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Otham jubilee celebrations
Otham jubilee celebrations

Two teaching staff at Boughton Monchelsea Primary School enjoyed their visit to Buckingham Palace for a garden party with the Queen so much that they held another at the school to thank the pupils that sent them there.
Two pupils at the school, brother and sister, Maddy and Max Brace, started the ball rolling last November when they wrote to The Queen and to Prime Minister David Cameron telling them how wonderful their reception teacher Sarah Clark and her teaching assistant Janice Peters were.
The youngsters were delighted to receive a letter back from the Queen’s Lady in Waiting and Mr Cameron’s office - and Mrs Peters and Mrs Clark were even more delighted when a little later they received an invitation to the Queen’s Garden party “for services to the community.”
Mrs Peters, who has been at the school 15 years, took her daughter Louisa Morris with her, while Mrs Clark, with nearly four years at the school, took her husband Mike.
Mrs Peters said: “It was fantastic. It was such a lovely, lovely atmosphere and we felt so important walking through the palace on a red carpet.
“The Queen, Prince Philip and Princess Anne were all there.”
Back at school the children were entranced with tales of their visit, so the school held its own garden party, with children making crowns for the occasion and plenty of bunting.
Mrs Clark is currently away on maternity leave.


Rubbing shoulders with royalty is all in a day’s work for Ryarsh resident Rob Coleman, and the Jubilee was no exception.
The 39-year-old was one of the royal watermen who escorted the Queen and the royal party on The Spirit of Chartwell during the flotilla of 1,000 boats on the River Thames during the Jubilee weekend.
He said: “There hadn’t been anything like that on the river for 300 years.
“We escort the Queen during state visits and occasions like that, but this was the biggest event we had been involved in.”
Mr Coleman was appointed a waterman in 2007. In days gone by, the royal barges were rowed by the royal watermen.
Residents at St Martins residential home in Larkfield got into the spirit of the celebrations wearing hats and flying flags during a tea party complete with cucumber sandwiches and reminisced about the coronation.
Alf Nicholls said: “My mother organised a big street party where we lived in London. The fun went on from early until very late at night.
Edie Chapman added: “We had a party at my mothers house, everyone came together to celebrate and it was like having a huge extended family.”
Many hands made light work of a Jubilee art project to create a picture of the Queen, painted in sections by 45 different people. Funded by the Birling Recreational Trust, it was unveiled at All Saints Church in Birling.
Some of the flowers on display at St George’s Church in Benenden throughout the four-day Jubilee weekend were created by Benenden Hospital head groundsperson Carol Head.
She made two displays – one in the shape of a throne and the other was the Benenden Hospital Trust and the Benenden Healthcare Society logo, which is the Cross of Lorraine.

East Farleigh Jubilee
East Farleigh Jubilee

Tots at Staplehurst Under Five Playgroup wore handmade crowns as part of a competition to make their own and decorated the village hall with bunting and posters, while listening to music from 1952.
Catering supplier Keemlaw launched 520 sponsored balloons into the air for the Heart of Kent Hospice in Aylesford.
There was plenty of red, white and blue in evidence at East Farleigh Pre School’s Jubilee tea party.
While in Otham, youngsters from the pre school helped parish councillor David Marchant unveil a weigh stone, showing the distances from Otham to areas including Downswood and Bearsted.

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