Announcing Platinum Jubilee Street Party Games in Woodley

A dozen street parties are planned in Woodley to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

At least 12 roads will be closed over the holiday weekend, June 1-5, and other events like storytelling and the Big Jubilee Lunch will take place across the city.

One of the party’s hosts is Emma Caswell, 45, who is hosting a Jubilee party at Carrick Gardens.

“It’s for our queen and she’s brilliant. I think 70 years on the throne is amazing so I think everyone should celebrate,” she said.

“And that’s an excuse for a party,” added the mother-of-two, who has lived in Carrick Gardens with her husband of eight years.

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“I think it’s important for children growing up to know about our British history.

“They will see another monarch in their lifetime, so I think it’s really important for them to know how long she’s been on the throne and the significance of what she’s done.

“So let’s have a party and give them something to remember.”

The Cul-De-Sac will be full of picnics, gazebos and games, including tug of war, pin the tail on the corgi and a baking contest starting at 1 p.m. on June 5.

Other roads for Jubilee Events include Colemansmoor Lane, Dowding Close, Portrush Close, Fawcett Crescent, Arundel Road, Caldbeck Drive, Keats Close, Wyndham Crescent, Reading Road, Haddon Drive, Cornfield Road.

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At the center of Woodley Town Council’s celebrations is the Great Jubilee Luncheon on June 5th.

Host Professor Crump will be there alongside live music from bands singing songs from the 1940s to the present day.

The pet corner will include ducklings, ponies and bunnies, while free ice cream is also available for children.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, there are also free crafts and a chalk pavement drawing activity.

The winners of the Jubilee Stones competition and their families will join Woodley Mayor Janet Sartorel and Deputy Mayor Kay Gilder at the top table.

The competition saw local children aged 12 and under paint Jubilee themed stones.

The Mayor of the Town of Woodley, Janet Sartorel, will light a beacon in Woodford Park at 9:45 p.m. on Thursday June 2 for the Jubilee, accompanied by the Bel Canto Choir to perform the song for the Commonwealth.

The exact location will be updated on the event’s Facebook page later.

If you can’t wait for the weekend, the Platinum Fairy will be at the Woodley Library on Monday, May 30 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. to tell stories about the Royal Spring Ball and help children create their own wand.

Joseph K. Bennett