How you are celebrating the jubilee in Midhurst and Petworth area

Schoolchildren from Stedham school get to work on their crowns for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations
Schoolchildren from Stedham school get to work on their crowns for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Here is just a few of the ways people across the area are celebrating the diamond jubille:


Some 500 people have already signed up for tables and chairs at Midhurst’s grand picnic on Tuesday, June 5, which will spread along Church Hill. Colin Hughes said: “Everyone is welcome but if you haven’t registered for tables and chairs already, please bring your own.”

People are invited to bring along their own picnic and join in the celebrations

The fun, organised by Midhurst Town Council, kicks off at midday and Featherstone Flyers jazz band will be entertaining along with the Midhurst Players and a Paula Groves special. There will be a Jubilee-themed children’s fancy dress competition for under-eights.


The town’s celebrations take place on Sunday, June 3. Under the chairmanship of Lord Egremont, the whole community has joined forces to organise a memorable programme of events.

The day begins with an ecumenical service at St Mary’s Church at 11am, followed at around 11.45am by a patriotic organ recital given by the director of music and organist, Matthew Cooke, and the assistant organist, Sarah Barstow.

Festivities begin in the Market Square at midday heralded by Petworth Town Band.


There will be a floral celebration in St Bartholomews Church open until Wednesday June 6.

On Monday, June 4, all Rogate residents and their families are invited to a celebration hog roast on the recreation ground. There will be a ‘fashion through the last 60 years’ children’s fancy dress, presentation of mugs to the youngsters and, following the hog roast, a loyal toast with the cutting of the jubilee cake. Forms for tickets are available in Rogate Stores, the White Horse and the church.


The celebrations on Plaistow Village Green on Saturday, June 2, will be officially opened by Julie Walters at midday. Classic and vintage vehicles will gather at Kelsey Hall, Ifold, at 11am where they will be given a royal send-off at the start of their procession to Plaistow Village Green for the official opening of the celebrations at midday.

There will be a dog show, flower-arranging competition, jazz band and the Ifold handbells, side stalls and activities for all the family. In the evening Sticky Bun will be entertaining in the marquee with a hog in a bun. Tickets for this are available at Plaistow Stores or Ifold Stores ( £12.50). For any other further information please contact Stuart East on 01403 753795 or


At Fittleworth, the jubilee village fete takes place on the recreation ground between midday and 4pm on the recreation ground.

There will be traditional stalls, a fun dog show, a Fittleworth Prince and Princess, fancy dress and a grand procession through the village. There will also be a memorabilia sale, a barbecue, Pimm’s and teas. Anyone with an hour to spare as a steward or who would like more information about the dog show should contact Carolann on 01798 865771 or Julie on 01798 865629.


Villagers will be celebrating on Tuesday, June 5, with a peal of bells from St Michael’s Church at 3.30pm heralding children’s fancy dress, live music team, stalls and games on the village green.

There will be face painting, fairground ride and cake and art competitions.


A JUBILEE picnic is planned for Monday, June 4, at 3pm when the fun includes children’s sports, an assault course, fly fishing, golf competition and tug of war. Fancy dress is the order of the day. There will be a barn dance in the evening followed by a barbecue and fireworks.


In Tillington, people are celebrating with a party and the planting of an oak tree on the edge of the recreation ground. Celebrations start at 5pm on Monday, June 4, with a piper up to the recreation ground. There will be a crown-making competition for children, food stalls and bars, jazz band, steel band and limbo dancers. Tillington will light a beacon as part of the national chain between 10pm and 10.30pm and the evening will end with fireworks.


The fun kicks off at 3pm on Monday with sports, afternoon teas and the dedication of the Jubilee oak tree at the village hall and sports ground. There will be a hog roast followed by a 1950s disco leading up to the lighting of the jubilee beacon and a firework display.

Villagers are invited to wear 1950s costumes and there will be a prize for the best ‘royal’ in a children’s competition.

*The June 7 edition of the Midhurst and Petworth Observer will include photos and reports of jubilee celebrations across the area.