Whitchurch Conservation Group awarded almost £10,000 for creative Platinum Jubilee events


WHITCHURCH Conservation Group has received almost £10,000 to organize creative events as part of Queen’s Platinum Jibilee celebrations.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) Arts Council Let’s Create Jubilee Fund awarded the group £9,984.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events, all to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

From puppetry and storytelling, to wreath making, carnival and art trails, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Funding will be used for a series of free creative community events in Whitchurch.

These include the Whitchurch Art Fair from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 at the Gill Nethercott Center and Music in the Meadow on Sunday June 5 at the Millennium Meadow.

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This free outdoor concert from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature a “Proms in the Park” style performance on stage by the Nova Foresta Classical Players Orchestra playing a selection of popular music culminating in a rousing climax with the playing of traditional favorites including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.

The Whitchurch Folk Club and the Whitchurch Singing for Fun Choir will also perform and there will be activities for children throughout the day from Basingstoke-based Anvil Arts The Musication Station and Proteus Theatre/Scratchbuilt Shed of Stories.

Made possible by National Lottery players and administered by UK community foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a wide range of projects across England. Some 44 community foundations received grants across the country.

Lucie Follett Maitland, Chair of the Whitchurch Conservation Group, said: “Music in the Meadow promises to be a great event and I hope as many people as possible will join in and enjoy the great musical talent on offer in the lovely setting of Millennium Meadow. We look forward to inviting as many local artists as possible to participate in our first Whitchurch Art Fair”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate and experience the arts, culture and creativity, made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

“This June we will see communities across England come together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I am delighted to see these projects come to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our communities wonderfully creative celebrate the queen’s platinum jubilee.

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Jacqui Scott, CEO of HIWCF, added: “We would like to thank the National Lottery and Arts Council England for this exciting opportunity to support our local charity sector during the historic Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

“This is a fabulous opportunity for us to celebrate our shared cultural history, and we look forward to seeing an extraordinary range of activities that reflect the diverse nature of our communities.

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