St Laurence School -
Sweet rationing ended just before Coronation Day. Many children had never known what it was like to go into a shop and buy what they wanted without a ration book. Shopkeepers must have seen an increase in business with all these young shoppers spending pocket money.
Upwey Coronation Committee: Chairman Mr Beaton; Secretary Mr S Stokes; Treasurer Mr H Carter. Mr Fosbury; Mrs Grove-
4 April -
7 April -
Upwey’s Coronation Programme
Upwey's Coronation programme started with a simple service of dedication in the field at Westbrook Farm. It finished with a real barn dance on the farm, the firing of a maroon and the lighting of a bonfire on Ridgeway Hill.
Entrants in the fancy dress competition marched in procession through the village and formed up on the farm field where the service was led by Rev Bryant, Rector of Upwey and Rev J Bennett , Upwey Congregational Church minister.
Judging of the fancy dress took place amid short showers of rain which completely failed to dampen the enthusiasm of spectators and competitors.
Among those in the picture are Myrtle Isaacs; Mrs Howe; Rodney Howe; Mrs Carter; Bert Johnson
Then followed a merry medley of sports; Punch & Judy shows and sideshows, and of course a bumper tea for the children. Early in the evening came the display of children's country dancing and the presentation of the souvenir coronation mugs.
The main feature of the evening was the barn dance. It took place in the farm's massive barn, the walls of which had been specially white-
Fancy Dress Winners:
Decorated Prams and bicycles: 1st Cherry Austin (Tricycle); 2 John and James Bryant (Old Lady in wheelchair); 3 Pat Thompson (Man in nightshirt)
Adults Women: 1st Mrs E Anderson (Andy looking for Sandy); 2nd Mrs L Howe (Old lady); 3rd Wendy Godden (Queen)
Adults Men: 1st Mr F Strange (Churchill)
Decorated Vehicles: 1st H Strange, J Crocker, C Burden and Miss J Burden (Period party on horse and gig); 2nd L & R Shepstone (Taxi); 3rd John Thoyts and Patrick Law (Far North)
Tug of war won by Chapel Lane Team. Ham on a Greasy Pole won by Bruce Rogers who also won the pram race.
Dorset Evening Echo report 3.6.53
Coronation Football 1953 -
Back row: Sidney Mockridge (Trainer); Rosina Dalley; Barbara Arnold; Wendy Godden; June Brooks; Vivienne Comben; Joan Knight
Front row: Madge Moon; Marjorie Luckham; Myrtle Isaacs; Edith Cave; Peggy Brooks
Not in the picture but also played: Gillian Grist; Pamela Orchard; Dorothy Adams; Betty Holmes; Eva Chalker;
Upwey winners: Prize for best decorated house to
Mrs JR Petty, 1 Chapel Lane
A Coronation Peal of Bells was rung in the evening under captain John Bryant. The bonfire on Ridgeway was lit by veteran bonfire lighter George Hansford age 80.
6 June -
Back row: Andrew Stainer; Ann Chivers; Suzanne Record;
Mrs Isaacs; Karen Brown; Joan Cornick; David Critchell;
Cheryl Austin; Mabel Scott; Valerie Polden
Front: Carol Cole; Kenny Isaacs; Susan Scriven;
Vivienne Hoddinott; Ena Newton; Diane Hoddinott; Richard Mayo;
Pauline Orchard; Sarah Griffin; Gillian Stainer; Margaret Edwards;
Back row: Jennifer Record; Mrs Brown; Valerie Ball; Mrs Isaacs;
Mrs Hutchings; Jean Scriven; Libby Scott
Front: Ann Knight; Sally Hutchings; John Scriven; Elizabeth Foot; Hazel Wright; Ann Scriven; Pamela Edwards; Patricia Brown
24 July -
The Queen's Coronation Medal was awarded to Miss J A Corbin, sub-
Miss Corbin has been at Upwey PO since 1890 when her father became sub-
In April Mr Stokes asked, on behalf of the Upwey Coronation Celebrations Fund, for a free let of the hut for a social. It was however agreed that we should make a donation of £1 each to Upwey and Broadwey and 10/6 (the cost of the performing rights) to give a play at Radipole.
A garden party was held for members only to celebrate the Coronation and 35th Birthday Party at Southbrook. It commenced with the national anthem and all members wore a buttonhole of red, white and blue flowers. A photograph was taken by Herberts.
Mrs Borradaile Bell had made 216 Coronation Parrots(?) which were sold and raised the cost of 5 new chairs. Extra copies of the Coronation issue of Home and Country magazine were available. The Secretary wrote to Miss Corbin congratulating her on receiving the Queen's Coronation Medal in recognition of her long service at Upwey Post Office.
Celebrations in Broadwey began on 22 May when a Coronation Mug filled with 5oz of sweets was given to each child at the school by Weymouth Corporation, who also gave £11.10.00 (being 1/-
2 June -
Fancy Dress prize winners: 1st Royal Coach and Queen -
6 June -
Afterwards Mrs Hatton, accompanied by Mrs Bonngard, delighted all with her singing. This was followed by a conjuring performance by Mr E Abbott. Time passed all too quickly and after Mr Gosney and Mrs Wildman (both members of the Club) had sung some songs from their repertoire, the party broke up.
Later in the week there was an outing for the veterans when a coach took them for an evening tour around some of the neighbouring villages, where, it was hoped, the Coronation decorations would still be showing.