Grants available for Platinum Jubilee events

On 6 February this year, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.

To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 June to Sunday 5 June. The bank holiday will provide an opportunity for communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the historic milestone.

The Heritage Foundation is encouraging groups, communities and organisations in the area to mark this historic celebration by hosting an event where groups and organisations can come and connect to cherish this time together.

Today the Foundation has announced a fund to assist with the setup, marketing and running of these events.  Events could be anything, ranging from a “Big Lunch” through to creative events to showcase and learn new skills, or even a traditional street party. There are more suggestions and guidance online.

Groups can apply for up to £750, and the application process is now open. 

Alastair Stewart, Head of Charitable Projects and Partnerships at the Foundation said, “Our grants committee were delighted to be able to set up this fund to help the town celebrate this momentous occasion. There’s been so much doom and gloom in the news, and Her Majesty has always been a beacon of hope. We’re excited to find out what the communities in Letchworth have planned, and are really pleased that we can offer assistance.”

Events will also be promoted as a part of the opening weekend of the Letchworth Festival which runs throughout the town from 28 May – 26 June.