Community Foundation for Surrey awards £81,309 to 13 community and voluntary organisations from Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund

12th April 2022

The Community Foundation for Surrey has announced 13 grants totalling £81,309 to voluntary and community organisations in Surrey from Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities across England will have the opportunity to take part in exciting creative events – all in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee. From puppetry and story creation, through to making crowns, carnival and art trails, there will be a huge range of exciting activities for people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved in.

Made possible thanks to National Lottery players, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund has been administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of Arts Council England. The programme is designed to help voluntary and community organisations develop creative and cultural events to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is one of 44 community foundations awarding grants across the country on behalf of the Arts Council.

The grants will fund the following projects across Surrey to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June:

  • 6th Staines Scouts – Jubilee Wall Mural
  • Age Concern Merstham, Redhill & Reigate – Street Party
  • Amber Foundation – Glass Wall Tile Project
  • Brockham Emergency Response Team (BERT) – Brockham Troops the Colour
  • Dance Woking – Multicultural Jubilee Dance
  • South West Surrey Domestic Abuse Outreach Service – Creative Writing Sessions for children
  • Stanwell Events – Jubilee Community Celebration
  • Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum – Jubilee Fashion Show
  • Synergy Dance Outreach – Intergenerational Music and Dance
  • The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities – A Stitch in Time Celebration
  • Voices of Hope – Meaningful Memories
  • Westway Community and Well Being Centre – Jubilee Carnival Floats
  • Worplesdon Memorial Hall – Jubilee Street Party

Surrey Minority Ethnic Forum told us:

“As the nation rejoices and celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee it is important that ethnic minority communities have a place in this celebration through the lens of their own specific cultures. The Queen is respected and revered by people of all backgrounds and our project will have a lasting impact as it involves the creative labours of women and girls with the added perspective of being environmentally aware.”

Amber Foundation reveals how their artist will be working with young homeless people:

“Using our artist Lisa Pettibone’s favoured materials of glass and metal, Lisa will work with our young homeless people at Farm Place in Ockley in Surrey to produce a glass wall tile which will be displayed prominently in our communal dining room. Each resident will take part in a glass workshop with Lisa. The glass will reflect their troubled past, with aspects of platinum with foiling and mirrors to signify bringing hope for their future.”

Age Concern Merstham, Redhill & Reigate is planning a Jubilee party:

“The Queen and her family are very important to the majority of our members – the average age of our membership is 80+ so they have watched the Queen grow up. The street party will be a wonderful tribute to them and her as we organise a memorable celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.”

Worplesdon Memorial Hall is looking forward to their event:

“Worplesdon’s Jubilee Street Party will be a fun afternoon of celebration for a Monarch who has reigned longer than any other English Monarch and for an occasion that anyone is unlikely to see repeated in their lifetime. It is therefore intended to engage and educate the community in the history of the last 70 years through music, art, games, competitions and picnics in a rural setting within the Perry Hill Ward of Worplesdon.”

Nicola Bartlett, Grants Manager at the Community Foundation for Surrey told us:

“We are delighted to work with Arts Council England to help distribute the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund to voluntary and community organisations in Surrey. We received a large number of very high quality, exciting projects that both celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and at the same time help to address some of the issues facing people in Surrey.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This June, we’ll see communities across England coming together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I’m excited to see these projects brought to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO, UK Community Foundations, said: “For community foundations, people and places are the priority and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is a unique opportunity for people to get together and celebrate in their communities. We are proud to have connected Arts Council England with local organisations whose imaginative and exciting projects and collaborations with professional artists will bring communities together to enjoy marking this milestone moment in our history.”

HM Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having overtaken Queen Victoria as the longest reigning monarch in 2015. Her reign has been marked by a commitment to public service, reflected by her extensive programme of engagements at home and abroad, and support for over 600 cultural organisations, charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations.

For more information please contact:

Nicola Bartlett, Grants Manager, Community Foundation for Surrey, Tel 01483 478091,              ,uk

Nathan Dean, Communications Officer, Arts Council England Tel: 0207 268 9648,