To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in June 2012, the people of Pilton, the residents of Pilton House, the members of the Pilton Art Group and all children in Pre-School, Pilton Infants’ School, Pilton Bluecoat School and Pilton Pathfield School were invited to use A5 cards provided for them to show what Jubilee meant to them.
The 374 cards submitted were displayed in Pilton Church Hall over the weekend of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations (2nd to 5th June 2012) and 93 were scanned as examples from the different groups. These are part of Pilton’s history and an album of the 93 has been placed on the Pilton Festival website at www.piltonfestival.co.uk for all to enjoy the amazing variety of ideas!
Examples of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Cards
Tom Prideaux (left) and Ken Gaunt (right) carrying the Green Man and Prior Masks at the 2005 Pilton Festival
The right to hold an annual market was first awarded to Pilton by Edward III in the 14th century. Linking that annual market to the Green Man came in 1982 when the first Pilton Festival was held over a month from late June to late July. The Pilton Green Man Festival (now always held on the third weekend of July) has become a significant event in the local calendar.
This year the office of The Pilton Story will be open upstairs in the Church Hall near the top of Pilton Street. It will be manned by our volunteers from 11am until 5pm on Saturday 21st July if you would like to bring in your old photographs, documents or stories about Pilton, have a look through our albums of material, listen to some of the stories we have collected or just have a chat about your life in Pilton over the years.
We look forward to seeing you.