‘Come and join our party of a lifetime’
A DAY-LONG celebration is being held in Wells on June 5 – and everybody is invited.
Activities and entertainment will take place on Cathedral Green, the Recreation Ground, Wells Market Place and surrounding venues to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Highlights will include a procession led by the British Army Tidworth Marching Band and a display on Cathedral Green by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Corps of Drums.
Children are invited to join the procession in fancy dress, with prizes handed out by Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw.
Some of the city’s sports clubs will be organising fun activities on the Recreation Ground, and there will be children’s races with medals for the winners. There will also be children’s rides and slides, and cookery workshops for youngsters.
The Daleks will be putting in an appearance at The Bishop’s Palace, and there will be performances to watch from 12.30pm at the Cathedral Green Performance Zone – culminating in a mass choral rendition of Jerusalem – and live music throughout the day at the Bandstand from the likes of The Portraits and Shepton Mallet Big Band. People are invited to take a picnic with them to eat while they are entertained, and to take their own chairs and rugs.
The Wells Jubilee Celebrations are being organised by Wells Rotary Club working in partnership with Wells City Council, Wells Cathedral, Project Factory, TIME, Wells Voice and other local organisations.
Wells Rotary President Wendy Ray said: “Come and join the biggest ever party to celebrate our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee which will take place in Wells on Sunday, June 5. Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service. Such a wonderful and unique occasion.
“We have a marvellous programme of many activities for all ages, including learning circus skills, cookery for children, and various sports. Enjoy a cream tea, have a picnic, sit back and enjoy performances of dancing, theatre and choirs from our area. Look at our programme schedule for more details of what is happening.
“What a fantastic opportunity to bring our community together. Come and enjoy this memorable day.”
Activities for the day
11.00am – Market Place: Opening Ceremony with Wells Town Crier Len Sweales, the Mayor & Mayoress of Wells, Lord Lieutenant of Somerset Annie Maw and Wells Rotary President Wendy Ray
11.00am – Recreation Ground: Fancy Dress entrants gather
Cathedral: Abseiling down West Front of the Cathedral with SOS Africa
11.30am Celebration Procession: Led by British Army Tidworth Marching Band, through Bishop’s Eye, Market Place and Cathedral Green
12.00-5.15pm – Bandstand: BYO Picnic Concerts and Acoustic Showcase
12.00-1.30pm and 2.00-3.30pm: Circus Skills Workshop
12.15pm: Judging of Fancy Dress by Lord Lieutenant Annie Maw
12.30-5.30pm – Cathedral Green: Performance Zone with dance, drama and choirs, Judge Jefferies Pageant
2.30-4.30pm – Cathedral: Tea Party in the Nave with Wells Wind Quartet
5.20pm – Cathedral Green: Jerusalem performed by choirs and orchestra
6.00pm – Cathedral: Songs of Praise: God Save the Queen
And throughout the day:
Tor Theatre Performance, Wookey Hole Circus, Morris Dancing and Theatre Workshops – Recreation Ground
Free cookery workshop for children by The Fun Kitchen
Children’s Rides and Slides Children’s Races
Sports Activities: Rugby, Tennis and Hockey Clubs (Recreation Ground)
Talks about the Bishop’s Cope in relation to the Queen’s Coronation and Meet the Daleks and Cybermen in the Undercroft (Bishop’s Palace)
Come and help make a Commemorative Felt Banner
Photographic exhibition of The Shops of Wells over the last 70 years (Wells Museum)
Photographs of the Queen in the South Cloister, Cathedral
Wells Cathedral Green
Subject to change, please check Display Board
12.30pm Cam Valley Morris Men
1.00pm Dance Fusion Wells Our younger dancers will take to the stage and showcase some of their work – including street, cheer, commercial, contemporary and break dance routines – full of energy, creativity and confidence
1.30pm Somerset Dance Umbrella Dance display by students from Wells Ballet School and Somerset Dance Umbrella who take weekly ballet and dance classes in Wells Town Hall
2.00pm Wells Academy of Theatrical Arts (WATA) Students aged 4-16 from Wells Academy of Theatrical Arts (WATA) based at the Drama Barn in Wells present a medley of Musical Theatre Numbers
2.30pm Wells Theatre Festival The cast of Wells Theatre Festival’s upcoming community production of Twelfth Night will perform a new song composed by Peter Kingston and inspired by Duke Orsino’s speech, If Music be the Food of Love
3.00pm Warminster Military Wives Choir
3.30pm Wells Good Afternoon Choir The Wells Good Afternoon Choir enjoy singing together every Tuesday afternoon at St Thomas’ Church from 2-4pm, they are led by music man Grenville Jones with Sheila Ross as accompanist
4.00pm Wookey, Street and Doulting Choirs Four local community choirs, led by Polly Carroll, perform a selection of contemporary songs from their 2022 repertoire
4.30pm Priddy Singers Lively local 40-strong community choir Priddy Singers sings pop and folk favourites.
5.00pm Corps of Drums Formation Colourful display by Musicians of Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
5.20pm En-masse choral rendition of Jerusalem with Croscombe Orchestra
6.00pm Songs of Praise: God Save the Queen in the Cathedral
Subject to change, please check Display Board
12.00pm Cam Valley Morris Men
12.30pm Shepton Mallet Big Band Started as a local saxophone jazz quartet some 30 years ago, it has grown into an impressive Big Band – a vibrant group of players of all ages playing music from the 30s, 40s, and 50s
1.30pm Dexterity Trio led by Tom Stringer, trumpeter at Wells Cathedral School
2.30pm Hetta Falzon Seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter, performing beautiful, mellow melodies for voice and piano. Hetta is the current national Young Songwriter of The Year named by the Song Academy in 2021 and also the winner of Glastonbury Festival’s Pilton Stage 2022.
3.30pm The Portraits Anglo-Irish song-writing and performing duo, whose songs tell stories of the world and of compassion for the forgotten. In recent times they’ve gained national media coverage for their versions of Together In Electric Dreams and Ed Sheeran’s Photograph, released in memory of the lives lost during the pandemic and featuring choirs and orchestras from across Somerset.
4.30pm Acoustic Showcase with Dick Stephens A chance for local performers to show off their skills
Fun Kitchen for Children every 45 minutes, 10.00am-4.00pm in the Marquee Circus Skills 12.00-1.30pm and 2.00-3.30pm Morris Dancing 1.30-2.00pm Tor Theatre Performance & Workshop 2.00-3.00pm
Children’s mini-games and relay race for parents and children