Marham Jubilee Picnic, Sunday 3rd June 2012

At one of the ‘Home Alone’ gatherings back in March Mrs Nicky Bryne suggested, ”wouldn’t it be great to celebrate HM the Queens Diamond Jubilee (QDJ) here at Marham with a traditional street party.”

Since then Nicky has “grabbed the bull by the horns” formed a committee / working group, who in turn sought to secure both a venue and financial support. The initial plan was to hold the event within the Oak Avenue Play Park area. However, after much discussion and negotiation it was decided that the event should take place at Marham Infant School, It was also decided that as a way of saying thank you any profits made should be donated to the School.

Notwithstanding the plethora of Jubilee events already planned over the Bank Holiday weekend and not forgetting the downturn in weather conditions, the event stated as planned at 11am and was immediately inundated with visitors. With an array of stalls and children’s activities on offer, families descended primarily on the Tombola stall then on to the tea, coffee and cake stall where a mountain of home made cakes were on offer with only donations as taken payments.

The weather sadly put paid to many of the planned outdoor activities, however, the school made an excellent venue. The majority of stalls were accommodated in the main hall and included: Tombola, Raffle, Tea Coffee and Cake, Guess the weight of the Cake, Number of jelly beans in a jar, Name the Teddy, Treasure Island and many more.

Mid afternoon saw the 1948 Olympic Torch paraded along with Marham’s “Bully” having been on his runabout at RAF Marham. Lots of fun was had by all but most importantly the event brought the Marham community together.

A massive thank you to the committee for the planning, organisation and conduct of the event. Namely: Mrs Nicky Bryne, Lisa Brown, Nicola Holder, Lorraine Baker, Charmaine Campbell, Stephanie Eustace, Lorna Cooper & Mary Wanbon, Not forgetting Mr Joe Bridge for all his supporting work with graphics. A special thank you to Sqn Ldr Henry OC CSS for arranging financial support via the RAFBF and also to Rolls Royce for the kind donation which was used to purchase QDJ badges and coins for each child who attended the event.

The event would not have been so successful without the use of the School, so a mammoth thank you to Head Teacher Michaela Webb. It was calculated that on the day the event accumulated a massive £595.96. Finally, It was estimated that over 1,000 people visited the event, thank you.

RAF Marham’s Rainbow Centre also joined the country in celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a colourful event for the children at the centre and their families and friends. The children enjoyed dancing along to the Bhangra dancers and participating in many activities throughout the morning. One of the favourites was the ‘free’ ice cream supplied by the BFBS ice cream van. With the weather remaining dry for the celebrations everyone agreed that this had been a fantastic day for all.

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