In 2009, the Eden Project started an annual UK get-together for neighbours and communities to come together and share a meal, getting to know each other better. In 2022, they are inviting communities across the UK to come together for The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5th June, as part of the official celebrations.
We are aware of many events taking place around the community on different days over the weekend – if one has not yet been organised for your street, it’s not too late to see if you can set one up with your neighbours!
Hanborough Garden Club has asked members and villagers to create floral displays throughout the community during the weekend. This could be a wreath on your door, an arrangement in your window, or garlands around your garden gate – anything goes! If you are a business or shop in the village, it would be great if you could decorate your window or outdoor space in the same way, with balloons and bunting. The colour theme for the Platinum Jubilee is purple.
Long Hanborough Methodist Church is holding a Jubilee Flower Festival. The church will be open between 10 am and 3 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Come along to enjoy floral and other displays on a Platinum Jubilee theme created by local organisations and groups. The café will be open at these times, with free coffee and cake available. All are welcome.
“Beating the bounds” is a centuries-old tradition, aimed at reminding everyone in a community of where its boundaries are. Most, but not all, are shown on modern maps, and common or village land may not be clearly fenced or marked. Not everyone knows where these boundaries and areas are – this is an opportunity to share and enjoy the area in which we live.
There will be four guided walks of different lengths - from 1 to 4 miles – all starting from the Pavilion. Come along at 5.30 pm on Thursday and choose your length of walk! We will be exploring and walking all the footpaths in Long Hanborough and Church Hanborough - there are many wonderful walks in the parish, come and find out where they are. The shorter walks will be across more-easily accessible ground. These are walks for everyone, and we encourage you to return to the Pavilion afterwards for the quiz and lighting of the beacon.
There is a long tradition of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and Coronations with the lighting of beacons. A beacon chain, once used as a tool for communication, has now become a symbol of unity across towns, borders, countries, and continents and is often the central point of focus for any outdoor gathering or celebration. In 1897, beacons were lit to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. In 1977, 2002 and 2012, beacons commemorated the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees of The Queen, and in 2016 Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.
Hanborough will be honouring this tradition and, alongside more than 2000 other communities around the UK, a beacon will be lit at the Pavilion at on Thursday at 9.45 pm. You can find out more at
There will be live music in the pub in Church Hanborough on Thursday from 8pm.
The HPFA are organising a quiz at the Pavilion. Doors open on Thursday at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £5 each, to include a supper of jacket potato and filling, for teams of up to six players. The Pavilion bar will be open throughout the evening. You do not need to be a member to come to the event – come and have a great evening.
Come along for 12.00 noon on Friday, when prayers for the nation will be said. Village Voices will also sing the Jubilee Song. The café is open, with free coffee and cake available. You can also admire the Jubilee-themed floral and other displays. Nobody should miss seeing them.
The road between the Hand & Shears and the village square in front of the church will be closed to traffic on Friday between 2pm and 10pm. The pub will be open for lunch and snacks as usual from 12pm – 4pm, but please walk or park along the road due to the road closure. Residents have planted up a special Jubilee wildflower verge, which they hope to be in full bloom for the weekend.
The Three Horseshoes is holding a garden party. The party will start on Friday at 3pm, with live music from Russell Turner, DJ Kameron and The Usual Suspects from 8.30 pm. West Indian street food will be available. For more information, please see their poster.
The Hanborough First XI will be hosting Hook Norton First XI, as part of the Cherwell League Division, 4B and will be a 50 over game. It begins at 12.30pm, and the team looks forward to all supporters, new and long-standing.
There will be a tea, coffee, and cake “drop in” on Saturday from 2 to 4pm. A lovely event for everyone to come to!
The pub will be open for lunch as usual from 12 noon. There is a special jubilee menu addition of a high tea on Saturday afternoon for £8.95 – mention the Hanborough Herald, and you can get it at the discounted price of £6.95.
There will be a Joint Service for the Benefice of Hanborough and Freeland at 10am to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. The Church hopes to include one or two of the Queen’s favourite hymns. Pupils from the Manor School will be reading out their own tributes to the Queen, and Guide and Scout groups will be parading to the Church. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The service will take place at 10am. All are welcome!
The Bus Museum is offering free entry and bus rides. All are welcome!