Easthampstead Diamond Jubilee Day 4th June 2012

Back in August 2011 I was approached by members of our local community to see if the Southern Cooperative Funeralcare would like to be involved with the setting up of an event for the Diamond Jubilee. I felt this was a good opportunity to spend time with people in our area and also to have a fun day. After discussing this opportunity with my management team, I got to work with the community to arrange the day.

It was decided early on that Funeralcare would hold a painting competition for the children but also I was given the responsibility of arranging a fun fair and contacting local businesses to see if they would like to have a stall at the event. There was lots of other work to be done such as the advertising of the event, selling raffle tickets and taking the minutes from the meetings which happened every two weeks and increased when the day got closer.

On the day, the day started very early with us having to guide the fairground into its allocated space and the setting up of the Art Competition, Michelle Little from J B Halls came over to help run the Competition as I also had to help with the overseeing of the whole event with the other organisers.

The Painting competition was a huge success with the children looking to Michelle for direction as to what to paint. Both Michelle and I had the opportunity to talk to the mums and dads about what we do and we were very flattered that we had a large amount of our clients come over to say hello. We had over 140 entries to the competition, which kept us on our toes all afternoon, as we did not stop the adults having a go if they wanted. Michelle was impressed with the painting done by an 84 year old lady.

The Competition was judged at the end of the day by our Town Council Mayor, Shelagh Pile, Easthampstead and Bracknell Forest Councillors Chris Turrell and Diana Henphrey, with prizes given to the winners by Michelle and myself.

It was a good day and everybody enjoyed the entertainment which included all types of dancers and displays, like Morris dancing and Zumba, which I was convinced by some of our previous clients to have a go at! Had to have a quick drink in the Beer tent afterwards – sadly only a coke cola.

The day raised £1,850.00 on the day, to be divided between local charities.

Lisa Bradley and Michelle Little