How we're creating a buzz in the community for the Queen's birthday

Community RE Retailer blogs
Login or register to save this article

Last August the parish council in our village came to me about putting together a committee to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

I didn’t have time then as I was getting married in September, so I left them to organise it and said I would help out if they needed me later on.

In December I started asking about it again and they told me a committee hadn’t been formed because only three people had turned up to a meeting. I headed to the pub on a Friday night and spoke to everyone I know to rally the troops. We got 40 people interested in total and started planning.

That event will be used as a fundraiser to raise £10,000 for a two-day party on June 11 and 12, which is the UK’s official celebration

We’re organising three events. The first is on April 21, where there’ll be a national beacon lighting to mark the Queen’s birthday. We’re having an event for the kids where they’ll dress up as kings and queens and we’ll have a barbecue and light the beacon on top of Meon Hill.

That event will be used as a fundraiser to raise £10,000 for a two-day party on June 11 and 12, which is the UK’s official celebration. On the Saturday we’re planning to put on a mini festival and get three different local bands playing music through the day. We’ll have some chilled acoustic music mid-afternoon and a ska band in the evening.

We’ll have a massive inflatable assault course with different sections for kids, teens and adults and there’ll be a traditional hog roast and locally-produced artisan food and drink. On the Sunday we’re looking at putting on a street party where we’ll provide tea and cake.

The money will go towards putting on a mini festival every year. We have to raise £5,000 before this event so we’re running some smaller fundraisers. My family is going to make a curry at home and serve it in one of the local pubs. We’ve done it before and it made an absolute bomb. I don’t look at getting involved with these events from a sales perspective.

Investing time and organising it – that’s what really needs to be done. Anyone can chuck £500 at someone, that’s the easy bit, making things happen in your local area – that’s the challenge.

By Harj Dhasee Avatar
By Harj Dhasee 08 Mar, 2016



Do you have a Brexit contingency plan?

Make the most of

You know your shop better than anyone. Now you can decide exactly what news, advice and retailer case studies that you want to see to help you improve your business.

Subscribe to personalise your content Already have an account? Login