Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations – 21st April at 7.30pm

 

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A big thank you to everybody who attended the lighting of the Village Beacon in celebration of HRH The Queens 90th Birthday.  Please find below a copy of the speech given on the evening by the Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Linda Smith.

GOOD EVENING.     ON BEHALF OF THE PARISH COUNCIL I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR COMING TONIGHT TO OUR VILLAGE CELEBRATION OF OUR  QUEEN’S 90TH BIRTHDAY.

THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING THAT WE HAVE BEEN REQUESTED TO LIGHT OUR BEACON AS PART OF NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK FORMER CLLR. AND FEAST OF ST PETER MEMBER, MIKE DAY AND JAMES SIMMONS OF THE GOLDHILL BAPTIST CHURCH FOR STEPPING FORWARD AND OFFERING TO ORGANISE THIS EVENT.    EVENTS SUCH AS THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN WITHOUT PEOPLE LIKE YOU.     THANK YOU ALSO TO THE ACCORD CHOIR FOR OUR ENTERTAINMENT.    CHRIS TYRELL HAS ONCE AGAIN ACCEPTED OUR INVITATION TO LIGHT THE BEACON FOR WHICH WE THANK HIM ALSO.     AT LEAST THIS YEAR IT IS NOT RAINING.

HER MAJESTY VISITED OUR VILLAGE SOME 20 YEARS AGO WHEN SHE OPENED  THE SARCUS DEAN HOSTEL IN THE EPILEPSY CENTRE.

TODAY WE ARE CELEBRATING HER 90TH BIRTHDAY.

LOOKING BACK,WHAT DID CHALFONT ST. PETER LOOK LIKE IN 1926?  GOLDHILL COMMON AND AUSTENWOOD COMMON AND THE RIVER MISBOURNE WERE IMPORTANT FEATURES AT THAT TIME AS THEY ARE TODAY. THERE WAS NO BY-PASS.    THE MAIN ROUTE THROUGH THE VILLAGE WAS LOWER ROAD AND GRAVEL HILL.     OF COURSE THERE WERE VERY FEW CARS. ONE ELDERLY RESIDENT WHO WAS 3 YRS. OLD IN 1926 RECALLS PLAYING ON LOWER ROAD AS A BOY AND FLOCKS OF SHEEP WALKING ALONG IT.  LOOKING DOWN INTO THE VILLAGE CENTRE FROM HERE, A ROW OF NEW SHOPS HAD JUST BEEN BUILT ON LAND ORIGINALLY USED FOR ALLOTMENTS.  GOLD HILL LANE WAS THEN RE-NAMED MARKET PLACE.     THE GRANGE ESTATE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD WAS AN HOTEL AT THIS TIME.    THERE WAS NO PRECINCT, JUST A PARADE OF SMALL SHOPS, PLUS BARRACK YARD.  THERE WERE SEVERAL PUBS, NOT ALL OF WHICH HAVE SURVIVED TODAY AND   OUR TWO COACHING INNS, THE GREYHOUND AND THE GEORGE ARE NOW LISTED BUILDINGS TOGETHER WITH THE PARISH CHURCH.    THE CHURCH SCHOOL WAS THE ONLY SCHOOL IN THE VILLAGE AT THAT TIME.  THE BAPTIST CHURCH, THE COTTAGE HOSPITAL AND THE EPILEPSY CENTRE HAD ALL BEEN ESTABLISHED, TOGETHER WITH ST. JOSEPHS, NEWLY ESTABLISHED IN 1915.   THERE WAS A WORKHOUSE IN HIGH STREET, A SMITHY IN JOINERS LANE.  AND SEVERAL FARMS THROUGHOUT THE VILLAGE.

MUCH HAS CHANGED HERE SINCE 1926 AS IT HAS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING OUR QUEEN’S BIRTH.    TODAY IS A MOMENTOUS OCCASION – OUR LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH REACHING HER 90TH YEAR.  I WILL NOW READ A MESSAGE WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM CLARENCE HOUSE

FOR THIS OCCASION.

“I am delighted that so many people throughout the United Kingdom are coming together to light beacons in celebration of my mother, The Queen’s, ninetieth birthday.  It is a wonderful gesture which I know has deeply touched Her Majesty.

Beacons are to be lit on mountaintops, on beaches, in farmyards and on church towers, uniting us all in our heartfelt appreciation of The Queen’s lifetime of service to the United Kingdom and other Realms, and to the Commonwealth.

Since time immemorial, the light of beacons has relayed important messages across the land.   This message we proclaim with the greatest pride and affection:

Your Majesty, we all wish you a Very Happy Birthday”

FOLLOWING THIS WE WILL BE SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO QUEEN ELIZABETH,

FOLLOWED BY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND THE LIGHTING OF THE BEACON BY CHRIS.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has kindly provided us with a personal Message for taking part in this event.

Letter from Charles

 

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