The Coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. To celebrate, the Council has organised a series of Coronation events and activities for the community to enjoy.
On 7 May two events will be held at either end of the Borough. In partnership with Love Hoddesdon, a Coronation Street Party will take place in Hoddesdon Town Centre between 10am and 6.30pm. A Coronation Festival take place at Cedars Park between 12noon and 4pm.
Groups of residents and other community groups wanting to bring the celebrations to their own streets can apply for a Street Party Grant to cover decorations and other street party related costs, other than refreshments. Applications can be made via the Council’s website.
Anyone wishing to close their road to accommodate a street party must apply by 26 March to Hertfordshire County Council via www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/streetparty.
For residents who enjoy photography, there will be a photo competition inviting eligible entrants to submit photos capturing the festivities. Winning entries will be promoted across different Council publications and the winner will receive two free tickets to watch a show of their choice at the Spotlight, Hoddesdon. Photos should be sent to email@example.com by 22 May 2023.
There is also a ‘Best Dressed’ competition where a prize of £250 will be awarded to the best dressed house, school, pub or restaurant, and business. Photos of the property should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 1 May. Properties will be visited in the week leading up to the Coronation with winners announced after.
Monday 8 May is a Holiday and people across the nation are encouraged to volunteer in their local area, aiming to bring communities together, raise the profile of volunteering and create a lasting volunteering legacy. This initiative is called The Big Help Out and will include opportunities from local charities and community groups, as well as larger organisations including the National Trust, Age UK, British Heart Foundation, the Scouts and the Trussell Trust. These opportunities will be listed on www.thebighelpout.org.uk
To honour the King’s passion for the environment small grants will be awarded to local community groups for environmental projects. Applications must be submitted by 21 April. Local schools will also be given seed bombs to produce wildflower gardens and a bird box to welcome birds on site.
To find out more about Coronation events and activities taking place in the Borough of Broxbourne, apply for a grant or enter a competition, visit www.broxbourne.gov.uk/coronation.