Grouville plans major celebrations for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee
To mark the 60th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II (our Duke) Grouville will be celebrating in style on Sunday 3rd June. That day each Parish will hold a special church service to mark the occasion and Grouville will hold their ecumenical service on Gorey Common, to be followed by a major Parish celebration that afternoon, to provide a party to remember for all age groups.
Grouvillefs organising team is led by Centenier Charles Dix, who said Quote,
" We plan to entertain our parishioners and guests royally, in the style that Grouville enjoyed at the 2002 Golden Jubilee party attended by over 3,000 people. The emphasis is on an all ages event, and we are delighted to have participation from Grouville School and Youth Club "
A full programme of live music for all age groups will be provided from noon until closing at 6pm. With Jazz, the Jersey Scout Band and an accordion band some of the popular musical entertainment already booked; the full musical, programme will be publicised a few weeks before the day. Traditional childrenfs attractions include a coconut shy, egg and spoon and sack racing, swing boats, and much more.
Throughout the day there will be a major Petanque competition, and the opportunity for all to try their hand at this growing sport, with assistance and coaching from the experts.
Engineer's Assault Course
And to entertain the really active youngsters, said Charles Dix QUOTE " We are delighted to confirm this week that the Jersey Field Squadron will be providing their mobile assault course, that will test youngsters agility and confidence on this exciting challenge "
International al fresco catering`
To make this party a really good family day out, there will; be a wide-range of catering, leading with a lunchtime pig roast, paella and espetadas, a creperie stall, and a bar tent; to provide an international flavour on this very British Day. Of course there will be a tea tent, speciality coffee and cup cake stalls and ice creams so essential on a June summer day.
A party with a long-term legacy
To leave a legacy for future events on Gorey Common, the team has organised a permanent electricity supply there, most kindly and appropriately sponsored by the Chefs Tenants de la Fief de la Reine. The provision of a permanent electricity supply will greatly assist the organisers of the many events that use Gorey common for many years to come, providing a lasting memory of the Queenfs Diamond Jubilee
To start the ball rolling, there will be a quiz night at Grouville Parish hall on Friday 30th March, where the two chosen local charities to benefit from any surplus on the day; Parkinsonfs UK Jersey Branch and Teenage Cancer Trust, Jersey Appeal will be jointly running a raffle, as they will also do on Jubilee Party Day.
Said Constable Dan Murphy, Quote " Grouville can expect a fantastic dayfs celebrations, arranged by our team that put on the hugely successful 2002 Golden Jubilee. Great occasions like Royal Jubilees bring the people of a parish together both in the organising and the enjoyment of the day ".
Thanks to generous sponsorship from 4 Hire Ltd, a Grouville based company; The Grouville Battle of Flowers Association will be playing their part in the Parish celebrations by building a grand triumphal arch across Rue a Don outside the Parish Hall.
Grouville really " goes to town " with arches, building two arches for the 50th anniversary of the Liberation in 1995.
Parking will be available in Longbeach Car park. Extra parking has been made available at the Potteries site, which we are grateful to Dandara for providing.
A full programme with timings, of the celebrations will be posted on the Grouville Parish website in early May.