Celebrating the Coronation Blankney Style

Blankney embraced the spirit of the King Charles III’s coronation celebrations with bunting, a big lunch and bringing together old and new residents and their families and friends.

The highlight was the Party in Blankney Hall Grounds and the Old School on Sunday afternoon 7th May. Attendees brought their own picnics and had them supplemented with hot drinks, wine and squash, courtesy of Blankney Estates, and examples of the Clarence House Chocolate Biscuit Cake prepared by the organising gang of 4. A selection of very British tunes through time kept people entertained while eating, courtesy of DJ Gary M.

Blankney Parish Meeting supplied all the village properties with a pack of bunting and consequently the village surpassed most others in the area for decorated properties. Competitions were held for the best royally decorated house and scarecrow and judged just before the rain set in on Friday evening 5th May. The judges were Richard and Ruth Parker and the prizes were as follows:

Best decorated front of house

1st Tracey Roberts, 2nd Jude and Roy Burrows, 3rd (but with special mention for showing what can be done with a small space) – Annie Woolley.

Best scarecrow

1st His Royal Foxyness – Jo Leach, 2nd The King and Queen at the Golf Club (Elvis and Freddie Mercury) – Laura and Gary Mettam, 3rd (“thankyou for your attempt”) Painting Prince – Dot Brooke-Taylor

During Sunday afternoon judging also took place for the best crown-themed picture or craft item in two age ranges.

8 years and under -1st Charlie, 2nd William, 3rd Robin

9-16 years – 1st Georgie Mettam, 2nd Ellie Grace, 3rd Olivia Leach

There was a scrumptious display of entries for the best “21st century flavoured traybake”. After much cogitation and taste testing the results were:

1st Pam Leach, 2nd Claire Wills, 3rd Amanda Robb

Many thanks to the Parker family and others for donations of prizes.

We would also like to thank Blankney estates for the decorations and use of the Old School and Hall grounds. The school yard and the field were well used for The village games and much running about as well sitting around and socialising after the eating.

Thanks to everyone for making it such a most enjoyable, relaxed afternoon.

Laura, Dot, Jo and Amanda