The much anticipated service to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty The Queen which should have been held on Martinsell Hill on Sunday 29th April 2012 had to change venue at the last minute due to the horrendous weather experienced over the weekend. The ground at the hill was waterlogged and therefore, quite rightly, it was unable to take place there. With many emails flying around between committees, choirs and the band we were able to move the event to St. John the Baptist Church in Pewsey. Due to the restricted area around the church The Ven. Stephen Robbins, CB, was unable to arrive by helicopter which would have been quite something! Undeterred and with good community spirit the service took place, perhaps not to as large a congregation as had been hoped, but nevertheless there was a good turnout.
The Kennet Vale Brass Band provided the music and the Pewsey Belles Ladies Choir & the Pewsey Male Voice Choir performed individually as well as singing along with the congregation. The address by The Ven. Stephen Robbins, CB was excellent, whilst serious in its content he was able to make the congregation appreciate and even chuckle at times.
Thanks must be given to John & Caroline Cornell whose vision it was to hold the event as well as their committee, who although disappointed it couldn’t be held on Martinsell Hill should be delighted with how it all came together. I am sure the congregation, choirs & the band were delighted we didn’t end up “Singing In The Rain”.