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Friday 16 March 2012

Diamond Jubilee Funding a ‘Success’


Cheshire East Council is getting ready for a party atmosphere across the Borough, following the release of community funding to help people celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in style.

Since January, the Council has been assisting community groups by allocating funding of up to £100. The funding, which has helped encourage people to hold street parties and other memorable events, has come from the newly-formed Cheshire Community Foundation, which received a donation from the Duke of Westminster’s charitable fund, the Westminster Foundation.

There has been a fantastic response, with almost 170 parties registered across the Borough so far and the funding has almost all been allocated.

The Council distributed the grants on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis to help Cheshire East communities celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee over the planned extended bank holiday weekend, between June 2 and 5.

The deadline for notifying the council of a public event or road closure is April 9. Cheshire East Council is urging people to log on to and fill out an event notification form so that the Council can organise any necessary traffic diversions. Alternatively, contact Jane Kavanagh on 01270 685854 to discuss the event.

Just a couple of days before the royal celebrations, the party atmosphere will hot up as the London Olympic torch relay passes through Crewe, Congleton, Knutsford and Macclesfield.

Councillor Rachel Bailey, Cabinet member with responsibility for safer and stronger communities, said: “This is going to be one of the most memorable weekends of our time and so it’s a wonderful opportunity to have a party.

“We are very grateful to the Duke of Westminster for his donation and we would encourage as many people as possible to celebrate and throw a street party or use their local park or playing fields to host an event.

“We would also urge community groups to contact us with details of their event so that we can make sure all the procedures are in place for a fun and safe weekend.”

Buckingham Palace is encouraging communities to take part in ‘The Big Jubilee Lunch’,  which is all about community, friendship and fun and offers ideas on what to do and how to make it a day to remember. For more information log on to:

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