Residents of Houlton Rugby are reminiscing fondly on the community spirit that was showcased as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations and giving thanks to the group who coordinated proceedings.
A group of resident volunteers who form the Houlton Residents Group pulled out all the stops to bring the community together to mark the iconic celebrations.
Shared spaces across the development, including The Barn and Dolman Farm, were awash with neighbours joining forces to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
From sumo wrestling to football shoot outs, neighbours took part in a whole host of activities, designed to bring people together and ignite both a sense of community and competition amongst residents.
A selection of Houlton residents and neighbours who joined the celebrations from nearby Rugby, also set up shop to showcase their wares and provide treats and gifts for guests to peruse and purchase on the day.
Laura from Bear Bakes was on hand to tantalise everybody’s taste buds with her delicious, sweet treats whilst Emily and Ryan from The Warwickshire Wax Co bought along a vast array of luxury handmade goods.
Sophie from Oh My Gifts showcased her tailored gift selection and Tracey from Trace on Paper shared her beautifully bespoke animal portraits for the pet and wildlife lovers.
Local band ‘The Intruders’ entertained crowds into the evening, playing all the British classics which kept everybody up dancing and singing along together.
Hannah Craig Office & Community Facilities Coordinator at Urban&Civic said: “It was heart-warming to see what the resident’s group had created for the whole neighbourhood to enjoy together.
“We know how lucky we are here at Houlton to have a group of residents who truly support and champion one another and this event further reinforced that true community spirit!
“Not even the gloomy weather forecast we were greeted with on Saturday morning could dampen the community spirits on the day and the clouds soon cleared to allow residents to fully immerse themselves in the afternoon’s sports activities!”
Steve Ellard from Houlton’s Resident Group said: “My experience left me lost for words due to the hard work everyone had put in, not just on the day, but for all the weeks of dedicated time given prior to the event. It was also amazing to see what our Houlton residents had to offer.”