Jubilee Events at Discover DeCrypt

Published: Monday April 11, 2022

Discover DeCrypt, faith, story, lifeDiscover DeCrypt awarded £3,415.55 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Gloucestershire Community Foundation

Discover DeCrypt has been awarded £3,415.55 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Gloucestershire Community Foundation – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will ensure that thousands of people from communities all 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, 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.

Discover DeCrypt will be running events throughout the Jubilee Weekend as well as a series of free community workshops in May and early June leading up to the Jubilee. They are partnering with Read With Me, who will be holding their Jubilee concerts in the church.

On Sunday 5 June they will be holding a special Jubilee Service at 10 am.

From 1-5 June they’ll be holding a Small Ships Festival running alongside the Seas Shanty and Tall Ships Festival in Gloucester over the Jubilee weekend. Small Ships is a competition open to all. Participants are invited to design, build and race their own miniature ship. Prizes will be awarded for speed and design in four age categories ranging from Apprentice to Ancient Mariner. Hashim Norat, Mock Mayor of Gloucester, will award the prizes at 2 pm on Sunday 5 June. There will also be two free ship-building workshops on 21 and 28 May from 11 am until 1 pm to provide help with designing and building ships.

On Sunday 5 June at 3 pm there will be a Jubilee Tea Dance with live music from the Tea Dance Band and expert dance tutors from Gloster Swing Dance. There’ll be Fairtrade tea with homemade cakes served on a vintage tea service. In preparation for the dance Discover DeCrypt is offering three free dance workshops on 7, 22 and 29 May run by Gloster Swing Dance. Complete beginners can learn enough to try a few dances and those with more experience can polish their skills.

Additionally, we’ll be running Frocks, Frills and Flowers, a series of free workshops in May. ‘Frocks’ will provide the opportunity to fashion a unique upcycled outfit for the Jubilee using vintage and recycled materials and the creative talents of multidisciplinary artist Jussara Nazare. ‘Frills’ will be led by local expert tailor Nader of Pamir Alterations; participants will create their own fabric bunting, learn some basic sewing skills and how to complete simple tasks with a sewing machine. ‘Flowers’ will be a chance to create floral displays for the Jubilee weekend and learn some tips and tricks from an experienced member of Gloucester Flower Arrangement Society.

Made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a huge range of projects throughout England. 44 community foundations have been awarding grants across the country.

Jess Gordon, Community, Arts and Events Manager at Discover DeCrypt said, “We are so excited to be running these community events. It’s a chance for people to get together after the isolation of the pandemic and have some fun.  It’s great to be collaborating with some of the very talented members of our community who will be sharing their skills and inspiring us all to get creative. We really hope it will bring people together in a very positive way. There’s a little bit of something for everyone: from model boats to bunting, flowers, frocks, music and dance and lots of cake!”

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