost about £2500. Early next year we will be offering everyone the opportunity to contribute towards the cost. Ever contributor will be recorded in a commemorative book that we hope to be able to keep in the Parish Church. Those who give more than £100 will have the opportunity to have their names inscribed on one of the new signs.

Ian Ventham

Parish Council Chairman


June 2012

What alot of fun it was! We have collated various villagers Photographs from Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Weekend in June. Enjoy the Gallery by clicking the Photograph above. Thank you to everyone who made it such a memorable occasion!

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