The Queen's Diamond Jubilee 2012

The Queen's Diamond JubileeHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIChurches of the Newcastle Diocese are celebrating Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee - sixty years on the throne and as supreme governor of the Church of England!


The celebrations centre around the extended weekend of 2, 3, 4 and 5 June 2012.
See foot of page for links to Diamond Jubilee resources.


What's happening around the Diocese?

Allendale: on June 3rd at 11.00 there will be an ecumenical service in a marquee in Allendale Market Square. This is an annual event as part of Allendale’s Spring Fair, but obviously this year it will have a Jubilee flavour. The following evening there will be a Scarecrow Stomp: the culmination of the village’s jubilee celebrations, and prizegiving for the St Cuthbert’s Church Scarecrow Festival. This event is free to enter, but we charge £1 for a map of entries which doubles as a voting paper. Last time there were over a hundred scarecrows; voting papers raised £500. The scarecrows this year are expected to feature a Jubilee theme. Colin Briggs from Look North will be presenting the prizes. Later in the evening ‘the three stunners’ will perform rousing ‘Last Night of the Proms’ numbers. The identities of the three singers have not been divulged as yet. Finally, bells will ring, a beacon will be lit, and rockets will be fired from the churchyard.

Alnmouth: St John the Baptist Church is planning to hold a flower festival from Saturday the 2nd June until Monday the 4th. We are also intending to hold a service of celebration to mark the Diamond Jubilee at 5pm on Sunday the 3rd.

Alston: St Augustine’s Church is hosting a special Jubilee Exhibition celebrating 60 years of the Queens reign. The exhibition opens officially on Saturday, 2nd June with a Joint Churches Service at 3pm followed by a “Right Royal Cream Tea”. The exhibition will also be open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 4pm with tea and cakes served throughout the three days.

Amble: Jubilee Celebration service in St Cuthbert's Parish Church Amble at 11.30am on Monday 4th June in conjunction with the Amble Action Group. The Church Service begins a day of celebration, including a street parade, picnic on the Town Square, local musicians and other events on the water in the harbour, culminating with fireworks from the north breakwater and the lighting of the beacon. The organisers will use the tannoy at the church to broadcast the service to the town and the singing of the National Anthem at the close of the service will be the signal to the parade marshal to get the parade under way.

Battlefield (Newcastle): St Ann's Big Jubilee picnic, Sunday June 3rd, 12.30pm – 4.00pm. Circus entertainers, children’s games, Youth Brass Band, BBQ, Tea and coffee. In St Ann’s churchyard and tenant’s hut. Bishop Frank White will be calling in around 1.30pm - 2.00pm.

Beadnell: Sunday 3rd June at 6.00pm, the 'Big Jubilee Sing'. Songs of Praise in St Ebbas’ Church, Beadnell. Hymns which were sung at the Coronation and those which have been enjoyed during the Queen's 60 year reign. Jubilee Strawberry Teas and Mini Olympics to be held at Hallgarth Grounds, The Haven, Beadnell, with Raffle, Tombola, Plant Stalls Treasure hunt, Guess the Olympic flags. In aid of St Ebba's Church.

Belford: Flower Festival at St Mary's Parish Church. 60 Glorious Years - Palaces and Places. 2nd June to 5th June inclusive. Saturday 2nd June the Festival will be opened at 10.30am by The Duchess of Northumberland, Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland. Festival will be open Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 10.00am until 3.30pm except Tuesday 5th June when it will close at 1.30pm followed by an auction of the flowers. No charge for entrance - donations gratefully accepted. Saturday 2nd June at 7.00pm a concert at St Mary's by local choir Village Voices - entrance £5 including a glass of wine and cheese. Refreshments, Coffees, light lunches, teas available in the upstairs Gallery room from 10.00am until 3.30pm each day except Tuesday 5th June when refreshments will close at 1.30pm. Throughout the weekend there will be a raffle for days out at several historic venues in Northumberland, including a family ticket to Alnwick Garden and Castle, Cragside and Lindisfarne Castle. The raffle will be drawn after the Flower auction on Tuesday 5th June (approx 2.30pm).

Bellingham: Sunday 3 June 6.00pm "The Queen's Evensong" at St Cuthbert's. Sunday 8 July, the Friends of St Cuthbert's Bellingham present "a Concert of Royal Music" with Antiphon conducted by John Roper in St Cuthbert's.

Berwick upon Tweed Holy Trinity & St Mary: Berwick was once uniquely mentioned in all official documents, including the order of service for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria celebrated in Berwick Parish Church with The Civic Party on the 20th June 1897. Berwick Parish Church is to host a Civic Service at 10.00am on Sunday June 3rd to mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Jubilee Address will be delivered most appropriately by Canon Christopher Smith, who is a Chaplain to The Queen. The Service will follow the wording of The 1662 Book of Common Prayer in this its 350th anniversary year. The Choir of Berwick Parish Church, already numbering over 20, always welcomes new members and will perform special Anthems on the day as well as leading the Jubilee hymns. The service will end in time for those present to return home and watch televised coverage of Her Majesty leading a flotilla of ships down the Thames.

Byker (Newcastle): St Silas is holding a Jubilee picnic on Sunday 3rd June in the hall at 12.15 after Messy Church at 11.00am, at which the decoration (boats, Union Jack cloaks and crowns) will be created.

Cambo: Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tea Party in Cambo Village on Friday 1st June, 5.00pm – 9.00pm, welcoming the community, especially the residents of Wallington Desmene, Rothley and Hollinghill, and Cambo School. Competitions [under 7s and over 7s] for Best Crown and Fancy Dress, Live Music, Games, Pooled Tea.

Chapel House (Newcastle): Holy Nativity Church's Jubilee Garden Party and official opening of the Community Peace Gardens, Sunday 3rd June 12.00 noon to 3.00pm. Refreshments, stalls and activities. Official opening and tree planting at 1.00pm, thanksgiving service at 2.00pm.

Corsenside: 11.00 am Sunday 3 June Jubilee Service at St Cuthbert's followed by picnic to open two days of activities in the parish.

Cramlington: Sunday 3rd June 10.30am Café church service with songs, crafts, refreshments and celebration as we look at David the shepherd boy who was selected by God to be king, and we also commemorate the Queen's 60th year as head of the Church of England. 11.30am till 12.30pm we switch to full party mode with an in-house (Northburn Hall) street party with fantastic party food, games, songs and a great time of coming together as friends and neighbours. Have you got a party trick, or a remembrance of the Coronation or the Silver Jubilee that you can share? ‘Roll out the barrel’, ‘Land of Hope and Glory’,’ When I’m 64’, ‘The Birdie Song’ – songs and ditties to roll back the years. You are invited to come in costume – all shades of red, white and blue or, for the young at heart, why not come dressed as our party Queen or Prince in shining armour?

Elsdon: Sunday 3 June 2.30pm Jubilee Thanksgiving at St Cuthbert's Elsdon opening the parish's celebrations.

Fawdon (Newcastle): There's a fun day at St Mary the Virgin on Tuesday 5th June with a service at 10.30am and all sorts of activities going on through the day (and lots more at the community centre nearby). It should be a good day but ideally come dressed in red, white and blue in order for the chance to be crowned king/queen for the day.

Felton: Flower Festival at St Michael & All Angels, Sat 2 June – Tues 5 June, 10.00am – 4.00pm; Mon 4 June 10.00am – 12.00 noon; Preview Evening Fri 1 June, 7.00pm – 9.00pm. Admission by Ticket - £5 (includes wine & canape). Tickets available at local shops in Felton & Church in May. Live Organ Music provided by Simon Fleming MMus, BA, Phd Tues 5 June 11.00am - 12.00 noon & 2.00pm - 3.00pm.

Gosforth (Newcastle): All Saints' Gosforth is hosting a Christians Together in Gosforth Diamond Jubilee Celebration Service on Sunday 3rd June at 6.30pm. Guest preacher: The Revd Ian Flintoft.

Greenhead: St Cuthbert's Church is hosting an exhibition - a joint venture between the congregation and Greenhead C of E First School, which is a timeline of the 60 year reign of Her Majesty. The pupils will previewed the exhibition on Sunday 27th May at their Street Party. The congregation will attend the celebration Eucharist at Holy Cross in Haltwhistle at 11.00am on Sunday 3rd June.

Haltwhistle: "Big Lunch" on Sunday 3rd June in Holy Cross, following a celebration Eucharist at 11.00am, when the congregations of Haltwhistle and Greenhead will come together with members of the wider parish community.

Heaton (Newcastle): Heaton Churches Together are holding a tea party on Monday 4th June from 2.00pm - 4.00pm in Heaton Baptist Church with a wide screen, and prayers and reflection by a C of E priest.

Hebron: St Cuthbert's Church will hold a Jubilee Service on Sunday 3rd June at 9.30am
and serving "fizz and cake" after the service. Our local church school (Tritlington C of E First School) are holding a "Kings and Queens" Jubilee Service in St Cuthbert's
on Monday 31st May and then having a lunch and games etc., - this is to be open to the whole of the parish.

Hexham: Churches Together in Hexham are inviting everyone in Hexham to come and join in a free picnic on Sunday 3rd June 12.00 noon – 2.00pm in the Abbey Grounds to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. This will follow a Diamond Jubilee Service at 10.00am in Hexham Abbey.

Kingston Park, (Newcastle): St John's Church is planning a large-scale Party in the Park, on Kingston Park Green, 1.00pm - 5.00pm on Tuesday 5 June, with bouncy castle, face-painting, outdoor games, art tent, marquee for community groups, church marquee, fair trade marquee, prayer/spirit zone, hot and cold refreshments, live music, etc.

Kirkwhelpington: 11.00am Service of Thanksgiving for the Diamond Jubilee at St Bartholomew's Church. 12.00 noon in church: Presentation of Coin and Certificate to the children of the village. 1.00pm The Big Jubilee Lunch in the Memorial Hall and outside. 2.30pm Magician. 3.30pm Fancy Dress Judging. 4.00pm Tree planting

Matfen: "Jubilee Hymns & Pimms" on Sunday 3rd June, 11.00am, Holy Trinity Church. A chance to open the Jubilee celebrations and to celebrate our Patronal Festival, by singing some of our favourite traditional hymns, praying for the Queen - and toasting her with Pimms! Preceded by Holy Communion at 10.30am.

Monkseaton St Mary's: Saturday 2nd, 12.00 noon, Jubilee Lunch attended by Bishop of Newcastle the Rt Revd Martin Wharton and Mrs Marlene Wharton. Tickets are £10 (£5) and available St Mary's Parish Office (0191) 251 4216. On Sunday 3rd, 11.00am, Civic Service, with Alan Campbell MP and representatives of other local organisations. The service celebrate aspects of 60 years of Her Majesty's reign for nation and commonwealth. Also on Sunday 3rd, from 1.00pm, Community Street Party at Whitley Lodge Shopping Centre and Green. Run in conjunction with other community groups and the local shop holders. Free children's activities (bouncy castle, pony ride, football cage, face painting), food and drink, live music, and more bunting than you can shake a stick at! 

North Gosforth (Newcastle): The Bishop of Newcastle will be leading a Service to give thanks for the Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June at 11.15am at the North Gosforth Chapel on Melton Park. This will be followed by a picnic. All are welcome to the Service.

North Shields: 5.00pm Sunday 3rd June, North Tyneside Council Civic Service at Christ Church.

Otterburn: Sunday 3 June 11.00am Jubilee Celebration Service at St John the Evangelist.

Percy Main: St John's Church is having an afternoon tea with community singing (including national hymns) stalls, competitions, and games starting at 3.00pm on Sunday 3rd June.

Ponteland: the bunting is up in the centre of the town and our Jubilee celebrations start a week early. The annual Civic Service took place on Sunday 27 May with a Jubilee theme. The church choir is being augmented for a performance of "Zadok the priest", and we expect a full church. On Jubilee weekend itself the church is involved in a Jubilee Exhibition in the Memorial Hall. On Sunday 3 June the 10.00am Family Service will contain film of Her Majesty's coronation, and we've asked the congregation to bring a photo of themselves with Her Majesty or another royal momento. The service will be followed by a Big Lunch in the Church Hall. In the evening, 6.30pm, Churches Together are organising a Jubilee Service at the Methodist church. On Monday 4 June the Town Council are ending the day with fireworks and a Jubilee Beacon on the tower of St Mary's - to be lit at 10.00pm.

Prudhoe: A Street Party is planned on Sun June 3rd, to be opened at 12.00 noon by TV personalities and local residents Paul Mooney, Keeny Toole, Colin Briggs. The Lord Lieutenant and Duchess of Northumberland will arrive at 12.45pm. The aim is to close the whole of the Front Street, have three entertainment areas, interspersed with activities and stalls providing food etc - tables and chairs will also be scattered down the street too. We hope to provide every child with a Jubilee Meal if sponsorship is forthcoming. The Church is leading on this project with the support of the Town Council. The event ends with a 4.00pm outdoor Songs of Praise.

Riding Mill: St James' Church will be holding a service of Choral Evensong on Sunday 3rd June at 6.00pm. (BCP) in honour of the celebrations.
The village will be celebrating in a convivial way the next day!

Scremerston: On Friday 1st June in the afternoon from 2.00-5.00pm there will be a big village celebration for the Queen’s Jubilee in the grounds of the First School. This is being hosted jointly by St. Peter’s Church and the First School PTFA. There will be a wide range of activities including maypole dancing, refreshments, stalls, children’s games, planting a memorial tree by Alan Beith MP, blessing of a new bench, a toast to the Queen and prayers for the Queen and for the village. We are praying for fine weather!

Slaley: Community Flower Festival in St Mary's Parish Church, 2nd to 4th June. 'Diamonds and Decades' - each of the flower displays will be presented by different bodies and groups within the parish who have come together as a community to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Saturday 2.00pm to 4.00pm with Strawberry Teas, Bring & Buy stalls and Raffle. Sunday 10.00am to 12.00 noon and 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Monday 10.00am to 12.00 noon and 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Tweedmouth: The Parish Jubilee party will be held on Friday evening 1st June from 7.00-9.00pm in the Parish hall for parishioners, their guests, families and friends. There will be a royal-themed buffet, games for everyone and an entertainment, including community singing, plus a toast to the Queen, and prayers for the Queen and for Tweedmouth.

Walker: Christ Church are having their Jubilee celebration on Sunday June 24th when the Bishop's Chaplain, the Revd Ian Flintoft will preach. It's hoped that Walker Technology College will be involved and there is a big buffet lunch planned afterwards.

Wallsend: Church of the Good Shepherd. Afternoon Tea Sunday 10th June 3.30pm - 5.00pm with tea and cakes. A chance to meet  others in the community including new residents in Henley Grange. Children welcome. No charge - all welcome.



Getting involved...

Church of England


The Church of England offers resources for Diamond Jubilee events and prayers and liturgies for services...

John Sinclair


Canon John Sinclair, our Diocesan Advisor in Evangelism, is collecting resources and ideas...


Hope Together's web page for the Jubilee contains lots of useful links - and have a look at this leaflet about Building Community at your Big Jubilee Lunch.
The Big Lunch The Big Lunch is all about organising a street party...
The Big Jubilee Thank You The Big Jubilee Thank You is an opportunity for local churches to collect greetings to the Queen and send them on to her...