"Robertsbridge Celebrates" A Platinum Jubilee Celebration event for the whole community
Following on from the Robertsbridge Carnival which helped to fund the current Village Hall, it has become a tradition in recent years to hold a free summer event in June for the whole community, supported by the Parish Council. Of course the Covid Pandemic meant that we were unable to hold a Summer event in 2020 and 2021. 2022 was different, and the organising Summer Event Group, a group of volunteers led by Dawn Hill from Robertsbridge Village Stores, planned an extra special event "Robertsbridge Celebrates" for Salehurst & Robertsbridge residents and their friends and families to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
This event was on Saturday 4th June 2022 from 1-5pm. Station Road was closed so that the event could take place in the train station car park, along the road the whole way from the Village Hall to the High Street, and on the green areas outside the Village Hall, on Jubilee Gardens and Piper's Field opposite (at the end of Willowbank). The Bygone Robertsbridge Memory Trail, supported by Robertsbridge Arts Partnership, was part of the event. It was a special walking route with photos and stories of people and places in the village; it took place for two weeks. To end the event there was a Family Disco for all children and their parents in the Village Hall (£2 per child, payable on the door).
For those who use Facebook there was a Facebook page 'Robertsbridge Platinum Jubilee Celebration'. The event pocket brochure was available in local shops or you could view or print a copy here.Other things going on in Salehurst and Robertsbridge over the Jubilee holiday weekend
In addition to "Robertsbridge Celebrates", the main community event on Saturday 4th June in Station Road (see Jubilee Community Event page for details) the following events took place in the village:
Thursday 2nd June
Jubilee Beer Festival at Robertsbridge Club from noon daily Thursday-Sunday. Beers, food, and live music. This was a CAMRA promoted event. Further details and music timings on the Club's Facebook page.
"Kick off your Jubilee weekend" at The George Inn with Live Music in the bar from 530-730pm.
Beacon Lighting 9.30pm on the Hurst Green boundary of our Parish at The Stage Open Space field, TN19 7QD on the left on the B2244 as you drive from the A21 junction at the top of Silverhill towards Bodiam. The location can be found on Google. Hurst Green Parish Council organised the lighting of the Stage beacon which is scheduled around 9.30pm. Parking, toilets and refreshments on site.
Friday 3rd June
Salehurst Halt Jubilee Street Party 1-3pm Road closure for Great British picnic street party, open to all Salehurst and Robertsbridge residents and their friends and families.
Also at the Salehurst Halt Great Salehurst Bake Off Challenge - Bake a Cake 'Fit for a Queen' (all entries to the Halt by Friday 4pm, judged at 5pm) Live music on Friday evening. Local Cider Festival Friday-Sunday.
Saturday 4th June
Main Community event
Followed by Family Disco 5-7pm, £2 per child payable on the door.
Event brochures were available from local shops in the week leading up to the event or here. Updates were found on the Facebook page 'Robertsbridge Platinum Jubilee Celebration'.
Sunday 5th June
All Age Jubilee Service at St Mary's Church, Salehurst 11am.
Big Jubilee Lunch - Informal family/street celebrations- street parties etc.
The Parish Council invited residents to take part in a Jubilee photographic competition to help build a lasting archive of local celebrations. We also recruited a team of volunteer roving photographers. Thank you to everyone.
Congratulations to our Jubilee photo competiton prizewinners:
Mountfield vineyard tour for "Corgi Cordially Invited for Pimms" by Neil Shuttleworth
Fisherwood Alpaca Experience for "Meeting Queenie in Station Road" by Purdy Atkinson/Atkinson family
Nosh Burgers for "Jubilee Cottage" by Jane Turner/Turner family
After the Jubilee weekend photographs of the local Jubilee celebrations were posted on Facebook and on this page.