Many community groups in Henley also marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a special celebratory event.
Over 60s Social Club
As ever, the team at the 60+ Club pulled out all the stops to mark the occasion, providing ample entertainment and a feast fit for royalty! The 60+ members could enjoy their delicious Jubilee feast whilst listening to music from Epsin Bowder. Many of the guests dressed up for the event, with one lady even dying her hair a very patriotic red and blue! There was also a quiz which asked people to guess which club member was in each picture, all of them taken in 1953 — the year of the Queen’s coronation. Gill Dodds, Chair of the 60+ Club Trustees, said, “We’ve put on a lovely party to celebrate the Queen’s 70th year. It’s incredibly special, and she’s a very special lady. Everyone feels a lot of warmth for her. We’ve had a lovely turn out; Craig has done some great food for us and the girls have decorated the room beautifully and all the members have turned up, so it’s all really good. A nice day.”
Rotherfield Greys Big Picnic – Greys WI
The village of Rotherfield Greys, the home of Greys Women’s Institute, celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on 4th June 2022 with a big picnic on the cricket
ground. Greys WI were asked to provide a cake stall, offering free Jubilee cup cakes(see below). The theme of the picnic, and of the cakes, was red, white and blue.
It rained in the morning – would we have to meet in the village hall? But, by midday it had eased a little, the committee decided to risk it – and off to the cricket ground
we went. Awnings protected the cake stall and those who preferred to eat at a table, but our villagers were not so easily deterred. Families and groups arrived with rugs,
picnic baskets and bunting, determined to enjoy this momentous occasion.
The WI cake stall was popular and the party went with a swing. We were watched over by the Queen herself, how could it not be a success? Thanks to everyone who worked so hard, and to our wonderful villagers who made the day. Thanks also to the Jubilee Committee, who organised everything.
Henley u3a held a picnic in Mill Meadow on Friday 3 June to celebrate not only the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee but also 40 years of the Henley branch of the u3a.
Over 50 members and their guests enjoyed a little bubbly in the sunshine to cheerful sound of music played by Andy Crowdy and Art Themen who concluded with God Save the Queen, Sweet Caroline and Tequila.
The u3a is part of the largest ‘learning community’ for retired folk, offering a variety of interest groups which range from Art History talks, Italian to Wine Appreciation and Walking.