The Queen's Platinum Jubilee 2022
On the 6th February of this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service, having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old.
To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives are taking place throughout the year. The UK celebrated a four day UK Bank Holiday from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The four days provided an opportunity for the Wallingford Community to come together to celebrate this important milestone.
Some of how we celebrated included :
Wallingford Commemorative Queen's Platinum Jubilee Coin to Primary School Children
The Mayor of Wallingford, Cllr Marcus Harris visited primary schools in Wallingford to give the children a special commemorative Queen’s Platinum Jubilee coin.
Photograph & Memorabilia Exhibition of the last 70 years by David Beasley
The Photograph and Memorabilia Exhibition of the last 70 years by David Beasley was displayed in Wallingford Town Hall over a number of days and proved very popular with many people visiting to view the photo’s and memorabilia over the last 70 years which sparked nostalgia and curiosity!
We thank David Beasley for producing this wonderful exhibition for the town.
Mayor of Luxeuil-Les-Bains visited Wallingford (our Twinned Town)
We invited the Mayor and his family from our twinned town Luxeuil-Les-Bains to reignite our relations for the weekend and attend variety of events, to experience Wallingford as its best. This culminated with the planting of three roses in the rose garden in Castle Gardens.
Frédéric our twinned Mayor planted a rose called Elizabeth to mark the visit and the jubilee. Marcus our Mayor planted a rose for the community of Wallingford for all that they did during covid and Ken Lester our High Steward of Wallingford planted one for the Street Pastors who won the High Stewards Award this year.
Frédéric Burghard commented “Thank you so much for the warm welcome to me and my family. The whole weekend was well organised and kept us entertained, with so much to see and do. Wallingford is such a lovely town and the people, their spirits shone through over the weekend. We look forward to working more closely together into the future.”
"Picnic in the Castle Gardens"
The long weekend of celebrations was topped off with a community picnic in the Castle Gardens on the Sunday where we came together to experience some amazing talent on stage to entertain us, the children played, donkeys kept us calm and hunting the Queens Corgi’s was a fun way to explore the grounds. The picnic ended with the whole of the community in Castle Gardens singing the National Anthem ‘God Save The Queen’.
Queen's Green Canopy (OX10 Initiative)
There will be commemorative tree planting as part of the Queen’s Canopy throughout the year.
All of the parishes of the OX10 postcode district are coming together to collaborate on a big tree-planting and hedge-laying boost for our area to mark the first ever Platinum Jubilee.
If you are interested in planting a tree for the Jubilee or to find out more details on this initiative, visit the Queen’s Green Canopy Website.