Everything from a Jubilee quiz to a ‘Dress Like a Royal’ costume contest and late night parties will mark the Platinum Jubilee in the Church Stretton area over the long weekend from June 2 to June 5.
“What fantastic programming to celebrate this iconic event,” said Councilor Helen Stowell, in an announcement posted on the Church Stretton Council website.
“A big thank you to all of our event organizers for the work they put in to make this weekend so special.
“Another example of the talent and generosity of our wonderful Church Stretton community.”
An online quiz from The Queen and Church Stretton kicks off the celebrations. A prize of £100 is on offer for the best brainbox, but entries must be returned by Friday 27 May. Full details are on the City Council’s website.
Church Stretton will also fly the 54 flags of the Commonwealth, of which the Queen is the head, from before the bank holiday until the end of the arts festival in August.
John Vine of Newsworld generously agreed to provide poles for these flags and fly them above the stores.
A flower festival at St. Michael and All Angels Church, All Stretton, from Thursday to Sunday 5th June. It is part of the village of All Stretton and the wider celebrations of St Lawrence parish. The festival will celebrate the Queen’s faith, with elements of her reign interpreted in the flower arrangements. The church will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
At Russells Meadow on Thursday June 2 there will be a Have-A-Go Pétanque session and competition with Jubilee Medals on offer from noon.
From 2 to 4 p.m. there will be a Junior Have-A-Go Volleyball Session for kids under 12 with Stephen Redmond.
At 9 p.m., the Church Stretton Jubilee Launch and Fireworks will take place at the Russells Meadow Pavilion.
The Church Stretton Community Singers will perform the song for the Commonwealth, specially commissioned for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, along with others, before watching the Boy Scouts fireworks display atop Caer Caradoc at 9.45pm, when beacons will be lit across the country. The bad news is that all tickets for this event have been sold out.
At All Stretton Village Hall on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June there will be an exhibition curated by the All Stretton History Society of all things 1950s including 1950s pictures and lounge.
On Friday, June 3, there will be a Jubilee Family Fun Day and Dog Show at Sandford Avenue Park. There will be a full range of attractions for children, bouncy castles, a gladiator ring, face painting/balloon folding as well as arts and crafts and badge making sessions. The dress-up contest is open to all children aged 11 and under with the theme “Dress Like a Royal” Register from 11 a.m., the contest will take place at 11:30 a.m.
For older kids, there’s free mini-golf, archery, and the challenge of a rock-climbing wall or skateboarding competitions.
There is also a dog show with 12 classes, as well as a costume dog contest and the chance to test your dog on the agility course.
Firefighters will demonstrate their recovery vehicle on the BMX track. There is the possibility for all ages to have free coaching in skateboarding, tennis, pétanque or croquet – why not give it a try! Throughout the day there will be performances by local talent, young and old, in song, music and dance.
Schedules, detailing Dog Show Classes, Dog and Children’s Dress Up Competitions and Skateboarding Competitions, as well as the Entertainment Program are available throughout May from the Town Hall Office, Mayfair and Wrights Estate Agent .
In Coppice Leasowes on Friday 3 June there will be a guided nature reserve walk starting at 2.30 p.m. Meet inside the Sandford Avenue Recreation Park, near the gate that leads to the level crossing, which is at the northwest end of the park.
All are welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Appropriate footwear is advised due to uneven terrain and/or wet areas. The walk will take around an hour and will involve crossing the A49.
On Saturday, June 4, at Rectory Wood and Field, there will be a bird walk at 8 a.m. At 9:30 a.m. the mayor will make the solemn declaration of the classification of the wood and the estate as a Local Nature Reserve. Church Stretton is the only town in the county to have two local nature reserves.
At 10 a.m. Mike Shurmer and Graham Wenman will give a talk on moths before Isabel Carter gives a talk on butterflies from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
There will be a Jubilee party from 2pm until late at Dudgeley Farm, Lower Wood, All Stretton, on Saturday June 4, with royal fancy dress.
There will be competitions and games during the afternoon, as well as live music and a DJ in the late afternoon/evening. There will be hot food and a licensed bar, or bring a picnic. Toilets are available.
All are welcome at this family event, but no dogs (except service dogs). There is parking at Dudgeley Farm, but people are encouraged to use the shuttle bus which will run between the village of All Stretton and Dudgeley. Full information and updates will be posted on the All Stretton Jubilee Facebook group.
On Sunday, June 5, at Cudwell Meadow, there will be a celebration of the purchase of Cudwell Meadow as a community-owned wildflower meadow.
A short opening event will include the unveiling of a new information board and will be followed by an hour-long wildflower walk around the meadow led by Mike Carter.
Also on Sunday at All Saints Church, Little Stretton there will be an afternoon village fete for the villages of Little Stretton and Minton, with a plant sale to raise funds for a number of projects community.
At 6pm on Sunday 5th June at St Michael and All Angels Church, All Stretton there will be a service of Jubilee Praise Songs to close the Jubilee celebrations.
And this may not be an exhaustive list of events in the Strettons. Councilor Stowell invites any further details to be emailed to her at [email protected]