Horncastle To Create an Enchanted Park for Jubilee Beacon Lighting at the Historic Home of The Queen’s Champions at Scrivelsby
Horncastle is planning something extra-special for the lighting of its Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacon on Thursday 2nd June at Scrivelsby, thanks to funding from Lincolnshire Community Foundation and Arts Council England’s Let Create Jubilee Fund.
Volunteers from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Committee, chaired by Horncastle Town Council, are working on the event in partnership with local artists and producers from Different Light Collective who are behind the successful Spilsby Light Night event.
The ‘Enchanted Park’ will see part of the historic deer park at Scrivelsby decorated with lights and ancient parkland trees illuminated in colour. Young and old alike will be able to explore the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Wood that was planted 10 years ago and is now set to be filled with Houses of Light made by members of the local community. There will be a free light-based craft activity so that everyone can ‘take their light to the beacon’. Artists are also working on a lion fire sculpture, in reference to the iconic Scrivelsby Lion and emblem of the Dymokes as the Queen’s Champions.
Simon Hollingworth of Different Light Collective said: The Different Light team is delighted to have been asked to be part of this unique event and we can’t wait to illuminate the Enchanted Park and especially to light up the Diamond Jubilee Wood with community made Houses of Light. We are also very excited to be bringing a fire sculpture to the event too which we hope will add some excitement in the build up to the lighting of the Beacon and the setting off the fireworks!”
There will also be music, as well as a bar and food available, and people are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the atmosphere in the build up to the official lighting of the beacon. This will take place at 9:45pm at the same time as beacons are lit across the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, and will be followed by a firework display organised by Horncastle Lions.
Gates will open at 7:00pm, and entry to the event will be £5 per car to help cover the cost of fireworks which are not grant funded.
Francis & Gail Dymoke of Scrivelsby Estate said: “We are honoured to be hosting this event in conjunction with Horncastle Town Council to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. We are extremely excited to have such wonderful artistes and musicians at Scrivelsby – this is going to be a memorable night!’
People can get involved before the day too. Lumo Workshop will be running a free community arts morning for up to 20 individuals on the morning of Saturday 28 May at the Horncastle Community Centre between 10am and 1pm. Working with professional artists Nadya Monfrinoli and Louise Jones, you will spend a creative morning making a willow and paper House of Light to help create a magical woodland experience on the night in Scrivelsby’s Diamond Jubilee Wood. The activity is suitable for everyone aged 8+ and will be great for families, but all children must be accompanied. Booking is essential as places are limited, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian Marshman, from Horncastle History & Heritage Society said: “We are delighted to have been able to secure this grant from Let’s Create Jubilee Fund in cooperation with the Town Council, Traders Association and other local groups. We hope this event will be something that the town can be proud of as we come together to honour the Queen’s historic achievement. Scrivelsby has played an important role throughout Horncastle’s history, as the home of the feudal office of the Queen’s Champions, and we look forward to seeing the parkland in a new and different light for Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee.”