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18/5/2012 - County council helps Cumbria mark Diamond Jubilee

Cumbria will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in style this summer thanks to a helping hand from the county council.

Right across the county towns and villages are coming together to mark Her Majesty's 60 years on the throne with a host of activities from lighting beacons to street parties and school events.

And with the weekend being extended to celebrate only the second Diamond Jubilee in British history, Cumbrians will be enjoying four days of fun.

Cumbria County Council's local committees have got into the Jubilee spirit by funding a wide range of community activities and events.

Local committees and neighbourhood forums have provided funding to groups and causes including the following:


  • Aspatria Neighbourhood Forum has granted Bolton's Parochial Church Council £ 500 towards a flower festival at Boltongate Church from 1-5 June.
  • Rosley Community Group have been granted £ 500 by Bowness Thursby & Caldbeck Neighbourhood Forum towards Jubilee celebrations.
  • Cockermouth Neighbourhood Forum have provided £ 1,000 to the Rotary Club of Cockermouth towards a Market Place street party.
  • Dearham Diamond Jubilee Committee have been awarded £ 800 from Maryport Neighbourhood Forum towards the cost of Jubilee celebrations.
  • Wigton Neighbourhood Forum have granted North Allerdale Development Trust £ 500 towards Jubilee celebrations.
  • Cockermouth Neighbourhood Forum has provided £ 750 to the All Saints Home Association to fund a Jubilee celebration for young people.


  • Wetheral Parish Council has been awarded £ 1,000 by Wetheral Neighbourhood Forum for a village information map to commemorate the Jubilee.
  • Botcherby Community Centre has received £ 500 from Botcherby Neighbourhood Forum for a Jubilee party.
  • Burtholme Parish Council has been awarded £ 250 from Brampton & Gilsland Neighbourhood Forum to celebrate the Jubilee.
  • Kingmoor Parish Council has received £ 444 from Longtown & Bewcastle Neighbourhood Forum to provide commemorative mugs.
  • Kirkandrews-on-Esk Parish Council has been awarded £ 596 from Longtown & Bewcastle Neighbourhood Forum to provide commemorative mugs.
  • Harraby Neighbourhood Forum has provided Harraby Together We Can with £ 1,000 for a street party.
  • Hayton Parish Council has been awarded £ 1,850 by Stanwix & Irthington Neighbourhood Forum for commemorative items and equipment.
  • Dalston Parish Council has been awarded £ 200 by Dalston & Cummersdale Neighbourhood Forum for a Diamond Jubilee Rose Bed.
  • Stanwix Rural Parish Council has been awarded £ 750 from Stanwix and Irthington Neighbourhood Forum for a memorial bench to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee.
  • Currock Neighbourhood Forum has provided Currock House Community Centre with £ 1,000 for a mother and toddler group celebration.
  • Councillor Val Tarbitt (Longtown and Bewcastle) has provided £ 1,134 from her local member scheme budget to contribute towards the cost of providing school children in the Parish of Arthuret with commemorative medals and residents over the age of 70 with mugs to mark the Diamond Jubilee.
    £ 500 ( £ 250 from Longtown and Bewcastle Division and £ 250 from the Stanwix and Irthington Division) local member scheme budgets is going towards the cost of commemorative mugs for each child and an activity day at Stapleton Public Hall on 2 June for the whole community.


  • Lamplugh Parish Diamond Jubilee Group has been awarded £ 1,000 from North East Copeland Neighbourhood forum towards the cost of a weekend of Jubilee celebrations.
  • Moor Row Jubilee Club has been awarded £ 475 from West Copeland Neighbourhood Forum to go towards a three-course meal for members to mark the Jubilee.
  • West Copeland Neighbourhood Forum have given Smithfield and Longcroft Residents' Association £ 600 towards the cost of Jubilee celebrations for Smithfield and Longcroft residents.
  • Mirehouse Labour Club have been given £ 1,500 by Whitehaven Neighbourhood Forum towards the cost of a family fun day to mark the Jubilee.

South Lakeland

  • The Grasmere Diamond Jubilee Group has been awarded £ 1,000 from the Central Lakes Neighbourhood Forum towards a three-day celebration to mark the Jubilee which will be open to both local and  visitors to the village of Grasmere.
  • Councillor Roger Bingham (Lower Kentdale) has contributed £ 500 from his local member scheme budget to Burton-in-Kendal Parish Council and £ 500 to Holme Parish Council to support community  celebrations to mark the Jubilee.

Around 40 beacons will be lit across Cumbria, including a 'Beacon of Hope' at the top of Scafell Pike, on Monday 4 June as part of a national initiative to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

There is a long history in Britain of the lighting of beacons to mark Royal events such as weddings, Coronations and Jubilees so beacons will be lighting up the night sky in all six districts of Cumbria in towns and villages including Dalston, Kirkby Lonsdale, Langwathby and Wigton.

Cancer Research UK are responsible for the Beacon of Hope and are lighting it on England's highest point to commemorate the Jubilee and raise awareness of cancer.

During the day on 4 June a small ceremony will be taking place at Scafell Pike where each climber will be presented with the national flower (a red rose) which will accompany them to the peak. Cumbria County Council is contributing the red roses. 

While the main Jubilee events take place over the extended weekend of 2 June - 5 June, Jubilee activity in the county gets underway the week before.

At 3pm on Sunday May 27 a service, organised by Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria James Cropper, is taking place at Carlisle Cathedral to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

The theme of the act of worship will be 'A Celebration of Service and Community' to honour the example of service shown by the Queen to her people for 60 years.

Invitations to the service - which will be conducted by Dean of Carlisle, The Very Reverend Mark Boyling - have been extended to representatives of youth and adult groups and community organisations serving Cumbria.

The Dean said: "I am delighted that the different groups we have invited to represent voluntary work within our community have responded so positively.  I look forward to a very special day."

Councillor Norman Clarkson, Chairman of Cumbria County Council, said: "A Diamond Jubilee is effectively a once in a lifetime event so that's why we're helping Cumbria celebrate it in such a big way.

"Up and down the county communities will be coming together to mark what really is a landmark moment in our nation's long royal history.

"I'm delighted Cumbria County Council is playing a role in making some of these celebrations possible and I hope people across the county enjoy the fun and festivities."

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