With just a week to go until the Great Jubilee weekend, the first celebrations have already taken place and the Union Flag is flown as anticipation grows ahead of street parties and celebrations across the borough.
As the Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne, a special extended bank holiday weekend from June 2-5 will provide the perfect opportunity for communities across the country to come together to celebrate the historic milestone – particularly joyous after the restrictions on social mixing lasted so many months.
The celebrations started early at the 38th Rossendale (Open) Scout Group in CLOUDHOLD last Saturday, May 21. Some 120 guests were present for an afternoon tea with more than enough sandwiches, cakes, scones and jelly for everyone.
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Former 38th member Trevor Greenwood entertained seated guests with a touch of table magic which, after everyone had eaten, was followed by a performance by the Todmorden Community Brass Band.
SHARNEYFORD The Primary School is having its own Jubilee Street Party Picnic with invited parents/guardians on Friday 27th May. Each of the children received a bowler hat, a flag and a souvenir medal. The school made its own banners and students dressed in red, white and blue during the day.
A Platinum Jubilee Celebration Tea will be held on Jubilee Friday 3rd June from 1.30pm to 4pm at St Paul’s Church Centre, CONSTABLE LEE. There are 25 free places. Donations are not expected, but the organizers would like people to be invited who would benefit from the event. Singles, couples or families are welcome. Call Lesley on 07790 088659 or email [email protected] to confirm booking and dietary requirements.
WHITE WELLBOTTOM The Community Center celebration takes place on Jubilee Friday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Free food and games for the whole community are promised, with Rossendale Drum Majorettes performing from noon. The Grane Residents Association will also be having a picnic in the Holden Arms parking lot on Friday, HASLINGDEN, with live music, entertainment for children and raffle prizes. See the association’s Facebook page for more details.
In RAMSBOTTOM, Nuttall Park is hosting a day of family fun with the Ramsbottom Rotary Club on Jubilee Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Haslingden & Helmshore Brass Band, Lee Grant and Rossendale Ukulele Band are all set to perform and there will also be a funfair, children’s games, face painting, Lancashire Hawks & Owls and more.
Norman Newton, Friends of Nuttall Park, said: “The team is very excited and looking forward to our event. Time is running out and there is a lot to do. Street parties in Ramsbottom will also include Albert Street on Jubilee Thursday and Silvermere Close and Garnett Street on Jubilee Saturday.
EDENFIELD The parish church will host an event on Jubilee Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring a scavenger hunt, crafts for kids, barbecue and more. Churchwarden David Foster says everyone is looking forward to it and they are welcoming around 350.
He said, “It’s open to the whole village – anyone who wants to come. It’s free entry; the only charge will be a nominal charge for the barbecue. There will be crafting events for adults and children and more events will be streamed all the time. It will be nice to get people through the cemetery, even if they don’t set foot in the church.
David added that Jubilee fever is building ahead of several other events around the village and also at the parish church’s partner church – St Paul’s Ramsbottom – which is hosting a special afternoon tea with scones and teas cream starting at 1 p.m. on the same day as their event.
“Friday the 3rd [Edenfield] the cricket club is having an event,” he said. “And the following Saturday the 11th, Edenfield School is having a fun day and picnic. We haven’t done any events for two years because of the pandemic. This won’t happen again in our lifetime, so it’s a very special event.
“She’s served this country for 70 years, so it’s worth the effort.” A free party at the Ashcroft in WHITWORTH will also be Jubilee Saturday from 12pm to 4pm with music, food, drink, stalls and crafts.
And on the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a community party at RAWTENSTALL’S Longholme Methodist Church – featuring creative royal cake competition for adults and children, Newchurch community choir, Irish dancing, bouncy castle, balloon animals and more.
Newville Chorus will take part in the free event at 11 a.m., sponsored by the Rossendale Borough Council Jubilee Fund, the Rawtenstall Community Partnership, the Asda Foundation and the Rawtenstall Tesco store.
Also on Jubilee Saturday at STACKSTEAD From 2-4pm there will be a Jubilee Picnic hosted by Stacksteads Countryside Park Group. A duck race and free face painting are among the fun activities.
NEW HÉ ROOM The Residents Association is hosting a street party on Holme Bank for around 50 area households from 2-4pm on Jubilee Sunday 5th June. .
She said: “We make vintage cake stands and we all participate. It brings the community together and we hope to raise funds for local charities. “There will be cakes you can buy and raise money for charity, and bring your own salty food.”
Lara says they have local business tables and the buntings increase as the anticipation grows. “It brings people together after the last two years,” she added. “We’re a small region there, but there’s a lot of goodwill and support for each other.”
A picnic in DAM PARK Jubilee Sunday is 2-4pm and will feature family games, groups, arts and crafts and free ice cream. People are asked to bring their own picnic.
If a busy weekend of four days of rejoicing isn’t enough, a Jubilee Picnic Concert with Valley Sounds Rossendale in aid of the Appeal of Ukraine and the RAFT Foundation will follow on Sunday June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at St Veronica’s Lawn at HELMSHORE. Refreshments and cakes available and entry £2 or £5 per family.
East Lancashire Railway is also stepping up its Jubilee Weekend extravaganza, offering free train rides to Elizabeths in the week before the celebrations! Those lucky enough to bear the name of the longest-reigning monarch are welcome to ride free on all trains from Friday 27 May to Thursday 2 June – just bring ID.