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Grey skies and intermittent rain couldn’t dampen the spirit of all those who enjoyed a street party off Woodbridge Hill on Sunday, June 3, to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee.
About 160 people sat down to tea at a party organised by St Francis’ Church in Beckingham Road. The road itself was closed off and invites went out to residents of that road as well as neighbouring streets including Weston Road and Deerbarn Road.
There were also fun and games including a quiz, a bouncy castle, an ice-cream van, plus craft making for the children in the church hall.
The team rector of St Francis’ Church, the Rev’d Stefanie Hodges, said: “I was amazed how many people came along. We even managed to get some of the grown-ups to take part in the games.
“Since sending out the invites for the street party, I have received many letters from local residents thanking us for hosting today’s event. They are so appreciative around here.
The rector and her churchwarden, Jackie Drake-Smith, put in a great deal of work organising the party. Members of the congregation helped to set up and pack away, and there was also assistance from the Stoughton & Westborough Branch of the Royal British Legion.
The Rev’d Hodges added: “One family who came along are newcomers, having recently moved to Guildford from Teddington. They remarked to me just how much friendlier people are here.”
As the afternoon drew to a close the heavens opened. Everyone then made a bee-line for the church where the raffle was drawn and the winners of the games received their prizes.
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