Get set for the Chichester Gala and Jubilee weekend

C120708-2 Chi Crier  phot kate''The Town Crier, Richard Plowman letting everyone know about the forthcoming Gala.C1210708-2
C120708-2 Chi Crier phot kate''The Town Crier, Richard Plowman letting everyone know about the forthcoming Gala.C1210708-2

People in Chichester are being encouraged to come out in force and line the streets on Saturday for the city Gala which has been specially revived for the Queen’s Jubilee.

On Saturday the city’s town crier Richard Plowman was out in full regalia, spreading the news to shoppers as they enjoyed the sunshine.

The event will kick off an exciting long weekend of events across the area to celebrate the Jubilee and promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

People in Donnington got ahead of the game last weekend and made sure their Diamond Jubilee celebration party was a real gem of an occasion.

The blazing sunshine made it a sparkling success, as months of planning paved the way for a wonderful day which was enjoyed by around 230 adults and 60 children from across the village.

Cis Bartram, one of the organisers, said: “We had wonderful, wonderful weather. We had excellent food – and lots of it – the kids were very, very happy and had a lovely time, it was a great success. Everybody enjoyed being there.”

The village decided to hold its celebrations a week early because many people would be away at the start of the school half-term, and because many other events were being planned.

There were lots of activities for the children throughout the afternoon and children went away very happy at the end with a mug provided by Donnington Parish Council.

“With the weather we needed the gazebos up to shelter from the heat,” said Mrs Bartram.

“We had tremendous support –we had people offering to make the salads, do the scones and make the tea, we had lots of volunteers from the community.”

Once people had gathered, the event began with a rendition of God Save The Queen and a short prayer before the start of the fancy dress parade.

The barbecue food was then served, and afterwards the children split into groups for arts and crafts and games. Youngsters enjoyed face-painting and making crowns and created a huge collage flag which was put on display.

For adults there was a series of quizzes with bottles of champagne as prizes.

“We managed to get enough chairs together – my main concern was we’d have people standing,” said Mrs Bartram. “We had babies right through to 14 and 15-year-olds and they helped volunteer with the younger ones.

“It was tremendous, we are always lucky with the support for the garden party at the church but this was something special.

“There were people who you don’t normally see and you were aware of everybody helping and enjoying being together.”

As well as celebrations at village halls and greens, more than 200 streets across the county will be bringing out the bunting and Union Jacks and holding official street parties.

West Sussex County Council said 211 applications had been received for road closures.

County council leader Louise Goldsmith said; “It is wonderful to know that so many of our communities in the county are coming together with their neighbours to mark this historic occasion.

“This will be the first big event in what should be a summer to remember.”

People in Bosham will be closing the High Street for an evening party on Sunday, June 3. There will be 200 people including 55 under-14s.

There will be bunting aplenty and people will be wearing crowns in honour of the Queen.

Vehicles will be barred from the street and there will be music by four members of the Jazz Smugglers band from 5.30pm until about 8.30pm. The Anchor Bleu pub will also be open.

Residents of Forbes Place and King George Gardens will be gathering on the lawn outside King George Gardens to raise a toast to the Queen on Sunday.

They will be holding a joint jubilee party from midday and the toast will be led by residents Martyn Bell and Jack Howard.

Residents have also been busy organising a tombola with all profits going to St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Chichester Garden Centre has launched a promotion to mark the Diamond Jubilee, offering tips and advice as well as the best of British food, plants and products.

“We are producing a free Diamond Jubilee celebration newspaper for all visitors, we will be on-hand to give tips on planting up patriotic baskets, tubs and containers and we will be stocking a selection of jubilee-themed giftware,” said manager Michael Edmondson.

The centre’s restaurant will also be offering a special menu to honour the Queen’s 60-year reign, with an emphasis on supporting British farmers and producers.

Head along for a Best of British Big Lunch on Sunday.

The free newspaper includes 30 ideas for the ultimate Diamond Jubilee Party, as well as recipes for party goodies, such as coronation chicken and trifle, and instructions on how to make bunting and games people can play.

And there will also be a range of ready-made-up red, white and blue-themed hanging baskets, as well as colour-coordinated pots and containers available for customers to buy.

The Jubilee Sidlympics are at the heart of the Sidlesham Festival 2012 on Monday at Sidlesham Primary School Field, Keynor Lane.

At 2.30pm participants will assemble on the school field dressed in red, white and blue and/or fancy dress with a jubilee/Olympics theme. They will then parade around the field and from 3pm there will be the Sidlympics on the field, or in the hall, if wet.

Circuits of trials/skills will be set up at different locations round the field – similar to a fitness trail – to include football, athletics, basketball/netball, tennis, hockey, archery, gymnastics, badminton and volleyball.

At 4pm there will be contests including space hopper, wellie-throwing, slow bicycle (bring your own bike), sack, running and skipping and team relays from 4.30pm. There will be activities for younger children throughout the afternoon including water play, bubble-making, chalk boards, parachute games, face-painting, jubilee craft and lucky dip. Events and activities are free apart from a nominal charge for face-painting, jubilee craft and lucky dip. Refreshments will be on sale.

There will be a pay-as-you-go barbecue at 4pm and a medal presentation at 5pm. Car parking will be at 42 Keynor Lane.

Residents in Ferndale Road and Maplehurst Road in Summersdale will be having a street party from midday onwards. There will be a partial road closure 11am-8pm. There will be a big bring-and-share lunch, games, a tombola, guess the weight of the cake, guess the name of the teddy and quizzes and there will be an opportunity for neighbours to get together.

In Parklands there will be a 1950s themed party on the green for all residents. The free event on Tuesday will include a variety of refreshments.

Funtington Parish Council is holding a jubilee event on Monday.

The event is taking place at Staines Farm, gates open from 3pm.

The event will be joined by the West Sussex County Council youth big band, Bognor traditional dancers and maypole dancers. There will also be an adventure playground for children.

There will be a hog roast and fireworks followed by a bonfire in the evening.

The tickets for this event are strictly by invitation and have now sold out.

Funtington Parish Council is delighted the event has been such a success.

Anyone with tickets who wants to set up chairs and gazebos can do this on Sunday, after midday.

On bank holiday Monday Chichester Cinema at New Park will host an afternoon cream tea and film screening. Cream teas will be served from 2.45pm and the public can either watch The Pirates before at 1pm or We Bought A Zoo at 4pm.

Libraries across the area are also celebrating the Jubilee.

Children are being invited to enter a competition by drawing a picture or writing a poem about the Queen.

All they need to do is hand their work in at their nearest library and it will be sent to Buckingham Palace.

The closing date for entries is Saturday, June 9, and first prize is a £10 book voucher.

A jubilee weekend art exhibition will take place at the new Tidy Street Studios in Birdham Pool from June 2-5, 10am-6pm.

Art Unlocked offers fresh talent with a local flavour, with painting, photography, sculpture and textiles from award-winning artists.

The exhibition runs 10am-6pm daily and there will be opportunities to meet the artists and take in the delights of Birdham Pool on a summer’s day.

The artists are: Lucie Cookson (, Matt Wrenford (, Matt Foster ( and Anna Barlow (

Email, see or call 01243 670065 for more information about the art weekend.