COMMUNITIES across Cambridge will be joining in with celebrations to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee across the Bank Holiday weekend and throughout June.
Around 40 community groups are benefiting from grants allocated by Cambridge City Council’s Platinum Jubilee grant fund, which will help them to celebrate in style.
Events funded by the council include street parties, picnics, garden parties, musical concerts, play sessions and more, taking place in the coming weeks in all parts of the city.
Groups applied for the Jubilee grants of up to £500 earlier this year, and applications were approved by the council’s four Local Area Committees, covering all wards of the city, in March.
As part of the city’s Jubilee celebrations on Thursday 2 June at 2pm The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Jennifer Crompton, will read a proclamation from the front steps of the Guildhall on Market Hill.
Then on the evening of 2 June the new Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Mark Ashton, will be among dignitaries attending a ceremonial beacon lighting at the Castle Mound on Castle Hill in Cambridge.
Members of the public can attend the event, which is being organised by Cambridgeshire County Council with Cambridge City Council, to enjoy music and entertainment from 8.45pm, with the beacon due to be lit at 9.45pm by the Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Julie Spence.
In addition, the city council is holding a free open-air Jubilee concert at Jesus Green on Sunday 5 June. From 3pm-5pm people can come along and enjoy live music from Cambridge Groove Orchestra and Swagger.
Great St Mary’s Church at Senate House Hill is also holding some services and events to mark the Jubilee, including a choral evensong on Thursday 2 June at 5.15pm, a performance of Handel’s Coronation Anthem on Saturday 4 June at 7.30pm and a choral eucharist on Sunday 5 June at 5pm.
Cllr Anna Smith, Leader of the Council, said: “It’s great to see that so many community groups have applied for grants from the council to help them successfully hold their special Jubilee events. It promises to be a memorable weekend with so many people out and about enjoying themselves.”
Cllr Mark Ashton, Mayor of Cambridge, said: “I’m honoured to be representing the city at events to mark Her Majesty’s remarkable reign across the Jubilee period. I’m also looking forward to visiting as many of the community events as possible around Cambridge and seeing the exciting and imaginative ways people are celebrating this historic occasion.”