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The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

A huge thank you to all who helped over the 4-day holiday period as we celebrated the Queens amazing achievement of serving her country for 70 years as our Monarch.  Our Town Crier joined others nationally by reading a Proclamation in the Town Centre at the ordained time of 2.00pm on the 2nd June.  On the same day the Cavaliers excelled themselves again by hosting a “Fun Day” at the Old Bowling Green which culminated with Stuart Gisbey Piping Diu Regnare, with the Bugle Call, “Majesty” played by Nick Megson immediately prior to the lighting of the Beacon which was followed by fabulous fireworks!

The weather was perfect and it was fabulous to see so many there, all enjoying being together.  A huge thank you to the Cavaliers who arranged it all, including building the Beacon and also the Town Band, Stuart, Nick and all who took part in the Fun Day and evening activities.

Thanks, are also extended to the Commons Conservators for allowing all of this to take place on common land.

The Sunday brought with it the Community Jubilee Picnic but also inclement weather!  On Saturday it was agreed to switch from the town centre to the Town Hall.  What a lovely afternoon it turned out to be with the Town Hall full of people of all ages in every room.  As people “picnicked” so the Town Band played renditions of suitable jubilee music.  Rob Pudner and his accomplice Chris entertained the children and adults alike, Della painted children’s faces beautifully and there were various games and activities for all to join in with, along with a crown competition.  It truly was a great afternoon and we again extend thanks to everyone involved from those who made paper flowers for the tables, to volunteers who helped set up and set down, and all who helped on the day.  Special thanks to all at the Town Hall who pulled all the stops out to enable the switch of venue at short notice!

A fabulous few community days, which demonstrates time and time again how great the community of Great Torrington really is!

Big Jubilee Community Picnic

Come along and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the “Big Jubilee Community Picnic” on Sunday 5th June between 3pm and 5pm in Great Torrington’s town centre.

Entertainingly Different’s Rob Pudner will not only be acting as our Master of Ceremonies in his inimitable style but will also be providing some Circus skills around the tables and will be joined by Chris James throughout the afternoon who will be bringing a little bit of magic to the proceedings.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022 – Crown templates & Paper Flower designs

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HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

There will be a variety of commemorations and celebrations over the Platinum Jubilee long weekend for the community to come together to celebrate the HM The Queen’s historic reign of 70 years! 

Thursday 2nd June 2022

The Town Crier will make a Proclamation @ 1.00pm in the Town Centre; the Town Crier to be accompanied by 4 Pikemen all wearing 17th century period dress.

This will be followed by a “family fun” afternoon/evening organised by the Cavaliers.  It will be held at the Old Bowling Green and will start at 2.00pm.  The afternoon and evening will host activities for families including free kiddie fairground rides, bouncy castles and games and sports.  There will be music from our Town Band as well as various acoustic sessions and a DJ.  On top of this there will be a Beer Tent and BBQ!  A fantastic family afternoon/evening which will culminate with a Piper playing the nationally agreed tune of “Diu Regard” at 9.09pm and the lighting of a Beacon at 9.15pm followed by Fireworks.   

Sunday 5th June 2022:

The Town Council and Town Hall are organising a Big Jubilee Community Picnic in the town centre on Sunday 5th June 2022 between 3 and 5pm for the community to come together to continue with celebrations to, mark The Queen’s historic reign. 

Picnickers: Bring your own food and drink to enjoy and we will provide the entertainment!  We will have Rob Pudner and Friends, the Bluecoat School Choir and Torrington Silver Band: there will be magic tricks and circus skills at the tables, face painting and kids’ games as well as a ‘Best Crown’ competition!  The event is completely free to all so please join us for a right royal ‘knees-up’ to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! If you’d like to help us decorate the tables for the picnic, we are looking for people to make paper flowers to go in jam jars: please see our website for links to some paper flower templates or give the Town Council a call and we can supply you with some instructions.

Website: https://great-torringtontowncouncil.gov.uk/2022/04/21/the-queens-platinum-jubilee-2022/

Phone: 01805 626135

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

The Town Council continues to work with the Cavaliers, the Town Hall, Commons Conservators and Rosemoor in pulling together plans for the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations.  Detailed information will be reported in the May and June CRIER; but for now, please put the following dates and times in your diaries;

1. Thursday 2nd June, 1.00pm: we will join the nation as our Town Crier reads the national proclamation in the town centre. 

2. Thursday 2nd June, later that afternoon: The Cavaliers are organising a family fun afternoon at the Old Bowling Green with activities for children and all ages and will run up to the lighting of a Beacon.

3. Thursday 2nd June 9.09pm: A Piper will play “Diu Regnare”

4. Thursday 2nd June 9.15pm: Lighting of a Beacon at 9.15pm followed by a firework display.

5. Sunday 5th June 3-5pm: The Town Council, in conjunction with the Town and Community Hall will facilitate a community picnic in the town centre which will also include some children’s entertainment and local music. We hope for a great family fun afternoon celebrating the Jubilee.

There will be much more information to follow, but for now, please mark these couple of dates in your diaries, 2nd and 5th June, to join in with the community celebrations and events as set out above.

Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

On the 2nd June 2022, we will celebrate another unique milestone in our history, Her Majesty the Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth, her Platinum Jubilee. It is a feat no previous monarch has achieved.

With a view to celebrating this occasion, the Town Council formed a Working Group with a few other community groups which met for the first time in December 2021. Since then, the group has met again and as a result we have formed a programme of events which align with national guidance and also have our own Great Torrington “stamp” on them.

On Thursday 2nd June, we will join the nation as our Town Crier reads the national proclamation at 1.00pm in the town centre.  Later that afternoon, the Cavaliers will host a family fun event on the Old Bowling Green which will culminate with another nationally encouraged event of a Piper playing “Diu Regnare” at 9.09pm and the lighting of a Beacon at 9.15pm. This will all be followed by a firework display!

On Sunday the 5th June the Town Council, in conjunction with the Town and Community Hall will facilitate a community picnic in the town centre which will also include some children’s entertainment and local music. We hope for a great family fun afternoon celebrating the Jubilee.

We have also consulted with the Commons Conservators in relation to planting a commemorative tree at an appropriate location on Castle Hill.

There will be much more information to follow, but for now, please mark these couple of dates in your diaries, 2nd and 5th June, to join in with the community celebrations and events as set out above.