Jubilee Countdown Begins *Updated

by Michael Ford last modified 07 Jun, 2012 05:23 PM

Hundreds of schools and parishes in Wiltshire and Dorset will be celebrating HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this weekend (1-5 June) with street parties, flower festivals, music events and even a barge parade.

The Big Jubilee Weekend in Salisbury, run by Salisbury Churches Together, features volunteer community work (decorating, gardening, odd jobs) on Saturday 2 June, followed by a night out at Salisbury Cathedral School with a barbecue, live music and the Bishop of Salisbury. On Sunday 3 June, there will be a Big Lunch at Harnham Church Hall.

Netheravon Church will run a Treasure Hunt and History Exhibition by All Saints School (Saturday 2 June, 10am onwards).

Blandford Forum Parish Church will feature a stunning Diamond Jubilee Screen created by over local 20 artists, along with pupils from Milldown Primary School. A replica of the Queen's Coronation dress forms part of the display.

St Mary's Church, Tarrant Hinton, will host a Double Jubilee Celebration Service on Sunday 3 June (10.30am) for both the Queens's Diamond Jubilee and the 50th anniversary of the Revd Jimmy Hamilton-Brown's ordination to the priesthood.

Oborne will play host to a Jubilee Barge Parade along the River Yeo (Sunday 3 June, 3pm onwards) and Songs of Praise in St Cuthbert’s at 6.30pm, followed by a Party in the Village Hall.

Wilton Parish Church will offer a peaceful, quiet service as part of their festivities (Sunday 3 June, 6pm): a Taizé-style Service with singing, candles, silence and beautiful flowers.

Many parishes will offer Flower Festivals, including Wimborne Minster (running 1-5 June), which will give visitors an opportunity to sign the Bishop of Salisbury's Big Thank You Card to the Queen and a Big Lunch on the Sunday afternoon (12.30pm).

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said, “What a marvellous variety of events we have on offer! Clearly, our parishes and schools are making the most of this opportunity to celebrate our Queen’s reign, and indeed her faith. It’s heartening to see communities coming together so readily.”


Jubilee Events
The Bishop of Salisbury  
Big Thank You Card [Link has expired]

Further information contact
Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator
01722 438651, 07500 836989, michael.ford@salisbury.anglican.org


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