Planning for Jubilee Day started early in the year. A Jubilee Committee was elected and 6 sub committees elected to arrange the events for the day.
Old Folks’ Teas
The celebrations for the children were paid for from the School Trust Fund. All other expenses were met from a house-to-house collection.
A schedule of events was agreed and a programme was printed. Jubilee Day began at 9.30am when the bells of Christ Church rang out. The British Legion marched from the Green to the school where the Union Jack was raised and the National Anthem was sung. The choir, followed by the British Legion, marched into the church singing the hymn “Now thank we all our God”. The Vicar, the Rev. F. J. Cartman, conducted a service which took the form of that used in St Paul’s cathedral.
At 1.45pm the villagers began to gather at the Parish Room where they found many fancy dress costumes and decorated prams and bicycles displayed. At 2 ‘o’clock the assembled parade then marched to the Cricket Ground where the entries in each class were judged and prizes awarded to the winners.
After the judging was completed the children’s sports began. There were races for children of all ages throughout the afternoon. When the last race had been run, the children made their way to the schoolroom for their tea. Every child was given a Jubilee mug, containing a bag of sweets, and a small Union Jack.
Tea for the old folks of Kilndown was served in the Parish Room and all of them were given a gift before leaving. Those who could not attend the tea were later given a souvenir tin of tea.
After tea, there were sports for the adults. Then, at 8 ‘o’clock, the King’s speech was broadcast on the wireless and many people stayed on in the Parish Room to hear it.
At dusk there was a firework display and, at just after 10 ‘o’clock, the bonfire was lit. The day’s celebrations were brought to a close with a dance in the Parish Room.