Grants available for jubilee events

COMMUNITY groups that want to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in June still have time to apply for funding.

Wakefield Council has allocated £21,000 to its Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund to help people celebrate with street parties and commemorative events. Each ward has been allocated £1,000, with community groups eligible to apply for up to £500.

The fund has now been extended to support events taking place outside the Jubilee weekend. Registered groups and organisations will be given priority and applications will be accepted from town and parish councils.

The council has also organised a number of its own events, including the main celebration at Pontefract Castle on Monday, June 4. There will be a ‘Picnic at the Castle’ event for families between 11am and 4pm. This will be followed by the ‘Proms at the Castle’, a last night of the proms style concert performed by the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra at 7pm. The evening - which is a ticketed event - will finish with a firework display and lighting of the Jubilee beacon. There will also be a Jubilee Tea Party at the Hepworth Wakefield between 11am and 4pm on Saturday, June 2, and a barbecue-style lunch at Wakefield Cathedral Precinct on Sunday, June 3.

In South Elmsall, a Lovely Jub-i-lee event is being held on Sunday, June 3, to raise funds for the Wakefield Down’s Syndrome Support Group and the Neonatal wards at Pinderfields Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary. It takes place at Frickley Cricket Ground from 11am and will include football coaching, a cricket match, bouncy castles, facepainting, live music acts and a barbecue.

To apply or for more information, e-mail or call 01924 305333. The deadline is Friday, May 4.

l Are you planning an event to celebrate the jubilee? Or do you have any old pictures of local events celebrating the Queen’s Coronation or silver and golden jubilees? Get in touch by calling 01977 642214.