Our street held a Jubilee street party. We have a strong neighbourhood community and this is led by Denise Jowitt and Kattalin Martin. A Whatsapp group formed before the day and plans were laid. On the Sunday morning of the Platinum Jubliee, there was rain and so much was falling it looked unlikely that a street party would get started. At 2pm people emerged out of their houses. Tables and chairs were set up and a line of Gazebos assembled. All the cakes were displayed in one neighbours’ garage and then the food and drink were consumed. Songs were sung including Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. It was still cold and damp but the residents pressed ahead with the competitions. There was a Jubilee quiz with each house asking 5 questions. Then the cake competition was voted upon and won by our newly arrived Ukrainian family. The winner was the splendid cake with sliced strawberries on it. Next up were races along the street and these included an egg and spoon race, musical chairs and a balloon held between the knees race.
In spite of the weather everyone had a lovely day and we went back to our houses to warm up! We had lovely memories and the street party was even mentioned in the Solihull Observer.
The High Street in Knowle village closed on Saturday 4th June during Jubilee weekend. Several drivers were not pleased that cars were stopped from passing through Knowle. They were diverted around the High Street but that did add 5 minutes to their journey! The car drivers’ loss was the community’s gain. At 10 o’clock as soon as the road was closed, the artesian market went up. There was just one problem the rain came along at the same time and stayed for the duration of the morning. From all accounts people thought that the day going to be a washout.
I did not venture into the village until 2pm and by then the rain had stopped. It also brought out the people and the festivities were kickstarted again. The high street was buzzing, and the artisan market was in full swing. It was fun just to wander up and down the high street, stand on the zebra crossing and linger at the different stalls. This is what celebrating the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II is all about, doing something different.
Highlights of the afternoon included throwing footballs into lavatories. At first the children lined up to have a go. After a while many of the dads decided to have a go. There were not much better than their siblings, but it was still amusing to watch. The area around the Church was transformed and where there was green grass and a nicely manicured path, on this Saturday there was a helter-skelter, market stalls and lots of people enjoying themselves.
I took many pictures during the afternoon and luckily met a few people I know who let me take their pictures. Visit Knowle made a video of the day with some of my pictures being featured. I hope the Village do this on a regular basis as the event did bring the community together.
The event was to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Jubilee team (Arden Academy, Arden Parent & Teachers Association, Knowle and Dorridge Lions, Knowle Parish Church, Knowle Society, Knowle Village Hall Association, Love Knowle Park & Visit Knowle) came together to produce the programme of events. If you want to know more then the event is covered on the Visit Knowle website