Original village illustration copyright Randolph Vaughan, reproduced with kind permission

Keevil village happenings for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee


Thursday 2nd June 9.45pm

Our Platinum Jubilee celebrations kicked off on Thursday evening with a Keevil-style Bonfire Beacon at the far end of the field adjoining the Banfield Recreation Ground, watched for safety reasons from the other side of the gate. Thanks to Norman, John, Ian and Graham as duty fire wardens for the evening! If you look carefully you can also clearly see the Beacon up at the Westbury White Horse in the background!


Friday 3rd June at 7.30pm in the village hall

Organised by Rachel and Janice, there were some superbly decorated tables, a fabulous slideshow of the 2012 celebrations, and music from throughout the decades – great fun and feasting!


Saturday 4th June from 3pm on the Banfield Recreation Ground

The Fun Committee & Keevil WI came together for a smashing afternoon of family fun on the playing field – Clare’s Circus provided riveting children’s entertainment, plus the Beer Tent, Ice Cream Van and fabulous barbeque ensured a superb afternoon for everyone. Our grateful thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this event so amazing.


Sunday 5th June 3.30pm at St Leonards Church

The church held a very special service to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, open to all faiths, all creeds, everyone in our village community most welcome. During the service, a commemorative mug (see below) was given to children of the village aged 11 and under, and afterwards there was a Big Tea in the Church with a fabulous Jubilee cake.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Mugs

With grateful thanks to Randolph Vaughan for permission for use of his timeless village artwork, there are two sources of these bone china souvenir Jubilee mugs…

Free for Keevil children age 11 and under

All the children, aged 11 and under on 1st September 2022, living in the parish of Keevil are eligible for a free commemorative mug. If you have any eligible children in your family, please email Caroline at carolinemunday@btinternet.com. These mugs are a gift to the children from Caroline, Flora, Ginny, Pat and Sue. There are some spare so if you are interested in having any further mugs (for a donation to Wiltshire Air Ambulance) for your family, please also indicate this in your email.

Jubilee mugs £6.50 each

A few remaining… enquiries via Pat Tucker trishtucker@btinternet.com or Alex Goodwin aplgoodwin@gmail.com



The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations.

The Parish Council successfully bid for a free community tree pack of 105 Wild Wood saplings, which have been given out to residents of the parish via Alex Goodwin.

The pack contained a mixture of Downy birch, Hawthorn, Crab apple, Hazel, Goat willow and Holly trees. These hardy native species can tolerate exposed sites and help dry up areas where water collects easily. The estimated full-grown height of each species is: Downy birch: 30 m, Hawthorn: 15m, Crab apple: 7-9m, Hazel: +10m, Goat willow: 6-10 m and Holly: 15m.

These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations if they are given the correct care. The Woodland Trust asks that we be aware that depending upon the time of year we receive our saplings (particularly early spring) they may not look very perky upon arrival and not to worry as once they been planted, they should pick up quickly.

Every sapling the Woodland Trust provides is UK and Ireland sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK and Ireland, and they are all coded and batched so that saplings may be tracked.

You will be able to add your Jubilee tree to The Queen’s Green Canopy map. Her Majesty and The Prince of Wales planted the first Jubilee tree in the grounds of Windsor Castle in March, to mark the launch of the QGC. Alongside this, it is intended to create a commemorative village map of the trees planted for the QGC and have it displayed in the Village Hall.