Original village illustration copyright Randolph Vaughan, reproduced with kind permission

Here are all the Keevil village happenings in connection with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations…

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Mugs

All the children, aged 11 and under on 1st September 2022, living in the parish of Keevil will receive a free bone china commemorative mug, with a specially commissioned image of the village. Our thanks go to Randolph Vaughan for his wonderful design.

If you have any eligible children in your family, please email Caroline at carolinemunday@btinternet.com by the end of April. These mugs are a gift from us to the children.

Please don’t assume that your child will automatically receive one, as we don’t know where they are nor ages.

The mugs have arrived and we will have a few spare. If you are interested in having any further mugs for your family, please also indicate this in your email. All we ask for is a donation for the additional mugs to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Caroline, Flora, Ginny, Pat and Sue

Keevil Platinum Jubilee Mugs

These LIMITED EDITION Keevil Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 Mugs featuring Randolph’s timeless artwork are a fabulous souvenir of a once-in-a-lifetime occasion in our wonderful village. Made of beautiful bone china and only £6.50 each, these unique souvenirs can be delivered to you now. Enquiries via Pat Tucker trishtucker@btinternet.com or Alex Goodwin aplgoodwin@gmail.com

BONFIRE BEACON

Thursday 2nd June 9.45pm

Lighting the Bonfire Beacon – see May Parish News for the plans for a Beacon Bonfire in the field at the end of Martins Lane, adjoining the Banfield Recreation Ground…

JUBILEE TABLE PARTY 

Friday 3rd June at 7.30pm in the village hall

Come along to the village hall on Friday 3rd June at 7.30pm for a Jubilee party with dancing to music through the decades. Bring your own party food and drink and sit with friends at small or large tables tastefully decorated by you so come early from 7 pm to get decorating, there’s a prize for the best table. 

There will also be a slideshow of the village Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Keevil – 2012. 

To reserve your Jubilee table call Rachel on 01380 870661 or Jan on 01380 870438:

  • large tables £6
  • small tables £4 

Rachel & Jan 

JUBILEE FAMILY CELEBRATION BARBEQUE and Children’s Activities

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

The Fun Committee & Keevil WI are coming together for a smashing afternoon of family fun on the playing field, including beer tent, tug-of-war, children’s games and more…

Keevil’s WI will be taking care of all the catering, Clare’s Circus – a great feature of last year’s Village and Church Fete – will be providing some fabulous children’s entertainment, plus there will be a Beer Tent stocked with beer and soft drinks, and an Ice Cream Van.

Tickets for the BBQ from Pat Tucker 01380 871601

  • Adults £7
  • Aged 16 and under £3
  • Young children aged 5 and under go Free

***YOUNG KINGS & QUEENS OF KEEVIL!***

The Fun Committee are encouraging all children under 12 to make a beautiful crown to wear during the afternoon. There will be prizes in two age groups: 9-12 years and 8 years & under. Judging will be by the King of Keevil!

***JUNIOR JUBILEE MASTER CHEFS!***

The Fun Committee are also running a cake competition: they’re looking for deliciously decorated cakes, either six small or one large Victoria Sponge. There will be three categories: under 6, 7-10 and 11-14. Bring your cakes (labelled) to the village hall on FRIDAY 3rd JUNE between 4-5pm – judging will take place at 5pm on Friday, and the cakes will be on display in the village hall during the Celebration BBQ on Saturday from 3-6pm.

Contact Pat Tucker for further details 871601 or trishtucker@btinternet.com

JUBILEE SERVICE & BIG TEA

Sunday 5th June 3.30pm at St Leonards Church

The church are holding a very special service to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, open to all faiths, all creeds, everyone in our village community is most welcome.

During the service, a commemorative mug (see above) will be given to children of the village aged 11 and under.

Afterwards there will be a Big Tea in the Church with a Jubilee cake. If you prefer to join for the Tea after the service, at 4.15pm, you would be most welcome.

FREE TREES FOR VILLAGERS

ALL THE SAPLINGS HAVE NOW BEEN DISTRIBUTED…

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.