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30th May 2020
The village wide and alarmingly realistic spread of scarecrows is being enjoyed and has now been judged.
The competition winners will be announced and presented with certificates during the interval of The MellowTones musical experience on Jubilee Sunday afternoon.
All Templecombe Platinum Jubilee competition winners will be announced at this time.
Winners will also be contacted by telephone
Fantastic entries. Not seen any crows for several days now!
16th May 2020

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen's Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; "Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.

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Preparations are underway here in Templecombe for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations during the holiday weekend at the start of June.

This page will be updated as arrangements are confirmed.
Wednesday 6th February 1952

Seventy years ago on 6th February 1952, King George VI died at the age of 56 and his daughter, Elizabeth, began her reign as Queen at the age of 25.

Elizabeth and Prince Philip had been at a game-viewing lodge in Kenya thousands of miles from home at the time of the King's death, unaware that their lives had changed forever.

After making the trip home, Elizabeth took her first steps on British soil as Queen and found a nation in mourning.

Her Majesty has gone on to become our longest-serving monarch and the first in history to reach the milestone of a Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen's Coronation Oath
Tuesday 2nd June 1953

The Coronation Oath, administered by the Archbishop

Archbishop. Madam, is your Majesty willing to take the Oath?
Queen. I am willing.

Archbishop. Will you solemnly promise and swear to govern the Peoples of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Union of South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon, and of your Possessions and the other Territories to any of them belonging or pertaining, according to their respective laws and customs?
Queen. I solemnly promise so to do.

Archbishop. Will you to your power cause Law and Justice, in Mercy, to be executed in all your judgements?
Queen. I will.

Archbishop. Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?
Queen. All this I promise to do.

Queen. The things which I have here before promised, I will perform and keep. So help me God.

updated Monday 30th May 2022

Early May
Union and Commonwealth Flags will be raised through Templecombe

Saturday 21st May
Forms for the Royal Scarecrow Competition need to be returned to the Co-op, High Street, Templecombe.

Saturday 28th May
Royal Scarecrow Competition Judging

Jubilee Holiday Weekend

Thursday 2nd June
At the Recreation Ground
The Social Club will be open until late
1:30am St. Mary's Church Bells will ring out across the village
2:15pm Childrens Sports until 4:00pm
2:30pm Tent Erecting fun for children
4:00pm Templecombe Treat Cake Judging
Entries to be delivered between 3:00pm and 4:00pm inside the Social Club. Name to be placed underneath the cake base.
Judging by Becca and Jade from Jasmine & Bay.
4:00pm Seniors & Juniors Afternoon Tea inside Social Club - ends 6:00pm
Children of 11 and under are very welcome with a responsible adult
6:00pm BBQ with 2nd Templecombe Scouts until 9:00pm
7:00pm Disco Frazer Mitchell - inside Social Club until late.
9:35pm Playing of Diu Regnare (Long to reign)
9:40pm Bugler
9:45pm Lighting the Queen's Jubilee Brazier
9:55pm Templecombe Ladies Choir
10:00pm National Anthem

Saturday 4th June
Pageant Field, East Street
Templecombe Medieval Pageant
Templecombe Station
9:00am Platinum Jubilee Coffee Morning hosted by FoTS at the station. 9:00am to 12noon

Sunday 5th June
Pageant Field, East Street
Templecombe Medieval Pageant
At the Recreation Ground
10:00am St. Mary's Church Bells will ring out across the village
10:00am Parade by 2nd Templecombe Scouts
Scout Hut to Recreation Ground
10:30am Outdoor English Country Church Service at the recreation Ground
Come dressed in your best finery for the occasion.
Please bring your own chair.
The Social Club will be open until late
1:00pm The Big Picnic
Plenty of space available at the recreation ground - bring friends, family and yummy picnics
2:00pm There will be Tennis Tasting Sessions available at the tennis courts - 2:00pm until 4:00pm
floating Raptorcare Falconry
Tony Bryant at the recreation ground
2:00pm The Blanche Flock of Greyface Dartmoor Sheep and Lambs to visit the recreation ground 2:00pm to 5:00pm
floating Devilstick Peat
Medieval Jester at the recreation ground
3:00pm Hog Roast will be available at the recreation ground around 3:00pm for approximately 1-2 hours
3:00pm Live Music
Mark Shotton and The MellowTones
will play 2 sessions during the afternoon 3-4 & 5-6
7:15pm 7 iconic songs from the Jubilee decades to close the weekend, led by Julian Kiddle.
8:00pm National Anthem

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Schedule of Events

Wednesday 2nd June 1953

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned on 2 June, 1953 in Westminster Abbey. Her Majesty was the thirty-ninth Sovereign to be crowned at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen's Coronation service began at 11.15am and lasted almost three hours.

Advance tickets are available by ballot
Trooping of the Colour

Seated £30.00
Wheelchair £30.00
Standing £10.00

1st Battalion Irish Guards will Troop their Colour in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen on Thursday 2nd June 2022. Taking part will be up to 1450 soldiers of the Household Division and The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, along with up to 400 musicians from the Massed Bands. 200 soldiers from the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards will line The Mall.
Enter Ballot to Buy Tickets
Ballot now closed 06.03.22

The 54 Member Countries
of the Commonwealth
Botswana Cameroon Eswatina Gambia Ghana
Kenya Lesotho Malawi Mauritius Mozambique
Sierra Leone South Africa Tanzania Uganda Zambia
Namibia Nigeria Rwanda Seychelles Bangladesh
Brunei Dar' India Malaysia Maldives Pakistan
Singapore Sri Lanka Antigua The Bahamas Barbados
Belize Canada Dominica Grenada Guyana
Jamaica Saint Lucia St. Kitts St. Vincent Trinidad
Cyprus Malta UK Australia Fiji
Kiribati> Naura New Zealand Samoa Solomon
Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu P'New Guinea
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A Platinum Jubilee message from
"I continue to be inspired by the goodwill shown to me, and hope that the coming days will provide an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved during the last seventy years."

Tuesday 17th May

On Tuesday 17th May 2022 the beacon was set in place at the recreation ground.

The brazier is mounted 16 feet from the ground on an 8 inch square oak post which will remain in place for many years to come.

To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this will be lit at 9:45pm on Thursday 2nd June, along with thousands more beacons across the country and commonwealth.

Do Come and Join us on the 2nd June
Preparations are underway. The Jubilee Committee are working hard and others are making great contributions towards the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations here in Templecombe.

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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee
Tuesday 3rd May 2022

Sitting comfortably?

Our Parish Council have provided five new Queen's Platinum Jubilee commemorative benches across the village.

Afternoon Tea
Seniors & Juniors

Inside the Social Club
4:00pm and 6:00pm

Children of 11 and under are very welcome with a responsible adult, and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday afternoon, 2nd June.
Cake Competition

To enter the competition:
Your show stopper must be taken to and displayed at the Social Club between 3:00pm and 4:00pm on Thursday afternoon 2nd June.

Place a card with your name and telephone number underneath the cake base.

At 4:00pm Becca and Jade from Jasmine & Bay will judge the entries and will award first, second and third places. The winners will receive vouchers to be redeemed at Jasmine & Bay.

To enter the competition:

Your Royal Scarecrow needs to be placed outside your house for judging on Saturday morning, 28th May.

Completed forms need to be returned to the Co-op by Saturday 21st May.

Entry forms are available at the Co-op.

Co-op vouchers will be awarded for first, second and third places.

Winners will be notified by telephone
Download an entry form here


Friday 1st April 2022

Flags for the village are being organised and work is underway with many new poles being painted and prepared.

The two crown finials have been skilfully jewelled by Donna at Tip Top Hair and Nail Design. These will be secured to the top of each new pole either end of the village during the month of May.
Sunday 6th February 2022

The Friends of Templecombe Station mark the 70th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne which falls on Sunday 6 February 2022.

This marks the date in 1952 when her father, King George VI, died unexpectedly when then Princess Elizabeth was just 25 years old.

While this therefore meant that she became Queen, the event was met with a period of mourning, so her coronation didn't come until later.

This is the first time a UK monarch has marked a platinum jubilee, and only a handful of leaders around the world have reached the milestone.


During, May as the Queens Platinum Jubilee weekend nears, the flags will be flying across our village.

A focal point will include the flag of each Commonwealth Nation while Union flags will line our streets.

Many more flags are available than previously and the painting of poles is now underway.

If you have a flag holder on your house and would like to take part please can you let me know by email

If demand is greater than availability, priority will be given to the main High Street (A357) along with the routes any parades will follow but everyone will be kept updated and help will be available to put up and take down the flags if needed.

Emails and personal details will be treated in confidence but everyone will be kept updated as the arrangements unfold.

During the first weekend of May
the flags went out across Templecombe, in celebration of The Queen's Platinum Jubliee.
Certificate for taking part
Queens Platinum Jubilee 2022
Awarded by Bruno Peek
the Queen's Pageantmaster
Bruno Peek writes:
Please see your certificate for taking part and be kind enough to pass it to all others that participated too.

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the pdf version.

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Stephen Hood 07968 984176
Sarah Webb 01963 371694
Christopher Hukins

The MellowTones

The MellowTones will be playing live at the Recreation Ground on Sunday 5th June.

Bass Guitarist, Mark (postie) Shotton will be picking his cords for us all to enjoy.

It must be assumed there will be none of the usual letter box post drops on this day.

Looking forward to seeing and hearing Mark and the band in action and hoping the T shirts will be available size XXL.

Spring 2022

If you have a little time to spare and enjoy being outdoors, we need you to join our friendly 'In Bloom' group. We started in 2018 and were successful for two consecutive years entering the Somerset in Bloom competition.
Since then Covid has happened but we have maintained the flower beds at the Recreation Ground; the planters around the village and the border along Templars Barton.

For 2022 for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we are planning to spruce up the containers and flowerbeds with a red, white and blue theme. If you can help in any way eg planting / weeding / watering / painting / carpentry we would love to hear from you.

Please contact:
Julie Carr
01963 370569
Paula Batchelor
01963 370107