How the jubilee was celebrated in Bromsgrove

By Tristan Harris 06/06 Updated: 06/06 12:35

Buy photos » Emmie Murphy, three, and Tegan Cameron, six, with PC Greg Moorman. Picture by Tristan Harris.

RESIDENTS of all ages made the most of the extended bank holiday weekend and celebrated HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Here are a few of the events, along with pictures, which took place.

♦ PUPILS, parents and staff at Hanbury First School celebrated the Diamond Jubilee by donning fancy dress from the different eras of The Queen's 60-year reign.

Among the attire were 1950s glamour outfits and 1980s punk-rock clothes.

As well as the dressing up, there was also a school disco, an old-fashioned sweet shop, It's a Knockout and afternoon tea.

Headteacher Andrew Payne said: “Everyone had a fantastic day celebrating this momentous occasion - it was a wonderful way for the children to learn about modern history."

♦ CHILDREN from Aston Fields Middle School used their creative skills to design a Diamond Jubilee mural on the wall of Bromsgrove's Heathbrook House nursing home.

Nine youngsters worked hard on creating the piece, designed to provide a lasting reminder of the event.

Heathbrook House's activities co-ordinator Jeanette Lyons said: "Everyone here thinks it's absolutely wonderful - it's the perfect way to remember the Diamond Jubilee."

♦ YOUNGSTERS, their families and staff from Bromsgrove's Montessori Day Nursery, Shenstone Close, had a special garden party and crowning ceremony to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

There was plenty of party food and some of the parents made cakes for the occasion.

The children dressed as medieval knights and royalty, becoming princes and princesses, and the staff donned their red, white and blue attire.

Deputy manager Lisa Cull said: "The weather was fantastic for the day and all the children and staff had a really good time."

♦ PEOPLE of all generations celebrated the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in Charford last Thursday (May 31), with ages ranging from one-month-old and 93-years.

Around 220 residents turned out to The Trunk on Humphrey Avenue where they sang the National Anthem together and enjoyed a bouncy castle, buffet, hula-hooping, raffle and even throwing sponges at a policeman in the stocks.

The event was hosted by community interest company EPIC (Empowering People in Communities).

Director Debbie Roberts said: "Its been a fabulous Jubilee here at the Trunk - it has been a brilliant opportunity for the whole community to come together."

♦ AT ST Stephen's Playgroup, there was a double celebration - Rev Melusi Sibandu celebrated his 40th birthday as part of a week of Diamond Jubilee parties.

Members of the playgroup and Victoria's School of Dance presented him with presents, he had a special 40th birthday cake and the children sang happy birthday to him.

The staff and children were certainly gripped by jubilee fever - holding seven parties in the space of a week.

There were tea parties for each of the groups, with the children dressing in red, white and blue.

There were also activities sessions, such as making crowns and cards, cake-decorating, mask-making and jewellery creating.

And the fun will continue tomorrow (Saturday) when youngsters will be able to showcase their songs and rhymes at St Stephen's Church Diamond Jubilee Garden Party.

That will also feature a special performance from Victoira's School of Dance.

♦ MORE than 50 children from Jellybabies Nursery, Pre-School and feeder group, along with their parents, grandparents and siblings celebrated the Jubilee with an indoor street party.

Children and staff donned fancy dress and became royalty, soldiers and guardsmen. Others simply dressed in red, white and blue at the party, which was attended by more than 100 people in total.

Among the activities were party games, the singing of the National Anthem and a traditional street party buffet.

Supervisor Jacqueline Walker said: "This was a lovely community event that was enjoyed by all.

"It brought people together - from babies from a few months old, right up to grandparents in their 70s."

♦ A DROITWICH resident celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday (June 4), receiving a card and a telegram from Her Majesty while The Queen enjoyed her Diamond Jubilee.

Barbara Saunt marked the magnificent milestone at her home in Blackfrairs Avenue, surrounded by friends and family, who came up from Cambridge.

She also had visitors from Droitwich Methodist Church.

One of Barbara's carers, Sharon Rennie, said: "She had some champagne to toast the special occasion and had a really good day."

♦ AN ALVECHURCH resident was delighted to be celebrating his 95th birthday amidst The Queen's Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations.

War veteran and royalist Doug Powell toasted his milestone on Sunday (June 3) with his family - his granddaughter, daughter and two great grandchildren.

He also had dinner at the Ewe and Lamb in Bromsgrove.

His daughter Margaret Strong said:: "He was absolutely over the moon that his birthday took place during The Queen's Diamond Jubilee."

♦ A JUBILEE-themed Craft Fair was held in Blackwell on Sunday (June 3).

The event featured red, white and blue stalls, a variety of handmade goods and there was a range of refreshments, including tea and cake and free cup cakes for those youngsters who went along.

Organiser Janet King said: "Crafters rose to the occasion by wearing a range of wierd and wonderful head gear and colourful outfits."

♦ CHILDREN from Forestdale Primary School paraded through the streets of Frankley to celebrate HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Parents and neighbours clapped and waved at the full school congregation before the youngsters returned to enjoy a street party and summer fair.

During the week, each class took a different decade to study - from the 1950s to the present day.

They looked at the different music, fashion, films and cars to learn how times had moved throughout Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne.

Headteacher Rebecca Wilson, who donned an 1980s inspired costume, said: "It's about an understanding of tradition and royalty as well as promoting a sense of wider community, joining in celebrations going on throughout the whole country."

♦ STAFF at the Art Cafe in Bromsgrove donned Union Flag aprons and sold specially-themed Diamond Jubilee cupcakes to celebrate the momentous occasion.

Owner Debbie Parker said: "The regular customers absolutely loved coming in here and having a special cake and a coffee to toast The Queen's 60 years on the throne."

Buy photos» Reception pupils Matilda Bayliss, Charlotte Barlow, Poppy Mutton, Laura Pullen, Imogen Chance and Alex Fiddian. s

Buy photos» Year six children leading the Foresdale Primary School parade through Frankley. Picture by Carl Jackson.

Buy photos» The red, white and blue Diamond Jubilee Craft Fair was well-attended. Picture by Oliver Walton. s

Buy photos» Children at the Montessori Day Nursery enjoyed their jubilee party. Picture by Marcus Mingins 2312016MMR

Buy photos» Resident Stefan Potiuk with three of the students and the mural. s

Buy photos» Children from Forestdale Primary School getting ready to parade around Frankley for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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Buy photos» Debbie, Michelle and Charlie from the Art Cafe with regular customers Eric, Val and Sally. s

Buy photos» Doug Powell was delighted to celebrate his 95th birthday during The Queen's Diamond Jubliee Weekend. s

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