ExtraCare gets Platinum Jubilee ready across the country!
ExtraCare residents and staff across all locations are bringing their own unique spirit and preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend. Here is how some of our locations are celebrating.
Hughenden Gardens began the celebratory atmosphere with flags and banners adorning their village entrance featuring a mini plane for a decorative fly by. A local school will also be assisting the village with a colouring competition with pictures displayed for all to see.
Across multiple locations tree planting ceremonies took place to support The Queen’s Green Canopy planting initiative. At Bournville Gardens Village and Solihull Village the Mayors of both Birmingham and Solihull attended respectively to help residents plant the trees. Gary over at Humber Court was nominated by his fellow residents for all he does for his neighbours to be their representative to plant the tree.
In Evesham Yates Court residents took up their knitting needles to create beautiful, knitted crowns in honour of their jubilee party.
At locations street parties will be taking place. Rosewood Court will be entertaining residents at a Big Jubilee Lunch street party and at Sutton Coldfield’s New Oscott Village attendees will be treated to a live viewing of the Jubilee Concert alongside their party and a tree planting by oldest resident Dorothy Price, 102. Further North in Sheffield Brunswick Gardens will be hosting a Service of Thanksgiving for the Queens reign with hot drinks and biscuits and a street party of their own.
Resident Mavis Fieldsend is excited to begin the celebrations and commented: “I feel that I want to share the Queen’s happiness, I think she’s a wonderful lady”.
At Pannel Croft Village in Birmingham residents have Steel Pans and a DJ joining their street party and will enjoy a meal and jubilee goody bags with mugs, coasters, keyrings, and pens. Longbridge Village will be joined by the Longbridge Village Choir and West Midlands Light Orchestra and entertained with ballroom dance performances before jubilee cocktails. Wixams Village will enjoy their very own real fly past in-front of the village.
Down South in Milton Keynes Shenley Wood Village will be joined by the Sound of Cliff Richard for a wonderful evening of live entertainment. Lovat Fields Village will be hosting a disco and buffet.
Lark Hill Village in Nottingham will be hosting a Tea Dance with line dancing, ballroom dancing and afternoon tea and over in Gloucester St Oswald’s Village welcomed staff and pupils from King’s Junior School to perform a special Jubilee Celebration. Featuring singing and flag waving there was even a first-hand account of the Queen’s coronation from one of their residents – Eileen – who was actually there on the day 70 years ago, lining the streets of London.
Stoke Gifford Village’s Knit and Natter group have created an incredible knitted model of the Queen to attend their Big Jubilee Afternoon Tea. The Knit and Natter group met weekly over the last three months to create The Knitted Queen. The group were supported to ensure that knitting was accessible for all to enjoy, even for those with a past love for knitting who are now faced with challenges such as blindness, loss of dexterity and memory loss.
Earlsdon Park has a hat and crown making competition and showtime with the D-Day Darlings the UK’s premier wartime group who honour our wartime heroes.
It wasn’t just the residents partaking in the festivities as ExtraCare’s 40 charity shops created beautiful jubilee themed window fronts in their own efforts to bring joy to the city streets.
From all of us at ExtraCare we wish you a happy and enjoyable jubilee celebration!
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