Jubilee celebrations take to the streets across Tunbridge Wells and beyond

Jubilee celebrations take to the streets across Tunbridge Wells and beyond

Parties saw road closures across the weekend in scores of residential streets.

There were also road closures in Brenchley, where the High Street was given over to a party, Five Oaks Green, Goudhurst, Groombridge, Hawkhurst, High Brooms, Langton Green, Paddock Wood, Pembury, Rusthall and Southborough.

Southborough and High Brooms held their Jubilee celebrations on Saturday at Southborough Civic Centre and Town Square.

At Salomons Estate in Broomhill Road, nearly a hundred people gathered for the Jubilee Picnic.


Culverden Park Jubilee


Culverden Park, Connaught Way & Royal Chase residents


Meanwhile, in Shirley Gardens, Rusthall, the road was closed and a dining marquee, skittle alley and kids’ zone, were all erected for the day. There was also face painting and much more.

Set up in a gazebo at the corner of the party, the Pickering Cancer Charity was collecting for its drop-in centre work, as well as giving residents a sneak preview of its entry for the Soapbox Stars Kart Race at Dunorlan Park which takes place on June 25.

One of the street party organisers, Cathy Davis, said: “It’s a bit bigger than normal. It’s a collaboration between several neighbours – when it’s a cause, we do a road closure.”

When the Times went to press last night, the street party collection had raised £120 for Pickering and money was still coming in, Ms Taylor said.

Pembury Parish Council held a Jubilee Picnic in the Park at Lower Green Recreation Ground on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Paddock Wood, the Community Picnic was hosted by Paddock Wood Youth Council.

Langton Green has not held a fête since 2019, so celebrated hard, laying on music, food and drink, and stringing up miles of bunting. Its dog show made a welcome return, while the bric-a-brac stall also returned, now upcycled as ‘Fortnum & Wastenot’.


Paula Thomas
Paula Thomas at a street party on Prospect Road, Southborough


Capel Parish Council also held a Jubilee picnic on Saturday, while Hawkhurst’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations were held on Saturday, with the addition of a big screen broadcasting celebrations in London, plus the Derby, and the Party at the Palace.

In Groombridge, the jubilee picnic celebration was held at the Rec. Ground on Saturday.

Goudhurst also had a full programme, including a beacon and fireworks on Thursday evening, as well as flower show, car rally and evening events.

There was also a beacon at Lamberhurst, followed by a tea dance and concert, then a Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday.

Cranbrook’s celebrations were on Sunday, with a party in the High Street and music at The White Horse.

Over in East Sussex, half a dozen street parties closed roads for neighbourhood celebrations in Crowborough and the town council’s main event, the ‘Big Jubilee Lunch’ attracted hundreds of picnickers and revellers to Chapel Green on Sunday.


Polly Taylor
Polly Taylor of Pickering Cancer Charity


Local beacons join 'chain of light across the UK and Commonwealth

A ‘chain’ of signal fires linked local villages and towns to cities across the UK and world on Thursday night, as beacons were lit at the start of the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

Beacons in and around Tunbridge Wells included Biddenden, Brenchley and Matfield, Capel, Crowhurst, Edenbridge, Goudhurst, Lamberhurst, Mayfield and Five Ashes, Rolvenden, Cranbrook and Rusthall.

As the highest point in the High Weald, Crowborough’s beacon at Goldsmith’s Recreation Ground was a prominent link in the ‘chain’ of beacons.

Rusthall’s celebrations featured the beacon lighting event at the parish council’s Rackliff Centre, which drew about 150 people, said council chair Liz Ellicott.

“The beacon was lit by Cllr Barry Edwards. The bugle fanfare was played by the TW Sea Cadets and flags unfurled by Rusthall St Paul’s scouts,” she added.

Beacons were also lit for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, while Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has seen beacons lit of for her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees, in 1977, 2002 and 2012, respectively.

Beacons were also lit for the Queen’s 90th birthday in 2016.

Over 3,000 beacons were lit in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, and one in each of the capital cities of Commonwealth countries.

An official ‘Certificate of Grateful Recognition’ is due to be sent to all participants at the end of June 2022, via email, enabling them to print out copies to present to those whose help was essential for the event.

Share this article

Recommended articles


Please enter a search term below.

Subscribe To Our Newsletter