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Coronation grant fund recipients celebrate in style

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We've had lots of great feedback from people who had a wonderful time at their coronation celebrations helped by our donations. The weather didn't dampen anyone's spirits and festivities were enjoyed by all - here's just a few of your stories...

Friends of Heronswood

Friends of Heronswood at Heronswood Primary School had an amazing afternoon. The sun shone while families enjoyed their picnics. The children entertained everyone with singing and dancing. Ice creams were enjoyed a plenty. Children waved flags and wore special badges to commemorate the occasion of the King's Coronation. Your donation went towards purchasing these and some bookmarks. Competition prizes for the best portrait of the new king were presented by visitors from Heronswood Park nursing home who are going to frame the winning entry and put it on their wall.

Heightington Village Hall

Heightington Village Hall’s Coronation Breakfast held on Saturday 6 May was a great success. Just over 100 local people, of all ages, enjoyed the very “full” English and Continental breakfasts prepared and served by a group of 8 volunteers, from 9am - 11am. Many of those who came for breakfast stayed to watch the Coronation Service streamed to a large screen in the hall. We were very grateful for the Council’s generous grant which was used to buy bucks fizz and orange juice and the bunting, inside and outside the hall, balloons, table flags and union jack serviettes. All of which considerably added to the excited atmosphere. All in all we enjoyed a great day and received lots of very positive comments from those who joined us. Thank you for your support which certainly helped to make it a great day.

Georgina Coen

Offmore Comberton Action Group

We had a lovely time, we were indoors at St Chads with our Disco, Bouncy Castle and Face Painter on Monday 8 May, and our BBQ was immediately outside the front door. Mr Gora, from the Fletchers Supermarket on Comberton, provided the food free of charge and we used the Wyre Forest District Council Coronation Grant to pay towards the bouncy castle and disco. We had around 100 parents and children who attended, all of which had a great time!

Fran Oborski

Friends of Brinton Park

Our Big Lunch event at Brinton Park was very well attended. There was food and drink on offer from local traders as well as market stalls and a programme of live music throughout the day. The Friends of Brinton Park put on children’s craft activities and there was a choice of bouncy castles! We got lots of fabulous feedback.

Vicky Caulfield
lots of people stood under a gazebo in a park
activities in a park on a sunny day to celebrate King Charles III coronation
bouncy castles in a park
lots of people lined up in a park
people stood under a cover on a sunny day in the park

Cally's Gems

The weather was horrible, it never stopped raining, but that didn't stop us! However, it was good job we were indoors! Thank you to the people who braved coming out, we're so glad you did, as a lovely time was had by all. Everyone enjoyed the meals and party entertainment.

Cally's Gems
elderly people in room celebrating the coronation of King Charles III
four elderly people stood in front of a union jack flag (red, white and blue) with one person in a formal uniform
three people stood in front of a union jack flag (red, white and blue).

Kidderminster Division Guiding

We would like , to thank Wyre Forest District Council for the kind donation, we had in excess of 300 girls attend the coronation disco.

It was held at Wolverley Village hall as Trinity Methodist hall wasn’t large enough to hold the numbers of Girls attending! The evening was split into three age groups in order to be able to accommodate everyone who wanted to attend. With Rainbows attending 6-7 pm, Brownies 7-8 pm and Guides 8-9 pm.

Louise Bloore, Kidderminster Division Guiding
young people in a room dancing
young people in a room dancing dressed in fancy dress
young people in a room dancing with a blue light
young people in a room dancing with a blue light
young people in a room dancing in fancy dress
young people in a room dancing

Burlish Coronation Lunch

On Sunday 7 May, around 90 adults and children came together over the course of the afternoon to celebrate the Coronation. As loyal subjects, we obeyed the King’s decree to share friendship, food and fun!

People brought their own picnics, as well as enjoying delicious cakes, ice creams and refreshments. There was also a bouncy castle, face painting, glitter tattoos and games for the children. Entertainment was provided by Mia, Vikki and Lee who performed a selection of show tunes. All this was provided for free, thanks to the generous donation from the council’s Coronation Grant.

Those who came said, “It was a brilliant event - well done. We really enjoyed it.” “We really enjoyed it and meeting our neighbours.” “Thanks for a really fab time today. The children loved it and didn’t want to leave!”

The event was primarily organised by Christ Church Wyre Forest in conjunction with Burlish Park Primary School with several other members of the local community volunteering to help as well.

Such a fun time was had by all that we hope to run similar events to keep the community spirit going!
musicians singing
child having a butterfly painted on her face
selection of food and drinks on table
children colouring in line drawings of king
lots of people in a room celebrating the coronation of King Charles

St George's Hall

On Saturday 6 May, in celebration of the King’s Coronation, we held a vintage cream tea at St. George’s Hall, whilst showing the coronation on the big Cinema Screen. We started showing the event just before 10am and continued through until the last group drifted away at just after 2pm when the Red Arrows flypast took place.

The event was free to anyone to attend and was advertised at St. George’s Hall on the TV screen in the café, and on the weekly pre-cinema screen. It was also advertised in the Bewdley Bridge Community magazine in April and May.

We attracted around 65 people to the event including some children. The cost to us was approximately £350.00 so it was very useful to receive a grant of £110.00 from Wyre Forest District Council. We thank you for awarding us this grant to help with the cost of this event.

We provided an array of cakes and scones and served copious amounts of tea and coffee, all served on vintage plates, cups, and saucers. Everything was provided completely free of charge. We received some lovely comments from our guests, including some letters of thanks. It was lovely to be able to bring people together who might otherwise have watched the spectacle on their own. Images supplied by Colin Hill.

Jane Barnett, Hall Manager
lots of people sat at tables in village hall
youngsters celebrating the coronation of King Charles III
people watching a file on a large projector screen
lots of people of all ages in a village hall celebrating the coronation of King Charles III

Church House Charitable Trust

The trustees of the Church House Charitable Trust would like to thank Wyre Forest District Council for their generous grant of £129.00 towards the cost of the Coronation Big Lunch held in Church House on Sunday 7 May 2023.

The event commenced at 12.30pm with the planting of a Prunus Accolade Tree in the grounds of Church House to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. The tree, which was supplied by a local arborist Andy Jones, was planted with the help of Laura Pritchard, Chair of the Trust. There then followed a short talk on the benefits of tree planting and the ceremony was rounded off with a rendering of the National Anthem.

Forty local residents of Areley Kings were then provided in Church House with a four-course lunch prepared by the Trustees of the Trust and others.
The day was rounded off with a quiz which had a royal theme.

Alan Stanyer, treasurer and trustee
Celebratory buffet in public house
crisp buffet on tables
person planting a tree while kneeling down on the grass
group of six people standing outside after tree planting smiling at the camera
large group of people stood listening to tree planter speak
large group of people enjoying the sunshine sat outside while eating from the coronation big lunch

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