The people of Findhorn are planning to make the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the village a weekend to remember.
And they’re on the hunt for volunteers.
Plans for an ambitious programme of activities are well under way for the extravaganza (2-5 June) which will be celebrated all over the country as the monarch reaches 70 years on the throne.
The weekend of activities will culminate in a street party on Sunday 5 June.
Cathy Low, a director of The Findhorn Village Conservation Company and Findhorn Village Centre, is coordinating the event on behalf of the village.
She said: “Various groups, organisations, clubs and businesses within the village were all looking at what they might do over the holiday weekend to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“It was decided that it would make sense if we all came together and pooled our time and resources to plan a programme of celebrations that could be delivered over the course of the weekend.
“We plan to have a range of events and activities so there should be something for everyone in the village, no matter what age, to join in and enjoy.
“We’re just about to have our third planning meeting to finalise the programme. It is an open meeting for anyone who wants to find out more or wishes to volunteer. It will be held at Findhorn Village Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 30 March. If anyone wants more information or is not able to come along, please email [email protected] or call or text 07949 321216.
The start of the celebrations will be heralded by the lighting of a beacon between the piers on Thursday evening (2 June). At this event, there will be a piper and songs by Kinloss Military Wives Choir.
1500 beacons will be lit across the country, and other events being arranged include:
- Floral display in Findhorn Church across the weekend
- Activities for adults in Findhorn Village Centre
- Activities day for chldren
- Come and try session at Findhorn Bowling Club
- Jubilee Garden Party, Royal Findhorn Yacht Club
- 50s themed ball in the James Milne institute
- Maritime pageant and street party
Cathy added: “All of the water-based organisations in Findhorn and individuals with boats will come together in Findhorn Bay on Sunday afternoon. Participants will include Findhorn Coastal Rowers, Royal Findhorn Yacht Club, The Moray Gig and Moray Inshore Rescue Organisation (MIRO). It’s planned to have water-based fun activities between the piers and a street party for residents. One thing we’re not able to plan is the weather but we hope it will be kind to us!”
“We hope that all activities will be free although some events, for example the 50’s ball and the garden party at the Yacht Club, will be ticketed as there will be a limit on numbers. The programme of events is ambitious and could not be staged without the help of volunteers.
Cathy said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to assist.
“We need a few more volunteers who can help out with various tasks. Just an hour or two is all we ask, and it will make a huge difference to our ability to run the events.
“If anyone else would like to help please come along to the Findhorn Village Centre on Wednesday 30 March at 7pm or email [email protected] or call/text 07949 321216.”
Pictured, left to right, are Cathy Low, Timothy Finnegan, Christine Hunt and John Low get in the spirit to announce their plans to hold an ambitious programme of events.