South Brent Celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
2 June @ 10:00 am - 5 June @ 9:00 pm BST
Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 June 2022: The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend. On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The bank holiday will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone, including public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service – see: www.royal.uk/platinum-jubilee-central-weekend.
South Brent Parish Council is planning to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee with four days of entertaining events for parishioners, culminating with an open-air theatrical performance and a barbecue on the afternoon of Sunday 5th June.
It all starts on Bank Holiday Thursday 2 June, when volunteers will dress the village for a party with bunting and flags. Entries for the Best Dressed Jubilee Shop Window competition will be judged, together with contenders for the Best Decorated Garden on the Jubilee theme. Entry forms for the garden competition will be available at Cosy Corner Crafts in the centre of the village. Cups and rosettes will be awarded to the winning entries.
On Friday 3 June, there’ll be an evening of entertainment in the Village Hall, with a showing of ‘A Queen is Crowned’, the colour film of the Coronation narrated by Sir Laurence Olivier, and a Fashion Show of costumes covering the Queen’s lifetime, courtesy of South Brent Amateur Dramatic Society. Bar & refreshments. The event starts at 7.00pm and tickets will be available to parishioners only, free of charge, at artworks, from Friday 20th May.
Saturday 4 June sees the village invited to a Street Party at lunchtime. (It is hoped to hold the party in Church Street, but as the surface is unsafe at present, awaiting repairs by Devon County Council, the location may have to be moved – watch out for notices.) The street party starts at mid-day, on a ‘bring and share’ basis for food, with teas, coffees and soft drinks provided free of charge, and runs until 2pm, when the focus switches to Palstone Park for an afternoon of sports, games and arts events for children, from 3-6pm. These will include three-legged races, tug-of-war, cricket skills and outdoor cooking. In the Pavilion children will be able to take part in a range of arts and crafts activities. There’ll be a bouncy castle too for the younger ones.
The final day of celebration is on Sunday 5 June, with a Civic Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s 70 years of duty, at St.Petroc’s Parish Church at 9.30am.
Then at 3pm in Palstone Park, the professional theatre group Common Players will be presenting ‘Alice in Wonderland’, their take on the Lewis Carroll classic.
The Players are well-known in Brent, having made a highly successful visit last Summer with their tale of Robin Hood, which played to a crowd of more than 300. Parishioners are invited to bring a ‘Mad Hatter’s Picnic’ and to dress to the theme if they wish. Teas, coffees and soft drinks will be available. This is a ticket only event, for residents of South Brent Parish, and again free of charge, with tickets available in person from artworks from Friday 20th May. There are limited numbers for both the ticketed events, so get yours early.
The day comes to an end with a Barbecue and bar at Palstone Park, for which charges apply, with music until 8pm.
All events sponsored by South Brent Parish Council & local councillors .