Coronation weekend in Thurlaston

Plans are well underway for the Coronation weekend in Thurlaston (May 6th, 7th & 8th). You may already have spotted a large hole on the recreation ground; this is going to be planted with a magnificent specimen tree, a flowering cherry, kindly donated by East Midlands Landscaping. Once again, Croft Quarry have generously donated a good piece of granite for the commemorative plaque that we will unveil on Coronation Day itself.

By now, all village residents should have received a flyer giving outline plans for the weekend’s events, with more detailed information to follow in the next few weeks.

So for those of you hoping to get a head start on planning your scarecrow and house decoration, here are the details –

By Friday May 5th – all scarecrows to be built and houses decorated (see initial leaflet for info).

Saturday May 6th – Coronation Day – Parish Council event on the park; a chance for the village community to come together and watch this historical event with a marquee and big screen to view the Coronation Service. There will be a photo booth and bouncy castle for the children, with tea, coffee and cake available from 10.00. Local businesses will be selling cooked food at lunchtime and you are welcome to bring your own picnics onto the park.

As well as viewing the scarecrows during the day, there will be a treasure hunt with a royal theme around the village and a cake competition and raffle in the marquee. Scarecrows and houses will be judged.

Sunday May 8th – The Big Lunch. It is hoped that villagers will get together with friends and neighbours to organise their own celebrations, or maybe bring a picnic up to the park.

Monday May 8th – The Big Help Out – The Parish Council will organise various volunteer groups to help ‘spruce up’ our village – more details will follow shortly.

We hope the village will come together to enjoy the various events to mark this historic weekend and to make it even more special for the very youngest members of our community, all babies born between the date of the death of Queen Elizabeth and the coronation of King Charles will receive a commemorative certificate, with the baby born nearest to the date of the Coronation being awarded a commemorative silver spoon, similar to one presented to Philippa England (nee Mayne) in 1953 (being the baby born nearest to Coronation Day in Enderby).


So that we can award the silver spoon to the baby born nearest to Coronation Day, we need to know of any potential births in the village around the time of the Coronation! If you know of someone who is a resident of the parish of Thurlaston who is expecting in the next few months, please let a member of the Parish Council know.