Mayor's New Year message and ideas sought for Jubilee celebrations

Ottery St. Mary jubilee celebrations at the Land of Canaan. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 2326-23-

Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the Land of Canaan in 2012 - Credit: Alex Walton

Ottery Town Council is calling on local groups to help them celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this summer.

The ‘Let’s Create Jubilee’ fund has been launched with the aim of supporting local communities to develop creative and cultural activities in celebration of the historic occasion. 

Voluntary and community groups will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with artists and cultural organisations to produce creative events. The fund has been created by Arts Council England (ACE) with money from the National Lottery.

Initial jubilee plans include a picnic in the park, a celebration dance, a vintage cricket match and other themed events to tie in with the national celebration.

Ottery’s mayor, Vicky Johns, said: “It’s the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June and as a town, we are already starting to plan some fabulous events over the four-day period which will be a community event led by the community as a group under the umbrella of the Council. We will be looking for volunteer's to aid in the run-up to and on the days so please get in touch if you can help.

“And there is now the chance to raise money to support local groups finding their own way to celebrate and include them in the official programme of events.”

If any individual or group would like to be considered for the grant they can message the Council, who are collating all information to avoid duplication or clashing events, through; Facebook, or phone 01404 812252 or by emailing admin@otterystmary-tc.gov.uk

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Jubilee ideas should:

  • Take place in a street, across a neighbourhood, a village or community hall, a park or some other local space
  • Focus on the art, creativity and culture of the community
  • Be driven by a local community group working in collaboration with local artists and/or arts organisations
  • Take place in June 2022 so as to be on, or very near to, the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend

Applications need to be received before February 11 and should demonstrate how they will ensure the activities are inclusive and accessible and reflect and celebrate the diversity of Devon.

Reflecting on recent challenges and the year ahead, Vicky said: “It has been a very difficult couple of years for many but as a town, we have pulled together and ensured that no one has felt alone. 

“In the last couple of months of 2021, it has been a great experience hosting the Ottery Larder and helping them distribute waste food to the community - the Council offices have never had so many visitors. 
“We also had some fabulous Christmas lights put up, which many people have complimented Ottery St Mary Town Council on. Lots of businesses decorated their windows and many people attended the Late Night Shopping event, which last year not only showcased the businesses of Ottery but for the first year, there was a craft fayre up beside St Mary's Church. 

“We now look forward to 2022 with a mix of hope and some possible trepidation but there is so much to look forward to. So I wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to a bright and prosperous 2022.

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