Corfe Castle plans festivities for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Celebrations in Corfe Castle to mark the Queen’s 70 year reign are being planned to match its Diamond Jubilee extravaganza in 2012.

A picnic for the whole of the village, a drone photo and a piper on St Edward’s Church tower are just some of the suggestions so far and anyone who wants to find out more is invited to a meeting at Corfe Castle village hall at 7.30 pm on Friday 25th February 2022.

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Corfe Castle diamond jubilee tea
Corfe Castle Jubilee

Jubilee tea in Corfe Castle in 2012

Games, entertainment and a picnic

Events will take place across the UK over the extended bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022.

The main festivities in Corfe Castle are planned for Sunday 5th June 2022 when there will be a special service and a ringing of the bells at St Edwards Church.

It’s planned that this will be followed by The Big Picnic – a picnic lunch at the sports pavilion field with music provided by the U3A ukulele band.

Suggestions also include a plan to plant 70 trees in 70 different locations around the parish, as well as a Diamond Jubilee cake ‘bake off’.

St Edward's Church , Corfe Castle

Piper on the church tower? Just one of the suggestions for this year

“Bring the whole community together”

Denise Fuller, secretary of the Corfe Castle Diamond Jubilee committee, said:

“We are looking for local organisations to come forward with their ideas.

“After Covid it will be a great chance to bring the whole community together, because we’ve all been through troubled times.”

Corfe Castle diamond jubilee embroidery
Denise Fuller

Embroidery created for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012

Corfe Castle diamond jubilee commemorative mugs
Corfe Castle Jubilee

Commemorative mugs commissioned for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Photographic exhibition

Back in 2012, villagers produced a commemorative embroidery organised by local resident Penny Barker. This time it’s hoped to have a photographic exhibition of things from the last 70 years.

Other activities last time around included a drum workshop which marched down the main street to the village square.

Market Square at Corfe Castle

In 2012 drummers marched to the village square

St Edward's Church in Corfe Castle

A special service and ringing of the bells at St Edward’s Church in Corfe Castle is planned for 2022

Drone photograph

This time, organisers hope to get a drone photograph taken of the whole village at their picnic – calling it The Big Picture.

Other plans include local drama group Double Act performing a play called ‘Rule Britannia: the story so far’. As well as a competition for the best dressed house front.

Sports Pavilion field Corfe Castle

The sports pavilion field where The Big Picnic will be held

“She’s done a terrific job”

Denise Fuller said:

“The Queen has been a marvellous monarch. Whether you’re a royal supporter or not, you have to admit she’s done a terrific job.

“It’s all going to involve a lot of work but I’m looking forward to it.”  

Corfe Castle diamond jubilee
Corfe Castle Jubilee

The village celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012

Village meeting poster

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