Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations

Rowledge Village joined in the national celebrations for the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen by holding a village picnic and party in the primary school grounds. Everyone had been invited to come along and give thanks for the Queen’s long life and the historical milestone as she became the longest reigning British monarch.

After 6 months of planning and an unsettled summer that kept everyone guessing to the last minute, Saturday 11th June stayed dry and balmy and granted the village the perfect conditions to celebrate this unique occasion.

A team of villagers turned out in the morning to erect the gazebos and decorate Rowledge school field with tents, marquees, yards of bunting, union flags and red white and blue. There were soldiers designed and decorated by various village groups, a royal craft tent and games, as well as a throne room, an amazing traditional tea tent and Roy Waight launched his newly published book on the history of Rowledge.

At 2pm Grandpa’s Spells began the musical entertainment with some familiar jazz, as villagers of all ages settled themselves on to picnic blankets, haybales, or next to the tea tent, to take in the atmosphere and enjoy the afternoon.

Rev David Ashby blessed the proceedings and paid tribute to the Queen, her service to God and the nation and those present sang Happy Birthday, followed by the national anthem.

Silly Scott livened up proceedings with his family magic show, keeping many an excited child spellbound, before captivating them with his balloon modelling skills.

The Arc Band completed the live music entertainment with their unique Anglo-Franco folk rock style and at 7pm those who had stayed for the afternoon gathered their belongings and the children from around the playground, said farewell to the soldiers and had a last selfie with Her Majesty! Memories that will last for many years of a relaxed and traditional British celebration of a right royal occasion had been created.

The whole event was organised by a small group of villagers and through the generosity of Rowledge School, local businesses and Farnham Town Council, it was provided free of charge to everyone. It was clear that this was hugely appreciated by all those attending, from families cradling newborn babies, to those the same age as Her Majesty, as beaming smiles and laughter were in evidence throughout the afternoon.

The QE90 Committee: Leigh Stuart; Jan Clark; Graham Precious; Karen Young; Georgia Mae Tarrant; Lucinda Voizey; Nora Tarrant with thanks to: Liz Thomas; Diana Precious and Louise Mizen.