Over the long weekend of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the beginning of June, Alpington and Yelverton villagers enjoyed a variety of events to celebrate this unique occasion.

The Jubilee Quiz at the Wheel of Fortune pub was a well attended and fun opening to the events and the following evening’s Wine Tasting held at the Village Hall was both informative and a great social occasion.

The traditional Village Fete on the Saturday afternoon was blessed with good weather and very well attended.  Mr Sam greatly entertained both children and adults with his Punch and Judy and magic shows and Splat the Rat and Bowling for the Pig were a hit too!  

We were also treated to a performance by the Alpington and Bergh Apton Primary School choir.  The Tombola stalls had a successful afternoon raising funds for local groups.  The TWIG refreshments marquee served delicious cakes which were much appreciated.

During the afternoon, Mrs Jenny Purple was presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her being the longest living resident of the Village, having been born in and lived her whole life in Alpington and Yelverton.

Mrs Jenny Purple was presented with a bouquet of flowers

Sunday’s Big Picnic had to be moved into the Village Hall due to the inclement weather, but those who attended were treated to a performance of great sing-a-long tunes by Ukulele Group Jelly and the Biscuits.  This culminated in the National Anthem followed by Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk, Bryony Falkus cutting the magnificent Jubilee Celebration Cake made by Leo Smith.  This delicious cake was then shared out to all who attended.

The magnificent Jubilee Celebration Cake made by Leo Smith.

These celebrations were a success due to the volunteers who planned this over the year, and helped either on the days or beforehand putting up bunting, creating the flyers and banners, erecting the marquee and baking cakes.  

A big thank you to all the volunteers and also local people and businesses who loaned the marquee, straw bales, games, made banners, donated prizes and supported the events.