The Queen’s 90th Birthday – and a badge for all Woodbridge children

In the past,  Britain’s schoolchildren have always been given something to commemorate special occasions and this year it seemed  – particularly in this time of austerity –  a good idea to revive this custom. So I offered to fund a commemorative badge for every child in every Woodbridge school to celebrate and commemorate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Queen’s 90th Birthday badge for the children of Woodbridge

Woodbridge Town Council agreed  that this would be an excellent idea; we agreed a design, and it was full steam ahead.

Monday saw Woodbridge Deputy Mayor Clare Perkins and me sorting, counting and bagging 2975 badges – one for every school-child in Woodbridge (allowing a few over at each school for emergencies)!

On Wednesday, Clare and I gave out 2,000 badges to the pupils of Farlingaye , Woodbridge, the Abbey and Queen’s House schools.

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County Councillor Caroline Page and Woodbridge Deputy Mayor Clare Perkins give out the badges at Woodbridge Primary’s Birthday Lunch
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Each school was also given a certificate – at Woodbridge Primary it was collected by Royalty!

On Friday 10th June the Deputy Mayor and I had a wonderfully full fun day in Woodbridge’s primary schools. We attended assembly at St Mary’s School, the Queen’s Birthday Celebration lunch at Woodbridge County Primary and the Queen’s Birthday Party at Kyson Primary School – and handed out 1,000 special  souvenir badges to 1,000 excited children throughout the day!

I was SO impressed with the lovely way the children behaved towards each other and the calm and pleasant manner in which all the schools are run. They are a credit to the town!

It would be nice to think that when these children are my age, some of them may pick up that badge from the back of the drawer and remember a sunny day, back near the beginning of the century  when they were young…

The tiny cost of RemaINing -and what we get for it!


We pay 9p a day for peace in our time? A total bargain! I pay Suffolk police 67p per day from my Council Tax -and we don’t even see them sort the parking in the Woodbridge Thoroughfare!

Look at the figures above and it seems a no-brainer. But there has been far too much silly, negative mudslinging by prominent politicians on both sides of the EU Referendum debate recently and people have been so bombarded with disinformation they can no longer think straight..

(An honourable exception has to be made for some local hustings. At UCS, for example,  local politicians Kathy Pollard and Sandy Martin made a calm,reasoned, locally relevant  and deeply sensible case for IN against some remarkable grandstanding from UKIP MP Douglas  Carswell,  bussed in from Thurrock to argue for Brexit. It seems they couldn’t find anyone local to speak in that corner. Go figure)

If you want to discuss local and national issues reasonably, there will be a Lib Dem RemaIN stall in the Thoroughfare from 2pm today,  Saturday 10 June.

Maybe we’ll see you?


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