Platinum Jubilee Fun in Henfield

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend in Henfield

On 6 February this year Her Majesty the Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, with an amazing 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth,. She came to the throne in 1952 aged just 25 after the death of her father King George VI.

All across the country communities are planning to come together to celebrate this unique anniversary over the bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. Henfield is no exception with a range of activities and events planned, even starting the proceeding weekend! Here is a snapshot of what is planned next month so that you can save some dates in your diary; we’ll be publishing more extensive information in the June issue of BN5.

Sunday 29 May

Special service of Choral Evensong, 5.30pm, St Peters Church, Woodmancote

Proceeded at 4.30pm with tea embracing the Jubilee theme.

Thursday 2 June

Children’s Fun Day, 11am-3pm, The Kingsfield, Henfield (next to Henfield Leisure Centre)

Free entry and activities, including sports, children’s games, arts & crafts, Jubilee crown making, trampolining, Karaoke in Henfield Youth Club, outdoor skills from Henfield guides and skateboard classes from a professional. There will be refreshments and ice-creams to purchase.

Thursday 2 June

Jubilee Beacon, celebrations start at 7.30pm with the Beacon lit at 9.45pm, Rothery Field, Nep Town Road, Henfield

In line with instructions from the Palace and echoing similar celebrations across the country, the Beacon will be lit at 9.45pm on Thursday 2nd June. All are welcome to come and enjoy the famous B-P Guild beer tent and BBQ, which will start earlier in the evening. There are plans for some musical entertainment. Please try to walk or park in the village car parks as parking is extremely limited.

Friday 3 June

Service of Thanksgiving, 5.30pm, St Peter’s Church, Henfield

Friday 3 June

Jubilee Afternoon Tea Party at Red Oaks (open to all) time tbc, Red Oaks Care Home, Henfield

Local knitters have made beautiful bunting for this Afternoon Tea, all are welcome to come along.

Friday 3 June

70 Years of Platinum Hits with the Brighton Beach Boys, 7.30pm, Henfield Hall

Henfield Community Partnership and Henfield Parish Council are pleased to bring the Brighton Beach Boys back to the village for a fabulous evening of Platinum Hits across all the decades of Her Majesty’s reign. The Brighton Beach Boys regularly play to sell out audiences and were a huge hit when they performed at Henfield’s Summer of Love concert in 2019. Put on your dancing shoes and join in a fun packed evening of celebration! Tickets are £15, available from Marcus Grimes and Christina’s in the High Street (cash payment). A pre-concert curry at £7.50 is also bookable when purchasing the concert tickets. Tickets are also available online at www.ents24.com/henfield-events/the-henfield-hall. Any proceeds will go to Henfield Youth Club and the Henfield Haven.

Saturday 4 June

Henfield High Street Jubilee Celebrations, 12 midday onwards

You’ll find Henfield High Street bedecked with bunting and decorated windows, with many of the shops and businesses joining in the celebrations! There’s a Coronation themed afternoon tea at Christina’s; crown making and children’s crafts at Goodness with red, white and blue smoothies; a display of Henfield past at the Henfield Club and the bar open; a street party with ice cream and tea at Stokes; fun children’s activities outside R&H Pets; a BBQ at the Post House café; children’s face-painting at the Evangelical Church; Indian tasters and treats outside Little India and street-food at Relish, plus lots more!

Sunday 5 June

Service of Thanksgiving,  11.15am, St Giles’, Shermanbury

Sunday 5 June

Big Family Jubilee Picnic & Fancy Dress, 12 midday-6pm, Memorial Field, Henfield Common

Organised by Henfield Parish council, this is the real Jubilee headliner! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun with traditional games, picnics, afternoon teas with vintage / fancy dress optional. Dress up and picnic in style with your friends and family. Why not dig out your vintage; everyone is encouraged to dress up in period costume from the last 70 years with ‘styles of the decades’. There are children’s fancy dress competitions in three age categories (pre-school, KS1 and KS2). Homemade costumes are encouraged. Bring your own picnic (various Henfield cafes are providing picnic items, or you can purchase from the Artisan Food Market or pick up a pre-ordered picnic from Relish) and there are food stalls from Rushfields, Goodness and a pizza van plus delicious afternoon teas from the LadyBirds, an ice cream van and a bar with Silly Moo cider and Downlands Brewery. Traditional fun and games in the arena for children and adults (rosettes and prizes), a great trail through the woods from Henfield Joggers and Patcham Silver Band providing the musical accompaniment. Bring your own rugs or chairs and please remember, parking is very limited so walk if you can or park in a Henfield car park and catch the Community Minibus (departing from outside the Henfield Hall).

Sunday 5 June

Bell ringing to end the celebrations, 7.52pm – 10.22pm

The talented bellringers from St Peter’s Church, Henfield will be spending half an hour ringing the bells between the highly symbolic times of 19.52 and 20.22!

Emma Cole