Celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

If you are planning a street party to celebrate the Jubilee, please check Epping Forest District Councils website for advice.

You may need to apply for a temporary road closure, but EFDC will be waiving the fees that are normally associated with these applications.

Thursday 2nd June 2022

Waltham Abbey Town Partnership, on behalf of Waltham Abbey Town Council, has announced plans to light a Beacon for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on the evening of  Thursday, June 2, 2022.   The Beacon is one of thousands being lit in the UK and the Commonwealth, and forms part of the official programme announced by Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee Weekend.

The Beacon will be lit at The Glebe (rear of the Abbey Church Rectory), and it will be one of over 2,022 lit by charities, communities and faith groups all over the UK.

In addition, beacons will be lit in all 54 Commonwealth capitals and the Principal Beacon lighting will take place in a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Thursday evening. This will take the form of a lighting installation with The Queen’s Green Canopy ’Tree of Trees’ sculpture and projections onto the front of Buckingham Palace. This innovative new way of taking part in the beacon lighting will reflect the Royal Family’s long history championing environmental causes.

 Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Jubilee Platinum Beacons said; “ Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, thousands of beacons will be lit across the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth  They will enable local communities to join together to pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events.

“ For the first time, town criers, pipers, buglers and choirs from the UK and the Commonwealth will come together to join in the celebrations in their own individual and special way. It is wonderful to see the range of support for beacon lighting, which will highlight both the diversity and unity of the nation and the Commonwealth. The Queen has lit up our lives for 70 years through her dedicated service and commitment. We would like to light up the nation and the Commonwealth in her honour.”

 The event organiser has said“ We are proud to be part of this momentous celebration. It is only appropriate that this unique milestone in history is marked with beacons and music. We are honoured to be part of this special event for Her Majesty, The Queen’s 70th year as our Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth on her Platinum Jubilee.”

 For more information or interviews please contact: chairwalthamabbeytp@gmail.com   07918 196666

 Timeline for many Beacons lightings, although events might change at individual locations

  • At various times a Proclamation heralding the lighting of the beacons will be given.
  • At 9.30pm local time across the UK and Commonwealth, traditional and Northumbrian pipers and pipe bands will play Diu Regnare, a unique tune specially written for the occasion  by Piper Major, Stuart Liddell, the world’s leading piper.
  • At 9.40pm buglers linked to local beacon lightings across the UK and the capital cities of the Commonwealth will officially announce the lighting of the beacons with a  specially written bugle call, entitled Majesty.
  • Then at 9.45pm exactly local time, and to coincide with the lighting of the beacons, community choirs across all nations will sing Song for the Commonwealth, which has been written and composed by Lucy Keily, from Australia and Vincent Atueyi Chinemelu from Nigeria.

Friday 3rd June 2022

The Town Hall will be hosting a wonderful Afternoon Tea in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.  This event is now sold out.

Saturday 4th June 2022

The Town Hall will be hosting a fabulous fifties themed dance featuring live music from The Kopy Katz – so get your glad rags on and come and jive the night away.

Tickets are only £5 and are available from Ticket Source or from the Tourist Information Centre. (Over 14s only please)

Ninefields Residents Association are holding a Jubilee Celebration on Hillhouse Field from 2pm until 8pm.  There will be entertainment, stalls and activities for all the family !  More information can be found on their website and facebook page.