Record of Flintham Street Party In commemoration of King Charles III Coronation Sunday 7th May 2023

Huge thanks go out to all those involved who made this such an amazing day!

It was way back in March that the FS&SA had a meeting to discuss some sort of ‘Whole Village’ celebration which would bring together the various community organisations and also residents who hadn't yet experienced the pleasures of community events.

The inaugural meeting of village groups soon established a commitment to a traditional ‘Street Party’ to celebrate the King’s Coronation.

This core working group of about 20 volunteers took up the challenge to make this a day to remember. The plan evolved, permission was sought for the closure of Main Street, local based activities were pondered, and the planning of a family event focussed on our local public house began.

As with all events of this scale, financial support was key to its success. The Boot and Shoe management kindly agreed to provide a generous buffet at cost.

Financial contributions were soon generously offered by the FS&SA, Flintham Parish Council, Flintham Museum, Flintham Community Shop, Flintham Velos, and Flintham Septemberfest team.

So huge thanks goes to these groups for generously digging into their funds and contributing so willingly.

Other on hand support was offered by some of the Village Hall Committee, the Crochet Group, Flintham School and Flintham Beavers, Cubs and Scouts and the Flintham Cricket Club.

On the day the hard work really began and volunteers rallied to the tasks. Tables and chairs were brought from the various village amenities and put in place. David Cartledge risked life and limb ensuring that the bunting was safely above street height with his dare-devil high ladder display. A marquee was erected for the band. Tables were dressed with the crochet group’s decorations. All the activities and sports were set up. The Boot & Shoe team decorated their area and prepared for the BBQ.

Everyone’s efforts paid off. It was an amazing afternoon and we were blessed with glorious sunshine.

More than 200 people attended. With the band 12 to the Bar and Andrew DJ-ing, there was dancing in the street. Everyone enjoyed the brilliant and generous Boot and Shoe BBQ.

Drinks flowed and fantastic cakes were devoured from the cake competition.

There were kids' tattoos, kwik cricket, table tennis, ice creams, table football, volley ball, soft ball five a side, Maypole dancing, a quiz about royal events over the centuries, and hidden lions were discovered up and down the street.

It was five hours of merry may-hem! Thank you Flintham for your amazing support. It couldn’t have happened without you.

Finally, the organisations which supported the Street Party agreed to donate the balance of the account to the Newark Food Bank.

There is a gallery of photographs below which we hope you will enjoy. To comply with GDPR, permission was granted by those in the photos to share them with you.

Flintham Street Party