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The Queen's Jubilee

From Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022

June marks Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year of service, becoming the first British monarch in history to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

An extended bank holiday running from June 2 to June 5 will provide an opportunity for communities across the United Kingdom to mark the occasion.

Wellingborough Town Council will be holding two concerts and a ‘big lunch’ to mark the occasion at Castlefields and Bassets Park bandstands.

More information and program of events will be announced on our website and social media platforms over the coming months.

The Royal Family plans for the event:

Thursday: Trooping of the Colour and a UK wide of Lighting the Beacons
Friday: A service of Thanksgiving held at St Paul’s Cathedral
Saturday: The Queen will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs and a live concert at Buckingham Palace, “Platinum Party at the Palace”
Sunday: UK wide Big Lunch and The Platinum Jubilee Pageant

Visit the dedicated Jubilee website for further information.

Northamptonshire Jubilee Pageant

A unique parade is being organised, including a procession followed by an original service on the Market Square in Northampton and a short address by the Lord-Lieutenant.

The Northamptonshire Jubilee Pageant will take place on the morning of Saturday 4 June 2022. Up to 2,000 people will be involved showcasing the county’s youth, cadets, military, community groups, the emergency services, the volunteer sector, and the NHS. There will be uniformed and civic representatives from across the county of Northamptonshire.

Details of the parade route, sequence of events and timings are being finalised by a committee chaired by Brigadier David Russell-Parsons OBE DL. Further details will be published at the end of February.

The Big Jubilee Lunch

The Big Lunch is the UK’s annual celebration for neighbours and communities. Every year parish and town councils across the country organise or help organise a Big Lunch in their community. In 2022 The Big Jubilee Lunch will celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend; a more special reason than ever to get together! The Big Lunch concept was started by the Eden Project in 2009 and has grown every year since. The Eden Project produces a pack of information full of ideas, inspiration, and tips to help you get started.

To register for the 2022 pack please visit the Eden Project Communities Website.

From 2 to 5 June 2022, people everywhere will be invited to throw open their doors and take to their streets, gardens, and neighbourhoods to share food, have fun, and get to know each other a little better. Peter Stewart, Executive Director of the Eden Project said: “We’re incredibly proud to be part of Her Majesty The Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The nation is ready to get out and Parades in the town centre can be a spectacular sight. 12 celebrate their community connections and Her Majesty has given us a brilliant excuse for a massive nation-wide party! It’s going to be the biggest and best Big Lunch ever!”

A Big Lunch can be anything from a small gathering in a garden, park, or driveway, to a larger party with trestle tables down the middle of your street. The idea is that by starting simple, all sorts of friendships, ideas and projects can come out of a Big Lunch. It gets people together and talking — and with a few inspired folks, it can lead to people doing more within their community and tackling the issues that matter to them most.

West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) is organising a Big Lunch at Delapré Abbey and Park in Northampton on Sunday 5 June 2022. It is expected that as many as 5,000 people might attend. The event will be ticketed to control numbers but will be free of charge to attend.

North Northamptonshire Council (NNC) is also planning a Big Lunch on the same day, with the venue yet to be announced. Further details on both events, as well as all the emerging Jubilee plans, will be published on the councils’ dedicated Platinum Jubilee web page.

Street Parties and Road Closures

One of the most popular and traditional jubilee events is a street party.

They are relatively easy to organise and can bring neighbours together in friendships that last a lifetime.

The government has published a guide to organising street parties.

An important aspect of street parties is the application for a road closure where needed. The process to apply is straightforward BUT you should apply by the end of February 2022 if you want the closure for the Jubilee Weekend.

And if there isn’t a street party in your own community you could always tag on to someone else’s! You’ll find a growing interactive map of community events at the dedicated website.

Funding Opportunities

Have you got an idea for the Platinum Jubilee next year but need a bit of funding to help turn the idea into reality?

Grants of up to £10,000 from The National Lottery Awards For All programme will be available for community-led events throughout 2022.

Arts Council England is also launching the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, a £5million programme that will support voluntary and community organisations in England to develop creative and cultural activities as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations with grants of up to £10,000.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund will also invest £5million in supporting communities across the UK to take action to help natural green spaces flourish, from wilding verges and sowing meadows, to digging ponds and creating highways for nature.

And Sport England will commit up to £5million towards a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Activity Fund, which will open at the beginning of 2022 and focus on the role of sport and physical activity in tackling inequalities and building stronger communities.

See https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2021-11-17/over-22million-the-queens-platinum-jubilee for further details.