Jubilee festivities unite Worcestershire communities

Guests enjoy the grounds of Hartlebury Castle
Guests enjoy Jubilee Garden Party in the grounds of Hartlebury Castle
Published Thursday, 9th June 2022

Community spirit was very much in the air across Worcestershire last week as people came together to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Over the jubilee week, events and activities brought communities together across the county.

The week kicked off with a garden party, sponsored by Worcestershire County Council, with invited guests included those from the NHS, the Care Sector, the voluntary and community sectors, businesses, multi-faith groups, local councils, West Midlands Police, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire and Rescue Service, the Armed Forces and more. The event was to say thank you and to recognise those who have gone, and continue to go, above and beyond in their services to our County.

As part of HM The Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, the Lord-Lieutenant planted a tree at Hartlebury Castle during the event and nearly 20,000 trees have been plated across the county as part of the initiative.

A song specially commissioned, Worcestershire song for the Platinum Jubilee and composed by musician and composer Helen Lyon with the help of children from four schools in Worcestershire was shared with the crowd, thanks to 17-year-old Lauren L’Enfant, from Kidderminster College. The song will also be sang by hundreds of local school children at the Big Sing event next week.

On display was an original and imaginative artwork inspired by the song that children from four Worcestershire schools created.

Pupils from St George’s Catholic Primary School, Perry Wood Primary School, Crowle First School and Abbey Park Middle School were introduced to the art of glass engraving by local artist Sarah Brown, using their newfound skills to work together and create a large-scale glass artwork.

The work was Inspired by the Jubilee song Red Arrows, created by musician and composer Helen Lyon and pupils from St Kenelm’s C of E Primary School, Astwood Bank First School, Bishop Perowne C of E College and Welland Primary School.

There was also a video describing an Intergenerational art project.  This project, which explores memories and perspectives of recent history and of HM The Queen, records the collaboration of musicians, singers and dancers aged 11+ from across Worcestershire in a new music and dance initiative.  

Banners were created by local artists were proudly on display at the Jubilee Garden party, and were used across the county for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events and street parties.

On Thursday the 2nd of June 2022 the Worcestershire Beacon was set alight from the on top of the Malvern Hills with hundreds attending to watch the ceremony

It was lit by Vice Lord-Lieutenant Roger Brunt CBE, a local bugler officially announced the lighting at 9.40pm with a unique Bugle Call written for the occasion called Majesty.

The Worcestershire Beacon was one of more than 1,500 beacons lit across the country and one of at least 35 beacons across the county with hundreds of local residents gathered to see the them being set alight.

A replica of an exhibition featuring photos of the Queen and memories of her visits to Worcestershire was also showcased at the party.

Councillor Adam Kent, cabinet member for corporate services and communications, at Worcestershire County Council said, “The spirit shown by the whole Worcestershire community whilst celebrating the Jubilee has been wonderful to see.

“Worcestershire County Council has been very proud to be involved with coordinating a wide range of activity, much of which will be able to be shared for years to come, which has involved a many of our local communities and artists, honouring the 70 years of service of the Queen.”

The exhibition featuring photos of the Queen and memories of her visits to Worcestershire is now on display at The Hive and will be in place until the September.

For more info on the exhibition please visit the Hive website