A HAMPSHIRE village embraced the jubilee celebrations with a successful picnic, beautiful floral displays and a tree planting.

Wellow held the events over the four-day jubilee weekend, with residents turning out to enjoy the jubilant spirit at a picnic on Saturday, June 4.

Resident Chris Craig said: "The event included live local musicians, artists, games and sideshows and was supported by many local groups such as the 9th Romsey West Wellow Scout group, St Margaret’s Church, Wellow & Plaitford Cricket Club, Wellow Parish Council and the Wellow Youth Football Club.

"Money was raised for the local churches and sports clubs as well as raising money for the Ukraine appeal.

"The weather held out and the attendance was much larger than anticipated. Thank you to the people of Wellow who made the event so successful."

A floral display also drew attention at St Margaret’s, Wellow.

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In addition to a display on the font, a native mountain ash had been prepared for planting in the Wellow churchyard. It was blessed on June 5 to respect the Prince of Wales' wish to plant a tree for the Jubilee.

Church warden Roy Perry said: “We have a flower festival planned for August to mark the bi centenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale but this weekend gives a preview of the skills of our talented flower arrangers. This occasion the colour theme was predictably red, white and blue.”

The Rev Mike Burson-Thomas concluded the Whit Sunday service at St Margaret’s Church East Wellow, by watering in the mountain ash.

Roy added: “The Prince of Wales urged communities to mark this unique platinum jubilee by planting a tree. So we respected his wish.

"We concluded our jubilee service by singing the National Anthem and then went outside to see our tree. We carefully chose a native species tree and as June is not a good time to transplant trees we thought it best to get a a professional gardener do the planting.

"We asked our visiting priest Mike to water the tree, because trees like all of us need after-care.”

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