JRHT residents celebrate Queen’s Jubilee in style

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Posted on9 Jun 2022

Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) residents celebrated the Queen’s Jubilee in style earlier this month, with a whole host of activities and events.

Staff, residents and friends of Hartfields in Hartlepool took part in a range of activities and events across the long weekend. Residents enjoyed a Platinum Jubilee themed afternoon tea on Thursday 2 June as well as a 1950s street party and evening party on the Sunday.

Charlotte Hope, Neighbourhood Manager at Hartfields, said: “After a tough couple of years, this was a fantastic weekend of celebrations culminating in an amazing street party. It was a real community effort with residents, staff, families and volunteers working together to make this happen. Thank you all so much, we had a wonderful time and we could not have done this without you.”

Around 400 people attended a Big Jubilee Lunch event on Saturday 4 June, organised by the Folk Hall and New Lodge with support from the New Earswick Residents Forum. The family-friendly event, held on the green between New Lodge and the Folk Hall, was filled with a variety of music and entertainment. Zorbing, magic, crafts with Explore, storytelling, origami, face painting, and bouncy castle and inflatable fun kept the whole family entertained. A Hook-a-Duck and Tombola raised £345 for the Haxby Foodshare Project.

Cath Dudzinska, Folk Hall Manager, said: “We had such a great day, and despite it being overcast, the rain held off, which is all we could ask for. It was marvellous to see so many people of all ages coming together in New Earswick to celebrate such a milestone moment in our history.

“We had so much support from the local community and fantastic comments from people who attended. One resident told us that it was exactly what the village needed and that it had been great for the whole family. A New Lodge resident said how lovely it was for everyone to get together again after the last two years, and that they had really enjoyed seeing the children having fun, as well as listening to such a variety of musical performers. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and everyone who played a part in making it such a special event.”

In Foxwood, York, JRHT’s communities team supported volunteers from Foxwood Community Centre and a local estate agent to serve a sit-down celebration lunch for over 90 local residents. A local craft group made decorations for the hall and tables, and JRHT provided a small amount of funding from our community activities budget towards the cost of providing a free lunch for all. The event was attended by the civic party (I think that’s what Kerry called them!) and residents were entertained by a magician, singer and a demonstration from the local Tai Chi group. The event was a huge success, and everyone is looking forward to the next opportunity to get together.

Residents at both St Ellens Court, Beverley, and Roxby Gardens in Thornton-Le-Dale hosted Jubilee parties with homemade bunting, food, games and a small toast to her Majesty. Staff and residents at Danes Dyke in Scarborough had a barbeque to celebrate.