Where to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee

23/05 Updated: 23/05 22:08

THERE will be plenty going on across Bromsgrove district in the next fortnight to celebrate HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee - here are a few things you and your family and friends could be part of.

♦ AT BROMSGROVE'S historic St John's Church, there will be a three-day Diamond Jubilee extravaganza.

That will take place from 2pm to 5pm next Saturday (June 2), between 1pm and 5pm on the Sunday (June 3) and from 11am to 5pm on the bank holiday Monday (June 4).

Among the attractions will be a Jubilee café opening on Saturday and Monday, serving home-made light refreshments, trips up the tower on Saturday and Monday and a 'Right Royal Raffle'.

On Sunday, there will be the Celebratory Church Service at 10.45am, followed by the Grand Crown Close Diamond Picnic - those wanting to go along are urged to take a chair or picnic blanket and food to share.

There will also be face-painting and a 'Design a Crown' competition to be judged by Rev Chris Wingfield.

Children are free, with the suggested donation for adults, which includes a souvenir brochure, being £2.

All proceeds will go to the church's Landmark II appeal.

♦ THE JUBILEE Picnic in the Park for residents of Bromsgrove's Oakalls and Parklands areas will be held at 3pm this Sunday (May 27).

The free event, on the grass-land by the children’s play area, off Green Park Road, will feature a variety of activities and entertainment. These will include the Silkie the Clown show, a photo-booth, face-painting, glitter tattoos and Messy Monsters’ arts and crafts.

There will also be children's games, music from a string quartet and a tombola.

The organisers would welcome any donations for prizes from residents, businesses or other groups for that.

For more on the picnic or to donate tombola prizes, e-mail theoakallsandparklands@hotmail.co.uk.

♦ BRAINY Bromsgrovians can pit their wits in a Jubilee 1950s quiz at St Godwald's Church next Friday (June 1).

The event will be held from 7.30pm at St Godwalds Church Hall on Finstall Road in Aston Fields.

Teams of four or five are sought and admission, which includes a Ploughman's Supper, is £4.50. Anyone interested is asked to bring their own drinks.

Call John Spencer 01527 832414 or Paul Wood 01527 882212 for more.

♦ THERE will be plenty of fun for all the family at a Queen's Diamond Jubilee community tea party, which is being held at The Trunk in Charford, between 4pm and 7pm on Thursday (May 31).

Among the activities will be a bouncy castle, face-painting, craft activities, a Samba band percussion workshop and music from the 1950s.

There will also be chances for those who go along to win prizes by taking part in a tombola and in guess the name of the Jubilee teddy and guess the weight of the cake competitions.

The event, which will also feature a range of refreshments, has been organised by EPIC (Empowering People in Communities).

The Trunk's lead development worker for young people Kate Higginson urged people to also bring along any royal memorabilia they had to show others.

"All of the community are welcome to come and join our traditional Diamond Jubilee tea party," she added.

For more, call Kate on 01527 878722 or e-mail kate@epic-se.co.uk

♦ THERE will be a live band, a host of stalls, a variety of games, bouncy castles, community sing-song, It's a Knockout style games and even a Jubilee quiz at Lickey End First School's Diamond Jubilee Street Party and Summer Fair.

Admission to the event, which takes place between 2pm and 6pm next Sunday (June 3), is £2 for adults and free for children under 16.

Bromsgrove District Council's Civic Head Coun Janice Boswell will officially open the event at 3pm with a mass balloon release.

Other highlights include tug of war, a bar, a barbecue and more.

Tickets are available from Lickey End First School or Vicky's newsagents in Alcester Road.

♦ A DIAMOND Jubilee garden party to raise funds for Birmingham Children's Hospital, will be held at Stoke Prior Sports and Social Club, Weston Hall Road, a week on Monday (June 4).

The bar opens at 12midday and the event will feature snooker, pool and darts knockout tournaments, crazy golf, skittles, a tombala, a raffle, a bouncy castle and a variety of other games for children.

There will also be horsey hopper racing and a pet show which people can take their pets to.

Admission is free.

For more, call 01527 577876 or 07875 530455, e-mail info@stokepriorclub.co.uk or visit www.stokepriorclub.co.uk

♦ STAFF at Bromsgrove District Council will be transported back to the 1950s next Friday (June 1) as part of the authority's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

At the Bromsgrove Customer Service Centre, School Drive, employees will be showing off their dress and memorabilia from the 1950s and those going there on that day are urged to wear red, white and blue.

Amanda de Warr, the authority's head of customer services, said: “The Jubilee is a major event and we wanted to help brighten our customers’ day, as well as celebrate this historic occasion."

THE NATIONAL Trust venues across the region will be holding Jubilee events during the bank holiday weekend.

There will be Marvellous Monarchs family activity days at Hanbury Hall on June 5 and 7.

And the Clent Hills will be celebrating with the lighting of a beacon on June 4. That will be done in partnership with local scouts. From early in the day, visitors will be able to see the beacon being built on the top of Clent, next to the Four Stones. Visitors, for £2 per car, will then be able to come back at 9pm, with the beacon being lit at 10.15pm.

There will also be a Jubilee Teddy Bears' Picnic, between 11am and 3pm, on June 5. Admission for that is free, but there will be other activities, including face-painting, balloon modelling and activity trails - some of which will cost 50p.

For more, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsjubilee.

♦ A JUBILEE Quiz is being held in Rubery on June 16 to raise funds for PDSA, the charity which helps sick and injured pets.

The event, at Our Lady's Centre, Leach Green Lane, starts at 8pm.

Tickets, which include a light supper, are £5 in advance and are available from the Rubery PDSA charity shop.

People can submit teams of up to six and those who go along are urged to take along their own refreshments.

There will also be a raffle during the evening.

Buy photos» This Jubilee teddy bear has been donated by Carol Street, the owner of Bright Start Childcare, as one of the prizes for the Oaklands and Parklands Jubilee Street Party. s

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