Wye celebrated The Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a series of community events between Thursday 2nd and Sunday 5th June 2022.
Wye Crown gleamed white with a fresh coat of lime wash, and the Parish Council invited every household in the parish to take part in the celebrations.
In summary, Wye Celebrates started with a community beacon lighting ceremony on Churchfield Green on Thursday 2nd June, and a second beacon above Wye Crown for all to see alight on one of the highest points in Kent. On Friday 3rd June Church Street closed to traffic for a Street Party between 12.00 noon and 14.00, and there were family picnics on The Green. On Saturday 4th June, there was a Farmers Jubilee Market on The Green between 09.00 and 12.00.
Finally, celebrations to mark this historic occasion ended in Wye church with a special Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday 5th June. Although all these events were informal, the Parish Council encouraged residents to wear red white and blue to add to the spectacle.
Wye's community beacon was one of the national chain that all light together at 21.45 as a symbol of unity. Wye also lit a second beacon above Wye Crown which could be seen for many miles across Kent.
In the autumn a tree planting project will contribute to the Queen's Green Canopy initiative and grow to form a permanent legacy.
- If you would like to volunteer to be part of this project, or can offer ideas or resources, please contact the Parish Clerk.
Please watch this space for further details.
The Cantii Way launched 26th May 2022 to honour the The Queen, who is patron of Cycling UK. This new 145 mile cycle route opened in time for the long Jubilee weekend. The Cantii Way is a circular cycle route that starts and ends in Wye. The route passes Wye Crown, a prominent chalk carving cut by hand into the North Downs by students of Wye College to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII in 1902.
Coronation of King Charles III
Looking ahead to 2023, the Parish Council is preparing to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III. The Parish Council canvassed residents views on how best to celebrate this event, and the Coronation Working Group will meet in January.
The 6th May 2023 is not very far away - please hold the date and note the government's recent announcement that there will be an extra bank holiday on Monday 8th May.
Understandably, given all the current uncertainties and the immediate pressures on family budgets as the economy goes into a recession, the Parish Drop-in November only produced a few ideas for this event. As a priority the Parish Council needs to guage the likely level of interest in the options.