Monday, 08 August 2022

Party for the Queen

ROYALISTS in Henley and South Oxfordshire will celebrate the Queen&rsquos 90th birthday next weekend.

ROYALISTS in Henley and South Oxfordshire will celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday next weekend.

Communities will come together to pay tribute to our longest-serving monarch with street parties, barbecues, tea parties, beacon lightings and other events.

Her Majesty’s actual birthday was on April 21 but her official birthday is next Saturday (June 11) and will be marked by the Trooping of the Colour at Buckingham Palace.

In Henley, there will be several street parties and a number of other events.

Mayor Julian Brookes said: “I’m looking forward to taking part in as many events as possible. My diary for Sunday is blocked off.”

This year’s Henley civic service has been organised for next Sunday to coincide with the celebrations.

Town councillors and other dignitaries will parade from the town hall to St Mary’s Church in Hart Street for the service.

Councillor Brookes said: “We took the opportunity to do it on the Queen’s birthday as it’s something more to celebrate.

“For those who come to the church there will be coffee and cakes afterwards.”

After the service there will be an event in Market Place organised by the town council but details have still to be finalised.

Roads throughout the town will be closed at different times over the weekend so street parties can take place.

Events in Henley and elsewhere are as follows:

Saturday, June 11

Queen Street will be closed from noon to midnight for a street party. Eleven residents have bought red, white and blue hanging baskets from Henley in Bloom to decorate the road.

The Gainsborough Residents’ Association has organised a celebration event in Makins recreation ground from 11am to late.

There will be games, music, facepainting and the lighting of a beacon. Attendees are urged to bring tables, chairs and food.

If any residents have mobility issues, transport can be arranged by association co-chairmen Paula Isaac on 07983 518412 or David Eggleton on 07836 202508.

A party will be held at Nettlebed village club in High Street from noon.

A celebration event will be held in Emmer Green recreation ground from 3pm to 7pm.

Peppard Revels have organised a picnic on the top common from 4pm to 8.30pm.

This will include the release of 90 helium balloons, each marked with a year of the Queen’s life which can be purchased by visitors. There will be a prize for the balloon which travels the furthest.

A giant picnic will be held on the common and there will be a bar, barbecue and performances by children from Peppard Primary School. The village beacon will be lit at 8pm. All Saints’ Church in Peppard will be decorated with flower arrangements and photographs of the village from throughout the last 90 years will be on display. The church will be open from 9am to 5pm and refreshments will be available in the parish room from 10am to 4pm.

The hall and gardens at Christ the King Church in Sonning Common will be open from 2pm to 5pm. There will also be strawberries and cream, a sale of books and jigsaws, children’s games and themed crafts.

A community picnic will take place at Kidmore End Primary School.

A village picnic with a red, white and blue theme will be held at Crazies Hill village hall from 5pm.

Afternoon tea will be served on Whitchurch village green.

A community event for residents of Russell’s Water, Swyncombe and Maidensgrove will be held at the Five Horseshoes pub in Maidensgrove from 5.30pm.

Sunday, June 12

A tea party for 100 elderly people will be held at the d:two centre in Market Place, Henley, from 3pm to 5pm.

This is the third year running the party has been organsied by the the Henley Partnership with companies including Home Instead Senior Care, Time Finders, Orchard House and Brakspear.

The organisers are appealing for volunteers to help transport guests to and from the venue.

Home Instead owner Paul Westgarth said: “If there are any transport companies that would like to support this event by providing transport for local pensioners to get to the party, we would be very grateful. Please do get in touch if you think you can help.” If you can help, call Mr Westgarth on (01491) 877132.

Street parties will mean part of Makins Road will be closed from noon to 5pm, Belle Vue Road will be shut from 1pm to 6pm and St Andrew’s Road will be closed from 12.30pm to 9pm.

Residents of Marmion Road will also be holding an event.

A party will be held at Shiplake Memorial Hall in Memorial Avenue from noon.

There will be live music, dancing, a fun run for parents and children, a tug of war competition, Morris dancing, a children’s play area, six-a-side football, face-painting and a best crown competition. A free birthday tea with cakes will be served in the afternoon and there will be hot food and a bar. A street party will be held in Park Street, Binfield Heath.

A party will take place at Chiltern Road recreation ground in Caversham from 11am to 5pm.

A garden party will take place at Huntercombe Hall care home in Nuffield from 2.30pm to 4pm.

All Saints’ Church in Peppard will be decorated with flower arrangements and photographs of the village from throughout the last 90 years will be on display.

The church will be open from 9am to 5pm and refreshments will be available in the parish room from 10am to 4pm.

A ticketed champagne tea party will take place at Sonning Common village hall in Wood Lane. There will be a raffle, prizes and a quiz and guests are asked to come dressed for a royal event.

A party will be held on Mill Green in Wargrave featuring live entertainment, a children’s fancy dress competition and a best decorated table contest.

This will be preceded by a family service at St Mary’s Church at 11am.

In Goring, a tea party will be held at the care home Flint House from 1pm to 4pm and a thanksgiving tea at St Thomas’s Church from 5pm.

A party will be held in the Paddock in Watlington from 2pm to 6pm. This will be followed by a service at St Leonard’s Church.

A village picnic will be held in Ewelme recreation ground from noon to 4.30pm.

A service will be held at St John the Baptist Church in Kidmore End.

June 15-22

An exhibition of photographs and stories from previous visits by the Queen to the area will take place at the Old Fire Station Gallery in Upper Market Place, Henley. It has been organised by Henley Town Council.

Town councillor Sarah Miller urged anyone with suitable photographs to submit them for display.

She said: “We want to hear from anyone who has been lucky enough to meet the Queen or have their photograph taken with her.

“If anyone’s parents have any pictures or stories we could display and they would be happy for us to use, it would be great to hear from them.

“It can be anyone from Henley or people who used to live in Henley who have had any contact with the Queen or a member of her family.”

All those who submit something will invited to a drinks reception at the gallery on June 19. To make a submission, send an email with the information and your details to

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