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The quiz took place on Saturday June 4th and was very well attended, with eight teams. We started with a 'Last man Standing' game to win a donated bottle of Whisky and the quiz itself was won by table 2, Will and Jane's team. John Dawkins, my able assistant, felt it was great fun, despite the pressure involved in adding up the scores accurately. A quiz team member, Theresa Hardy, described it as 'a wonderful evening workout for the brain.... Friendly rivalry between teams made it so much fun. Brilliant!’ The evening was felt to be very enjoyable and a return to something we had really missed in the last few years.
Chediston residents certainly showed their generosity and welcoming nature when asked to open their gardens to their neighbours as part of the Jubilee celebrations. Twelve widely varying gardens were included in the Garden Trail with owners spending many hours trimming, weeding, mowing and pruning but also giving thoughtful consideration to providing their guests with a lovely time.
The Brambles brought their collection of vintage farm wagons and implements out for an airing which was such a treat for us all - such restoration skill! The Laurels came up trumps with their 1950s car, set off beautifully in their serene garden. Children had a great time: they enjoyed Greenways where ice cream was on offer, Burfields providing them with a nature trail, hives buzzing with honey bees, and then onto Bridge Farm for encounters with growing lambs.
The green-fingered adults were able to appreciate the design skills of Tudor Oak, Trinity Cottage, Hedgerows, the wonderful open vistas of Packway Farm and Herne Hill, and the exuberance of The Shambles. The trail began at the beautiful garden at Mount Pleasant where Judi Fossett reported, “Everyone was so friendly and complimentary that it made it such a pleasant experience. It was nice to share the results of one’s hard work in preparing the garden.”
Fete and Garden Picnic
Despite a foreboding forecast for torrential rain, Chediston’s Jubilee picnic was anything but a washout. Community spirit trumped the light mizzle, the community tent quickly filled up, and before long picnic blankets were spilling out onto the grass. Prosecco corks were popped, tables were laden with cakes, scones, and homemade sausage rolls, and there was a constant buzz of chatter and general merriment as old friends reconnected and new connections were made. Once everyone had made a decent dent in the spreads, the Backwoods Band kicked off at 3pm with a rousing set. Some energetic souls got up to dance, with a few amusing chicken moves thrown in by those on the side-lines. It was wonderful to see so many children coming along to join in the fun too, and the football-mad boys amongst them even cajoled some of the adults into a mini-tournament on the Colby’s meadow. Thanks to all who made it such a wonderful day!
John Dawkins also organised a little art exhibition in the church, at the same time as the fete on Sunday, featuring work by Chediston Art Group. It was well attended and although we only had ten paintings on show, we sold three within the 3 hours we were open, and over twenty greetings’ cards.
A part-time resident of Chediston arrived late in the day when the sun came out and was most enthusiastic about it all. Flowers in the church were out of this world and it was altogether a day to remember and shows how much we treasure our amazing Queen who has reigned over us for 70 years. Very many thanks to everyone who helped to make the whole weekend the success it was.