Queen’s Jubilee events in South Wealden

The Queen
The Queen

RESIDENTS across South Wealden can enjoy a number of exciting events planned in the region to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

HAILSHAM’S brand new Diamond Jubilee Community Rose Garden will be opened by Mr Peter Field, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, at 10am on Saturday, June 2.

Mr Field will cut the ribbon at the official opening launch of the garden outside Hailsham Library in Western Road. Local business people, local authority representatives, journalists and residents are invited to attend the event which includes a full guided tour of the garden.

Other guests of honour at the official opening will include Hailsham Town Mayor, Cllr Jeff Bentley-Astor and Deputy Town Mayor and Chairman of Hailsham In Bloom, Cllr Richard Grocock.

A Town Fete is also taking place at Western Road Recreation Ground from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday. Stalls, circus workshop and a best made crown competition. Entry is free.

Hailsham Charter Market returns from 10am to 5pm in the High Street with lots of local produce, crafts and Hailsham Farmers’ Market. There will be stilt walking, Medieval magicians, face painting, jesters, Punch and Judy,

An evening of Music will be held from 7pm to 10.30pm at St Mary’s Church the following Saturday (June 9) costing £5 per person (£4 OAPs/children). Tickets available from the town council offices.

HERSTMONCEUX Castle hosts a special picnic for residents of Herstmonceux and Wartling from 11am to 5pm this Monday, June 4. The Deputy Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, Lt Col A.J. Feek DL will visit the castle grounds which open at 11am for a fantastic array of activities. There will be fencing and football skills demonstrations (all day); a treasure hunt skateboard and BMX displays; a bring-your-own-food grand picnic in front of the castle (1pm); a toast to the Queen (4pm) and a world-record breaking attempt for the Guinness World Records to gather together the most people wearing a paper crown all at the same time. MG Club and Bexhill 100 Club Classic Cars will be present and there will be horse drawn rides and lots of children’s activities such as giant Jenga, Connect 4 and Chess. People are invited to ‘wear your favourite fashions from the last 60 years’.

POLEGATE Town is prepared for the Diamond Jubilee long weekend, with a little formality and lots of fun starting on Saturday (June 2) through to Tuesday June (June 5).

A colour programme is available at shops throughout the town and has been delivered to most homes in Polegate to advertise the variety of attractions on each day.

The visit to the War Memorial Recreation Ground by Mr Peter Field, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for East Sussex, at 12.15pm on Saturday gives a formal link to the celebrations. He will plant a small oak sapling which began life in a Royal Park.

The First Polegate Scouts who acquired the ‘Jubilee Oak’ and are encouraging residents to go along, wave a flag to give a warm rousing welcome to the Lord Lieutenant.

Saturday also has a coffee morning at Polegate Community Centre and the Royal British Legion is holding an open day with family activities and a barbecue at Victoria Road.

Check out your skills at the War Memorial Recreation Ground on Sunday and Monday where there is a climbing wall, unrideable Wacky Wheels bike, crazy golf, small fairground rides, face painting, barrel shooting gallery and don’t forget to aim for the crockery smash.

Also a variety of side-stalls with refreshments on site. On the Monday birds of prey will be on view with traditional Portuguese Dance and a Chinese ‘Kieran performance.

Elizabeth Court in the High Street are holding a BBQ starting at 4.30pm on Monday with tempting, tasty offerings

Polegate Free Church is has an all denominations Jubilee service at 3 pm on Sunday.

In St John’s Church on Tuesday there will be a teddy bear picnic, a ‘Bear Hunt’, followed by a Prince and Princess competition for the children.

Polegate’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Committee encourages residents to support all the attractions and to buy tickets for the Polegate Jubilee Lottery which has excellent prizes, ranging from £100 cash, dinner for two at the Langham Hotel, Buckingham Palace tour, tickets to local attractions plus numerous others. All profits go to local charities.

IN HELLINGLY there will be a special Jubilee Service for all parishioners at Hellingly Parish Church at 3pm on Sunday, June 3 – followed by a tea party in the village hall.

The next day (Monday) will see a fantastic Community Picnic from 12pm to 4pm. Bring your own food, a picnic table and chairs. There will be a prize given for the best decorated table on the theme of Jubilee.

A concert band will perform with singing from the Hellingly School choir, games for children and a tug-of-war for adults. A photographic exhibition will be hosted in the Village Hall.

PEVENSEY will be involved in a series of entertainment and activities. Sunday (June 3) will see a picnic at Pevensey Castle. There will also be a Royal Visitors to Pevensey display in The Court House Museum. That evening an open air Ecumenical Church service will be held on the site of the castle chapel.

The next day (Monday June 4) Pevensey Castle will host one of the national beacons. Sone wonderful events are planned including a street parade, fun sports, walking minstrels and other musicians, and drama. There will also be displays of memorabilia depicting Her Majesty’s long reign, and lots of other side shows and displays.

WILLINGDON will see an afternoon tea at the primary school (Friday June 1) from 1.25pm. The next day (Saturday) people can enjoy an afternoon tea at Trinity Church from 3pm to 5pm. Tickets cost £5 (Tel: 01323 484189).

Sunday (June 3) Music in the Park 2012 takes place at Huggets Lane Recreation Ground from 11am to 5pm. Bring your own chairs and blanket. There will be a fairground and food. There will be various musical performances.