The Platinum Purse puts shine on Jubilee celebrations
Rochford District Council’s Platinum Purse helped support street parties and celebrations across the district over the Platinum Jubilee long weekend. The Council announced the Purse was available earlier this year to support community groups and local people who wanted to join in the national celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
Originally the Purse was set with a budget of £10,000. We received a total of 61 applications and the Council decided to increase the budget to £22,550 to ensure we could provide support for all the applications.
Cllr Mike Webb, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Assets and Leisure, said:
“The response from the community to the national ‘Big Lunch’ initiative for the Platinum Jubilee was overwhelming. We were delighted to increase the Purse and do what we could to support all these brilliant community celebrations of Her Majesty The Queen’s landmark achievement.”
Cllr Arthur Williams, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Health, said:
“Just travelling around the district over the long bank holiday weekend, it was wonderful to see the sense of community and love for Her Majesty The Queen and I am proud that we as a Council were able to support that.”
Among the community groups who received funding was the Hockley and Hawkwell Day Centre. It set up a Platinum Jubilee Party and invited fifty local people who live on their own in for a very special afternoon.
Phil Smith, a volunteer from the day centre, said: “We had a lavish afternoon tea with scones, cakes, sandwiches, and entertainment. The guests just had the best time.”
The Kaos Youth Club in Rochford used the purse funding to support a family fun day for its young attendees with games and activities for all the family.
Darren Parsons, from the club, said: “The event was fantastic. We had loads of families drop in and my leaders did face-painting for free for all the children.”
Sarah Meddle helped organise a street party which took in a couple of neighbouring roads in Rochford: “We had such a most wonderful time. Parents were delighted and all thanked us for organising it and bringing the community together. We can’t thank you enough for the generous grant which paid for entertainment, food and drinks, tableware, and street decorations!”
Photo: partygoers at Hockley Day Care Centre.
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