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Community pulls together with Jubilee celebration

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Paganhill residents celebrated the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a community event at Archway Gardens on Sunday.

Opened by Stroud’s Mayor Stella Parkes, the event featured musical entertainment, a cake stall, plant stall and a craft tent where visitors could contribute to the Jubilee Project, a collaborative mural which will be displayed at The Octagon in Paganhill when it’s finished at the end of August.

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Volunteers at The Octagon, Zoe Kingston, Abigail Cole and Isabel Naumann with the Jubilee Project mural which will go on display at the end of August.

Jaqui Smith, one of the organisers, said: “Lots of people have been baking lovely cakes – the table is groaning! We were awarded a grant from the Arts Council to do an art project and the ladies involved in the art project at The Octagon decided they’d get everyone involved in making something to go on the mural using materials that would depict the countryside.”

Abigail Cole volunteers weekly at The Octagon, running a craft workshop on Wednesday afternoons: “We’re making something that focusses on the garden at the Octagon as well as the local environment and nature. We’ve got roses in there, which are made of fabric, and they bloom in June – the Jubilee month.”

There was a ‘royal’ visitor too – Ronald Davis, dressed as the Queen, circulated amongst the crowd.

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