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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations 2012

Diamond Jubilee emblem 

"For the people of KSM by the people of KSM"


KSM’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration took place on Monday 4th June 2012
providing an inclusive, fun and memorable day for all members of our community.
Below is the history of that day.

KSM Diamond Jubilee Committee


Chairman - Liz Allen (Email:
Deputy chairman - Darryn Rawlins
PR & marketing - Sarah Harriman
Treasurer - Kevin Henderson
General members - Helen Curtis, Bruce Low, Margaret Pratley, Gay Sealy, Roger Sealy and Sue Wilcock.


The Diamond Jubilee Committee was established to co-ordinate and organise an inclusive, fun and memorable event to be enjoyed by ALL members of our community and leave a lasting legacy for the residents of Kington St Michael.

Minutes of the Committee Meetings are available on request. To obtain a copy, please contact Liz Allen Email:


New Large 6x3m ‘pop-up’ waterproof gazebo - perfect to shelter BBQs and parties from sun or rain, quick and easy to erect. £10/day, ‘phone Liz on (01249) 758157 (deposit may be required). Please click here to view photos. 


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Main Event Sponsor - The Jolly Huntsman

Jolly Huntsman logo

The Jolly Huntsman at Kington St Michael is a traditional village freehouse with an excellent selection of well-kept real ales, lagers, ciders and wines, delicious home cooked fayre, quality bed and breakfast rooms with wireless broadband, seasonal open log fire, and a warm and friendly welcome.  Open daily (until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays) serving food every lunchtime and evening.  For further details, please visit

Sincere thanks to our other kind donors.... 

***Autumn Club for £300 raised in March *** KSM WI for £161 donation in February *** Angela Virr for £50 donation in Feb 2012 *** Pete and Joan Johnson for £50 donation in Feb 2012 *** The Wicks Family for £100 donation in January 2012 *** Sunday night whist players for £100 donation in January 2012 *** Local benefactor for £800 donation in Jan 2012 *** KSM resident £5 *** Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme for £500 donation ***  Will Lawton for gifting an oak tree donated by Halfpenny Field ( in Yatton Keynell***John & Pat Woodward for a donation of £80 *** Gay Sealy for £175 donation for the marquee deposit *** Book & DVD Recycling Scheme for £50 donation in Sept 2011 *** KSM Village Shop Committee for £100 donation in Aug 2011 *** Kington St Michael Parish Council for £200 donation *** Mr & Mrs Chicco of Kington Manor for £250 donation in December *** Rec Field Working Group for donating £1,032 from Bonfire Night *** KSM Village Hall Committee for donating £202 from Rural Arts Music Night *** Village Shop Committee for donating £254.10 from the Cheese & Wine Evening ***


Why not take a look to see what went on at Kington St Michael's 2002 celebrations for the Queen's Golden Jubilee?  Click here.



Click here to see the programme of events for 2012 










  2012 KSM Diamond Jubilee Celebrations


KSM DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATION - 4th June 2012 - Click here for pictures. Information to follow soon, and you can find some photos of the event on our Facebook page here. A DVD is also currently being produced which will be sold in aid of the Jubilee Fund and which will be a special keepsake of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Kington St Michael. More details to follow in due course.

KINGS & QUEEN'S DAY AT KSM SCHOOL - on Friday 1st June 2012, the schoolchildren of Kington St Michael Primary School were proud to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, as part of their Jubilee Time After Time Project, with the older generation in the community.

The day started at school with a special jubilee assembly including a talk by Mrs Barbara Tinson. Several older guests were invited to look at the "Right Royal Celebration" exhibition and then to join the children in the classrooms to chat with them about their memories of previous royal celebrations.

Everyone then walked down to Manor Farm (thanks to Roger and Gay Sealy for the use of their beautiful grounds) where the children were joined by more special guests for a royal garden party. Each class paraded around the garden for a best costume competition whilst the adults took part in the best crown competition. The best male crown was awarded to Barry Hayne and the runner up was Gerry Elms, whilst Joan Gilbert won the ladies best crown with Gay Sealy coming a close second.

Diamond Day, the Jubilee song for children, and Land of Hope and Glory were sung by KS2 pupils before a special Jubilee grace was conducted by Rev. Sam Rushton. Lunch and refreshments were followed by traditional garden games for the children and adults. It was lovely to see the different generations having such good fun all together.

The garden party finished with everyone singing God Save the Queen and when the children returned to school they all received their KSM Diamond Jubilee commemorative mugs to take home as a reminder of a very special day.  Click here to download a pdf of some of the photographs taken on the day.

You can also find photos on our Facebook page - click here.

You can see the clipping from the Gazette & Herald on Thursday 7th June 2012 by clicking here (pdf)



2012 KSM Diamond Jubilee News


Selling DVDs at the Christmas Fayre on 1st December 2012
(Selling KSM Diamond Jubilee DVDs at the Christmas Fayre on December 1st)

November: 15th November 2012 - A little piece in The Gazette & Herald (page 26) on KSM's Jubilee legacy in The Nymph Hay.

Gazette & Herald 15.11.12

~ 11th November 2012 - Thanks to everyone who came along to the new "Jubilee Glade" at the Nymph Hay wood.

Diamond Jubilee oak tree plaque unveiling, 11th November 2012 Diamond Jubilee oak tree plaque

The Jubilee oak tree plus the English bluebells and two picnic benches now installed in the wood, will provide a long term reminder of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year, creating a beautiful spring sight in our wood and a wonderful legacy for everyone in the village to enjoy for many years to come.

Jubilee oak planting - Liz Allen, Sarah Harriman and Will Lawton
(Liz Allen & Sarah Harriman from the Diamond Jubilee Committee and Will Lawton, who donated the oak tree)

Following the cancellation of the tree planting on November 4th due to adverse weather, we are pleased to say that the Jubilee oak tree has now been planted in The Nymph Hay - many thanks to Will Lawton, for his help with planting and protecting our commemorative tree. We now plan to hold a Diamond Jubilee oak tree plaque unveiling & have a photograph of villagers at Nymph Hay Wood (near to the north entrance by The Priory) on Sunday 11th November 2012 from 2 pm. *** Weather permitting - this event will be cancelled if raining***.
ALL WELCOME, please come along, wrap up warm & wear wellies!

~ KSM Jubilee DVD Thanks to the Village Shop for selling copies of KSM's Jubilee DVD during the past few weeks. The Jubilee DVD will be on sale again at KSM's Christmas Fayre in the village hall from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday 1st December 2012.
A special keepsake of the village Jubilee celebrations held on Monday 4th June 2012, DVDs are only £7 each and include approx. 40 minutes of edited video, a 2 minute video montage, photo slideshow and all the live BBC Points West broadcasts from KSM on 4th June.

Nymph Hay Wood - Diamond Jubilee Legacy.  670 English bluebell bulbs and 200 wood anemone rhizomes have been planted in The Nymph Hay – many thanks to Jackie Martin and local volunteers for planting them. The flowers will provide a beautiful spring sight in the wood and is a lovely legacy from The Diamond Jubilee year that people in Kington St Michael can enjoy for many years to come.

October: SURPLUS FUNDS UPDATE - Following the suggestion to use some of the Jubilee surplus funds towards planting of seeds and bulbs in Kington St Michael's Nymph Hay wood, and as the timing is appropriate for planting ready for next spring, KSM’s Diamond Jubilee Committee has agreed to award £200 to enable this to go ahead with immediate effect.

The idea was widely supported in the village and the Jubilee Committee believe that this will provide a long term reminder of the Diamond Jubilee and a beautiful spring site for everyone in the village to enjoy, and at little cost! The seeds take up to seven years to mature to the point where they flower, however the bulbs are more immediate. Planting has been approved by the Woodland Trust (who own the land) and will be carried out, very kindly, at no cost, by local volunteers.

Other ideas are also welcomed, we have already received several suggestions which will be carefully considered in due course. If you have suggestions that you would like the Committee to consider, please fill in a form -  click here - and return to Liz Allen as soon as possible. Thank you.

September ~ JUBILEE EVENING - Thanks to everyone who braved the rain and attended the Jubilee evening on Sunday 23rd September and to the Village Shop Committee for serving refreshments.

Liz Allen, Chair of KSM’s Diamond Jubilee Committee, gave a brief update on the Diamond Jubilee finances and a surplus of £3,540 was confirmed.

Production of the KSM Jubilee DVD is almost complete and pre-orders are now being taken (please contact Liz Allen on 758157 or email DVDs will be £7 each and this includes approximately 30-40 minute edited footage of the day plus a video trailer and video montage. A photo slideshow and the BBC Points West coverage broadcast on 4th June will also be included on the DVD. An update will be posted here as soon as the DVD is available and on sale.

Cilla Labouchere also presented a proposal for the Jubilee surplus to be assigned to investing in a son et lumière(sound and light show/pageant) using the natural amphitheatre of Tor Hill and our historic church and grounds. Other ideas for use of the Jubilee funds were also submitted.

For those who missed the Jubilee evening and have suggestions that they would like to share, you are welcome to fill in the attached form (click here) and return completed form to Liz Allen at 27, KSM.

Diamond Jubilee evening, 23rd September 2012
Diamond Jubilee evening, 23rd September 2012

The Diamond Jubilee Committee will carefully consider all ideas and suggestions in due course regarding use of the surplus Jubilee funds.

~ For the latest newsletter with updates, what's planned, what's happening now and "thank yous" please click here.

~ We are delighted to have received our Jubilee oak tree, a gift to the village of Kington St Michael from Will Lawton, of Halfpenny Field in Yatton Keynell, to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The oak tree was grown from an acorn produced by the old oak in Halfpenny Field, Yatton Keynell and was planted in the autumn of 2008. Options for the best planting location in KSM are currently being investigated. We will keep you posted!

Jubilee oak tree
Jubilee oak tree

6th June ~  There are many, many people we have to thank for so many things, but we would like to extend extra special thanks to the following people for their contribution to the main events that took place on Monday 4th June, and these are:

    • Rev. Sam Rushton for conducting the church service, judging the fancy dress parade and for all her help with the many other events
    • James Gray MP for judging the children's fancy dress parade
    • Roy's band of Random Ringers for ringing the bells of St. Michael and All Angels
    • Debra Low and her team of helpers for the wonderful catering and organisation of the children's lunch
    • Helen and Simon and their team at The Jolly Huntsman for the over 60's Luncheon and organising the bar
    • KSM WI members for organising a wonderful afternoon tea
    • Richard Allen and Colin Labouchere for the go-kart race scrutineering and judging
    • Bruce Low for organising the tug of war
    • Roger Sealy for arranging the boules tournament
    • KS2 pupils of KSM School for singing Diamond Day and Land of Hope and Glory (live on BBC TV too!) and to Colin Labouchere for providing the sound system

We would also like to thank the BBC crew, Amanda Parr, Luke and the rest of the team, as well as Andy Macrow, Picture Editor at the BBC, for broadcasting our event and for being such a pleasure to work with!

30th May 2012 ~ Our "Right Royal Celebration" exhibition has been to the school and will be up on the Rec Field on Monday 4th June.

Royal celebrations display Royal celebrations display 

Royal celebrations display Royal celebrations display
Royal celebrations display
(Photos courtesy of Sarah Harriman)

24th May 2012 ~ Preparations are well underway around the village as the Jubilee draws closer.  Some of these activities were captured on camera today by Andy Macrow from BBC Points West, including a visit to Kington St Michael School where the children are busy preparing lots of lovely things! (Click here for the full collection of pictures).

Andy Macrow from the BBC Eagles class 

Hawks class - making a book for Her Majesty
 Liz Allen with Blackbirds class 

Jubilee placemats Filming the children singing

17th May 2012 ~ Please see attached the latest KSM Diamond Jubilee newsletter (click here for pdf). Copies will be distributed over the next week to each household once they have been printed.

~ Today, KSM's Diamond Jubilee Committee is delighted to have received a letter and a kind message of thanks from Buckingham Palace on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, thanking us for our loyal support and thoughts on the occasion of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee.

Letter form Buckingham Palace 14th May 2012 Message from Buckingham Palace


Diamond Jubilee mug

We have received the handthrown mugs all the way from Pembrey, Wales and we hope to have 50 on sale at £7 per mug on our Jubilee day and can take orders should we sell out. The other 175 are for ALL children in our community 11yrs and under. IF your child is not at KSM primary school, is under 11, and you would like a mug, then please let us know and we will make sure your child has a commemorative mug as a keepsake - e-mail us at

An exhibition focusing on royal celebrations in our local area during the past century will be on display at KSM School in the hall from Monday 28th May - Thursday 31st May (9am - 4pm) - visitors are very welcome to come and see some wonderful memories of past celebrations. Just pop into the School Office and come along to have a look. The display will also be up at the Recreation Field on Monday 4th June for the Jubilee celebration.

The church service (at 11 am) on Monday 4th June will be followed by a quarter peal rung on the bells of Kington St Michael (approx. 45 minutes) by Roy’s band of Random Ringers, who have kindly offered to ring the bells in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The visiting band is aptly named as a random selection of ringers, organised by Roy, has been drawn from many places and comprises:- Roy Mills (Heytesbury), Phil Gaisford (Bradford on Avon), David Kelly (Bath), Patsy Thorn (Melksham), Jenny Astridge (Chilcompton & Midsomer Norton) and John Hayns (Battersea, London). If anyone is interested in learning the ancient art of campanology and establishing a band to ensure the bells in KSM are heard more often and maintained in a fit condition, then please contact Gerry Elms on 750423 or via e-mail at

May ~ We are delighted to report that The Friends of Kington St Michael School have been awarded £100 by the Gazette & Herald Community Fund towards a commemorative Diamond Jubilee bench for the children.  Please click here to view the article.

17th April 2012 ~  The fourth edition of KSM Diamond Jubilee's newsletter was distributed to households and residents on 17th April 2012. Please click here to view.

~ Monday 4th June will be soon upon us and we are busy planning for our big day.

Everybody from Kington St Michael and members of community clubs, school, and groups associated with the village are welcome. We realise this will be a popular event and would like to issue tickets at no cost to you. The event timetable can also be found by clicking here.

Visitors from outside our community, including friends and family, are also welcome, however we kindly ask for a nominal amount to cover our costs of £3 per visitor to go towards the KSM Diamond Jubilee Fund.

Forms have been posted to residents today and will also be available shortly to clubs and groups in KSM. Please take the time to look at this and indicate how many tickets you require and your attendance for each event and return to the Village Shop or Jolly Huntsman Pub and exchange for tickets by Friday 4th May.

Any queries, or if for some reason you haven't received a form, please phone Liz Allen on 758157 or email 

 The Friends of KSM School have applied for a Gazette & Herald Community Grant on behalf of the school children, who decided they would like a Diamond Jubilee Commemorative bench in memory of the Kings & Queens Day planned for 1st June and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations of 2012.  Good luck and fingers crossed............!  (Click here to find out more about the Gazette's grant.)


Kington St Michael School is participating in Jubilee Time After Time (a project funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund), which encourages schools in the South West to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with the older generation in their community.

To kick off the Jubilee weekend and as part of this project (separate to the KSM Diamond Jubilee event on 4th June), the school is planning a Kings & Queens Day on Friday 1st June, bringing old and young people together in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee.

The day will start with a special Jubilee Assembly, themed classroom activities and interactive sessions, followed by a Royal Garden Party in the village.  The children, who will dress up for the day, will also receive a hand-made commemorative mug to take home as a lasting memory.

If you live (or have lived) in Kington St Michael and/or have memories (and photos) of the Coronation (1953), Silver Jubilee (1977) or life in KSM over the past 60 years, we would love to hear from you!  We also plan an exhibition as part of the Jubilee celebrations so if you are interested in getting involved and sharing your memories, please contact Sarah by emailing us at

More info can be found at

22nd March ~ Now that our final fund-raising event has taken place, we are pleased to confirm that a total of £10,857 was raised in aid of KSM Diamond Jubilee – a fantastic achievement!  This could not have been done without the help and support from so many people – a testament to the remarkable community spirit that prevails here in Kington St Michael.

21st March ~ The Jubilee cake sale held at KSM School raised £142, which concludes the fund-raising for KSM's Diamond Jubilee event.  An outstanding effort from all the children who entered the cake decorating competition....some brilliant entries and cake creations, well done to everyone!!!  To see all the cakes please click here.

Key Stage 1 winners Key Stage 2 winners Some of the cakes in the competition

The British or royal themed decorated cake competition results were: Reception and Key Stage 1 – winner, Annabelle Dickie; runner up, Lorna Howard; best effort, William Vickory and Key Stage 2 – winner, Nell and Paddy Atack; runner up, Lily Goverd; best effort, Katie Butt.

11th March ~ The sun shone as over 40 runners took part in the KSM 10k Fun Run on Sunday morning, which started and finished at Kington St Michael Village Hall, and raised £401 towards the Diamond Jubilee Fund!

The Organisers, Kington St Michael’s Diamond Jubilee Committee, would like to thank everyone who supported the Fun Run; runners, spectators and the many helpers we had. Special thanks also go to 1304 (Chippenham) Squadron Air Training Corps and Wiltshire Police for their assistance in ensuring the event ran smoothly and safely.

It was a very enjoyable and fun morning and everyone who participated received a medal at the finish line. Congratulations to all those who ran! The results are available by clicking here.

Diamond Jubilee fun run winner, Tom Estcourt, with Darryn Rawlins 11.03.12 Diamond jubilee fun run medals 11.03.12
Fun run winner, Tom Estcourt, with Darryn Rawlins from the DJ committee.                  The medals.

To view more of the fun run photos on Facebook, please click on this logoFacebook logo (You will need to sign into Facebook).

5th March ~ On March 5th Autumn Club held a bring and buy sale with raffle, tombola and cake stall in the village hall. Over £300 was raised for the village's Diamond Jubilee funds. A big thank you to the Autumn Club and everyone who contributed.

Autumn Club bring & buy in aid of the Diamond Jubilee funds 05.03.12

~ The progressive supper was a great success on 3rd March!  Many thanks to all those who kindly hosted, attended, contributed desserts and helped with making this poular event such a good evening. We are pleased to let you know that the Progressive Supper raised £988 in aid of KSM Diamond Jubilee.

~Diamon Jubilee progressive supper 03.03.12
Progressive supper, 3rd March 2012
(Photo courtesy of Sarah Harriman)

1st March ~ Kington St Michael WI held a Coffee Morning on Tuesday 28th February raising £161 in aid of the Jubilee. Thank you ladies for your support!!

Dance2Learn Salsa Lessons For Sale - Unsold lot from the Auction of Promises
Any donation made will go to KSM Diamon Jubilee Fund

4 hours for up to 4 people. Dancders must be aged 16 years +

Dance2Learn is a small local charity helping to provide mosquito nets to protect children from malaria

Classes run in Pewsham on Mondays (7pm - 9pm) and in Foxham on Tuesdays (7.30pm - 9.30pm)

Dance2Learn will also "party start" (weddings/birthdays/hendos/etc) for free if donation bucket can be passed around!)

Please contact if you would like to make an offer for the above lessons
- any donation made will be in aid of KSM Diamond Jubilee fund.

23rd February ~ All though we are not far off achieving our financial target for 4th June, our aim is to continue fundraising to enable a substantial surplus to be reinvested back into Kington St Michael. Our community deserves a legacy after the tremendous fundraising that has taken place and the huge effort from so many people in aid of the Diamond Jubilee, and also deserves a say after the Jubilee weekend in how any surplus might be spent.

When the community took over the running of the Village Shop in 2007, a vital boost to its start-up was a welcome financial contribution - the legacy from the Golden Jubilee in 2002. The shop is pivotal to this village, and much of the Diamond Jubilee fundraising would not have happened without it; it is the heart of our community.  If the legacy from the Diamond Jubilee has any real meaning we want to ensure that there is a substantial amount to reinvest back into the village to have a similar effect and continue to nurture what this village is all about...tremendously spirited with a thriving and active community.

So PLEASE do continue to support the Jubilee fundraising activities and remember that we will all reap the rewards of a lasting legacy.

9th February ~ The KSM Diamond Jubilee Committee would like to extend our thanks to Angela Virr in KSM and Pete and Joan Johnson based in the USA (friends of the Squires) who have both made generous donations of £50 to KSM's Diamond Jubilee Fund.

5th February ~ The Auction of Promises made an amazing £2,975 which, considering the last minute change of venue and dreadful weather conditions, really reflects the amazing community spirit here in KSM. Thank you to all those (individuals, groups, clubs and other organisations) who generously donated a promise and to those who generously bid, for supporting this event. AN AMAZING EFFORT from everyone, thank you!!!

29th January ~ Many thanks to the Wicks family in KSM for their generous £100 donation towards the Jubilee Fund!

16th January - Many thanks to the KSM whist players for their generous £100 donation towards the Jubilee Fund!

January ~ After our excitement at ending 2011 with £4,200 raised, we are pleased to announce that the fundometer at The Jolly Huntsman has shot up yet again - now standing at an amazing £5,500!  This was due to a very generous New Year gift of £800 from a local benefactor to cover the cost of the sommemorative mugs for children under 11 in our community, plus a £500 donation from Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme towards the Over 60s Luncheon.  We also received a kind £5 donation from a KSM resident.  A tremendous start to our Jubilee year - thank you to everyone for all your support!

Please remember that our committee's legacy will be to reinvest any surplus money back into our community of Kington St Michael as a lasting memory of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, so please continue to support our fundraising activities!

January 2012 ~ The third edition of KSM Diamond Jubilee's newsletter was distributed to households and residents w/c 3rd January 2012. Please click here to view.

2011 KSM Diamond Jubilee News

December 2011 ~  Our fund-raising efforts for 2011 conclude standing at a brilliant £4,200!!!!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and great community spirit!

The Recreation Field Working Group has decided to very generously donate the remaining profits (£516) from last month's bonfire night to the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which means that £1,032 was donated in total from this event. Sincere thanks to the Rec Field Working Group - a fantastic contribution!!!

Sincere thanks to Mr & Mrs Chicco of Kington Manor for their very generous donation of £250 received in December towards the Jubilee Fund!

£202 was raised for the Diamond Jubilee on 10th December at the Rural Arts Music Night with Brejeiro. Thanks to KSM’s Village Hall Committee for the generous donation!

£23.33 was raised from the Christmas postbox and donations from Village Shop customers!

Thanks to Jolly Huntsman customers for donating £33.38 collected from the donation box at end of November, CHEERS!

~ KSM Diamond Jubilee was represented at KSM's Christmas Fayre on Saturday 3rd December and raised £127.70…..of which £80 was kindly donated by John and Pat Woodward from their jam sales...very many thanks!!  It was great to see so many members of our community and to get so much support!  A draft plan for the celebration on Monday 4th June 2012 was also on display (see photo) as well as an overview of the fund-raising activities that have taken place so far and those still to come.  Thanks to KSM School for the loan of the display board.

Diamond Jubilee action plan

Display at the Christmas Fayre, 3rd December 2011 Sarah at the Christmas Fayre, 3rd December 2011
The display at the Christmas Fayre, 3rd December 2011

Saturday 19th November ~ KSM Recreation Field becomes a QEII Field:  

The Parish Council has approved a Deed of Dedication for the recreation field to become a QEII Field. The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge, headed by its Patron The Duke of Cambridge and operated by Fields in Trust, is a programme to protect 2012 outdoor recreational spaces in communities all across the country as a permanent living legacy of landmark occasions such as The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

This means that the recreation field in KSM will be forever protected as a recreation facility.  The benefits are that it will:

Make a recognizable commitment to local people to safeguard land, facilities and opportunities for sport, play and outdoor recreation both now and forever.

 Protect public access to outdoor space, provide reassurance to potential investors [grant giving bodies] regarding viability and sustainability.

Ensure that, in the case of sale, proceeds are reapplied to replacement facilities, with a priority on new outdoor facilities.

For further information please see and 

Tuesday 15th November - Letter from Her Majesty The QUEEN
Our Chair recently wrote to The Queen on behalf of the Diamond Jubilee Committee as we thought it only appropriate and courteous to keep her in the loop of our plans for celebrating her Diamond Jubilee. On 15th November we were delighted and thrilled to receive a reply!:
"The Queen was greatly touched by your message of loyalty and support, and to hear how much you and the local community are looking forward to June 2012... The Queen appreciated your thoughtful letter". Well done everybody!!
Tuesday 15th November ~ Letters to Father Christmas! A postbox is now available in the Village Shop foyer for children to post letters to Father Christmas. Replies will be pinned on a notice-board. Only £1 a letter (pick up an official stamped addressed envelope from the Shop) - all proceeds go to KSM Diamond Jubilee Fund.
8th November 2011 ~ Many thanks to the Rec Field Working Group and the Parish Council for hosting and organising a fantastic bonfire and outstanding fireworks diplay on Saturday 5th November, and for kindly donating £516 (50% of the profits) to KSM's Diamond Jubilee Fund.
Sparkler magic, 5th November 2011 The firestarters! 5th November 2011
Enjoying a sparkler                                                  The firestarters!
7th November 2011 ~ The second KSM Diamond Jubilee newsletter was distributed to households in KSM last week. Please click here to read the latest newsletter.

3rd November 2011 ~ Darryn Rawlins presented a brief overview of KSM's Diamond Jubilee plans at the Business Breakfast held in the Jolly Huntsman, and discussed how local businesses can help to support this community event.  Donations and promises from local businesses are welcomed and sponsorship opportunities are also now available - for further details please e-mail

Darryn Rawlins making a presentation at the Business Breakfast on 3rd November '11

23rd October ~ KSM’s Diamond Jubilee main event sponsor has been appointed – The Jolly Huntsman Inn! A very generous £1,000 has been donated by the Jolly which now doubles our fund-raising total to date, taking it to well over £2,000!  

Gazette clipping October '11

Helen Curtis, landlady of The Jolly Huntsman, said “We are delighted to be involved with planning for the KSM Diamond Jubilee celebration. This sponsorship is our way of giving something back, in recognition of all of the support that we, as a village inn, receive from our local community.”

The Jolly Huntsman sponsors KSM Diamond Jubilee celebrations  Lix Allen, chairman of KSM Diamond Jubilee committee, with Helen & Simon Curtis of The Jolly Huntsman
Helen & Simon Curtis of The Jolly Huntsman, sponsors of KSM Diamond Jubilee celebrations,
with Liz Allen, Chairman of KSM's Diamond Jubilee committee.

KSM's Diamond Jubilee fundometer, October '11
KSM's Diamond Jubilee fundometer

17th October ~ Many thanks to the Village Shop Committee for all their hard work in organising a most enjoyable Cheese & Wine evening on 15th October and for raising £254.10 for the Diamond Jubilee Fund!

Cheese & Wine evening, 15th October '11
Cheese & Wine evening 15th October '11
(photo by Sarah Harriman)

~ KSM Netball Club members helped raise £118.70 for KSM Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 16th October with a Sunday morning car-wash, and customers could enjoy refreshments whilst they waited! 

Diamond Jubilee car wash, 16th October '11 Refreshments at the Diamond Jubilee car wash, 16th October '11
Diamond Jubilee car wash and refreshments, 16th October '11
(photos by Sarah Harriman)
3rd October ~ Planning for the day is now underway!  On Monday 4th June 2012 we aim to start the day with a church service, followed by children’s lunch in the village hall and a fancy dress parade.  An over 60s luncheon will be held in the Jubilee marquee located at the Rec Field.  Also planned are a Go-Kart race, afternoon tea, children’s entertainment and other activities at the Rec, followed by a bar, BBQ and live music in the evening.  All those involved with the village are welcome, including both residents and those who live outside of KSM but who play an important part in our community through their association with various groups and clubs and KSM School.
14th September ~ A fun afternoon was had at the fruit picking at The Old Rectory on a beautiful afternoon, making whopping £48.11.  The kids had a fabulous time even if they spent most of the time playing in the fountain!  It was a great success, and everybody took home lots of fruit.  Thank you for your donations and to Luanne for her hospitality.

Apple picking with the Allens Fruit pick at The Old Rectory, 14th September 2011
Fruit pick at The old Rectory, 14th September 2011

13th September ~ KSM now has its very own Diamond Jubilee “fundometer” thanks to Simon and Helen at the Jolly Huntsman!  Sincere thanks from the whole Committee to Gay Sealy for kindly donating £175 to pay for the marquee deposit now booked for the event on 4th June 2012!

8th September 2011 ~ If your Club/Group is interested in organising a Jubilee fund-raising event, please let us know.  We would like everyone in the village to be involved in making this event a success!  We are happy to help provide posters and any other support required.  E-mail or contact Liz Allen.

The Promises Auction scheduled for 24th September has been POSTPONED until further notice due to lack of promises. If you are interested in donating a “promise” or prize to support a future event, please contact Bruce on 01249 758260 or email

Table top sale, 4th September '11  Oliver mans the raffle stall at the table top sale, 4th September '11
The table top sale, 4th September '11               Oliver mans the raffle

The Jubilee Table ~ Top Sale held in KSM Village Hall on 3rd September raised £243.24 from sale of tables, refreshments, donations and a raffle.  Thanks to all those who supported this event.

15th August 2011 ~ The first KSMDJ newsletter was distributed to households in KSM this week, thanks go to our "volunteer"!  Please 
click here to read the newsletter.

 Some of the cake at the Diamond Jubilee cake sale, 22nd July '11Cake sale customers, 22nd July '11

22nd July 2011 ~ We are delighted to announce that the first Diamond Jubilee fundraising event, the Cake Stall held in The Ham, raised a fabulous £306.20!  This is a super start to our fund-raising activities and the Committee would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated cakes and also to those who bought them, as well as those who helped before and after the event!  A special note of thanks also to Steve the Postie for all his help in recruiting volunteers to bake cakes!  We are delighted to have had such terrific support already from so many people – THANK YOU!

12th July 2011 ~ FUND-RAISING REQUIRED URGENTLY!!!  We urgently need support with fund-raising ideas and events to ensure the success of the celebration day.  We would love as many people to get involved as possible, so if you or your local group/club has suggestions about how you can help raise funds to support this event, please contact Liz Allen email:

SAVE THE DATE! ~ KSM’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration will take place on Monday 4th June 2012 to provide an inclusive, fun and memorable day for all members of our community.


Make a Donation - If you would like to make a donation to support this event, cheques can be made payable to "KSM Diamond Jubilee" and given to Kevin Henderson (Treasurer), 7 Kyneton Way, KSM.  Alternatively we can provide bank details for on-line transfer. Please email for further details.