Let’s hope the weather holds for the Jubilee weekend. With the temperatures dropping there are some concerned tooks towards the skies, but bets are on the weather remaining fine.

Today we feature Jubilee Picnics as there are at least three we are aware of.

Bring and Share
Firstly on Sunday, All Hallows has a Bring and Share Picnic at lunchtime. This will be outside in the church grounds, but in the Church Room if the weather is inclement. All are welcome to bring along food for sharing and to enjoy what will be a fun sociable occasion.

Daniel Park – Community Party and GTSkateFest
On Monday, there will be a chance to enjoy Daniel Park, soon to be a QEII Field. The grass has been freshly mown and is ready to spread those rugs out on for a real fun Community Party and Picnic.
From 2pm onwards there will be music to enjoy from three popular local bands –We Deny, Bless the Hours, and The Gentry Underground.
There will be bar with beers and soft drinks, a graffiti workshop to have a go with spray paints, and of course skating and BMX riding, with a grand skate off competition at 4.00pm.
Whats more it is all free and open to everyone.
It is a good time to celebrate the new status of the Park too – even if it does miss out a strip for Basingstoke Council’s infamous road! And while there, visit the new Jubilee Oak, recently planted by local children.

Picnic on the Meadow
If that’s not enough, on Tuesday from noon there is the Picnic on the Meadow. The Millennium Green Trust, which has received a large grant kindly provided by the Coop, is billing it as the Biggest Picnic in Whitchurch.
Chairman of the Trust and organiser Graham Burgess said ” There was a Co-op here a long time ago and now the shop in town is supporting our celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by helping us to stage a Jubilee Picnic with ration coupons. Two hundred loaves will be donated by Warburton’s a firm that started baking on a large scale in Victorian times at The Diamond Jubilee Bakery. A different Diamond Jubilee and a different Queen.”

Time to start stocking up for the picnic hampers.

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