Council: No events to celebrate Jubilee

Dómine  salvam fac regínam nostram Elísabeth.

Dómine salvam fac regínam nostram Elísabeth!

Despite a recent Mori poll showing that 80% of the public support the monarchy while only 13% want to see the UK as a republic – Eastleigh Borough Council plan to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee –simply by wishing her all the best.

The council have not organised any celebrations

During February’s full council meeting Councillor John Caldwell asked the then Mayor Cllr Wayne Irish:

“What plans does the Council have to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee?”

The Mayor that on behalf of the Council he had sent the Queen “every best wish on her tremendous achievement of reaching her Diamond Jubilee”

He went on to explain that what made the celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee so special, was the strength of community feeling behind it.

Therefore, the Council would not be holding any events to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

He added that the council was ‘supporting’ parish councils and community organisations who wished to mark the Diamond Jubilee where they could.

In response to a supplementary question as to why the Council were not commemorating this event Leader Keith House replied that Hampshire County Council had budgeted  £250,000 for the commemoration and there was plenty of opportunity for people to celebrate by way of street parties and local events.

Both Chandlers Ford Parish and Botley Parish Council have organised events to mark the once- in-a -lifetime event while residents in Newtown have taken matters into their own hands and will be closing three streets to traffic in order to hold a street party on June 3.

One of the residents 55, who did not wished to be named, reacted angrily to the news.

“The only ‘support’ we have had from the council is they have agreed to a road closure but they are not helping us with signage or organising the derisions. We are having to organise everything ourselves – plus there is absolutely no funding forthcoming.”

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  16 comments for “Council: No events to celebrate Jubilee

  1. May 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I had thought that Hedge End’s effort for the Diamond Jubilee was a little disappointing, compared to the fabulous job that Botley have done, but the Borough’s lack of effort is even worse…

    At least HETC are organising a street party of sorts, in the car park of the 2000 Centre. If its raining it’ll be inside the Village Hall (very sensible!). The location was also chosen because it was convenient for access to the conveniences in the Village Hall (very sensible!) and provided easy access to the tables/chairs & kitchens (very sensible!)

    I’ll be there helping out on the day, mainly with the setting-up and clearing away I think, lugging tables around etc. Expect I’ll hang around and try to help out some more. Also expect I’ll write it up for E.N. later. Really hoping I can get photo’s of the VIP guests joining in & helping out…

    I’ve genuinely no idea how this is going to work out in practice. I’ve not seen Hedge End try anything quite like this before. It might be low-key compared to Botley, but they’re also being quite adventurous, for Hedge End.

    Plans can change, but the last I heard was that the children were going to be fed chicken nuggets & chips followed by jelly and cake, with sandwiches being prepared for the adults. I also believe there’s a small commemorative gift for everybody who has bought a ticket: I’ve seen the samples…!

    I have the feeling that for Hedge End’s party in the car-park to be a fabulous success, it’ll need the guests to help make the party themselves, maybe bring a few extra sausage-rolls, a quiche, a pizza etc to share and perhaps even for people to invent their own [safe & sensible] entertainment – finding some community spirit in the great British tradition of Great Brish Street parties…

    A handful of dedicated HETC Councillors are organising the nucleus of the event [inexpensively], but for it to be a really great day I think it will need the community to participate and to make their own fun rather than expect to sit back and be fed & entertained…

    Why not bring that set of Boules that’s been sat in the cupboard under the stairs for the last decade…!

    p.s. Well maybe not the Boules – that’s continental rather than British – but I’m sure you’ll see what I mean…!

    • Miranda
      May 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

      A picnic in the park with a local brass band playing rousing Prom type music like Land of Hope and Glory etc would have been easy, economic and inclusive. Everyone could bring their own food and the Council could set up games, races etc for adults and children. This ‘sandwich in a car park’ sounds like a desperate attempt by some unimaginative councillors to be seen to be doing something. I’m sorry – but it sounds pathetic and put together with the minimum of thought and effort.

      As for chicken nuggets for the children – haven’t Councillors seen the Jamie Oliver programmes? Me – I’m taking advantage of the extra bank holiday and am off to the West Country where they know how to celebrate.

      • May 20, 2012 at 12:52 pm

        Thanks Miranda. I’m sure they’ll be the very best “Free-Range” Chicken Nuggets…

        …but you’re right about Jamie Oliver…

        As I said above, I think the party will become what the guests want to make of it. It could turn out to be a really great afternoon in Hedge End or it could be a fiasco…

  2. May 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    The Leader of the Council, Keith House, is a Republican and does not support Royal celebrations of any kind.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 20, 2012 at 10:36 am

      Well if that’s true then good for him!
      Nothing wrong with that,though I’ll wait to see if he turns the offer of a gong down before making a judgement.
      I’d prefer it if we could directly elect our head of state too – oh, and directly elect our council leader as well.
      However his views are not representative – only 13% of people are in favour of a republic. The other 87% are clearly opposed.
      But of course the leader is only one man in a chamber of 44 members – surely policy is not shaped by his personal beliefs?
      Is this what he means when he says ‘Eastleigh is a policy led council’ ?

  3. May 20, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    As Louise and Caitlin Bloom will be at Hedge Ends street party, perhaps Cllr House will be too…?

    Even if its ony for an hour or so to help shift tables…!

  4. Peter Stewart
    May 21, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I am a royalist partly because I believe there is ENORMOUS value in preserving tradition. It goes hand in hand with preserving the Constitution. It also goes hand in hand with long term international trade relations. The Monarch plays a big part in securing trade deals by virtue of continuity (something which would not be there with an elected leader) (like say Tony Blair) (i.e. here today, gone tomorrow) 🙂

    • May 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      That must explain why we are running a £3billion trade deficit and Germany with an elected head of state has an EU17 billion surplus.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      May 21, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      This has nothing to do with the fact you are related?

    • May 22, 2012 at 2:29 am

      Peter, we do not have a Constitution.!

      • May 22, 2012 at 11:14 am

        Just because it doesn’t exist, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

  5. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    May 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Since posting this story there is news that a replacement for the Eastleigh carnival is being planned that will be ‘Diamond Jubilee’ themed – although it will be later in the year.
    Not the council is sponsoring this at all, but ELAC might be persuaded to cough up a bit

  6. Rashid
    May 22, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Would be interested to know how the Queen influences trade in Britain, Peter Stewart.
    Didn’t work for William and Cameron and that certain football fiasco – did it? How much continuity will the OAP Charles lend to the country? He’s well past his sell by date now and still no prospect of getting the hot seat. Doubt if we will even get the same as an elected term out of him – not good value for money.

  7. Peter Stewart
    May 22, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    OK guys. In order then:
    1) Keith: I believe it is the case that we have a trade surplus with every other part of the world except the EU. This is in no small part down to the lifelong efforts of the Queen to establish good relations with our trading partners across the world. On the other hand, our trade deficit with Germany has nothing is typical of our trade deficit with the EU as a whole. It certainly was the case (and I believe it still is) that our trade surplus on invisible exports to the EU is offset by the trade deficit on visible exports to the EU. Germany’s gain is our loss and this is undoubtedly due to the fact that some of their politicians (who also play a leading role in the financially corrupt EU) have a very large slush fund (probably the same as the EU’s) from which certain of our politicians have been suitably bribed to allow the transfer of significant sections of our manufacturing base. It is not for no reason that the EU’s own auditors have refused to sign off the EU “accounts” for the last 16 years! If this were a company the directors would now be in prison.
    2) Eastleigh Express: My respect for the Queen is solely due to the work she does as a trade ambassador on behalf of the UK.
    3) Matthew: It is a common misunderstanding that because we have no formally codified Constitutional document as such, that we do not have a Constitution. In fact we have possibly the oldest Constitution in the world, made up over centuries of law and human rights. Note: All this is being eroded by the compulsory incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law (as required under the terms of our EU annexation). The ECHR is inferior because it is a compromise to allow certain countries with inferior human rights to ours, to sign up to it.
    4) Rashid: The Queen works tirelessly (tirelessly) for the UK, meeting foreign monarchs and other heads of State, to maintain that vital continuity (and connections) which must exist if foreign companies (all of which fall to some extent under the influence of their heads of State) to trade with us. Our foreign trade would suffer a SERIOUS blow if the Queen were not there. WHEN Charles becomes King, the continuity will be preserved and our trade will benefit as a result. What’s more, Charles’ age is a BENEFIT when it comes to the qualities of an ambassador.

  8. Dave Steward
    June 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    How come you’ve gone off the subject, which was “Eastleigh’s not holding any Jubilee Celebrations”
    Daniels answer says it all – “The Leader of the Council, Keith House, is a Republican and does not support Royal celebrations of any kind” Well he should bow to the 87% MAJORITY. Hand it over to someone else or perhaps resign, yes resign would be the more popular option.

  9. Stephen Slominski
    June 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Not the first time someone has called on Mr House to resign on Eastleigh News and I suspect no the last but there is no chance of it happening!

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