Jubilee logoLike many other place across the country, Deddington Parish marked the 50th anniversary or Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II's reign in 2002 with a programme of events and celebrations over the Jubilee weekend, as well as other events. Below you can find details and records of some of these.

A Weekend of Celebration

The good weather and an enormous amount of hard work by a myriad of people resulted in a truly memorable series of events that will be remembered for a very long while. The older members of the community who helped organise the Golden Jubilee were unstinting in their praise for the younger generation who had taken on the task of marking this most important occasion with a wide range of activities. While it would be invidious to start to pick out individuals - because so many did so much - it would be true to say that Parish Councillor Rick Haslam's enthusiasm, leadership and energy was the key to the success of the weekend.

The following is a short summary and taster of all that was on offer.

Friday 31st May Teddy Bears' Picnic at the Windmill Centre and making fancy dress for the street party
Deddington School Golden Jubilee Party at the school
Saturday 1st June Village Market with stalls by local organisations, clubs and societies
Treasure Hunt for families
Art Exhibition in the Town Hall through Sunday
Flowers in the Church through to Tuesday
Sunday 2nd June Jubilee Church Service with Hymns chosen by parishioners. All proceeds went in aid of the Church and local Charities. You can view the programme of the concert:
Concert in the Church celebrating the rein of four Queens including a special Jubilee Anthem (PDF) composed by Donald Lane with lyrics by Norman Stone
Monday 3rd June Children's Street Party, a traditional street party with entertainers, bouncy castle, Pop Idol competition, fancy dress, Punch & Judy, magicians, Fire Brigade, gifts for the kids and… lots of cakes and food
Grown Ups Street Party, a traditional Grown Ups Street party with lots of drinking, Bands, disco, pig roast, fish and chips, beer tent …and more drinking

Awards for All logoAwards for All - 25 Years of Deddington News Online

Deddington and District History Society in conjunction with Deddington OnLine and The Deddington News was awarded a grant of £4,650 by Awards for All (funded the National Lottery) for scanning copies of the 25 years of Deddington News. The captured text and images are stored on CDs in the library and also available online in the DN Archive of Back Issues.