Thursday 31 May 2012

Jubilee street party

If street parties are your thing, get down to New Cross this weekend where they are celebrating the Jubilee on Saturday 2 June.

The reborn library organisation New Cross Learning, St James' School, the Hobgoblin Pub and local church have got together to put on a Jubilee Street party in Hatcham Village, New Cross from 2-6pm.

The street will be closed for the family-friendly day and people are asked to bring food to share for a street party.

There will be organised games and entertainments with a stage put on by the Madcap Coalition, starring local bands and schoolchildren, as well as a bar.

"We wanted to celebrate the Jubilee in style," said Gillian Hart, Chair of New Cross Learning. "And this lots of local organisations coming together to put on a party. If you think about how you'd organise a street party in a village, you'd want the pub, library, church and local school involved. We've got a strong community in New Cross so we wanted to do the same thing here."

Among the entertainments will be

-a tug of war
- human fruit machine
- tombola
- stage with street dance, acapella, and bands

Two local knitting groups have created a huge knitted Union Jack specially for the occasion, which will be on display. There are also original items from Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation on display in New Cross Learning, organised by the local history society.

"The flag looks amazing: it's been pieced together really painstakingly by our volunteers, and we're hoping to either raffle or sell it to raise funds for New Cross Learning," says Kathy Dunbar, vice chair of New Cross Learning.

One of the fire engines from the local fire station will be on display at St James Road.

At the same time, New Cross Learning will be holding a book sale to raise funds. 

St James Church is to host a free play reading by a local writer and journalist, Swordwater, at 5pm, as  part of a series of events across the country to mark the millennium of the martyrdom of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Alfege at the hands of Viking raiders in Greenwich.

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