Along with thousands of people across the country, the people of Kenardington, their family and friends came together to celebrate the momentous occasion of our Queens Platinum Jubilee.
The Jubilee committee joined forces with the owners of Battle Farm and together created a very successful day. Huge thanks to Suzanne, Simon, Malcolm of Battle Farm for allowing us to use their home and grounds for the celebrations. They worked hard to erect marquees and arenas too.
The event started with the grand entrance of Her Majesty in a beautiful 1914 Model T Ford car, provided and driven by Ken Cook. The queen was escorted by a formidable team of body guards. On her arrival she was presented with a posy before cutting the ribbon to open the event.
The main arena was filled with races and activities all afternoon. Egg and spoon, sack races, three legged races kept many entertained both with taking part and watching.
Challenging tug of war competitions took place with the Battle Hill Bulldozers being a tough team to beat.
Tombola, lucky dip, jewellery, pottery, strawberries and cream, sweets in a jar and bric a brac were just some of the successful stalls pitched around the arena. There was an opportunity for children to make and decorate a crown too.
Children loved the Adopt a Teddy stall. They chose a Teddy, named him or her, then agreed to take care of that Teddy, and were given a certificate.
Liz Gibbs made an incredible Jubilee Cake for people to guess the weight and win.
A challenging Scavenger hunt entertained familes throughout the afternoon too.
Many took on the challenge of the dog and owner agility course. Juliet and her lovely dog Sadie were unbeatable with their time of 42.85 seconds.
Two bands, The Worry People and No Refunds, kept the day rocking with their great music.
The jubilee committee are extremely grateful to sponsors, Gusbourne Vineyard, The Rare Breeds Centre, Secret Retreat, Mersham and the Parish Council for their very generous gifts towards the main raffle of the day.
Suzanne and her hard working team provided great food and drink for the afternoon.
Many brought their own picnics and enjoyed sitting in the sun in the lovely setting of Battle Farm.
Huge thanks to all who worked so hard to make the day a success. Special thanks to Rachel Stone and family for being at the helm of the arrangements and taking on the largest burden of coordinating the event.