In 2022, Her Majesty the Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. An array of events and celebrations will be taking place throughout the year, across the nation, culminating in a four day UK Bank Holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. This extended bank holiday weekend will commence the Jubilee celebrations with thousands of town criers and pearly kings and queens, pipers, buglers and choirs across the four corners of the nation, playing and singing specially commissioned music prior to the lighting of over 2’200 Platinum Jubilee Beacons in unison. Seaford Town Council is busy working with local event organisers to enable our local community to celebrate Her Majesty’s historic reign as we encourage our community to come together to celebrate this historic milestone and reflect on The Queen’s 70 years of service.
To find out what’s happening in Seaford over the extended bank holiday for The Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations, keep reading.
THURSDAY 2ND JUNE
2 pm – Proclamation
At 2 pm hundreds of town criers and pearly kings and queens across the nation will herald a specially written proclamation signalling the lighting of the beacon later in the evening. Peter White, appointed Town Crier of Seaford having cried for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and one of the longest-serving Town Criers in the country will cry the Proclamation for Seaford at 2 pm at the Lych Gate of St Leonard’s Church, followed by a repeat of the cry in Broad Street, we invite everyone to be part of this historic moment to commence the Celebrations.
7 pm – Best of British Themed Evening
Come and taste the ‘Best of British’ menu at The View at Seaford Head. Enjoy some traditional British tastes with stunning evening views and why not end the evening by joining the town to watch the lighting of the Beacon at the Shoal along the Esplanade?
To view the menu and make a booking click here.
7 pm – Choral Evensong in St. Leonard’s
Full details can be found at www.seafordparish.org.uk/jubilee/
9.45 pm – The lighting of the Beacon
There is a long and unbroken tradition in our country of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons. On the 2nd of June, the nation will celebrate a feat no other monarch has managed to achieve, our Queens Platinum Jubilee with over 2,200 beacons being lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK overseas territories in recognition of her long and selfless service.
Seaford’s beacon will be placed near ‘The Shoal‘ at Splash Point allowing the local communities, individuals and organisations to come together and pay tribute to HRH Queen Elizabeth and will be lit in unison at 9.45 pm by Seaford Bonfire Society.
Celebrations will start at 9:00 pm with singing from the Archway Choir followed by Peter White, appointed Town Crier of Seaford officially opening the ceremony at 9.30 pm followed by a welcome speech from Cllr Olivia Honeyman, Mayor of Seaford.
At 9.35 pm,Richard Brookes a local Piper will be playing ‘Diu Regnare’ a unique tune specially written for this historic Jubilee by Piper Stuart Liddell, 2020 Glenfiddich Champion and Pipe Major of the World Champion Pipe Band, Inveraray and District. Bugler Chris Goodchild of Seaford Silver Bank Band will be undertaking the Bugle Call – ‘Majesty’ at 9.40 pm, before the beacon is lit.
At exactly 9.45 pm, to coincide with the lighting of the Beacon, the Archway Choir will be performing ‘A song for the Commonwealth’ Filling the nation with the sound of music as we celebrate this special moment in The Queen’s life.
FRIDAY 3RD JUNE
2.30 PM – Mayor’s Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The View
Seaford’s Big Jubilee Lunch Event will take place on Friday afternoon at The View. The annual Big lunch brings millions of people together across the UK to celebrate their neighbours and community, help us get to know one another and relieve loneliness in the community. Our Big Lunch Event will be set against the relaxing sounds of the live piano and will include a welcome drinks reception with the Deputy Mayor of Seaford followed by a mouth-watering Jubilee themed afternoon tea that includes the official Jubilee Beacon Tart as released from the Palace and a souvenir Platinum Jubilee mug. To view the menu and make a booking please click here.
SATURDAY 4TH JUNE
10 am – 12 pm Beacon Day (with a free afternoon guided tour)
On Saturday 4th June, SCIP will host Beacon Day, as part of Seaford’s Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations. Volunteers will be available from 10 am – 12 pm at various points along the trail to speak to the community about the project, the artworks and the stories, with a free guided tour in the afternoon. Local charity, Cycling Without Age Seaford, will be running free, accessible tours of the exhibition for elderly or disabled members of the community. These sessions are limited and can be booked online at wearescip.co.uk.
Further details can be found here.
10 am & 3.15pm – Open Church & Messy Church
The Parish of Sutton with Seaford is celebrating the Jubilee in St. Leonard’s Church with Cake and Coffee and Crafts from 10.00 am on Saturday 4th June, followed by a special Jubilee themed Messy Church at 3.15 pm.
SUNDAY 5TH JUNE
All Day – The Big Jubilee Lunch
A once in a lifetime event, this unique Big Jubilee Lunch is set to be a cracker. Sunday the 5th of June is the official day earmarked for this year’s big lunch as we come to the end of the celebratory weekend (although big lunches are encouraged across the whole bank holiday!) Whether it’s sharing a cuppa with a neighbour on the doorstep or a bigger bash in the street, join millions of people across the UK to share friendship, food and fun with The Big Jubilee Lunch.
Since 2009, the big lunch has been bringing people and communities together to help people get to know each other and combat loneliness. A big can be as big or as small as you like from a cup of tea with your neighbour, a meeting of friends for a BBQ or a whole street party – it’s up to you. We encourage our local communities to get together today, say hello, check-in with one another and enjoy a magnificent ending to a historic weekend!
Big or Small, Public or Private record your big lunch event on the official map!
6 pm Civic Songs of Praise
The Parish of Sutton with Seaford is ending the Jubilee celebrations with Civic Songs of Praise in St. Leonard’s at 6 pm on the evening of Sunday 5th June.
OTHER WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE QUEEN’S PLATINUM JUBILEE
Seaford Platinum Jubilee Street Parties
The UK has a long history of organising street parties to celebrate national events and Seaford Town Council is thrilled by the community response to road closure applications to enable local street parties to go ahead (applications closed on 31st March 2022). Street Parties will be held across the weekend in the following communities:
KINGSTON WAY (Private)
SANDORE ROAD (Private)
One of our residents Sally had this to say, “When I heard about the Big Lunch it really was the perfect opportunity to do something to bring everyone together after the last couple of years and in conversation with June and other close neighbours, realised that they wanted to do the same. The Big Lunch is the perfect opportunity and is well worth celebrating. We did celebrate VE Day in a small way – just a few socially distanced neighbours outside in our front gardens with some bunting, but this is on a much larger scale and we couldn’t be happier about it”.
Jacqui a resident of Sandore Road had this to say “We are a little group of just 10 houses, some residents have lived here a very long time – the longest nearly 40 years – but we have also had quite a few new people move in within the last 3 years.
One of our residents was Ashley Stephenson. He was the last bailiff of the Royal Parks in London. He was awarded the LVO (Lieutenant Victorian Order) which is in the gift of the Queen in recognition of distinguished personal service to the Monarch. He lived here for about 35 years together with his wife Isabel who was the founder of Seaford in Bloom. Sadly they both died during lockdown. On the day of Ashley’s funeral, we all stood outside our houses and paid our respects as the small funeral cortège departed.
I think covid created an increased sense of community in our little close, and brought a feeling of togetherness amongst all the residents regardless of how long we had been living here. We were all spending a lot more time at home and in our gardens, waving to each other on the Thursday night clap for NHS! We also set up a group email so we could keep in touch and anyone could ask for help if they needed it.
A lot of us finally came together at a neighbour’s Christmas party in December. We had a great time and felt so lucky to have such a lovely bunch of people as neighbours and that’s when we came up with the idea of having a street party to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee together”.
The Palace has requested that celebrations and events be registered, to enable The Palace to map out and keep a lasting record of the Platinum Jubilee weekend’s activities. Anyone hosting a street party, event or exhibition is able to register this themselves online: https://platinumjubilee.gov.uk/events/
Why not try baking The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon Tart to have at your Big Lunch or Street Party.
The Queen’s Green Canopy
The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree-planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee.”
It’s an inclusive national initiative, meaning that everyone from across the United Kingdom can get involved.
The planting of new trees across the United Kingdom may take the form of:
- Individuals planting trees on their private land.
- Corporates and businesses planting trees on their land and creating tree planting projects with employees.
- Platinum Jubilee Community Planting projects for youth groups, Parishes, Residents’ Associations.
- A Platinum Jubilee Avenue of medium-sized or large trees ideal for cities, large estates, new housing developments and parishes.
- A Platinum Jubilee Copse on private land or land allocated by the County or Council.
- A Platinum School Tree: on school grounds involving students and teachers.
Seaford Town Council will be working closely with ‘Trees for Seaford’ with planting due to commence again in the autumn when tree roots are dormant and new trees have the best chance of flourishing. From individuals to groups and organisations, Seaford Town Council encourages anyone to contact Trees for Seaford for planting advice.
Full details can be found at www.queensgreencanopy.org/get-involved/
The Woodland Trust is giving schools and Community groups the chance to apply for free tree packs, visit the woodland trust for more information: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/schools-and-communities/queens-green-canopy/
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – Write a Letter to the Queen
As part of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Seaford Rotary is organising a competition for Primary School children who live in the town to write a letter to the Queen congratulating her on reaching her Platinum Jubilee. As well as offering prizes, they aim to engage young people in an exercise that allows them to write imaginatively and creatively.
The closing date is Friday 6th May 2022, after which Seaford Rotary will organise judging of the entries and they plan to send some of the winning entries to Buckingham Palace.
Please read the information from Seaford Rotary here, before entering.
Entry forms can be downloaded here.