In celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee A Beacon was lit tonight (Monday 4th June 2012) on Outwood Common Just opposite the famous Outwood Windmill.
The photograph shows the light of the Beacon reflecting in the night sky off the underside of one of the sweeps and the beacon surrounded by the villagers of Outwood.
The history of these types of beacons is believed to have started in the reign of Queen Elizabeth the First when beacons were lit between Plymouth and London to alert the Queen to the passing of the Spanish Fleet in the English Channel giving forewarning of a potential invasion of Spanish Ships right down into the Thames. Fortunately – history shows that they never made it.
Beacons were lit all over the UK today to mark the occassion of the Jubilee and has it has done the Old Windmill on Outwood Common has stood by and borne silent witness to these important events.
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For the first time in many years Outwood Mill was once again the starting point for the Parade leading up to the opening of the Outwood Village Show 2011.
The Paraders began assembling around 12:30 and this was heralded by the arrival of an almighty American Wartime truck which had to take two goes to get it in the gate! – Then followed an assortment of classic and vintage cars including a 1979 Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible, a 1960 Ford Capri, a 1960’s Velocette Motorcycle and a gleaming MG Roadster!
Over the next 30 minutes the grounds of Outwood swelled with many more cars and bikes including a Morgan Sportster, a couple of old Morris’s and some other vintage monsters that we didn’t recognise.
The current incumbents at Outwood Mill laid on some light refreshments to keep everyone going and then the children who were taking part in the fancy dress parade, of which Peter Pan was the theme this year, started to arrive with thier parents. The costumes were great and very well thought out and there were of course lots of Tinkerbells and Peter Pans, however our award for “best costume” should go to Paul Daniels who turned up in Austen 7 Drophead in full “Captain Hook” regalia and he looked every inch the Pirate Captain replete with Tripoint Hat.
Arriving with Paul was Dame Judi Dench who was to open the Village Show once the parade had reached the Lloyd Hall in Brickfield Road. Dame Judi is a staunch support of many community events in village and as usual it was a delight to see her and have her participation.
At the appointed hour the Rampant Morris Men who had been “warming up” for about an hour started to get “itchy feet” and at last the signal was given for the off! The Rampant Morris Men (And women) led the way with Dame Judi & Paul Daniels following in procession leading out of the gates of Outwood Mill. the whole parade then fell in behind and formed a marvellous sight as the convoy of classic cars, Children in Fancy Dress Morris Dancers and many residents of the village headed out and on towards the Lloyd Hall.
At the Lloyd Hall itself there was a plethora of interesting stalls and activities, a punch and judy show kept both kids and adults amused and there was plenty of drinks and food on tap thanks to the boys and girls of the Bell Inn who were handling the catering.
It was great to see so many people turn out for the afternoon and there was some great entertainment from the Lingfield Brass Band, the Llamas and Pony rides were attracting a great deal of interest as were the ferrets from the ferret rescue centre. There were more Classic Cars on Display and plenty of “show bargains” to be had in and around all the stalls.
Fortunately the weather was in fact fabulous and the sun shone down on us all day long and overall the show was, in our opinion, a roaring success.
Congratulations and well done both to those who took part and indeed to the Organisers on the Show Committee and to anyone who had a hand in making our first Outwood Village Show a day to remember!
At Outwood Mill we are already thinking how we can make it an even better start for 2012’s Village Show! Watch this space!