Nutley villagers celebrated Jubilee with a long-term memorial

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JUBILEE celebrations in Nutley were an outstanding success but also delivered a long-term benefit to the village.

A high quality teak Jubilee Bench donated by Wych Cross Garden Centre was installed on the green on Thursday, June 8 for all to enjoy.

Jubilee committee spokesman Jim Elsworth said: “We wanted a lasting reminder of the day which will benefit the village in future years.”

On Saturday a full programme of activities went ahead as planned. Parish clerk Tony Allen said: “We were lucky. The rain held off until about 9pm so all the outdoors activities were in the dry.”

The day began with a church service led by Revd Bill Kemm. During the day youngsters enjoyed marshalled orienteering across the Forest from Fords Green to Nutley Windmill and back, collecting clues on the way.

There was children’s entertainment and afternoon teas prepared by Women’s Institute members. A band played throughout the day.

Scarecrows had been created and villagers voted for their favourites. When the rain began in the evening everyone decamped indoors for an evenings celebration and dancing to a live band.