The Jubilee
Langham in Rutland
Well at least the Sunday activity was held inside and therefore in the dry! Cakes abounded at the tea, and it was great to see so many people at the Celebration Service. Traditional songs, suitable for the occasion were sung, and flags waved with enthusiasm! Memories were recalled, written and placed on the Memory tree. These are in the process of being collated and will be put into a book for all to see later. Monday’s tree planting took place in sunshine, and we are grateful to Clive Palmer for preparing the hole for the Midland Hawthorn tree. George Kirk delivered a speech while Tony Ruddle, assisted by William Rodgers, did the ceremonial honours. Tony has amassed seventy-six years in Langham, and William, aged three, was born at home here in the village. The ‘Born and Bred’ photo will eventually be framed and put on display in the Village Hall. Picnickers gathered in the school grounds and another feast was spread out, with yet more cake! Hats were paraded, and prizes awarded for 1950s dress and completion of the quizzes. Well done to everyone who participated to make this a happy family event.
Gazebos started to appear in Church Street during the afternoon, and by 7.00pm the area was transformed. Langham certainly celebrated with great gusto! Thanks go out to everyone who came along and made all the events so successful. We hope to display Jubilee photos at the Village Show so, in anticipation of this, if you have any that you’d like to be included, please put them into the Jubilee Photo box at the Village Fête, or after the Fête, the box will be in the Noel Arms until 4th September. The organising committee is grateful to Langham Parish Council for its generous donation, to Langham School and the Village Hall for the use of their premises and to Dave Orner for supplying the food and for his generous donation of profits which will be allocated to chosen charities. Langham certainly celebrated in a manner befitting the occasion. Villagers were asked to record their special memories of the past sixty years on the Diamond Jubilee Memory Tree - Click here to see an edited version of those comments.