Funding ensures a right royal celebration for village

Denford Diamond Jubilee
Denford Diamond Jubilee

A village experienced the very best of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations after securing a grant to pay for a host of events.

Denford held a Diamond Jubilee festival from June 1 to June 4, thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

The festival and celebrations were organised by the Denford Community Group, a small team of local residents who came together to make the event happen with help from more established groups such as the church, the parish council, village hall committee and WI.

It combined activities which traditionally happen during the summer, such as the village fete and the Sunday morning songs of praise, but brought them together under the umbrella of the jubilee.

There was also live music, a pageant flotilla with decorated boats in the River Nene, a barbecue and a display of historic photographs from throughout the ages in the church

Robin Carlisle was part of the group of residents organising the events.

He said: “Events in any community should deliver inclusion and cohesion for all, regardless of age, gender, culture and ability. We used our own resources, lots of volunteers and the funding to create a legacy for events, for our everyday lives and for our young people.

“We plan to help the church, the village hall and to create a play area for the children of the village as no such thing currently exists. Working with Kettering Leisure we plan to install a wooden train and carriage constructed from logs by the river.”