Long Bennington to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday in style – what do you have planned?

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Long Bennington villagers will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style with lots of festivities planned on Saturday, June 11.

There will be a host of events in St James’ Village Hall and at the playing fields, between 11am and 3pm.

Stalls will sell goods, local children will put on displays and hold competitions, the Newark Rock Choir will perform, a steam engine will be on show and there will be Morris dancing at the Royal Oak, as well as a raffle.

An all-day football tournament will be held at the playing fields, as well as a skittle alley and tug-of-war. Long Bennington Bowls Club will be open for taster sessions and there will be a bouncy castle and slide for youngsters. Long Bennington WI will serve tea and cakes in St James’ Village Hall, plus there will be a barbecue, fish and chips, ice creams and candy floss. Organisers have also arranged a flypast.

Meanwhile, 90-year-olds associated with the Saxonwell group of churches will be invited to take a slice of a giant birthday cake with 90 candles.

On Sunday, June 12, there will be a service of celebration at St Swithun’s church, followed by a peal of bells and tea and cakes. There is to be a fund-raising Sunday lunch at the Reindeer Inn to round off the weekend.

All proceeds from both days will go to St Swithun’s Church.

To book a table for Sunday lunch or to enter a team in the tug-of-war, email philip307owen@btinternet.com

Any groups or interested parties wanting to get involved or have a stall should contact Sue Baggaley on parishnews.saxonwell@gmail.com or 01400 318135.

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