On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The bank holiday will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.
In recognition of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth more than 2,000 beacons will be lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries. Ringwood's beacon will be lit from the tower of the Church of St Peter and Paul in the Market Place.
We will be following the national programme which will start at 9:35pm with an individual piper playing ‘Diu Regnare’ which is a unique tune written especially for this historic event. This will be followed by a unique bugle call entitled ‘Majesty’ and the lighting of the beacon at 9:45pm a beacon. We are grateful to Rev. Matthew Trick who is co-ordinating a scratch community choir to sing the unique ‘Song for Commonwealth’ which has been written for the occasion- the idea being ‘voices around the globe joining together in celebration’. All members of the community are invited to attend this event.
Our big celebratory event takes place at Carvers Recreation Ground from midday to 6pm. This is a day for the whole community to come together. Bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the live music, family entertainment, food and drink.
Local singer/songwriter Lewis Simons, just 14 years old, will be playing from 11:30am to warm up the crowd. Then from midday, get your dancing shoes on with Jitterbug Jive, a lindy hop dance troupe who will be performing lively, energetic and entertaining dance routines. This will be followed by acts including Emma Hardy, The Rock Choir, Scarlet Swing and finishing with the amzing Swing Unlimited.
Chuffley Steam Railway will be offering rides on the 'Platinum Express', miniature steam railway. Steamship Circus will be bringing along thier mini-big top and offering hands on circus skills classes. Professor JR's Punch and Judy Show will run at intervals throughout the afternoon as well as a small fair and traditional side shows.
Ringwood Roundtable will be running thier bar and we will have a BBQ, hog roast, ice cream van and Carvers Clubhouse will be offering strawberries and cream as well as other sweet treats.
The event is free to enter although those attending are invited to make a donation, of which 50% will be given to charity.
A wide range of events are being held in the Town this year and over the four day bank holiday in particular to mark the once-in-a-lifetime occassion. Ringwood Town Council will be hosting two events- the lighting of a Jubilee Beacon on Thursday 2nd June and a celebratory 'Party in the Park' on Sunday 5th June (scroll down for more info!). Lots of other events are taking place across the Town including:
Thursday 2nd June – Listen to music through the ages of the Queen’s reign in the Furlong Shopping Centre courtyard from Jodie Elms & guitarist Mike Relf – 12 noon – 2pm. Friday 3rd June – From 1:30pm, Greyfriars Community Centre will be hosting a garden party with afternoon tea and live music on the lawn. The Furlong Shopping Centre have a performance from the children from Stagecoach Ringwood at 10.30am – 11am and then relaxed classical music from Avon Valley Concerts from noon – 2pm. Saturday 4th June – Scarlett Swing will perform a mixture of 40s, 50s and 60s classics and some modern vintage songs in the Furlong courtyard. 10.30am – 11.15am (set 1) and 11.30am – 12.15pm (set 2).
Please let us know of other events you are organising so we can add them to our list!
To coincide with the Jubilee Beacon that is being lit at St Peter & St Paul in Ringwood on the evening of Thursday June 2nd, there will be a performance of a special song written for the event – ‘A Life Lived With Grace’ (you can listen to it here https://youtu.be/vAN5hBizADs with words on the screen).
Ringwood Town Council is delighted to announce that, thanks to generous sponsorship from local company Comax UK, reusable glasses will be used at the ‘Party in the Park’ event to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Sunday 5th June 2022. These will then be available for use at other events in the future, such as the Pedal Car Grand Prix, Carnival, Fireworks and Winter Wanderland.
There will be a virtual Extraordinary Meeting of the Planning, Town & Environment Committee at 7.00pm on Wednesday 13th April to consider a draft response to Planning Application 21/11723 for development of land at Moortown Lane.