Party-planning has started in earnest for The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend - if you're planning celebrations over the Bank Holiday (June 2-5) here is Clare Bear from Shrewsbury-based social enterprise Lovelyland with some advice on community get-togethers - and an invitation!
The Perfect Street Party:
Having a street party is easier than you might think and it will definitely be worth it for you and all your neighbours.
The most important thing is to let people know about your plans in plenty of time and make it easy for everyone to get involved.
- Chat about your idea with neighbours
- Check that proper arrangements have been made regarding road closures
- Think about when to hold it
- Plan 2 - 3 meetings and invite everyone in your street in writing (a leaflet)
- Check you have permission to close the street, or a back-up plan if not!
- Share jobs - get everyone involved
- Plan activities for all ages and tastes - children might plan their own! We known Mountfields is planning a crown-decorating competition!
- Arrange seating and tables - perhaps your local community centre has chairs you could use or everyone attending could bring their own chair!
- Ask people to bring and share food and refreshments on the day - contact the Shrewsbury Food Hub and help use food that might go to waste otherwise.
- Organise decorations - perhaps you have a Yarn Bomber living on your street who could make bunting!
The Shropshire Council website has a section on Planning Events, which takes you through the necessary steps to organise a street party:
Lovelyland Garden Party:
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Lovelyland will be hosting a garden party at their community garden in Castlefields, Shrewsbury.
The use of the garden, named Paul’s Patch, has been very kindly donated to Lovelyland.
Paul Bickford was a much loved member of the Castlefields community, often found at the garden gates tending to furniture that needed some tender loving care.
Paul’s daughter Claire has been working with Lovelyland to open the garden gates once more to groups such as Lovelyland’s Gardening for Well-being and Early Years Sessions.
It seems the perfect place to hold a community Jubilee celebration.
Lovelyland will be hosting the garden party on the June 5th from 12-3pm.
There will be music, face painting, nature-art activities and games for the children.
The Yarn Bombers are on hand to decorate the garden and we are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone for tea and scones.
Anyone who has been involved in Lovelyland past, present and future are welcome including those who are curious about what we do but haven’t attended one of our events or groups yet.
This, like all Lovelyland events, is welcoming, inclusive and designed to keep us connected to nature and to each other.
Pictures: Birgitta Zoutman Photography