Easebourne villagers revamp annual fete for Queen’s diamond jubilee

Jubilee fun at Easebourne to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne
Jubilee fun at Easebourne to mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne

At Easebourne they re-invented their annual village fete and they moved it to Cowdray Ruins.

Somehow it seemed to have tripled in size and the organising team of villagers and parish councillors headed by Katharine Minchin declared themselves delighted.

It began with a procession to the Ruins led by Haslemere Town Band playing aboard a 1960s open-top bus.

They were followed by village Guides, Brownies, Scouts and Cubs who had just renewed their promises at a packed thanksgiving service in Easebourne church.

Village organisations manned stalls alongside commercial stallholders selling everything from home-made ice cream to carved soap flowers.

Firefighters from the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were one of the main attractions for children who took the chance to try on the heavy kit and take a close look at the fire engine.

There was a hive of activity in the children’s sports area where youngsters took part in a tug of war contest, obstacle course and of course the perilous greasy pole.