Beacon lighting

Fairfield’s Jubilee weekend celebrations began at about 8:30pm on Thursday 2 July. It seemed that most of the parish met in the Urban Park to claim their flaming torches – or, in the case of children, glow sticks. The organisers had underestimated the enthusiasm of residents, which sadly meant that the 118 torches ran out and some paraders had to set off empty handed.

The procession marched through the East and West Orchards, across the cricket pitch and around Fairfield Hall before arriving back at the Urban Park in good time to join in with a couple of joyful (rather than exactly tuneful!) songs – ‘ Sweet Caroline’ and ‘We are the Champions’.

As the light faded the lighting of the beacon was performed by one of Fairfield’s oldest residents, Les Pike (suitably attired!, see picture below), ably assisted by one of our youngest, Arya, who claimed the honour as winner of Fairfield Park Lower School’s competition with her painting of the Queen (headline picture). A second beautiful little girl was awarded the prize for the best-dressed princess. With the beacon alight everyone joined in singing a rousing rendition of God Save Our Queen and finished by offering up three spirited cheers for Her Majesty!

Film on the Park

Continuing the celebrations, a fun-filled community afternoon and evening of films on the cricket pitch was enjoyed on Friday 3 June in an event jointly organised by Fairfield Parish Council and the Fairfield Community Hall.

Moana kicked off the proceedings (‘ You’re Welcome’), before we went Back to the Future and finally got into the spirit with Mamma Mia! – it took a little while to warm up, but ‘ Dancing Queen’ and ‘Waterloo’ were belted out by residents right across the cricket pitch.

It was wonderful to see the community coming together en masse. The sun came out and it turned into a beautiful sunny afternoon despite the threat of rain showers earlier in the day.

Thanks to all the organisers for a memorable day, reminding us what a special place we live in. We all say ‘Thank you for the Music’ – or maybe that should be thank you for the films!

Street parties

The remainder of the long weekend was kept free for residents to organise their own street parties. Many did, with those opting for Saturday enjoying a continuation of Friday’s glorious weather, while those who chose Sunday had more typical British weather to contend with.