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18 June 2022 • Forest Row Local
This month, we saw the country celebrating the Platinum Jubilee, which marks seven decades since Her Majesty The Queen’s accession to the throne. It was a unique occasion as it is the first Platinum Jubilee ever to be celebrated by our Sovereign.
Over the special, extended four-day Bank Holiday weekend, there was extensive programme of events across the nation. Spectacular events in London, such as The Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping
the Colour), which was complemented by various opportunities for communities across the UK to come together in celebration of this landmark moment.
Wealden was no exception, and I know that communities across the constituency worked
hard to ensure that this momentous occasion was marked fittingly. In keeping with the long tradition
of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations, beacons were lit in many Wealden towns and villages on the evening of 2 June, followed by street parties and tea parties.
The Royal Family has many long links to Wealden. The Duke of Edinburgh was a Patron of two local outdoor youth projects – Hindleap Warren in the
Ashdown Forest, and Bowles Rocks near Eridge. I
had the pleasure of meeting His Royal Highness and being on the receiving end of his frank banter when he shook my hand and declared that “MPs were just getting younger and younger these days!” – I took it as a compliment! I was also lucky enough to meet Her Majesty The Queen and at an event in Buckingham Palace celebrating diversity. She was glowing, and I was completely starstruck and feel very lucky to have spent a few moments with her.
To thank The Queen for her exceptional service, new trees were planted by communities all over the country as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy. I was delighted to support the campaign locally and welcome the COP26 President Alok Sharma in Eridge for the planting of one of many Wealden’s contributions to the project.
After two long years of restrictions caused by the pandemic, this exceptional event was a fantastic opportunity for all of us to come together, give thanks to Her Majesty for an outstanding 70 years of devoted service, and make it a Jubilee to remember!
God save The Queen.
The popular 66-mile Vanguard Way walking route from Croydon to Newhaven via Forest Row was relaunched on Saturday 28th May with a presentation of its new photoguide app – a route description for smartphones.
For forty years the trail has been managed informally by members of the Vanguards Rambling Club, but
at the relaunch, management was handed over to a formal Vanguard Way Association.
The Vanguards Rambling Club was established in 1965 in the guard’s van of a train, as recalled in the colourful Vanguard Way trail badge.
The Vanguard Way is fully-way marked and mostly follows footpaths and bridleways. The Vanguard Way passes through some of the best countryside in southern England: North Downs, High Weald, Ashdown Forest, South Downs and Sussex Heritage
Coast. Near the end is the iconic view of the Seven Sisters and coastguard cottages.
The Vanguard Way links with other popular trails: London Loop, North Downs Way, Greensand Way, South Downs Way and England Coast Path.
A free route description can be downloaded at
image © Colin Saunders
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