THE JUBILEE MEDAL AND FANFARE
It seems that no major royal event is complete without Ickenham’s input! Only last year (see ICN June 2011) we reported on the contribution made by calligrapher and illuminator Tim Noad in the run up to the Royal Wedding, when he was entrusted with producing the beautiful illuminated ‘Instrument of Consent’, which showed that the Queen had given her permission for Prince William to marry his bride.
Now, for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebration, Tim has been chosen as the designer of the Jubilee Medal, which is being awarded to over 40,000 members of the armed forces, emergency services, prison services and the Royal Household. Tim’s design (shown here) consists of a six-sided diamond with the Royal Cipher and the dates 1952 and 2012. Five artists were short listed by the Advisory Committee of the Royal Mint to submit their ideas, from which Tim’s was selected. Tim, a lifelong Ickenham resident, and Deputy Churchwarden at St Giles’, is also a Herald Painter at the College of Arms, and has previous success in this area. Ten years ago, his was the successful design for the Golden Jubilee Medal, and since then, four other official medals have been created by him.
Tim was delighted that his design had been chosen. “It is such a prestigious award”, he said. “I’m a great admirer of the Queen and the dedication she has shown during her sixty years on the throne, so it has been wonderful to be involved like this.”
And he will be thrilled by the reaction of its recipients: local resident Lieutenant Colonel Ivor Gardiner said, “I was delighted to receive mine. The design exquisitely captures that diamond effect. What a fantastic honour for Tim.” And Dave Kershaw, a member of the Metropolitan Police Service (and Holiday Club stalwart) said, “It is an honour to receive the medal and I’ll wear it with pride on formal occasions.”
A third local recipient will be wearing his medal with pride on 5th June, when the composing and conducting skills of Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs, Principal Director of the Royal Air Force Music Services, are being called on again. Last year, Duncan conducted the performance of his trumpet fanfare ‘Valiant and Brave’ at the Royal Wedding. This year he tells us “I’ll be wearing my Jubilee Medal at St Paul’s Cathedral for which I have been privileged to write and conduct a fanfare, ‘Jubilante’, in honour of the Queen.
“The acoustics of the building mean I have to accommodate a nine second echo, which gives the music extra poise and gravitas. There is also a peal of bells, so when it all comes together it will be quite exciting.”
Listen out for it if you are watching the televised performance; another Ickenham connection to a great celebration!
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St Giles’ Church Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and bereavement visitors. The next meeting is on Monday 18th June (then Monday 16th July). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.