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Golden Jubilee Mugs - If you have ordered a mug, they can be picked up and paid for from the East Coker Hall on Monday 3 June from 10.00am-3.00pm and Tuesday 4 June from 10.00am -12 noon.

Golden Jubilee Badges and Keyrings - Look out for these being sold at various outlets and functions at 50p each (children coming to the Jubilee Picnic Tea on the 3 June will all receive a free badge). Burton & Sons Signs kindly designed the logo.

Bunting and Flag Workshop - Sorry if you didn't get this in time but the workshop takes place on Saturday 20 April at the Scout Hut, the Recreation Field. An artist from the Community Resource Centre is coming to show us how to make flags and bunting. There are two sessions 10.00am-1.30pm and 1.30pm-4.15pm. Children are welcome to the morning session but the afternoon session is adults only. Bring your own lunch if staying the whole day. This is completely free and materials are free of charge.

Beetle Drive, American Entertainment & Supper, Friday 31 May 2002 at East Coker Hall, 7.30pm. - Tickets available at the door, £1 adults and 50p children. Bring a plate of food to share and your choice of drink. Tea and coffee will be available. All Welcome.

Talented People required to provide short items of entertainment for the above evening, if you feel you have a particular talent that you can share please phone Anne or Sandra.

Golden Jubilee Ecumenical Church Service, Sunday 2 June 2002, 6.00pm. - At St. Michael's Church, East Coker. All welcome.

'Our Village' Exhibition - Monday 3 June 10am - 3pm and Tuesday 4 June 10am - 12noon at East Coker Hall - Historical photographs and documents, going back at least 50 years, including albums from the many clubs in the village. Coffee, light lunches (from 12 noon) and teas will be available. Car parking will be in the field next to the Hall.

Royal British Legion - A double-decker bus will be in the East Coker Hall car park during the morning of Monday 3 June. This will show displays of all the work they do.

Family Photo Outside Your Home - If you are unable to take your own photo or need help in taking one, please contact Frank 863793, who will be very happy to take one for you. They will be displayed at the exhibition and then put into an album for the archives. Please deliver photos to 26 Mill Close, ASAP or by 31 May at the latest. Let's make this a memorable record of the residents of East Coker in 2002.

Draw a Scene of East Coker - Children and adults are encouraged to draw or paint a scene of East Coker for the Exhibition on 3 June. Go on...Go on...Go on...have a go...we all know how artistic you are! Deliver your pictures to 26 Mill Close, please.

Wine Tasting, in the Dampier Room, East Coker Hall, on Monday 3 June, - three sessions of wine tasting, 12noon, 12.40pm and 1.20pm. There will be 6 wines to taste, 3 red and 3 white, of which 4 are commercial wines and 2 are high quality homemade wines. Tickets at £2.00 each are available from East Coker Post Office and Stores.

Children's Jubilee Races, from 2.30pm in the Recreation Field. - All ages from Toddlers upwards. Traditional and fun races.

Side Shows - From 'Smash the Crockery' to 'Splat the Rat' etc. During the afternoon at the Recreation Field.

Morris and Maypole Dancing - Morris Dancers will dance at the East Coker Hall at 11.30am and at the Recreation field at 2.00pm. East Coker C.P. School Maypole Dancers will dance at the Recreation Field at 3.30pm.

Fly-By at approx. 3.20pm - Weather permitting, a light aircraft will fly over the Recreation Field, to take an aerial photograph of everyone standing to form a message to The Queen from East Coker.

Children's Golden Jubilee Picnic Tea, Monday 3 June, 4.00pm, in the Recreation Field - All children up to the age of approximately 14 years of age are invited to a FREE Jubilee Picnic Tea. We need to know numbers so please return the reply slip at the bottom of the page to 'The Poplars', Coker Marsh or 29 Broadacres by Monday 20 May. Tea, coffee and squash will be available for adults during the Children's Picnic.

N.B. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Crowns - There will be a prize for the best child's and adults crown worn on the day. Judging at 4pm in the Recreation Field.

Children's Golden Jubilee Picnic Tea - Reply Slip

You will find a form on your newsletter.

Car Parking at the Recreation Field - Parking for all afternoon and evening events will be in the field next to the Recreation Field - entrance opposite Chapel row, in Long Furlong Lane.

Jubilee Dance at a Grand Marquee - 'The Finale' - Monday 3 June, in the Recreation Field, 7pm. - A Village Dance for all ages, starting with a Hotdog BBQ for the children and a Pig Roast for the adults, (vegetarian alternative available). A bar licence will allow us to serve Beer, Cider, Lager and Wine, with soft drinks, and we look forward to seeing you Ballroom Dance, Barn Dance and Disco to the 'Big O Disco'. The evening will end with 'Land of Hope & Glory' etc. and a ten minute firework display at 11.00pm, an event not to be missed. Tickets are on sale at the East Coker Post Office & Stores at £1 per child and £4 per adult. Some chairs will be available for elderly and disabled persons, but you can bring your own chairs if needed.

N.B. You are also invited to wear something red, white and /or blue.

HELP IS NEEDED BEFORE THE JUBILEE WEEKEND - We need help to put up the bunting and flags the week before. Don White has already volunteered to decorate around East Coker Hall. If anyone is able to help, please phone the co-ordinator Bill Williams 862565. We also need help with Car Parking, volunteers please phone Pauline 863700. Volunteers are also required to help put up the tents on Sunday 2 June at 2.30pm in the Recreation Field. If you can help, please phone Chris Bugler 872505. Transport - If you require transport to or from any of the Jubilee events, please phone Sandra, who will do her best to help.

WHAT IF IT'S WET! - Come anyway, there's plenty of shelter, tents etc. You'll have a great time.

Warning to Pet Owners - Living around the Recreation Field, the Firework Display will commence at 11pm for 10 minutes. Apologies in advance for any stress caused. N.B. East Coker is known for its friendly people, but there are those that still suffer loneliness. During these Golden Jubilee Celebrations, let us be mindful of people on their own. It's natural to congregate with people we know and ignore those we don't. If we are all determined to speak to neighbours and villagers we don't know, we could start to eradicate the loneliness around.

'GOLDEN JUBILEE FINAL PREPARATIONS' MEETING, Tuesday 21 May, in the Dampier Room, East Coker Hall, 7.30pm.


A big thank you to everyone who supported the Golden Jubilee Coffee Morning, at 'The Poplars' last Saturday 13 April, raising funds for the Children's Jubilee Picnic Tea. A staggering £316 was made! Well done all.


The AGM of the Society will be held on Tuesday 25 June 2002 at 7.30pm. in the Dampier Room, East Coker Hall. We would like some extra members to help on the executive committee, so if you feel that you could help in any way we would be very pleased to welcome you. Refreshments after the meeting.


Saturday 18 May 2002, 10.30am. - 12.30pm. at Bubspool House, East Coker. Indoor plants, cuttings, cakes, produce and other attractions. Admission £1.00 including coffee or tea.


The Village Fete, Saturday 6 July 2002, Summer Fete, at Coker House, North Coker, 2pm.

In aid of St. Michael's Church. There will be an Exemption Dog Show, with novelty classes. An Exhibition of Classic Cars. The usual stalls: Home-made Cakes; Children's Tombola; Raffle; Plant Tent; School Tent; Maypole dancers with the School Band; Cream Teas; Bouncy Castle; Skittles; Books. Entrance 50p for adults, children free. Gloria and Betty would appreciate any cakes for the Home-made Cake Stall. Hazel would appreciate any quality games and toys for the Children's Tombola.

BBQ & Disco, at Coker House, North Coker, 7pm - 11pm.

Adults £5 00, children £2.50. Bar applied for.

**Advance information for your diaries** - Inaugural Concert

To celebrate the completion of the renovation of St Michael's Church Organ, an 'Inaugural Concert' demonstrating the organ's new potential will be given by Michael Farley and guests on Friday 14 June 2002, 7.30pm. The organ was renovated by Michael Farley and we are very fortunate to have him explain and demonstrate his work to us, both in words and music. Tickets £5 to include a glass of wine, available from 7 May.


Next Waste Paper Collection - Saturday 8 June

Spring Jumble Sale Will be held at East Coker Hall, on Saturday 20 April at 2.30pm. All donations of jumble gratefully received. Remember WE WILL COLLECT. Max Bugler

EAST COKER FLOWER SHOW - 17 AUGUST 2002, 2.30pm, East Coker Hall

Despite this year being the year of The Queen's Golden Jubilee, please do not forget the East Coker Flower Show. Watch for schedules in the East Coker Post Office and Stores in the near future. Let's make 2002 our golden year. Sue Hounsell


Michaelmas Fair, Tuesday 17 September 2002

This year we are moving to a new venue, the home of the Ivel Barbarians, Yeovil Rugby Club. This move was necessary because of the huge number of people that attended last year. We intend to use the clubh ouse for refreshments; morning coffee, with cakes of course, light lunches and afternoon tea, with more cakes. A large marquee will house all the stalls, selling a wide variety of quality goods. There will be over 30 stalls, the majority of them will be different from last year but a few old favourites will be returning. So please come and join us for what is definitely a very enjoyable event.

Burns Night

A big thank you to everyone who supported our Burns Night at East Coker Hall, we raised £800 for Action Research. As the evening was such a success and due to overwhelming demand, we have decided to hold another one next year, on Saturday 25 January 2003.


May Fayre, Saturday 18 May 2002, 2.30pm

Come and join us for an afternoon at The Pavilion, Long Furlong Lane. We shall have various stalls; Homemade cakes; Plants; Prize draw; Face painting; Lucky Dip; Bric-a-brac and Tombola to name but a few. There will be a display buy the East Coker School Country Dancers and refreshments and Cream Teas will be available. This is a fund raising event on behalf of the children of the Preschool Playgroup.


The February and March meetings are now behind us, both were instructive and enjoyable, especially learning from our own member Tony Burnett, how to grow sweet peas. The new programme is ready and will be available at the April meeting. In May we are having a Special Open Evening in aid of the Somerset Osteoporosis Society. The talk will be about Clematis, and refreshments will be served.

Future Talks on: 11 April - Fuschias - N Roper, 9 May - Clematis - F E Leeds, 13 June - growing for your Freezer - E C N Williamson

The Club meets every second Thursday in the East Coker Hall at 7.30pm. New members and guests are always welcome. Rachel Blow.


We would like to invite you to our Summer Fayre on Friday 21 June, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. In addition to all the fun at the stalls, there will be a BBQ/Pig roast, Pudding Bar and a licensed bar. Tradition continues with our brilliant Country Dancing Team who will put on a display foR all to enjoy. This is our main fund-raiser of the year and your support for our village school will be greatly appreciated. As last years winner of "It's A Knockout", the parents and teachers will host and participate in a return match on the school field, Saturday 13 July. Four teams will compete in this hilarious competition - NOT TO BE MISSED! There will be a BBQ, licensed bar and side shows. Do come along and enjoy the fun. Christine Mowbray, Chairman PTFA.

Congratulations to the school who have recently been awarded a National ACTIVEMARK GOLD award from SPORT ENGLAND. A celebration of the investment made in primary school pupil's health and well being through physical activity and sport. This tremendous achievement, one of only 46 awarded nationally has been made possible by the commitment of our teachers in giving up their time to work with the children out of school hours. Congratulations to them all on their success. The school is once again collecting Tesco Computer Tokens. Anyone who still has vouchers, please hand them to a parent or forward them directly to the school. Thank you to all who are supporting us in this scheme.


A new branch is in the process of being set up in North Coker. From Odmoor House, by the telephone box, to Box Cottage, then up the Yeovil Road as far as North Coker Cottage and around The Chantry area. If anyone would like further information, please contact Christine Mowbray. Other branches in the village are Back Lane, Drakes Meadow, Mill Close and Burton.


The Wine circle continues to put the village on the map with successes at County and Regional level. For the second year running the circle won the Four Bottle Trophy against 10 other Somerset wine circles. Members also won five individual trophies and other placing at the Somerset Association of Am ateur Winemakers Festival at Puriton, in March. At its first visit to the South West Federation Festival Weekend at Woolacombe, East Coker gained two trophies. Continuing its policy of quality speakers on a variety of subjects, wine-related and non wine-related the circle has for the fourth year in succession attracted 100 members, the maximum allowed under its constitution. The AGM will be held at East Coker Hall on Wednesday 12 June to which guests will be welcome for a commercial wine tasting (Members favourites). Please note that the date of the Annual Hog Roast at Netherton Angling Lodge, Saturday 29 June, having been brought forward in the hopes of better weather. Ticket price is unchanged at £6, to include a two-course meal and sangria. Enquiries to Secretary Joyce Pryor. Plans are now being formulated for a special programme to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, starting in June. Many of the events being planned will be open to non-members and details of these will be publicised in due course.