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Free Queen platinum jubilee garden party to take place at Southwell Minster in June

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A free garden party will take place at Southwell Minster, open to everyone, as part of the nationwide celebrations to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee.

There will be musical entertainment, including popular local quartet Essentially Brass, at the event on Sunday, June 5, noon to 3.30pm.

It is being held in partnership with Southwell Town Council.

Southwell Minster will host the garden party in June.
Southwell Minster will host the garden party in June.

The Dean of Southwell the Very Rev Nicola Sullivan said: “We are very much looking forward to hosting this special once-in-a-lifetime celebration gathering the community to be together around the minster.

“The Queen has served our nation and the Commonwealth with tireless devotion and dedication. Her wish is for this special weekend to be enjoyed by everyone — so please come to the party.”

In addition, there will be family games, organised by Southwell and District Lions Club, and an array of food and drink stalls run by local independent businesses.

Guests are invited to wear Union flag attire, or anything red, white and/or blue if they wish.

People are encouraged to take their families, friends, picnics, chairs and blankets, and join in the festivities as the nation celebrates 70 years of Her Majesty’s long reign.

A limited number of tables and chairs will be available.

The minster’s bells will play the national anthem at noon to kick-off the celebrations, and all are welcome to join the Pentecost Jubilee Service involving all the churches in Southwell inside the minster at 3.30pm.

Sally Reynolds, town council chairman, said: “Like most of our citizens, we thought it was important to celebrate the service that our Queen has given to our country.

“We wanted to include as many people as possible, as well as support our local businesses and so a free garden party seemed like a wonderful and inclusive way to mark this jubilee occasion.”

In the case of bad weather, the party will move inside the nave. Otherwise, it will be on the west lawn.

  • On Sunday, June 12, at 11am, the minster will host the annual Queen’s Birthday Service attended by the Lord Lieutenant, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and representatives from across the county.

All are welcome.

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