The Surrey village of East Clandon, 4 miles east of Guildford is made up of 110 homes clustered around the communal buildings of the 12th century Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, The Queen's Head pub and the village hall. The tiny 2.25-square-mile (586 hectare) parish landscape at the foot of the North Downs includes a traditional country estate, arable and livestock farmlands, woodlands, a golf course and Hatchlands Park, a National Trust property.
In 2000 the East Clandon Parish Council funded the first village website with a Millennium grant which brought the information revolution, a community email and a website to East Clandon. In 2010 the website was upgraded to celebrate the growing activities, services and skills found in the community, to provide a number of online resources and to offer a wider range of information about the village to past, present and future residents and visitors.
Thanks to Brian O'Connell for this video and editing.
"Happy Birthday your Majesty" sings East Clandon
Bunting flutters. Blue skies. Dazzling sunshine. A peel of church bells. The sound of bagpipes. And then, a lone piper threads his way through the revellers on The Street playing Happy Birthday.
Lunch on Sunday May 15th, East Clandon celebrates the Queen's 90th birthday with a street party. Dressed in regal purple and gold or the patriotic red, white and blue, 175 villagers and children of East Clandon danced to the jazz foursome, JS4, feasted on tender hog roast and crispy crackling provided at cost by the Queen's Head pub with delectable salads made by village ladies, finishing in style with Eton Mess.
Heralded by the church bells, Murray Dudgeon made the loyal toast to Her Majesty. The piper led the throng in playing the National Anthem and Happy Birthday and then the dancing began to popular music played by the band.
East Clandon Parish Councillor, Clare Goodall, chaired the small organising team made up of villagers and with many volunteers delivered this happy event. To encourage as many village families as possible to join in, the Parish Council made a donation which kept ticket prices accessible at £7.50 per adult with children going free. Commenting, Clare went on to say "… the enthusiasm of guests really makes a party, and the people of East Clandon know how to celebrate! My thanks again to the hardworking committee members and their teams, the lovely salad makers, all who helped out beforehand and cleaned up afterwards, and all at the Queen's Head, who did us proud once again! "
Bug Robertson (also known as the Queen of Hearts in East Clandon for what she does in the village) ran ticketing and said, "East Clandon knows how to party". "The spirit of East Clandon is amazing, lovely and we are lucky to be part of it!" said another villager, Lisbet Jensen.
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