Platinum Jubilee: A round-up of celebrations held in Havering  

The Rothon family in disguise as the royal family at the Beltinge Road street party on Sunday, June 5

Guess who? The Rothon family in disguise as the royal family at the Beltinge Road street party on Sunday, June 5 - Credit: Sandra Rowse

From tree planting to countless street parties, here’s a round-up of Havering's many celebrations to mark the Queen’s record-breaking Platinum Jubilee reign.  

Street parties

On Sunday (June 5), new Havering mayor Trevor McKeever joined residents on Beltinge Road in Harold Wood to enjoy a party that featured lots of competitions. 

Walter Sehulte, Margit Busch, mayor of Havering Trevor McKeever, Kath O'Connor and Elisabeth Dilly 

From left to right: Walter Sehulte, Margit Busch, mayor of Havering Trevor McKeever, Kath O'Connor and Elisabeth Dilly - Credit: Sandra Rowse

One of the organisers, 85-year-old Kath O’Connor, said people of all ages were awarded certificates to remember the day, including the oldest resident, 97-year-old Ruby Day.  

Residents of Beltinge Road at their Platinum Jubilee street party on June 5 

Residents of Beltinge Road at their street party to celebrate the Queen's Jubilee on June 5 - Credit: Sandra Rowse

Kath, who has lived on the road for four years, said the party has encouraged “everyone to become friends and look after each other”.  

97-year-old Ruby Day was awarded for being the person who had lived the longest on Beltinge Road for the Platinum Jubilee

97-year-old Ruby Day was awarded for being the person who had lived the longest on the road - Credit: Sandra Rowse

She added: “It was amazing. We had lots of activities and raised around £400 for Saint Francis Hospice through a big tombola stall, with prizes donated from everyone on the street.”  

Shirley Cockram, 79 and Jean Daws, 86 at the Beltinge Road Platinum Jubilee street party 

Shirley Cockram, 79, and Jean Daws, 86, at the Beltinge Road street party - Credit: Sandra Rowse

People guessed the weight of a Jubilee cake for the chance to take it home and a fruitcake, made by Ruby, was put in the raffle.

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Kath said people sang through the day and music played all afternoon.  

Lynee Trubridge at the Beltinge Road Platinum Jubilee street party 

Lynee Trubridge, who was born the same year the Queen ascended the throne, enjoying a glass of wine at the Beltinge Road street party - Credit: Sandra Rowse

“There was a wonderful neighbourly feeling and the weather was okay, it didn’t rain, but getting up and dancing kept us warm,” she said.  

On Friday (June 3), lots of people joined the street party in Sunnycroft Gardens, which started from around midday. 

Long-term resident John Robinson, who has lived on the road since 1984, said the event was well-organised by his neighbour Fazile Zahir, who is known as Fay.  

She has lived on the street for a year and said she enjoys organising community events - the Jubilee was her first chance to do it since moving to the UK.  

Fay, 50, said: “It went really well and we had around 70 to 80 people, everyone brought food and we had different prizes. It was a really nice atmosphere, we had a bouncy castle in my driveway, hoopla for the kids. 

“We all shared food and had two BBQs. It was really wholeheartedly embraced by the whole street.” 

John, 67, said he can remember the Silver Jubilee in 1977, when he was in his 20s: “It’s amazing that the Queen has made it to the 70th year.  

“You don’t get things like this that bring the whole street together very often, but I think we should have more opportunities to meet our neighbours.”  

He said some people attended the party from streets nearby and there were “lots of other” street parties in Cranham throughout the four-day weekend.  

Residents at the Sunnycroft Gardens Platinum Jubilee street party 

Residents at the Sunnycroft Gardens street party - Credit: John Robinson

More than 200 residents joined in the family fun at Stanley Avenue’s street party on Friday (June 3).

There were plenty of activities for kids to enjoy at Stanley Avenue's Jubilee street party 

There were plenty of activities for kids to enjoy at Stanley Avenue's Jubilee street party - Credit: Clare Le May

Attendees enjoyed races - such as sack, and egg and spoon - alongside a children’s crown parade.  

Prizes were handed out for the best-decorated door and table and the sun kept neighbours singing and dancing all day. 

Stanley Avenue's Jubilee street party

Police stopped by to chat with children and hand colouring sets out - Credit: Clare Le May

Police visited to check the party was in full swing and gave out colouring sets to the children, who were also given an engraved Jubilee medal to remember the day.  

Organiser Clare Le May, who has lived on the street for 20 years, said the day was a success. 

A royal treat at Stanley Avenue’s street party

A royal treat at Stanley Avenue’s street party - Credit: Clare Le May

The 46-year-old said: "We had a great day with everyone young and old celebrating together.

"The children loved the freedom of being able to play in the street on their bikes and scooters with their friends."

A group of people who live on Laburnum Avenue had a merry get together on Friday (June 3) in celebration of the Queen’s 70-year reign.  

Street Party

Friday's Platinum Jubilee street party in Laburnum Avenue, Hornchurch - Credit: Allyson Tyler

One of the organisers, Allyson Tyler, who has lived on the street for more than 37 years, said before the pandemic she didn’t know her neighbours, but the crisis brought them closer together.  

On the day, around 30 residents, friends and family attended the event.  

Laburnum Avenue residents

Laburnum Avenue residents invited friends and family to join their Platinum Jubilee street party on June 3 - Credit: Allyson Tyler

It was a “great opportunity to sit and chat to everyone”, Allyson said.  

"Everyone had a hand in doing something,” she added, and their savoury and sweet table was “a feast fit for the Queen”.  

Further celebrations were enjoyed in Windermere Avenue where a Jubilee party kicked off on Thursday (June 2) at around 2.30pm. 

Windermere Avenue's Jubilee street party

Windermere Avenue's Jubilee street party - Credit: Jayne Hampson

Games and entertainment for children and adults made for a fun day, with more than 40 people taking part in a tug of war, while kids tried out egg throwing. 

Windermere Avenue's Jubilee street party

Windermere Avenue's Jubilee street party - Credit: Jayne Hampson

There was also a tombola for charity and a live singer. 

In Harold Wood, Sackville Crescent residents dressed up in red, white and blue while children took part in games. 

Sackville Crescent's Jubilee street party

Sackville Crescent's Jubilee street party - Credit: Anita Davis

A buffet table brimming with savoury snacks kept everyone's energy up. 

Sackville Crescent's Jubilee buffet table

Sackville Crescent's Jubilee buffet table - Credit: Anita Davis

Queen's Platinum Jubilee street party on Rectory Gardens, Cranham

Over 160 adults and over 40 children attended the Jubilee party in Rectory Gardens, Cranham - Credit: Francesca Emblin

More parties took place in Rise Park, in Rectory Gardens, and at Cakeybakeydoodaa - which is a day provision for adults with learning disabilities in The Sapphire Jubilee Community Centre in Collier Row.

Queen's Platinum Jubilee street party on Rectory Gardens, Cranham

The youngsters enjoyed a special children's Jubilee lunch at the Rectory Gardens party in Cranham - Credit: Francesca Emblin

Singcerity Choir at the Rise Park Platinum Jubilee party

Singcerity Choir at the Rise Park party - Credit: Angela Grainger

Mother and daughter Sylvie Clarke and Jacqueline Johnson at the Platinum Jubilee party held by Cakeybakeydooda in Collier Row

Mother and daughter Sylvie Clarke and Jacqueline Johnson at the Platinum Jubilee party held by Cakeybakeydooda in The Sapphire Jubilee Community Centre in Collier Row - Credit: Natasha Hayworth

Laura Lydia Klein, Amal Etienne, and Harry Cecil-Smith at the Cakeybakeydoodaa Platinum Jubilee party in Collier Row

Laura Lydia Klein, Amal Etienne, and Harry Cecil-Smith at the Cakeybakeydoodaa Platinum Jubilee party in The Sapphire Jubilee Community Centre in Collier Row - Credit: Natasha Hayworth

Romford BID

Romford's Business Improvement District (BID) held two afternoon teas in the grounds of St Edward the Confessor Church for the special occasion.

Romford BID held two Platinum Jubilee afternoon teas at St Edward the Confessor Church

Romford BID held two Jubilee afternoon teas at St Edward the Confessor Church - Credit: Carrie Kendall

Romford BID's Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea events in St Edward the Confessor Church

L-r: Charlotte McGill, administration and project co-ordinator for Romford BID; mayor’s consort Wendy McKeever; new mayor Trevor McKeever; and Romford BID director Julie Frost, with stilt performers - Credit: Carrie Kendall

The event saw 140 people fed by Curious Kitchen and entertained by Mark Walker Sings Swing.

Some shelter from the British weather was available in domes provided by the Dining Dome Company.

New mayor Trevor McKeever at Romford BID's Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea events in St Edward the Confessor Church

New mayor Trevor McKeever and his consort Wendy McKeever at one of Romford BID's Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea events at St Edward the Confessor Church - Credit: Carrie Kendall

Romford BID's Charlotte McGill and Jullie Frost at the Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea

Romford BID's administration and project co-ordinator Charlotte McGill and director Jullie Frost - Credit: Carrie Kendall

Old Shenfield Place care home

This Brentwood care home opened its doors to residents' family members in order to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

There was a buffet prepared by chef Julie Lowther, a royal quiz and some staff members planted a birch tree to mark the occasion.

Diamond Diasco, Claudiu Nitsor and Dawn Alger planting a Platinum Jubilee birch tree at Old Shenfield Place care home

L-r: Carer Diamond Diasco, facilities co-ordinator Claudiu Nitsor and Kim Currie, home manager, planting a Platinum Jubilee birch tree at Old Shenfield Place - Credit: Faye Cottrell

One resident said: "It was so nice to finally have a big celebration, the staff have been wonderful and I couldn’t have wished for the day to have been any better."

No food was wasted, as all excess was donated to a local food bank.

Faye Cottrell, Debbie Ellis, Diamond Diasco, Dawn Alger, Mandy Ivey, Beatrice Manokore, Claudiu Nitsor at Old Shenfield Place

L-r: Administrator Faye Cottrell, care assistant Debbie Ellis, carer Diamond Diasco, activities co-ordinator Dawn Alger, care assistant Mandy Ivey, team manager Beatrice Manokore, and facilities co-ordinator Claudiu Nitsor - Credit: John Kersey

Romford Greyhound Stadium  

Over the four-day weekend (June 2-5), the Romford Greyhound Stadium made sure to run a royal display.  

People enjoying the Romford Greyhound Stadium Jubilee celebrations 

People enjoying the Romford Greyhound Stadium Jubilee celebrations - Credit: Romford Greyhound Stadium  

Beginning with a Platinum Jubilee afternoon tea in its paddock restaurant, the stadium put on a three-course dinner event across the next two days.  

Her Majesty’s Dinner included a night of racing while listening to “the Queen’s favourite playlist”.  

Romford Greyhound Stadium Jubilee celebrations

Romford Greyhound Stadium Jubilee celebrations - Credit: Romford Greyhound Stadium

On Saturday (June 4), the stadium hosted Romford’s Royal Race Day, which featured a red carpet and life-size Queen. 

Retired greyhounds made an appearance and themed activity packs, including crown making competitions, were on offer.  

Romford Greyhound Stadium Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Romford Greyhound Stadium Jubilee celebrations - Credit: Romford Greyhound Stadium

Staff were encouraged to pay £1 to wear purple or silver with all money raised will be donated to the venue's retired greyhounds.  

Drapers’ Academy  

Leading up to the summer half term, Drapers’ Academy in Harold Hill hosted a celebratory week to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  

Drapers' Academy Platinum Jubilee

Key Stage 3 pupils at Drapers’ Academy took part in an aerial photograph, celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years as monarch - Credit: Drapers' Academy

Events included taking an aerial photograph, planting an oak tree within the school grounds and holding a Jubilee-themed bake-off competition and cake sale, raising funds for Action for Children.  

Drapers' Academy Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Principal Darren Luckhurst plants an oak tree within the school grounds with the help of Key Stage 3 pupils for the Jubilee - Credit: Drapers' Academy

The whole school also took part in a quiz about the Queen.  

Drapers’ Academy Platinum Jubilee

Drapers’ Academy pupils this week took part in a quiz about Her Majesty The Queen and the Platinum Jubilee - Credit: Drapers’ Academy

A spokesperson for the school said: “Congratulations to Sophie and Ibukun for getting 100 per cent. In addition, pupils took part in a red, white and blue-themed non-uniform day, raising funds for Action for Children.” 

Year 7 student Kiera won in the Jubilee-themed bake off competition 

Year 7 student Kiera won the Jubilee-themed bake off competition - Credit: Drapers' Academy

Saint Francis Hospice  

Over the Platinum Jubilee weekend, Saint Francis Hospice hosted a party for the patients, visitors, staff and volunteers who were unable to attend street celebrations.  

Dr Sarah Mann with patient Amarjit Kaur Gill and husband Kash at Saint Francis Hospice for the Platinum Jubilee

Dr Sarah Mann with patient Amarjit Kaur Gill and husband Kash - Credit: Saint Francis Hospice

Service transformation manager at the hospice, Jan Scott, said it was a “very special day”.  

“We were able to provide a beautiful cream tea, sandwiches and scones to all the patients on the ward, along with their visitors and the staff and volunteers. 

“One of our patients was able to enjoy the special day with her sister who had travelled from Australia to be with her. 

Saint Francis Hospice patient Ann with her sisters and staff for the Platinum Jubilee

Patient Ann with her sisters and the hospice staff - Credit: Saint Francis Hospice

Fundraiser Andy Furneaux played music and ensured everyone’s spirits were high.  

The hospice thanked Redbridge Council for funding the event.