Platinum Jubilee Celebrations -See the full list of activities!
To celebrate the Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen the Friends of Grovelands are hosting a Platinum Picnic In The Park on Saturday 4th June 2022 10.30am – 6.30pm. A fun day for all the family!
There will be lots of activites taking place throughout the day:
10.30 EVENT OPENS :
11.00am – Informal Tea Dance in the Royalty Ballroom with 1950s Music
11.30am – Assemble for Parade in front of Café
11.45am – 1948 Daimler, Mayor & Band Arrive
12.00pm – Pageant start led by Premier Band followed by Daimler car with the arrival of the Mayor and two special guests, Ukraine refugees. Followed by other participants , schools, families, vintage cars, tractors, dogs. All welcome!
2.45pm Band at the bandstand and Mayor to speak & open event and present prizes
1.30pm Premier Band first performance
1.45pm – lots more dancing in Royalty Ballroom
2.00pm Ha Ha Hopscotch Retro games and lots of fund for children and big kids alike!
2.30pm – Premier Band second performance
3.00 – pm Dog Show begins
Platinum Trifle Trad band perform
3.30pm Agha Children’s Party / Games
There will also be fun dancing at the Royalty Ballroom Learn to Jive with Martin and Elaine of New Life Dance from 2.30pm
18.30 Event ends
The highlight of the day will be a special pageant for the community at 12pm when school groups, families and individuals can all get into the spirit of the day by dressing up in Coronation or 1950s inspired costumes and joining in the parade. Prizes will be given for the best dressed in each category, whilst of course the pictures of the event will create new memories and be part of the rich history of the park.
The pageant will be led by a military style marching band, who will then take their seats on a band stand to play for the visitors to the park.
There will be an Exhibition showing the history of our much loved park and a second marquee will serve as a ‘homage’ to the old Royalty Ballroom, so people can dance to music in the style of 1952.
Retro children’s games will be available, a dog show and other activities including a cinema tent showing historic films of Grovelands Park, as well as a memory tent where visitors can record their own precious memories of Grovlands Park. Southgate Photographic Society are organising a photographic competition with an exhibition of park related pictures.
To mark the occasion of the Platinum Jubilee for future generations an oak tree will be planted near to the Centenary oak we planted in 2013.
We are also delighted that local Craft Shop Stich will be displaying the Community Jubilee Collage. A project invovling schools and local volunteers across the borough who have contributed to this creative craft project.
You can either bring your own picnic (no barbecues) and relax with your families to enjoy the day or there will be some food and coffee concessions available.
Days like this can only happen with the support of volunteers but it is hoped that residents will enthusiastically get involved with this community event and join the Friends of Grovelands Park to help organise supporting attractions. The Friends of Grovelands Park will underwrite the infrastructure costs of this event using funds generated by the successful Centenary Celebrations in 2013, the last significant historic date for the park but other much needed sources of funding and donations are being sought to make this a very special day to remember (4th June 2022) . Please donate whatever you can.
As part of our oral history project we want to talk to any local residents who are about 80 or over, who have memories of the park from the 1950s and earlier.