The Shaw Mills village stitching and crafting club has been busy creating a very special banner to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Union Flag forms the background while the legend has a profile of the Queen with the dates 1952 – 2022 across it.
One of the members, Caro Sandford, explained that the idea for the banner came out of the group while discussing the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations:
The Platinum Jubilee is such a significant achievement that we felt it really did deserve to be marked and we thought it would be fun to create something large and eye-catching to attract everyone’s attention. It took a few of us, working together, to create it and we are very grateful to Mickey Spalding for making the frame and to Paul Steer for the timber which shows the banner off really well – no-one can miss it.
On Sunday 5 June there will be a get together to give everyone in the parish the opportunity to get back in touch with neighbours after 2 years of lockdown. We know people have felt isolated and this will be a chance to renew friendships and perhaps make new ones’.
As well as the banner and get together, the parish Beck Group has planted over 60 saplings, all native species, on Sunny Bank as part of a nationwide initiative – The Queen’s Green Canopy, the aim of which is to provide a lasting living memorial to Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. A picture of the planting can be found on the Queen’s Green Canopy website. https://queensgreencanopy.org/map-education-hub/qgc-map/#/
Later this year, Bishop Thornton, Shaw Mills and Warsill Parish Council will install a bench, suitably engraved, to mark the occasion. Although we are only a small parish, we feel we have contributed to the national celebrations and are proud to have done so.