Whitstable prepares an artisanal Jubilee tea party


Knitted festive food for the holiday season

Residents of Whitstable got creative with their Jubilee craft project.

With a £9,600 grant from Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, volunteers ran community art workshops to create artwork for a ’70 Years in the Making’ tea party.

From knitted sandwiches to table decorations, from felted cookies to commemorative tableware, they’ve done it all!

the project is run by the Horsebridge Arts Centre, where the delicious – but inedible – festive food will be on display during the Jubilee Bank Holiday.

Hannah Wenn, from Horsebridge, said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people who really like to get involved.

“We’ve run a wide variety of free workshops to make our tea pieces, including mono print placemats, ceramic vases and bowls, wet felting flowers, pottery painting and crafting sessions. weekly crafts.”

An exquisite felt cheese board

In addition, people who could not make it to the center received festive cooking craft kits to make at home, to ensure that everyone in the area could participate in the community project.

During the holiday, the “tea party with a twist” will transform the studio, while the balcony will be adorned with oversized handmade flower bouquets.

Plus, there will be a recreation of a 1950s parlor, where visitors can enjoy a (real) cup of tea and cookies while viewing archival footage of the coronation.


The grant was part of the £140,000 fund administered by the Kent Community Foundation to help communities mark the Queen’s special milestone.

Chief Executive Josephine McCartney said: “We received a wide range of exciting applications showing some very innovative ways the community wanted to come together to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee over the bank holiday weekend.

“We estimate that the funding we have distributed to 24 projects across the county will reach thousands of people in Kent and Medway.”

To find out more about funding your charity or community group, call 01303 814500 or visit the Kent Community Foundation website.

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