In June 2012, the nation celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II with an extended bank holiday. In addition to national celebrations, local communities were encouraged to contribute to the celebrations. In Purley on Thames, the parish council convened a meeting of all local groups in February 2011 with a view to making the bank holiday a 'Weekend to Remember. As a result of that meeting and with much planning, Purley on Thames had a full programme of activities for the entire community throughout the weekend. The
parish council website
gives a flavour of what was available.
As a Scrabble club we wanted to join in this celebration. With most other groups doing something connected with their pastime, e.g. the cricket club had a couple of cricket matches, the local drama group laid on a murder mystery evening etc, the Scrabble Club decided to do something totally different and organised a Tea Dance.
With music provided by Alan and Molly Denton , the tea dance was held in the Purley on Thames Memorial Hall on the afternoon of the Tuesday of the bank holiday, 5th June 2012.
In keeping with the Club's charitable ethos, proceeds from the event were split between the Parish Jubilee Fund and Help for Heroes .
Tickets for the event went on sale at the April Farmers' Market in Purley and the Club are pleased to announce that tickets were sold out within 3 hours.
The dance was enjoyed by all, with a variety of ballroom, latin, sequence and line dances to suit all tastes.
On purchasing tickets, dancers were asked for their dance favourites and these were collated and fed into the itinerary to allow for a mix of styles, tailored to the gathering, between the first waltz and the National Anthem.
During the interval, a veritable array of sandwiches and cakes were assembled. |
As a result of the event, the Club was able to give a donation of £50 to the Parish Jubilee Fund. This fund was used to provide free elements of the weekend's festivities, such as the Jubilee Beacon, the Children's Tea Party and the miles of bunting strewn around the village, not to mention the provision of portable loos for the Big Jubilee Picnic.
We were also able to give a further donation of £231.57 to Help for Heroes. The ticket sales revenue was augmented by a table top collection and also the sale of surplus cakes.
The picture (left) shows the cheque being presented to Molly Denton on behalf of Help for Heroes, by Ian Burn, chairman of West Berks Scrabble Club.
The Club would like to put on record its thanks to all people who made the event possible, particularly the Management Committee of Purley Memorial Hall for providing the venue free of charge and Alan and Molly Denton for providing the music.