The Diamond Jubilee

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Friday 1st - Monday 4th June

Friday 1st June

The celebrations started with a wonderful Folk Concert in the village church. The guest performer was Sarah McQuaid who delighted the audience with some dazzling songs, mostly self-penned; There were some arrangements that took the breath away - including some very clever round singing, achieved by using a repeat effect. Particularly outstanding were her church songs - including two wonderful pieces about Bess Hardwick. Sarah was supported by the concert's sponsor Colin Cambbell, Roger Smith - a shanty singer of some renown and by Graham Searle who gave us two of his poems.

Due to Colin's generosity and to a really supportive audience, we raised £224 for the maintenance and repair of St. Mary's.

Saturday 2nd June

Messy Church took place in the morning; there was a tremendous turn-out... lots of willing helpers, some playful and fascinated children and a fine atmosphere...

.. and all join in the praise!
Annie and Debbie lead some joyful singing...
Jennifer reads from a brilliant modern bible...
... and the lovely old pulpit rings out in salute to our Queen with banners made by the children and helpers.

Sunday June 3rd

A Service of Celebration in honour of her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee and in recognition of the community of Brixton village and parish...

Our Olympic Torch puts in an appearance!
By the lectern a superb floral tribute to the Queen...
... and at the Altar, too, a salute.
The congregation begin to gather...
Jennifer and Mark muse over the joy of praise...
... and the handbell team offer their thanks!

On Monday June 4th, there was the...

A huge thank you to everyone who helped organise the event and to those who attended... making it all such a success!
Old Road was decked out in bunting and flags...
Just some of the many helpers and organisers...

... and here, another - Debbie, chats with Pat & Basil Cane.

A toast is raised to...
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The above photographs were taken by Graham; please send any suitable pictures for consideration to us by using the e-mail link on the home page...

and here's a set by Roy ( and his daughter ) - he's kindly given us permission to use those with his grandchildren in.

Roy's grandchildren seemed to be getting a little hungry...
... but it's not long before everyone is tucking in and enjoying good company, too.
Good conversation in the Feoffee Park...
... and slightly less sensible games!
... and the Victorian Lamp is lit in salute.
A small bear waits patiently...