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On 2nd December 2012 a commemorative oak tree was planted in the Suffolk village of Hinderclay.
This memorial to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee seemed a particularly fitting replacement for a dying horse chestnut tree, planted to commemorate George VI’s Coronation. Resplendent on the village green for so many years, the chestnut was now suffering both from age and disease and had to be removed.
The day of the planting dawned fine and sunny but rather cold for the village spectators, who numbered nearly 60. A suitable hole had been dug to receive the oak and as it was placed in the ground it was blessed by the rector, the Reverend John Fulton. Two little girls, Seren (aged three) and Nia Jones (two), with two 12-year-old boys, Arthur Wade and Joshua Overall, all from the village, helped to plant the tree.
People then walked to the village hall for mulled wine and mince pies, kindly donated by a local family and the parish council, all much appreciated.
To entertain the children, an oak was drawn and put on the floor for the youngsters to paint and then they were given cut-outs of animals to stick on to it.
It really was a memorable occasion which was enjoyed by all.
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