Jubilee street parties are the icing on the cake for Wandsworth communities

Published: Monday, June 6, 2022

Cake competitions, fancy dress and picnics across hundreds of Wandsworth’s streets and parks have marked The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee as the borough celebrated in style over the long weekend.

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Jubil-ation at Carey Gardens street party in Battersea

Residents shared food, memories and enjoyed free entertainment as they partied with their neighbours and friends in five local parks, community centres and at over 240 street parties.

Picnic tables on Sellincourt Road in Tooting

Bunting and picnic tables on Sellincourt Road in Tooting

The Mayor of Wandsworth sparked the weekend’s celebrations on Thursday 2 June in Battersea Park as he lit Wandsworth’s Jubilee Beacon, joining thousands of other organisations and communities around the world in lighting Platinum Jubilee Beacons.

Battersea Park Beacon lit by Wandsworth Mayor

Community: The Mayor of Wandsworth lights Battersea Park Jubilee Beacon

Positively Putney ran a Jubilee Beacon Day in Church Square, with stilt walkers, fire shows, balloon modelling and arts and crafts before lighting Putney’s community beacon.

Mayor plants Jubilee tree with residents in Savona Estate Battersea

Over in Battersea, the Battersea Jubilee Festival held events over several days while residents in Carey Gardens and Savona Estate rolled out the bunting and the Mayor helped the Savona Residents' Association with a commemorative tree planting on 3 June (see pic above).

Trooping the colours: Fancy dress on Festing Road, Putney

Trooping the colours: Fancy dress on Festing Road, Putney

Wandsworth Town's Old York Road Unplugged festival was back to celebrate the Jubilee with live music and family activities including royal-themed craft sessions and special menus at local cafes.

Jubilee crafts: Old York Road Unplugged festival

Jubilee crafts: Families at Old York Road Unplugged festival

Battersea Park also hosted the Big Jubilee Lunch on 5 June with music from local music charity World Heart Beat, while residents also enjoyed live music as they picnicked in Wandsworth Common, Tooting Common, Furzedown Recreation Ground and Coronation Gardens.

Tooting Common Jubilee Big Lunch with Raj HeerTooting Common Jubilee Big Lunch with Raj Heer

Jubilee Big Lunch on Tooting Common: Live music from Raj Heer

The Mayor of Wandsworth, Cllr Jeremy Ambache, said: “It was a privilege to light the Jubilee Beacon and press ‘go’ on all the marvellous community events around the borough. I was made very welcome by residents everywhere and was delighted to join in with celebrations which brought so many people together to make new connections and stronger communities.”

Jubilee street party on Swanage Road Wandsworth

Looking back: Residents get together on Swanage Road in Wandsworth

Neighbours together: Fawe Park Road in Putney

Neighbours together: Fawe Park Road in Putney

Community support

Wandsworth Council had encouraged neighbourhoods to celebrate by waiving all its usual fees associated with arranging a street closure and providing a grant fund for voluntary and community organisations to organise celebrations.

Fit for a queen: Cake competition in Ormeley Road, Balham