It's Time to Plan a Street Party

Residents urged to celebrate Jubilee and Olympics

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Hammersmith and Fulham Council is encouraging local residents to begin planning street parties to celebrate this year's two big events - the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and Paralympics.

Cllr Harry Phibbs, cabinet member for community engagement, says that following last year's royal wedding celebrations, he hopes more people will set up parties this summer for the Diamond Jubilee on June 2-5 and the London 2012 Games, starting on July 27.

Cllr Phibbs says: " Last year’s parties were an incredible sight and everyone had a fantastic time. This year, we are hoping that even more parties will be held, exceeding the 34 for the royal wedding."

The council says it has made it easier for parties to be arranged by cutting the red tape to just one simple online form. Residents without a computer can ask to be sent a paper version of the form.

Cllr Phibbs says: "We have stripped away all the drudgery and hours of completing tiresome bureaucratic forms that used to be necessary when organising a small event, and instead local people have more flexibility and time to concentrate on the fun side of these parties."

The deadline for applications is May 4 for the Queen’s Jubilee and June 29 for the Olympics. Residents requiring a premises licence to sell alcohol at their events will need to apply at least six weeks before their planned event.

The two main requirements for those holding a small event or party are that there must be community approval and that organisers make appropriate arrangements for diverting traffic.

If you would like to apply to have a small local event such as a street party, visit Street Parties or contact the switchboard on 020 8748 3020.

A number of Diamond Jubilee events will also take place across Hammersmith and Fulham. Here's the schedule:

Date

Event/activity

2-5 June

Hammersmith London BID Street Banner Festival 
Local artists and amateurs designing banners which will then be judged by community representatives. The winning banners will be placed on the borough’s main thoroughfares.

3 June

Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant 
A flotilla which will extend from Putney Bridge to Tower Bridge. The Queen will lead the flotilla which will include boats from across the UK, the Commonwealth and the World.

3 June

The Big Jubilee Lunch 
Individuals and communities are free to hold picnics/ lunches as they wish. For 2012 plans for The Big Jubilee Lunch campaign in London, with continued support from the Mayor Boris Johnson and Barbara Windsor, aims to recruit 32 organiser ‘Champions’ and a celebrity ambassador for each borough. The objective will be to encourage local Big Lunch activities in streets and neighbourhoods throughout the capital, ideally on Sunday 3 June, but also over the whole Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.

3 June

Hammersmith street decoration 
Decoration of Hammersmith Town Hall and riverside with bunting and flags.

3 June

Bishops Park Jubilee event 
Big screen, vintage funfair, catering, Fulham Brass Band, and, subject to availability, Hammersmith Morris Men and ‘Rock the Joint’ vintage band and dance.

4 June

BBC Concert at Buckingham Palace

4 June

Beacon 
To be placed on top of Hammersmith Town Hall and lit.

5 June

St Paul’s Service of Thanksgiving and carriage procession

30 June

Fulham Symphony Orchestra 
Orchestral performance with Jubilee theme.

July

Queen’s Jubilee walking tours 
Walking tours in Fulham town centre.

September

Queen’s Jubilee Youth Cup 
Youth competition for Army cadets, boy scouts, army groups.

September (TBC)

Tea and Cakes with the Queen 
Tea, cakes and dancing in Hammersmith Town Hall with a DVD of the pageant being shown.

February 7, 2012