Thursday 7th June 2012

“The Parish Councils of St Veep and St Winnow would like to thank the Jubilee Committee for organising and supervising such a wonderful local commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The festivities got off to a good start with the Friday evening Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Winnow Church led by Fr.Philip. Over the next four days there was a true sense of festivity and fun around Lerryn with tea parties for all ages, superbly designed mugs for the children and a decorated Jubilee Arch constructed by Steven Hawken. There was a special Red Store exhibition mounted by the History Society, a carnival led by the Carnival Queen and her court, a community photograph and river flotilla of over fifty boats of all shapes and sizes was followed by a picnic and barbeque back at Lerryn.  All these activities were interspersed with the national events beamed onto the big screen in the Memorial Hall. The grand finale was a memorable riverside firework display by Tom and his team from Celebration Pyrotechnics. To mark the event Jubilee Oak trees will be donated and planted by the Royal British Legion and the Garden & Produce Society. All this came about as a result of an enormous amount of work by a small group of people and the willing involvement of the Lerryn and two parishes’ community.

We would like to thank in particular Flynn Pearce who took up the challenge from us back in January, brilliantly chaired the Jubilee Committee and led the team of helpers. David St John kept the accounts and Kerry Pearce as well as being secretary, organised the Carnival. Fiona Corfield, the Head teacher of Lerryn Primary School, masterminded the commemoration mugs with the impressive design by Joshua, a senior pupil. Fiona also made a lot of delicious cakes. John Hancock, Patrick Clark, Bernard Bonsey and the Revd Philip Conway gave valuable support and the Stewarding team of Andrew Boraston, Peter Stead, Ronnie Collins, Stan Dack and Shane Aldridge kept the traffic, the carnival and the crowds under control. Thanks are due to Daphne Rollings for providing First Aid and we are sure everyone will agree Bernard Bonsey was a great Master of Ceremonies. Johnny Pusey from the Ship Inn was instrumental in the provision of the fireworks and barbeques. We are all grateful to The Lerryn History Society for once again organising a memorable exhibition and to Paul Weatherhogg for videoing the 4 day event. Thanks to Keith Rooker and Bernie Gibbons for their photography skills and their speed at recording the action on the Lerryn.net website; to Tracy Graham and Hattie Pritchard who ably assisted Kerry with the Carnival, as did all the parents of the ‘Court’; to Prue Cornwall, Avis Pearce, Jo Pearce and David Boraston who gave support throughout the weekend as did the ladies of the WI.  Finally we would like to mention to Nigel and Deanna of Lerryn River Stores who cheerfully gave us the use of the Green and kept us supplied with all the things we had forgotten.

From your Parish Councils, on behalf of our grateful community, thank you one and all.

John Halkes (Chair of St Veep Parish Council)

Richard Reed (Chair of St Winnow Parish Council)

8th June 2012

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