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Vicar's Letter

June 2022

Dear Friends,

By now we will be in the midst of Her Majesty the Queen's 70th Jubilee celebrations. Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee on 6th February this year. Now we are celebrating with church services, The Trooping of the Colour, concerts, the lighting of beacons, and other events.

All that has been planned for our villages will be underway, flags will be flying, people will be dressed in red, white and blue, and many will gather for the events and picnics that have been arranged.

We have much to celebrate, both in our own nation and throughout the Commonwealth. Her Majesty the Queen has given loyal and devoted service to us. She has been true to the declaration she made, as Princess Elizabeth, on the 21st April 1947. This was her delaration:

I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service... But I shall not have strength to carry out this resolution alone unless you join in it with me, as I now invite you to do: I know that your support will be unfailingly given. God help me to make good my vow, and God bless all of you who are willing to share in it.

And on her Coronation Day 2nd June 1953 these were Her Majesty the Queen's words:

When I spoke to you last... I asked you all, whatever your religion, to pray for me on the day of my Coronation - to pray that God would give me wisdom and strength to carry out the promises that I should then be making... I have been uplifted and sustained by the knowledge that your thoughts and prayers were with me.

How blessed we have been by her service and dedication. May God continue to bless her.

So, once again, 3 cheers for her Majesty the Queen.

With love and prayers

Sandy

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