Headley Village Green

3rd JUNE

2PM UNTIL 5PM — see programmereports

Afternoon of fun on the Green
 events and amusements for all

Fancy Dress, Vintage Cars,
Pony rides, arena events,
side-shows and much more.

(see programme for details)



bring your picnic, rugs and champagne and enjoy a summer evening on the Village Green!

Monday on the Village Green:

2.30pm to 4pm — Skittles in the Village Hall — can enter on the day

Lots of Side Shows, fairground rides, marquee, beer tent, teas, Jazz Band, pony rides, etc, throughout the afternoon

6.30pm to 10pm — Picnic on the green with live music from 7pm — bring a blanket, table, chairs, candelabra, food and drink — as plain or fancy as you like! Beer tent and barbecue throughout. Enjoy a summer evening.

Reports of Jubilees past and present — 188718972002

Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in Headley

From the local paper of July 1887

On Sunday a very full and earnest congregation assembled at the parish church to hear Madame Patey's 'Oh! rest in the Lord' from Mendelssohn's Elijah. The singing of the National Anthem brought to an appropriate conclusion a hearty service in thanksgiving to God for the Queen's prosperous reign. The National Anthem was sung and the appropriate prayers and thanksgivings used in the afternoon at Greyshott and in the evening at Headley.

On Tuesday the residents of Headley celebrated Her Majesty's Jubilee by holding a very successful festival in the Rectory grounds. On the same occasion the Foresters, Court Forget-me-Not, held their fifth anniversary at the same place. It can thus be easily understood by those who know the energy and zeal that the Headley people always display when they put their hands to any undertaking of this character that the festivities of Tuesday gave satisfaction to all. Indeed, it was such a day of merrymaking and general rejoicing as has rarely if ever taken place in this parish before. The village was tastefully decorated with flags, banners, and evergreens, and loyal mottoes were displayed in prominent positions. Venetian poles were placed on each side of the thoroughfare in High Street, from which were suspended festoons of flags of every colour and nationality. Bunting was also displayed from the Church tower, and the Rectory windows. Mr. W. Rogers' place of business, which faces down the street, attracted general admiration for its artistic decoration of flags, evergreens, and a conspicuous portrait of the Queen over the main entrance. The Holly Bush Inn, a short distance away, was also decorated with foliage, and both made up a very pretty rural scene.

The day's proceedings commenced about 11 a.m. when the Foresters-adults and juveniles-assembled at the Court House previous to a general parade of the parish. Some were on horseback, in the costume of Robin Hood and his trusty followers. A procession having been formed, headed by the excellent band of the Alton Volunteers corps, visits were paid to The Oaks, the residence of Major General Parish, C.B., The Firs ' the seat of J. G. Patey, Esq., Mrs. Vincent's residence where the processionists were provided with light refreshment; Harford House, the residence of Colonel Norman; Headley Grange, the residence of T. S. Hahns, Esq., and Crabtree House, the residence of S. Bewsher, Esq.

Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee

From the Hampshire Chronicle, July 1897

The celebration of the long reign of the Queen was held on Saturday, the l9th June in the Rectory Field. Early in the morning Mr W Gamblen, with his staff of workers, was busily engaged in erecting awnings, flags, etc, and the general arrangements of the field. The building of the bonfire also fell to this gentleman's charge, while Mr JH Viney junior, builder, of Ferndale, supplied a capital new bandstand in the Jubilee colours (red, white and blue), with decorations of flags and fairy lamps, and at the entrance gate near the church a well-contrived triumphal arch was erected in the same colours. Unfortunately the inclemency of the weather prevented the illuminations being lit up. At the rectory, flags were out, and at the top of the chestnut tree the Royal standard was hoisted.

Note: The tree was only 6 years old at the time!

Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee

From the Bordon Herald, 7 June 2002

Revellers filled Headley Village Green on Monday for the village's jubilee celebrations.

Fairground rides, pony rides, a vintage car parade and a dogs' display were just a handful of the attractions offered on the day.
And everyone had a fantastic time, according to villager Mary Holt who helped to organise the celebrations.

Even the weather did not dampen the spirits of the villagers, who were determined to mark the Queen's Golden Jubilee in style.
Mrs Holt said: "We were all a bit worried just before it started because at 1 pm it started to rain but it did not ruin the day because it stopped just before our celebrations began and was dry for the rest of the afternoon.

"The green was heaving and the children's events were a success."

Entertainment was provided by a jazz band and the Arford Bells.

And the day ended with a picnic on the green, with villagers toasting the occasion with a glass of champagne and dancing in the marquee.

The day was a "grand" success but it would not have been possible without the volunteers, who spent months planning the event.

"I would like to thank all of the volunteers who made the day possible and all of the people who came along on the day and celebrated the occasion in style," said Mrs Holt.