Catisfield to host royal extravaganza

By Connor Steel

CATISFIELD RESIDENTS and beyond are being invited to attend an extravaganza of ‘royal’ proportions to be held in early June to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with ten hours of age-friendly activities confirmed by organisers on social media and marketing material as people across the area make plans for the Government approved four-day Bank Holiday weekend of June 2-5 this year.

The extravaganza will begin at 11:45am as Councillor Connie Hockley agreeing to open the event accompanied by piper Neil Spurgeon, who will play Diu Regnare on his bagpipes. The tune, also known as Long Reign, has been specifically composed as a tribute to the Monarch on this moment of immense historical significance and more information can be found here.

Details on musical entertainment confirm a performance from the band Vocalists Vintage Candy, who will be singing popular songs from past years and have encouraged guests to join in the fun. They are currently due to work alongside Nick Blunn & Friends Jazz Band and an evening of tunes from DJ Dan Anderson, whilst any other late entries to the list will be communicated if confirmed.

For children there is a range of activities available for all ages; including Vikki Sarker face painting, biscuit craft, sweet trolley and ‘make your own crown’ sessions at regular intervals. However the highlight will be a performance from popular children’s entertainer Silly Scott; which will include a disco, interactive magic show and balloons to encourage younger audience members to celebrate.

Local refreshment businesses are also scheduled to attend the event such as JC Ices, Becky’s Hot & Cold Drink Sales, and Schwenker Grill Catering; with a range of variety on offer. There will also be a cake stall and a mobile bar in the form of VBfunction so people can purchase a range of alcohol at the event; given they are over eighteen years of age and can provide identification if required.

But aside from partying and celebrating there will an opportunity for guests to learn about the background behind the Platinum Jubilee, with a history stand available to absorb with details of the Queen and the area of Catisfield itself. Memorabilia can also be purchased on a separate stall within the event, whilst there is due to be a tombola draw for guests to enter throughout the day.

Tickets can be purchased at a cost of £9 per adult and £5 per child (aged 3 to sixteen years), with free entry to those aged 2 or below. A family ticket can also be brought for £25 with two adults and two children permitted entry, whilst there is no concessions on OAPs or disabled guests. The link for readers to buy tickets online is here, whilst they can also be purchased from two addresses nearby the Memorial Hall; currently detailed on social media as 17 and 19 Catisfield Lane, Fareham.

Finishing at 10pm, everybody has been invited to attend and readers do not have to live in Catisfield to buy tickets; organisers hoping to turn this event into the largest in Fareham over the Jubilee weekend and are even asking their guests to wear Royal themed fancy dress if they wish.

The celebration is scheduled to be held at Catisfield Memorial Hall, located adjacently to the Avenue in Fareham, throughout the day of June 4; the venue’s postcode being PO15 5NN. More information can be found via this website link or by emailing info@catisfieldvilliageassociation.org. They can also call 07860 890 172 or visit their social media pages to ask any important queries.

PICTURED BY UK GOVERNMENT: Bunting over a street as country prepares to celebrate Platinum Jubilee.