Queen’s 90th Birthday Street Party | 11 June 2016

Nettleham Street Party to Celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday | 11 June 2016

On Saturday 11 June 2016, we held a street party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday in aid of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice. I have been fundraising for St Barnabas for over 20 years and from experience I knew that hosting a street party would be a great event for not only them, but also for our wonderful village.

In April a group of volunteers got together to form a committee and start the organising! We met at my house to discuss dates, ideas and roles within the committee and what we were hoping to achieve on the day. Roles were agreed and the wine bottles were opened. We set up a Facebook page to create awareness for the event and posters were put up around the village.

Many village businesses happily donated raffle prizes and also supported the day by providing water and electricity.

The day started at 7.30am, when volunteers collected the various tables, chairs, etc, from the Village Hall, the Old School and the Scout HQ. Roads were closed at 10.30am, the bunting was put up, the stalls set up and the BBQ was lit in preparation for the crowds. We were raring to go ­the party opened at 1.00pm and villagers started to arrive.

Strawberry teas were being served in the car park behind David Burghardt, candy was being flossed and burgers were being tossed outside The Plough and stalls were selling their wares all around The Green.

After decorating their sails for the boat race, which took place later in the day, the children sat down for their Tea Party. Wearing their newly­-decorated crowns and commemorative medals, they feasted on sandwiches, pizzas, crisps, cakes, jelly and ice cream.

Music was provided during the afternoon by Dave and the band, together with Nettleham Community Choir singing many hits from over the years as the street party was in full swing. The royalty-­themed fancy dress and ‘best-­decorated motor buggy/walking aid’ were judged and the winners were presented with their prizes.

At 3.30pm the boat race from the White Hart to the church took place with great anticipation. The ducks made way for the 100 or so colourful boats sailing down the Beck and the winner was presented with their prize. This was the final event of the day and the Street Party finished.

Thank you to all who attended, it was a wonderful day for both the hospice fund and the village. We were lucky with the weather (some volunteers not so with the downpour whilst we were clearing up!), and we raised an amazing £2,700.03.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers and businesses who made this event possible.

Thank you to the following: Julia & Keith Bell, Rosemary & Mike Biggs, Emma Clawson, Mali & Karen Daubney, Marianne & John Dingley, Anne Philips, Marilyn Tompkins, Elaine Blake, Elaine Downs, Charlotte & Stephanie Rouse, Adam Petty, Jackie Lee­-Guyan, Rachel & James Grey, Bev Trott, Judith Townend, Anne Nice, Steve & Lyn Toogood, Dave, Cath Esra, The fundraising team from St Barnabas Hospice, Nettleham Community Choir, Dave Tollerton & the band, Ramin from La Bella Vita, The Plough, The White Hart, The Co­op, Councillors Angela White & Giles McNeill, Nettleham Parish Council, The Hub and all who donated the fantastic raffle prizes ­without you all the party would not have been possible.

If I’ve forgotten anyone, please forgive me!

Margaret Clawson