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The Town Council were delighted to receive 8 very different design entries into the above competition and would like to thank everyone who entered. The Mayor, Councillor Elizabeth Bruce judged the 0 – 4 year category, whilst Councillor Julie Cairns judged the 5 – 11 year category. There were no entries into the 12 – 16 year category.
Both Councillor’s Elizabeth Bruce and Julie Cairns commented on how much they enjoyed looking at the entries and judging the competition and how wonderful it is to involve our youngsters in the VE Day celebrations and commemorations.
Arrangements will be made for prizes to be delivered at a safe distance. 1st place will be given a £20.00 One for All Voucher, 2nd place will be given a £10.00 One for All Voucher.
The winners were as follows:
0 – 4 years category
1st – George Shields
2nd – Ida Wright
5 – 11 years category
1st – Emilia Reese Peacock
2nd – Faith Chicken
Enter CIC have developed a digital resource (Enter Arts Academy) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is thanks to the 4together Area Action Partnership for providing funding. It comprises lots of arts related activities for young people and families in the Chilton area.
The information below gives steps on how to access the free online resources.
Despite VE Day community celebrations and commemorative events being cancelled due to Coronavirus, Chilton residents still managed to ensure that the 75th Anniversary was appropriately marked.
In true Chilton style and demonstrating their renowned community spirit there were street/garden parties, some with live singers, and houses and gardens were decorated, and many people dressed up in 1940’s style.
Wreaths were discreetly and quietly laid at both War Memorials ahead of the event, and at 11 am residents observed the 2 minutes silence as the Nation remembered and paid tribute to our heroes.
As per Bruno Peek, the National Pageant Master’s recommendations solo buglers/trumpeters/cornet players were encouraged to play the Last Post along with Battle’s O’er and VE 75 years. Chilton were very fortunate in that Kevin York from the Bishops Pipers and local resident Simon Howe both kindly played, unannounced, in the Town, and this was tremendously appreciated by the Chilton community.
At 3.00pm many residents participated in the Nations Toast, raising a glass and saying
“To those who gave so much, we thank you”
As residents continued to mark the anniversary, within the curtilage of their own homes and gardens, adhering to social distancing, local resident Ray Sawyer, of Sawyer and Sawyer Photography did a walk around Chilton from 4 – 6pm kindly offering to take photographs, free of charge, of residents and families enjoying the day.
These photos encapsulate the true community spirit of Chilton residents, even in times of adversity, this is something that Chilton residents are rightly proud of and will be able to look back on and remember in years to come. Special thanks are given to Sawyer and Sawyer Photography for this thoughtful gesture.
9pm saw Her Majesty the Queen address the Nation which culminated with Dame Vera Lynn’s song “We’ll Meet Again”
Please share your photographs to either the Chilton Town Council Outreach Facebook page via messenger or alternatively email to email@example.com We are hoping to put a gallery of photographs on the Town Council website www.chiltondurham-tc.gov.uk They may also be used when we can eventually celebrate and commemorate the event. It is hoped that that VE & VJ can be marked the weekend of 15th – 16th August this will be dependent on Coronavirus and current Government advice. Once it is safe to do so, details on how residents can contribute to a specially made VE Day 75th Anniversary Commemorative Book will be advertised.
The Town Council would like to thank residents for their understanding of the cancellation of the events and for their efforts in marking this major occasion in our history whilst adhering to government guidelines.
Everyone should be immensely proud of how they are adapting and dealing with these uncertain times.
Message from Chilton Town Council
As you are aware, in line with Government advice and the view of the National Pageant Master, the coronavirus pandemic has meant that the events that the Town Council and the community had planned to commemorate the 75 Year Anniversary of VE Day have had to be cancelled.
We have had to carefully balance the need to commemorate this important occasion in our Nation’s history in a fitting and appropriate way, whilst adhering to the rules on social distancing and preventing large gatherings of people, in order to limit the spread of the virus.
Arrangements have therefore been made to, have wreaths laid quietly and discreetly at both our War Memorial’s in a low key manner.
Residents are encouraged to join in the following:
11am – The Nations Remembers
The Royal British Legion is calling people across the UK to join in a moment of reflection and remembrance and pause for a 2 minute silence. This National moment will pay tribute to heroes of the past and present.
3pm – The Nations Toast
In accordance with the request of the National Pageant Master we would like to encourage as many of you as possible at 3pm from within the safety of your own living rooms, front or back gardens to undertake the Nations Toast to the Heroes of World War II by raising your glasses (alcoholic or non alcoholic) and saying
“To those who gave so much, we thank you”
9pm – Address from Her Majesty the Queen
Hear the Queens address at 9pm on BBC 1 then join the rest of the Nation for a sing a long, culminating with everyone invited to join in with Dame Vera Lynn’s 1939 song “We’ll Meet Again”
Thank you for your understanding at this unprecedented time. Please stay safe.
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