WARWICKSHIRE residents are being invited to commemorate the Coronation of The King and The Queen Consort with a series of celebratory events.
On Saturday May 6, the Coronation ceremony will take place at Westminster Abbey, followed by opportunities to get involved in The Big Lunch from May 6-8 and The Big Help Out on May 8.
Warwickshire district and borough councils are reminding residents of opportunities to submit street party and temporary road closure applications before the end of March.
Rugby Borough Council is sharing information about how to request a temporary road closure (https://tinyurl.com/2fystpas), which must be submitted by 5pm on March 27, as well as offering street party guidance (https://tinyurl.com/sbaspw95).
Stratford-on-Avon District Council is sharing details on how to organise a street party (https://tinyurl.com/y9sjnnpp), with applications for street closures to be submitted by March 24.
Warwick District Council is also sharing information on how to organise a street party (https://tinyurl.com/y6dphud4), with applications for street closures to be submitted no later than March 24.
Additional advice and guidance for planning a street party to celebrate the Coronation is available at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/streetparties.
The National Lottery is also giving away up to £10,000 of funding to support communities in delivering local events and activities. Visit https://tinyurl.com/4fp3e689 to apply. The process can take up to 12 weeks.
Between the May 6-8, the charity Eden Project Communities is encouraging neighbours and communities across the country to get together to share friendship, food and fun as part of The Big Lunch.
Visit www.coronationbiglunch.com to download a free Coronation Big Lunch pack full of ideas, tips, and practical help to plan your community event.
On May 8, people from across the country will also be doing their bit and volunteering their time as part of The Big Help Out (https://thebighelpout.org.uk). To support this, Warwickshire County Council (WCC) will be highlighting a selection of volunteer stories and how more residents can get involved in volunteering over the coming weeks.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/coronation to find out more about the Coronation in Warwickshire.
WCC Chief Executive Monica Fogarty said: “This coronation is a historic, once in a lifetime event, and on behalf of the County Council I would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to The King and The Queen Consort on this most momentous occasion.
“Warwickshire has hosted many royal visits in the past, and this is a great opportunity to look forward and celebrate the monarchy through an inspiring variety of events and activities, providing a fantastic sense of unity, community, and togetherness.
“It is wonderful that so many residents of Warwickshire will have the opportunity to come together and build on the immense sense of community that exists across the county. Neighbours will join together at street parties, and the most vulnerable in our society will see a boost of support from volunteers during The Big Help Out.”
Tim Cox, Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, said: “It is an honour to support The King and The Queen Consort by promoting all of the great events and activities that will be happening to celebrate the Coronation across Warwickshire.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to connect with each other during such a historical moment in our lifetimes, especially as the power of our communities working together is such an important part of Warwickshire life.”
The Coronation of King Charles III will be the first Coronation event to take place in the UK since Queen Elizabeth II was crowned almost 70 years ago. The ceremony will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, reflecting the monarch’s role today whilst being rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry.
King Charles III’s Coronation will be broadcast online and live on televisions around the world. The BBC is offering local communities, including those in Warwickshire, a one-off TV Licence dispensation to watch the Coronation ceremony on 6 May and the Coronation Concert on 7 May. Visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FAQ290 for more information.