The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012

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ACLE
Street party and entertainment on Sunday, June 3.

ANMER
A flower festival, entitled Anmer Rejoices, will be held at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, June 2 (10am to 5pm) and Sunday, June 3 (10am to 4pm) with proceeds in aid of the Anmer Jubilee Bells Appeal. It is hoped the bells will be rung for the first time to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee having been repaired. For more information visit the website at www.anmerchurch.webeden.co.uk/

ATTLEBOROUGH
A new monument, designed and made locally, will be placed in the town’s Queen’s Square in time to mark the anniversary on Tuesday, June 5.

AYLSHAM
Organisers hope the town’s street party will rival Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, in 1896. A street party is planned for the Market Place on Monday, June 4, which will be open to all, with revellers asked to bring their own food and drink. There will be music from a walking New Orleans-style jazz band, as well as other musical acts, a wandering magician and competitions. The Market Place and Red Lion Street will be closed to traffic for the event and there will be an opportunity to reserve places once the layout has been decided.

BACONSTHORPE
Two chairs from the Queen’s Coronation will take pride of place in the village’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The pair of silver-powdered British oak and regal blue velour seats are heirlooms in the family of former MP Sir Charles Mott-Radclyffe, who was among the 8,251 guests at Westminster Abbey for the 1953 ceremony. His daughter, Theresa Courtauld, is loaning the pair of chairs to the village’s jubilee exhibition which is helping to raise funds for the parish church’s £40,000 roof repair appeal. The seats, which bear the ‘ER’ and crown stamp are numbered 159 and 160, were used by Sir Charles and his first wife Diana who, along with 2,000 other guests, were invited to buy the chairs after the ceremony. The coronation memorabilia exhibition includes all sorts of wonderful things but the village is still seeking more items and exhibits. The event will run on Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at the church from 10am to 5pm, with a 6pm Evensong on the Sunday.

BAWDESWELL
Bawdeswell Badgers Community Pre-school is collating a jubilee cookbook and household hints to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee. The book will be published and sold to raise funds for the pre-school. Recipes and household hints should be sent to Mrs Carol Taylor, Bawdeswell Community Pre-School, Bawdeswell, NR20 4RS.

BECCLES
Events over the weekend of Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 include street entertainment, charity stalls, classic cars and a party in the Public Hall for invited children and their parents. On Monday, June 4, there will be a parade through the streets of Beccles to the Quay, followed by a regatta and flotilla of vessels on the River Waveney. There will then be a picnic in the park with live bands, followed by a torchlit procession before the beacon-lighting.

BRECKLAND
The council wants community groups, landowners and individuals to identify and put forward pieces of land that could become part of a Breckland Jubilee Wood, as part of the wider Jubilee Woods Project organised by the Woodland Trust to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign. For further information about the project telephone Kate Haselton-Glee on 01362 656870.

BUNGAY
A balloon race, beacon-lighting and fireworks are all being lined up to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The jubilee and festival committee is progressing its plans for the long band holiday weekend of June 2-5. The diamond jubilee street procession, community picnic and fete are set to be among the highlights on Sunday, June 3. Each pupil at the town’s two primary schools will be given commemorative jubilee mugs, paid for by the town council, as a permanent reminder of the 60th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Organisations are coming forward to have entries in the street procession on the Sunday, but many more are needed. It will start at Clay’s car park in Scales Street and finish at the old grammar school field where the picnic and fete will take place, and it is there that balloons will be released for the balloon race. On the evening of Monday, June 4 there will be music and stalls at the Castle Meadow, leading up to the lighting of the beacon which will be part of a national beacon-lighting, linking communities all around the country, followed by a firework display.

CROMER
The town will see three days of revelry from Sunday, June 3 to Tuesday, June 5, including a putting competition at North Lodge Park, a garden planting, beacon-lighting and firework display. The event will also mark Cromer’s 750 years as a settlement.

DEREHAM
Plans are under way to close off the Market Place on Sunday, June 3, with entertainment including a mass singing of the National Anthem led by the Dereham Town Singers. There will also be stalls, traditional games and a barbecue. For more information email derehamjubilee@gmail.com

DISS
On Saturday, June 2 there will a party in Diss Park, including music from Backstreet, Walkway, Twisted Piglet and The Cataclysmics. There will also be traditional games and stalls. On Sunday, June 3 there will be a big lunch on the park with local restaurants serving food and lots of free events such as a park marathon, three legged races and a mobility scooter obstacle course.

FAKENHAM
There will be a special celebration service at Fakenham Parish Church at 10.30am on Sunday, June 3, followed by a celebratory drink to toast the Queen and then a Churches Together bring-and-share lunch. This will be in St Peter’s Garden, if the weather is fine. The lunch begins at noon, is open to all and people are asked to bring a contribution to it. The rector of Fakenham, the Rev Adrian Bell is also organising a jubilee competition for all ages. People are being challenged to make a suitable jubilee crown for the Queen. All crowns should be in the church by Wednesday, May 30 and will be displayed in the church. Prize-winners will be announced at the church’s jubilee celebration. The trustees of Fakenham charities have decided to launch a £500 bursary to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year. This bursary may become an annual event. Anyone living in Fakenham or Hempton, aged 16 to 19 and planning to enter higher education, can apply. The bursary will be awarded at the Fakenham jubilee celebration event. Application forms can be obtained at Fakenham High School, Fakenham College or from the parish office on 01328 862268.

GREAT YARMOUTH
Celebrations kick off in late May, when bunting will appear in King Street down to St George’s Chapel. A two-day British village fete and food fair will be held at St George’s Park on Saturday, June 2, based on the theme of the last Diamond Jubilee in 1897 for Queen Victoria. Festivities will continue on Monday, June 4 at the seafront Anchor Gardens where the beacon will be lit at about 10.30pm, and run alongside a fireworks display. A civic reception is being planned at Great Yarmouth Minster on Tuesday, June 5 where the Winterton Cadet Force marching band will lead dignitaries from the town hall to the minster through Market Place. Meanwhile, proposed celebrations will take place at a Great Yarmouth races on Tuesday, June 5.

HARLESTON
Residents are planning a picnic in the park at the recreation ground on Monday, June 4. Anyone looking to get involved can contact Ruth Brown on 01379 852953, Kath Machin on 01379 854347, or Hazel Newman on 01379 852853.

HELLESDON
Hellesdon High School pupils are marking the Diamond Jubilee with a time capsule, containing newspaper cuttings, photographs and memories.

HETHERSETT
Hethersett will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with an Old English Jubilee Fair on Sunday, June 3 on the Memorial Playing Field. Attractions will include a hog roast, homemade labyrinth, a herbal apothecary stall, village stocks and a variety of village games. Musicians and volunteers to run stalls are being sought. If you can help, telephone Peter Hoult on 01603 811337.

KESSINGLAND
People in Kessingland are being promised a right royal time during the jubilee celebrations after the village secured £4,400 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All scheme. A number of events are being organised for the special bank holiday weekend, with pupils at Kessingland Primary School playing a key role. But the big focus of the weekend will come on Monday, June 4 when a traditional village fete will be held with a 1950s theme – including a sports day, swing boats, a steam railway, Punch and Judy, donkey rides, horse-drawn carriages, craft activities, vintage vehicles and fancy dress. In the evening, there will be entertainment on the beach and the event will end with a spectacular laser show and the lighting of a beacon.

KING’S LYNN
Windsor Road is set for West Norfolk’s biggest street party. Hundreds are expected at what might just turn out to be West Norfolk’s biggest jubilee street party. Families are planning to close off Windsor Road for an afternoon of merry making on Monday, June 4. King’s Lynn Lions Club is planning a Diamond Jubilee fun day in The Walks on Sunday, June 3. There will be fairground rides, entertainment in two arenas and a dog show, while more than 300 young people are expected to take part in the opening parade. A special exhibition of photographs is being planned for the Mayor’s Parlour in the historic town hall. It will be opened on Saturday, June 2. Anyone wishing to submit photos for the exhibition should telephone 01553 762124 or they can e-mail civics.officer@west-norfolk.gov.uk And on Saturday, June 2, a Diamond Jubilee Gala variety concert is being staged at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange at 7.30pm, featuring King’s Lynn Town Band and King’s Lynn Male Voice Choir. Seats priced £9 (concessions £6) are available from the Corn Exchange box office on 01553 764864.

LODDON
People of Loddon and Chedgrave are being encouraged to record their memories of the Queen’s Coronation for part of their Diamond Jubilee celebrations. A display and memory book is going to be created from the memories, which are being asked to be contributed on paper or tape. A Royal Scarecrow Festival is also planned, while Holy Trinity Church, Loddon, will be hosting a civic service on Sunday, June 3, after a procession through the town. There will also be a community picnic after the service.

LOWESTOFT
A major music festival is set to be staged in Lowestoft’s historic High Street as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The area round the Triangle Market will be transformed for the weekend of activities with a Summer Bash Jubilee Music Festival planned for Saturday, June 2. Businesses in the rebranded Old Town High Street – described as “Lowestoft’s best-kept secret” – said the event would include entertainment and fun for all the family. A barbecue, beer festival at The Triangle pub and Winelodge, craft stalls under the Eastern Sails, a bouncy castle and activities for children will also be available at the event, along with some special offers at High Street businesses. The festival is being backed by music technician Chris Warnes, who once played with Mungo Jerry but is now vocalist and bassist with Buster James.

LUDHAM
Villagers will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a screening of the film, The Queen, starring Dame Helen Mirren, at the church hall cinema at 7pm on Friday, June 1. There will be a service of celebration on Sunday, June 3 and a fete followed by a giant bonfire at How Hill Farm on Monday, June 4.

MARTHAM
Martham Local History Group is planning an exhibition illustrating the great changes in the village during the 60 years of the Queen’s reign. The exhibition will be held in the parish church from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5.

NORTH ELMHAM
Villagers are planning a street party in Eastgate Street on Monday, June 4, from 2pm to 6pm. A time capsule, with contributions from anyone in North Elmham and to be opened at a set date, will be buried in a suitable place. An oak tree, obtained from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, will be planted. The village also hopes to light a beacon on Monday, June 4.

NORTH WALSHAM
North Walsham will celebrate with a mammoth Market Place street party on Monday, June 4. Residents will be invited to dress in patriotic red, white and blue reflecting fashions from the 1950s to the present day, and bring their own tables, chairs and food into Market Place for the lunchtime party, starting at 1pm. Sports and games are planned for a central strip of Market Place and there will also be entertainment, including music and dance performances by local schools. On Sunday, June 3 a civic service and songs of praise will be held in North Walsham Parish Church, which will host a jubilee flower festival. For more information contact town clerk Margaret Foster (mornings) on 01692 404114.

NORWICH
A beacon will be lit on the balcony of City Hall on Monday, June 4, which will link with beacons being lit across the country. The Assembly House, Norwich, plans a traditional British garden party on Tuesday, June 5, with a brass band, Morris dancers, afternoon tea, cake, flower and craft stands, bunting, balloons and old-fashioned games. The Anglican cathedral will be hosting a flower festival starting on Friday, June 1 and running throughout the weekend and on Monday, June 4. Lionwood Junior School, in Wolfe Road, will be hosting joint commumity Diamond Jubilee celebrations involving the Sure Start Centre, Pilling Park Community Centre and Lionwood Infant School. A fete will be held in the grounds of the junior school on Friday, June 15, from 3pm to 5.30pm. It will also include an Olympic theme as pupils will be studying the Greeks during the summer term.

OLD CATTON
The parish council is organising a fun day and picnic to take place on Monday, June 4 from midday to 5pm, at the recreation ground in Church Street.

OUTWELL
There is a village fun day on Monday, June 4 with a parade and a variety of events.
More details on the village website – www.outwellvillage.co.uk

SANDRINGHAM
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will host a garden party at Sandringham House on Tuesday, June 12. Catering students from Norwich City College, the College of West Anglia and Great Yarmouth College will be showcasing their culinary skills and providing the refreshments. Entertainment will be provided by Hunstanton Town Band, Taverham Brass Band and Norfolk Youth Orchestra Symphonic Wind Band.

SHERINGHAM
The Diamond Jubilee will be marked on Sunday, June 3, with Sheringham’s Big Picnic. The sports field will be transformed into a large garden-style party and host a huge variety of activities and entertainment, including a morning church service and an evening rock concert.

SHIMPLING
St George’s Church at Shimpling is hosting a double celebration on Tuesday, June, 5. As well as celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee it will also be marking the 25th anniversary of the vesting of St George’s in the Churches Conservation Trust on June 1, 1987. Celebratory cake and wine will be available at the church between 2 and 4pm.

SOUTHWOLD
Fireworks, firing cannons and flotillas will mark a four-day celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Southwold. The town’s proposals for the occasion include live music, a civic celebration and a lunch. A programme of events, which has not been finalised yet, will take place from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5. The town is also expected to be awash with red, white and blue as people put up their jubilee decorations and hold street parties. Celebrations will start on Saturday, June 2 when the High Street, East Street and Queen Street would be closed so local businesses and craft sellers could put up stalls outside. Live music will be playing throughout the day with buskers entertaining people passing by and a live band playing in the Market Place from 7pm until 11pm. On Sunday, June 3 town councillors will go to St Edmund’s Church where they will take part in a civic celebration. This will be followed from noon by The Big Jubilee Lunch, where it is expected 50 to 60 people will fill the church hall. For those looking for action and excitement, events take place from noon at the harbour, where people can take part in a tug of war, or watch flotillas sailing from Lowestoft to meet with Southwold boats for a regatta. On Monday, June 4 the Lions Club of Southwold (Sole Bay) will hold a fair on the common, before the crowds move to Gun Hill for food, fireworks, the firing of the cannons and the beacon being lit.

SOUTH WOOTTON
A Picnic on the Park is being held on Saturday, June 2, from 1pm to 9pm, at Wootton Park. Bands include Jimmy Rockit, Martian Folly, Jesse’s Ghost, Genuine Fake, the Dawson Girls and a Robbie Williams tribute act. There will also be food, fairground rides, stalls, raffle, dog show and displays. Car parking will be at North Wootton school and entry to the event is free. Visit www.picniconthepark.co.uk for more information.

STALHAM
A big-screen presentation will be held in the town hall on Friday, June 1. A concert by Stone Angels takes place on Saturday, June 2, in St Mary’s Church. And there will be a photographic exhibition with pictures and articles about Stalham’s past from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5 in the town hall.

WELLS
Wells Harbour Commissioners will be lighting a beacon on the marsh opposite the Quayside on Monday, June 4 at 10pm. There will be a celebration evening to coincide with the lighting where the public can enjoy a live band and hog roast from 8pm. A special brazier has been built for the beacon which will eventually be sited permanently on the quayside in 2013 to mark the 350th anniversary of the Wells Harbour Commissioners.

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