The region’s Diamond Jubilee celebration plans

NDET 26-5-12 BWJ 51 Stonebroom Jubilee Parade. Mabel and Ruby Reeves
NDET 26-5-12 BWJ 51 Stonebroom Jubilee Parade. Mabel and Ruby Reeves

RIGHT Royal revellers are pulling out the stops to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee across our region.

Below are some of the many events planned around the Jubilee’s extended weekend between June 2 to 5.

Children First Nursery, at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, is having a London bus visit and an afternoon tea party, from 6.30pm, on June 6.

Meadow View, Holmewood, Chesterfield, is hosting a street party which will be opened by Chesterfield Borough Cllr Lee Stone, from 2pm, on June 3.

Renishaw Village Community Day, from 11am to 3pm, on June 2, at Renishaw and Spinkhill Community Hall and adjoining garden.

Palterton Village celebrations, at Palterton Welfare and Palterton Hall with a parade, fancy dress, street and garden party from 10am, June 2.

Revolution House, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, Royal Exhibition, until September 30.

Derbyshire County Council organised evening beacon lighting at Grindlow, on June 4.

Derbyshire County Council Beating the Retreat March, at Matlock County Hall car park, on June 19.

Ramshaw Lodge garden party, off Crow Lane, Unstone, from 1.30-pm to 4.30pm, on June 2.

Queen’s Jubilee church bell ringing celebrations, on June 5, at the following: St Lawrence’s, North Wingfield, at 11.30am; St Bartholomew’s, Clay Cross, at 1pm; Holy Trinity, Brackenfield, at 2.30pm; All Saints, Ashover, at 3.45pm.

Nationwide church bell ringing on June 3, to coincide with the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

Pleasley Diamond Jubilee Brass Band Trilogy concert with Pleasley Miners’ Welfare, Blidworth and Bolsover Re-union bands performing at Pleasley Miners’ Welfare fields, from 6pm, on June 4. Other events at Pleasley Miners’ Welfare, from 2pm, on June 4, include the babbling Vagabonds Children’s shadow puppet theatre, and from 3.30pm acoustic singer, songwriter Joe Moore will be performing.

Hartfield Close, Hasland, is hosting a street party with entertainment from 2pm to 10pm, on June 3.

Clowne Infant and Nursery School, is holding a party on June 1 with a balloon launch from 2.45pm.

Ashover village is hosting a full day of celebrations on June 4.

The National Trust will be holding Jubilee celebrations during the extended bank holiday weekend at venues including Longshaw, Hardwick Hall and Sudbury Hall.

As the Union Jack begins to line our streets, the National Trust is busy preparing for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend in the most British of ways – with almost 200,000 cups of tea and 30,000 scones. The Trust is also waiving entry fees for children visiting its places in the Midlands over the Jubilee weekend and half-term week. The free entry voucher for children can be downloaded at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/midlandsjubilee.

Based on previous Bank Holiday figures the National Trust is making provisions for its Summer of Celebration with over 70 tea parties planned across the country and at properties across the East Midlands they expect 4,000 litres of tea to be drunk, and over 10,000 scones to be scoffed. Locals are also likely to put away around 8,000 cream teas and more than 10,000 sandwiches as the country celebrates in true British style.

The National Trust – the perfect location for Brits to come together and celebrate all that Great Britain has to offer – will be proudly displaying 7.3km of bunting (more than 4.5 miles) across the Jubilee weekend – enough to wrap around Buckingham Palace 16 times.

More than 23,000* picnic rugs are expected to be sold over the weekend of celebrations – which would cover an area of 41,812 square meters, the equivalent of six Wembley football pitches.

Its now only a few days away until the Three Valleys Festival, on Saturday 2nd June, kick-starts the Royal Jubilee weekend celebrations in Dronfield, Holmesfield, Barlow, Bradway and Totley.The festival is spread across 10 venues in the area – 9 pubs and a brewery – all of whom have helped pay for a free bus service to run between all the venues and the local railway stations every half hour.

The festival was the brainchild of local Campaign for Real Ale members Nick Wheat (of Holmesfield) and Andrew Cullen (of Bradway) as an idea of how to support our local pubs and breweries as well as bringing a big party involving craft beer, food and music to the area.

Between the 10 venues, there will be over 100 different real ales and other beers to choose from along with a large range of ciders, there will be 16 performances of live music and a whole range of food – including a gourmet sausage festival, hog roast, outdoor baked pizzas, BBQs and a carvery, as well as the usual bar meals and snacks.

Thanks to the free festival bus service, once you have got yourself into the festival region by train or bus you can easily hop between the venues to experience the different drinks, foods and entertainment on offer. The buses will run from midday until 11pm.

The venues taking part in the festival are: Coach & Horses, Dronfield, Dronfield Arms, Dronfield, Three Tuns, Dronfield, Jolly Farmer, Dronfield Woodhouse, Miners Arms, Dronfield Woodhouse, Hearty Oak, Dronfield Woodhouse, Horns Inn, Holmesfield, Barlow Brewery, Barlow, Castle Inn, Bradway and Cricket Inn, Totley.

Matlock Musical Theatre are exploding back on to the local performance scene with an ambitious production to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The company are touring their production, Right Royal Revue, around the area and are inviting you to join with them to celebrate this momentous occasion with song, laughter and a really good night of entertainment guaranteed.

Following 5 successful years at Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre, the group has been hard at work to ensure best foot (and voice) forward for an entertaining evening of show songs, pop arrangements and comedy items from each decade of the Queen’s 60 year reign. Those of you who have enjoyed the group’s more formal concerts will be wooed by dynamic delivery of so many works of the cream of British writers and composers. Since January the company have been dusting off their dance shoes and readying their vocal cords to astound you, plus you will be welcome to join in any songs you know the words to, in the street party atmosphere of the evening. You can look forward to a varied and engaging programme of items from The Beatles, Queen, Bricusse & Newley, John Barry, Elton John & Tim Rice, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. The society will accompanied by a keyboard and woodwind combo all under the inspiring direction of Delph Richards.

The performances will start at 7:30 pm and will be taking place 15 & 16 and 22 & 23 June, with the opening night venue being Imperial Rooms, Matlock and subsequent performances at Calver Village Hall, Medway Centre, Bakewell and Wirksworth Town Hall respectively. Tickets are available from Phil & Jane Allwood on 01246 220841 or via our website www.matlock-musical-theatre.org.uk. They are £9 including interval nibbles and there will be a limited bar at each venue. The members of Matlock Musical Theatre look forward to seeing you and entertaining you for the evening.