Rain failed to dampen the party spirit in Hedge End today, as the Town Council’s Street Party adjourned to the nearby Village Hall.
Traditional British summer weather, pouring rain, meant that the party could not be held outdoors in the car park of the 2000 Centre as had been intended, but the possibility of bad weather had been considered by the Town Council and their contingency of moving the party into the Village Hall was swiftly implemented.
In true British spirit, there was no detailed plan. The organisers and helpers got stuck into the job of setting out and decorating the Hall and doing the necessary catering. It all came together remarkably well.
Once all the decorations were up, it was generally agreed that the Village Hall, which celebrated its 50th Anniversary earlier this year, looked fabulous. The decorations combined with the original features around the stage and the lighting to create a mood that was reminiscent of the early years of the Queens reign. The Jubilee party in the Village Hall was better than a Street party. The rain had done Hedge End a favour.
Speaking to Eastleigh News, Cllr Welsh said;
Having seen how the Hall looks, I’m really glad we’ve moved inside.
By now, the idea of chicken nuggets & chips for the children, which had been mentioned at the last Community & Culture meeting, had wisely been dropped in favour of sandwiches and more traditional party food. Noel Kavanagh Jr, owner of the recently refurbished Budgens supermarket in Hedge End, had generously donated 300 cakes for the party. Cllr Welsh was also seen to head off to the shops at the last minute [hopefully to Budgens!], to get some sausage rolls and other last minute essentials…
The biggest concern, expressed by an anxious Cllr Welsh, was whether anybody would turn up given the bad weather. Would they drive past the car-park see nothing happening and go somewhere else…?
But she needn’t have worried. With Eastleigh News helping to marshall the guests arriving in the car-park, approximately 100 Hedge Enders arrived at 3pm and all seemed to enjoy the party.
After the food, the children were each given a Jubilee Mug. Adults were given a key ring with a detachable token bearing the Diamond Jubilee logo which can be used in supermarket trolleys [at Budgens perhaps..?]
Entertainment included face-painting and party games for the children and an excellent Royal-themed quiz for the adults.
Apologies and best wishes for a great party were received from Chris Huhne MP and The Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Rupert Kyrle, who were busy at other events today and unable to attend Hedge End’s party.
In total, seven of Hedge Ends Town Councillors were actively involved in the catering, serving and entertaining, all giving up their time voluntarily. These were Cllr’s Louise and Caitlin Bloom, Cllr Jane Welsh, Cllr Cynthia Garton, Cllr Helen Corben, Cllr Sheila Baynes & Cllr Stan Sthankiya.
They were aided by ten members of the public.