A Coronation Street Party for us all to celebrate!
What a wonderful weekend, and what a great day was held on Sunday 7th when we closed off Church Street and enjoyed a right royal knees up, with families and their friends celebrating in style. I won’t go on too long but we were blessed with the weather, cloudy to start and then full sunshine later on.
For those that were there (thought to number some 200 with some comings and goings), you know how good the day was, but for those who could not attend due to illness or other commitments, please see and share in the photos and one brief video via the following links
The Hog Roast provided by Fergie was one of the best and larger than we had expected, so he managed to serve up 160 baps. The 50 veggie burgers were also given a green tick by a number of people. Thanks to those who volunteered to cook the burgers and of course to Fergie, the man to go to for your next hog roast.
Thanks also to all the helpers who turned up first thing in the morning and made the task of getting everything ready so easy and enjoyable. Incidentally some of you may have seen bikers going through whilst we were assembling things and I have a received a written apology for a biker group in Bicester for any nuisance caused and for not bothering to take the diversion route!
Angie’s Coronation Cake was an incredibly light sponge on the inside with delicious icing and a detailed King Charles work of art on top. Thank you also to Mrs Gosling who paid for the ingredients.
Perhaps the stars of the day were the children who paraded up and down as Kings & Queens, made their bows and curtsies and later joined in the dancing. Well done Maggie for thinking of it and Sophie who executed it. In the background Sophie organised children’s activities in the annexe to the pub which was much appreciated by families with small children.
King Charles commemorative coins were given out to all children under 15 who were present and these were a gift organised by the Parish Council. If your child did not get one please let me or Anthony know ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). Equally for those of you who weren’t present and would like a coin for your child, please get in touch as we will order a few more.
As usual Mike Gore’s band of merry men were a great hit, this time attending as the Monarchs and with guest singers Simeon Goss and Marcelle Walker, they set the place alight.
Finally there were the teas and numerous cakes that were provided by Maggie and other ladies in the village, all beautifully laid out in the road outside the church. This was followed by a brief Coronation Service in the church which was well attended.
Thanks again to all the helpers who cleared up. During the afternoon many people came up to me and said how much they appreciate events of this type and committed to be part of them in the future. It is heartening for those who have organised activities in the village over the years, to know that there are many more ready to step in and keep the spirit of community alive through social gatherings
For the record the whole event cost the Parish Council the following:
Road closure Nil ( normally £90) waived by CDC and paid for by Central Government;
Hog Roast, burgers, band, equipment hire, commemorative coins, prizes and various other small misc items £1200. We also obtained a grant from Government of £400 (thank you Kathryn Walker) so our net expenditure when it appears in the accounts will show a cost of circa £800.
Coronation Street Party, Sunday 7th May
Stratton Audley ‘Picnic-in-the Street’ Party – Sunday 7th May
The Parish Council is working closely with the Red Lion, Maggie, Sophie and others and is delighted to report that everything is coming together to make the street party on Sunday the 7th May a celebration to remember.
A number of people have already volunteered to help on the day but more are welcome on the morning. We will be setting up from 9am outside the Red Lion, collecting and putting up the marquee, tables, chairs and bunting. So if you want to help and have not already done so, please do get in-touch.
The Hog Roast is free for all to share and a vegetarian burger alternative will also be available on a separate barbecue. Everyone is encouraged to bring whatever food and drink just like you would to a picnic. The pub will be open for drinks including offering pitchers of Pimms for just £13, down from the usual £17.00!
As with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee last year, if you want to bring your own gazebo chairs and tables there will be room for you to set up in the street. Decorating your table and dressing-up yourself is to be encouraged.
A big shout-out for all the children in the community to dress up as Kings & Queen’s and enter the pageant parade where there will be prizes!
Sophie Nelson is organising some great children’s activities in the function room of the Red Lion form 12.30 onwards.
Angie Miles has very generously baked a Coronation cake fit for a king and this will be available for all to share after the first live music session.
There will be piped music from the start and joining the Monarchs live band for a couple of songs during the afternoon will be a guest appearance from Simeon Goss!
Teas and cake organised by Maggie Woodward will be on offer at the church for those wishing to take it easier later in the day, all made by your neighbours.
And to end the day there will be a short celebratory Coronation service with some popular hymns for all to sing.
Here is the planned running order for the day:
Helpers to assemble outside the Red Lion. Collect marquee/tables/chairs.
Street closure with diversion signage put out on roads plus assemble everything and put-up bunting. Sound system set up in street. Hay bales delivery circa 11.30.
Set up for those bringing their own gazebos, tables chairs and those who want to bag a place on the communal tables in the marquee
Event kicks-off. Bring whatever you want in the way of food and drink and any friends that are visiting. Feel free to dress-up royally. The pub will be open for bar drinks but not food
Various children’s activities commence in the function room of the Red Lion and run for a couple of hours up to 2.45pm
Free hog roast ready to serve, as well as vegetarian burgers from the barbeque
Children’s pageant/parade (Kings & Queen’s) and bowing/curtsying competition
Mike Gore’s 60’s Revival Band “The Monarchs” live music set#1 (45 mins)
Announcements / presentations / Coronation Cake cutting / National Anthem
Mike Gore’s 60’s Revival Band “The Monarchs” Live music set#1 (45 mins)
Free Tea/cakes at the church from 4pm
A short ‘Coronation Celebration’ service in the Church with well-known hymns
Please come & join the fun.
The Red Lion on the day of the The Kings Coronation
As reported in the general newsletter circulated earlier everyone is invited to watch the actual Coronation ceremony on a giant screening the pub garden, from just before 11am.
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New 20MPH speed limit in Village
This week the village is transitioning to a 20 mph zone. Most of the new signage is now up in the village.
As you will know from previous bulletins following the village survey carried out last year, a significant majority of those who responded were in favour of introducing a 20 MPH limit and as a result the village applied to join the OCC initiative to convert all villages in Oxfordshire to the new speed. We were placed in the first batch and a consultation took place which ended on 20 January 2023.
The speed at which this has been introduced is commendable although the Parish Council were not informed it was happening today! So please bear with it and accept that during the transition there is bound to be a little confusion. It will require the painted ’30 MPH’ signage on the roads to be chanced and we are waiting for confirmation as to when this work will be carried out. The vehicle activated signs will also need to be reset to the new limit.
Clearly during this period, the new speed restriction cannot be enforced, but once there is no conflicting signage the new speed limit will apply and can be enforced by the law. The actual order issued by Oxford County Council is reproduced below:
The official Notice states:
OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL
(STRATTON AUDLEY PARISH) (20 MPH SPEED LIMIT) ORDER 20**
The Oxfordshire County Council (“the Council) in exercise of its powers under Sections 82, 83 & 84 and Part IV of Schedule 9 to the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (“the Act”) and of all other enabling powers and after consultation with the chief officer of police in accordance with Part III of Schedule 9 to the Act, hereby make the following Order.
- This Order may be cited as the Oxfordshire County Council (Stratton Audley Parish) (20 Mph Speed Limit) Order 20** and shall come into force on the ………. day of …………….. 20**.
- No person shall drive any vehicle at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour in any of the roads specified in the schedule to this order.
- No speed limit imposed by this Order applies to a vehicle falling within Regulation 3(4) of the Road Traffic Exemptions (Special Forces) (Variation and Amendment) Regulations 2011, being a vehicle used for naval, military or air force purposes, when used in accordance with regulation 3(5) of those regulations.
- The Oxfordshire County Council (Stratton Audley Parish) (Restricted Roads) Order 2003 is hereby revoked.
News Updater no 112, March 18th
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