03:27PM, Wednesday 08 June 2022
They had church services, crocheted crafts, cream teas and a beacon lighting ceremony with a past Prime Minister but when it comes to rocking out the village of Hurst can turn it up.
On Saturday June 4 festival goers descended upon Martineau Green for the Hurst Jubilee Concert – an evening of music and entertainment sponsored by Stanlake Park and Wine Estate.
As they tucked into picnics or enjoyed spoils from the barbecue and bar a variety of musical acts ensured there was something for everyone.
12-year-old Hurst resident Noa Ransby Craigs played an acoustic guitar set whilst Twyford’s Glee Club sang popular tunes such as ‘All You Need Is Love.’
Local maths teacher and singer Rick Sinfield completed the quality line-up and bands Bottle Kids, Dandy Man, Forbury and BBC Introducing’s Third Lung kept the crowds singing along with a mix of original material and crowd-pleasing covers.
The Hurst Jubilee Concert and other village events were organised by Hurst Parish Council in a project that started in October 2021.
Organiser Paul Palmer, who thanked all the volunteers who made the village events possible, said:
“The four-day extended bank holiday was a bank holiday we will never forget.
“My favourite moments have to be the beacon lighting on Thursday and seeing 400 villagers all sat along School Road for our street party on Sunday.
“Just seeing so many people of all ages enjoying the moment, children skipping in the road; a day never to be forgotten.”
Planning permission for 200 new homes on the outskirts of Hurst have been declined by Wokingham Borough Council.