Marton Village, Warwickshire

Right Royal Party

Village hall lunchA buffet fit for royalty was enjoyed by about 70 people at the village hall on 12 June to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. The hall was beautifully decorated with Union Jacks and red, white and blue balloons over tables set out for a feast. There were also make-your-own crown kits for children to supplement the tiaras, princess costumes and flags worn by the most enthusiastic party goers.

Village hall lunchVillage hall lunchLong rows of seats bought neighbours and friends together to share the delicious food brought and shared by all, followed by the live screening of the patron’s parade in London. Everyone stood for the National Anthem (some a little tongue in cheek) and enjoyed the excuse to recharge glasses at the bar.

Whilst many were marvelling at how well the Queen looked at 90 most were unaware we had our very own soon-to-be-89-year-old diligently working away in the kitchen. Phyllis washed up cheerfully as three generations of the Cresswell family joined the many other volunteers who made the party such a great success.

Village hall lunchThe plan to play rounders after lunch was unfortunately postponed until 23 July, as heavy rain had made the playing field hazardously slippery. A back-up plan to play boules/petanque was also shelved when rain returned mid-afternoon. However, after an extended time at the bar a few families couldn’t resist ‘testing’ the prepared rounders pitch and an unofficial game went ahead after all, about two hours later than scheduled.

The dangers of slippery grass were soon outweighed by an impressive storm, though, which created a dramatic end to a very fun day as revellers sheltered from thunder and lightning on the playing field. Don’t miss the chance to make another memorable village event on 23 July when, whatever the weather, we’re guaranteed to enjoy great Marton company at the rescheduled rounders game.09crop