On Thursday 2nd June, nearly 200 members of Girlguiding Cornwall and their families came together at Trelissick, a National Trust property near Feock, to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.
Our beacon was placed by the terrace outside Trelissick house - with stunning views down the river Fal towards Falmouth and Pendennis Castle, another Cornish beacon location, in view at the mouth of the river.
After a brief welcome by Sue Harris, our County Commissioner, our members and their families enjoyed time to explore the gardens, join some guided nature walks, have a picnic, and try some Jubilee-themed crafts as well as admire a display of Cornish guiding over the decades.
As it began to get dark everyone gathered on the terrace for some campfire signing, brilliantly led by Jess Adams (one of our Inspire Advisors). There was plenty of audience participation from girls, leaders, parents and siblings alike!
As the sun set, Jean Whetham (Division Commissioner for Carrick South) performed 'Majesty' by Bugler Sjt A. W. Carlisle, written specially for the lighting of the Jubilee beacons, on her pocket trumpet.
This fanfare was followed by Sue Harris helping Maisie, from 1st Stithney Green Brownies, to light the beacon. You can read more about why Maisie was chosen to light the beacon in our previous blog posts here and here.
Everyone departed for home smiling, happy and having had a fantastic evening - a lovely way to kick of a weekend of Platinum Jubilee celebrations!
Finally, we want to say thank you to Karen Easton and her team of volunteers who made the event possible!
Karen Easton with Sue Harris - smiling after a successful evening.