Your guide to the big jubilee events in North Wealden

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WEALDEN is going to be a sea of red, white and blue – with a few bubbles, sparks and fireworks thrown in – over the Diamond Jubilee weekend.

In UCKFIELD families will converge on the Victoria Pleasure Ground from 5pm for an evening of fun and games on Monday June 4.

There will be live acts on a sound stage with music from local groups, singers and short plays.

A procession through the town starts at 7.30pm and heads to the Pleasure Ground.

At 10.15pm there will be a blessing by local churches and the Jubilee Beacon will be lit.

A session of patriotic and rousing singing follows and the evening ends with a spectacular firework display.

Over in HEATHFIELD, Jubilee oaks will be planted in Jubilee Park (10.30am) and Theobalds Green (11.15am) with an informal reception at Goward Hall, Cade Street with wine and nibbles at 9pm and lighting of the Jubilee Beacon at 10.15pm.

During the day residents have organised their own street parties.

In MAYFIELD, hundreds of residents will descend on the High Street for a Jubilee street party on Sunday, June 3 from noon until 5pm in the High Street.

Tables and chairs will be put out in the High Street, there will be a pizza van, hog roast, ice cream vendors, the Mayfield Band and Marco the Magician to entertain children.

Also on June 3, roads will be closed to traffic in Waldron for the village’s Big Jubilee lunch.

There will be music, Punch and Judy, circus skills entertainer, a stop-me-and-buy-one ice cream seller, strawberries, Pimms, tombola and a royal raffle The Star Inn is firing up its barbecue. In the evening there will be Festival Choral Evensong at All Saints and bells rund during the day.

In BURWASH, every child will be presented with a Jubilee Mug and villages are coming together for a weekend of church services, parties, dances, sport and fairs.

The Jubilee is being celebrated from June 2-June 5 in Crowborough.

This includes several street parties and the Crowborough Summer Fun Day organised by the Chamber of Commerce.

This takes place on June 2 between 9-5pm in the High Street and visitors can enjoy street performers, face painting, a bouncy castle, live music, Punch and Judy, magicians, business and charity stalls, food and a French food market.

STREET PARTIES will also be held in Hadlow Down, East Hoathly, Fletching, Mark Cross, Forest Row, Rushlake Green and Framfield.

The parish of OLD HEATHFIELD is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday June 2 with a Coronation Lunch combined with entertainment,

Floral Master classes and various stalls.

There will be a Jubilee church service on Sunday morning and the Songs of Praise Service at 6.30pm.

The floral displays will remain in the Church for viewing on the following Monday and Tuesday.

After a break of about seven years the Church Hill Challenge, soap box derby is back in time to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Held on Church Hill in WARBLETON the event was originally conceived to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and was so well received that the organisers continued with the event for another two years.

Co organiser and landlord of The Black Duck pub Gary Kinnell told the Express: “We felt it was time to bring it back. In the past the event really brought the community together so it is the perfect way to celebrate the Jubilee.

“In the past people really went to town with their carts and we are sure that this year they will not disappoint.”

The unpowered carts start on Church Hill and proceed down the hill, round a tight bend and see how far they can get along the course before they come to a standstill. The cart that goes the furthest wins. It is an exciting spectacle for all ages.

This year the event is raising money for prostate cancer charities and local causes such as the Warbleton and Rushlake Green Bonfire Society.

The organisers say that there is still time to enter a cart, which you can do by contacting the Black Duck on 01435 830636.

The Church Hill Challenge takes place on Monday 4 June. Entrance is entirely free.