Jubilee Tea Party 5th June 2012

Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


In March 2012 Jenny Tolhurst had the idea of offering her barn and field for a parish celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.


At a meeting in April with Pauline, Kath, Eileen and Shona, Jenny’s idea developed into the Garden Tea Party as something different from the other fetes in the area. The main purpose was to get everyone together from both our churches at Danbury and South Woodham Ferrers that make up our Parish and renew the feeling of being one community. What helps to bring people together?  The answers came as eating together, playing together and singing together. From this evolved the form of the afternoon.


Tickets went out to both ends of the parish and were deliberately kept at a modest price so that no one would feel excluded. Original estimates were that about 70 people would be likely to come. On the day we got about 180!  As you can see from these pictures a fantastic time was had by everyone.



Jubilee Tea Party 5th June 2012



 "The morning started with setting up gazebos, decorations, sports areas and clearing inside the barn"


The Children enjoyed traditional races


Adults Playing Rounders


Although this was a fun event a raffle and sweets in a bottle rased a bit of additional money for the parish funds


Tea was a sumptuous feast


The cold and windy conditions deteriorated into a downpour and the party moved indoors


The patriotic sing-song


The party finishes with the cutting of the cake


Many, many thanks



Firstly to Jenny and Philip Tolhurst for hosting this lovely afternoon and working so hard from beginning to end


To Kath Gable for organising the food

To Eileen and Hannah for the games

To Jim for the music

To Carmella for the Jubilee cake

To Steve as MC

To Pauline, Shona, Sylvia, Lynne and all the team that sold entry tickets, raffle tickets and helped erect and take down gazebos


To everyone who contributed food, raffle prizes,  joined in the games, ate the tea and laughed at the weather!



PS the event actually raised £760.22 for the parish development fund


"Jim plays on through the wind and cold"