AMONG the numerous street parties, block parties and even park parties over the jubilee bank holiday weekend are three fun-filled events in which everyone can take part.
They span the borough, north to south, and bridge the long weekend, giving people plenty of opportunity to mark the Queen’s 60 years on the throne in traditional style.
The only concern could be the weather – it is a bank holiday after all – but the forecast for the long weekend for the borough, in common with the rest of the country, is for a mixture of sunshine and showers.
UXBRIDGE – Tuesday. Where better to hold a jubilee street party than in Windsor Street? The quaintest of Uxbridge’s thoroughfares will be a mass of bunting and colour.
St Margaret’s Church at the top of the street will host a flower festival that starts on Saturday, featuring 14 arrangements depicting important events during the Queen’s reign, such as the 1969 Moon landing, England’s 1966 World Cup victory and even the first test tube baby.
The arrangements can be viewed on Saturday and Monday, then again on Wednesday and Friday next week, from 10am-2pm, then from 10-11.30am and 1-3.30pm on Tuesday.
Tuesday’s events begin with a civic service at the church at noon. From 1pm there will be jugglers, face painters, balloon modellers and musicians to entertain. At 3.30pm, doves will be released.
Although there will be 190 invited guests seated for tea, everyone is welcome to stop by for a cup of tea or cold drink, said the Rev Dr June Hughman of St Margaret’s Church.
She has been busy organising the festivities, which are financially supported by The Chimes and Mall Pavilions shopping centres. Windsor Street itself will not be closed.
“It promises to be an amazing community celebration,” she said.
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HARMONDSWORTH: Monday – the whole village will be celebrating, with a fancy dress king and queen crowned, a free afternoon tea, singing of patriotic songs and handbell ringing.
The star of the show will be the 1897 horse-drawn fire engine, pride and joy of resident Roy Barwick, which has been a feature of every jubilee celebration since the time of Queen Victoria. It will process through the village at 2pm, then its crew will give a display of hand pumping.
The day will close with the lighting of a jubilee beacon on the church tower at 10pm.
“It will be the best jubilee celebration in the borough,” said one of the organisers, Veronica Rumsey, chairwoman of the village celebration committee.
NORTHWOOD HILLS: Saturday – Jubilee Celebration at Chestnut Avenue Recreation Ground, 11am-4pm.
One of the first communities to declare its hand for jubilee weekend was Northwood Hills, so it is fitting that it starts with an action-packed day on Saturday.
From 11am, Chestnut Avenue Recreation Ground will be alive with marching bands, choirs and dancers, all mingling with falcons, dogs and people in fancy dress.
The arena and stage set-up allows for events to run simultaneously, and there are plenty of stalls to tempt you away too, such as the coconut shy, climbing wall and refreshment stands.
Andrew Riley, chairman of Northwood Hills Residents’ Association, said: “Everything is on track and we’re really looking forward to it.
“As well as having fun, it is about getting the community together, showcasing it and getting people to communicate and work together.”