Vil­lage ready to party for Queen’s 90th

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Part Of Peake Experiment -

The vil­lage of Smar­den will be cel­e­brat­ing the Queen’s of­fi­cial 90th birth­day in style next week, but needs help from res­i­dents to make it a tru­ely un­for­get­table day.

St Michael’s and Zion Churches will host a ser­vice of thanks­giv­ing and cel­e­bra­tion of the Queen’s reign at St Michael’s at 11am on Sun­day, June 12.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Tim Cross CBE will be the guest speaker and the event will in­clude a royal pageant, where past kings and queens who have in­flu­enced Smar­den will be cel­e­brated with a trum­pet fan­fare.

The ser­vice will be fol­lowed by a pic­nic lunch on the Min­nis, with out­door toys pro­vided by the Good Neigh­bour Scheme.

In the af­ter­noon in Zion, there will be a dis­play of pic­tures, mem­o­ra­bilia, com­mem­o­ra­tive plates and mugs.

WI mem­bers will bake a ‘vil­lage-sized’ birth­day cake to be shared dur­ing the af­ter­noon.

To get in­volved, con­tact Alex Bien­fait at St Michael’s Church on 01580 291454 or at rec­tor@ sb­, or Gwen Brooker at Zion Bap­tist Church on 01233 770231 or at brook­erathe­ber@ bt­in­ter­

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