GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS 2002

Introduction

In 2002 Effingham celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, fifty years after her accession to the throne. The event was held on Saturday June 1st, and doubled as a traditional Village Day.

Planning

The day was planned and organized by a committee under the Chairmanship of Mrs Jessica E. Page who at that time was also Chairman of Effingham Parish Council. We have the Minutes of one of this committee’s meetings, held in October 2001.

Official Programme

The Programme shows that the celebration was officially opened at noon; this was followed by the parading and judging of the Fancy Dress competitors. The pdf contains just the most relevant pages.

Events

As can be seen from the images on this page, the entire day was blessed with perfect weather.

The celebrations took place on the King George V Playing Fields and were opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Mrs. Sarah Goad, accompanied by the Chairman of Effingham Parish Council, Mrs. Jessica Page, and attended by music from the Epsom & Ewell Silver Band.

Besides displays of gymnastics and dance, there were many excellent rides and amusements for children. As in several other of our Village Days, the public were much entertained by the displays of the Croydon Airport Model Flying Club who flew their craft in an enactment of a sky battle. Additional excitement in this was caused by the disappearance of one of their airplanes in the nearby woodland. The afternoon was rounded off by a tea party for the children whilst, for the adults, there was an evening of Jubilee Jive and Cabaret.

The picture below shows some of the activities in the arena in the KGV ‘bowl’. Many more views of the day’s events can be seen in the gallery underneath. These photographs appear in an album kindly donated to Effingham Parish Council by Jessica Page and made available to ELHG.

Jubilee Plate and Beaker

These were specially commissioned for the Effingham celebration and sold at the event.

Street Party

On the following day, Sunday June 2nd, the residents of Beech Close held a Golden Jubilee Street Party of which we have the following two photographs: