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Queen’s Platinum Jubilee for Sporle, North Pickenham, Weeting, Narborough, Beachamwell, Litcham and Oxborough: grants awarded to help Breckland residents celebrate

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Almost 30 neighbourhood, charity and community organisations in Breckland have been awarded funding by Breckland Council as part of a special Queen’s Jubilee Grants programme.

This year, the country is coming together for a year-long Platinum Jubilee celebration of The Queen’s 70 years of service, having acceded to the throne on February 6, 1952.

An extended bank holiday from June 2-5 will provide an opportunity for communities to come together to celebrate this historic milestone.

Breckland Council logo.
Breckland Council logo.

To support local celebrations, Breckland Council created a grants programme with up to £500 per application to help local groups to run events that celebrate and mark the Platinum Jubilee in the district. The range of local events will enable communities to take part in celebrations within their communities that are easily accessible and free to attend. The events that will share the total of £12,700 grant funding include parties, picnics, sports days, fetes, quizzes, and community barbecues.

Cllr Alison Webb, executive member for housing, health & communities at Breckland Council, commented: “Her Majesty The Queen is one of Britain’s most remarkable and steadfast monarchs who has dedicated herself to our country.

"We are therefore delighted to be able to support an amazing range of events across Breckland to honour her reign and I’m looking forward to joining the celebrations on this historic occasion.

"By allocating funding to lots of different voluntary organisations in towns and villages across Breckland there should be a celebration near you, so please join in the festivities as we mark this once in a lifetime event.”

Breckland Council is delivering a wide range of projects to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, including planting over 700 trees as part of the Queen’s Canopy project, a Jubilee trail in Breckland market towns and a £1,000 bursary for Breckland students who need support taking their next educational step.

For further information on the wide range of projects and events visit www.breckland.gov.uk/jubilee

Events include:

North Pickenham Community

Family Fete Day: held by community volunteers, with bouncy castles, afternoon tea, themed clothing competition, classic car show and disco, and locally sourced produce.

To be held on Friday, June 3.

Sporle Village Improvement

Street Party: an all-day event with various activities, including face painting, origami, treasure hunts, tree planting plaque unveiling, art competition, and various additional children’s activities.

To be held on Friday June 3.

Weeting Bowls Club

Various: a Royal Family quiz night to be held on June 2, an old-fashioned sing-along with vocalist on June 3, London night on the evening of June 4, with optional fancy dress, and a bowls “roll-up” on June 4 in the afternoon. Throughout, traditional food will be provided, and the event is open to all ages.

To be held on Thursday, June 2, Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5.

Narborough Community Centre

Fun and Games: a family orientated day, with entertainment, family games, and a tea party for the elderly and vulnerable, with other refreshments available throughout the day.

To be held on Thursday, June 2.

Oxborough Village Hall

BYO Picnic: ice cream and cake with live music, with a crown decorating competition. Outdoor traditional games – weather permitting.

To be held on Saturday, June 3.

Beachamwell Village Hall

BBQ lunch for all villagers, with live music from local villagers. Locally sourced food and drink.

To be held on Sunday, June 5.

The Litcham Jubilee Hall CIO

A street party with hog roast, with entertainment for the children, local music groups and village scarecrow competition.

To be held on Friday, June 3.

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