Royal Wedding Community Celebration Fund


Royal Wedding Community Celebration Fund

Organisations hosting events to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have applied to Rother District Council for match funding for the festivities.

The following sets out who received a grant and the events they are planning:


Invite only

Homecall, a registered charity, is a home visiting scheme for the visually impaired in Bexhill and surrounding areas. It was established in 1985 to recruit, select and train volunteers for a home visiting scheme that helps the substantially visually impaired maintain their independence, whilst relieving their social isolation.

Homecall are using their funding towards an afternoon tea party for their visually impaired clients and volunteers. The event is taking place at the Egerton Indoor Bowls Club on Saturday 19th May at 1.30am to 4.30pm.

Netherfield Village Hall & Playing Fields

Open to all

Netherfield Village Hall will be using their funding to hold a street party for all the residents of Netherfield. The party, which is taking place at the open space at the top of Darvel Down (opposite the Netherfield village shop) on Saturday 19th May, will include food and drink, a children's entertainer, bouncy castle and prizes and souvenirs.

Rye & District Dementia Action Alliance

Invite only

Rye & District Dementia Action Alliance are a charitable organisation set up to transform the quality of life of people living with dementia, and their carers.

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, they will be having a showing of 'My Fair Lady' and will enjoy the song 'I'm getting married in the morning'. They will also be having a hat competition and enjoying tea and cakes.  The event will take place on 18th May at Rye Community Centre.

De La Warr Pavilion

Open to all

The De La Warr Pavilion is hosting a Royal Wedding party on the Metropole Lawns from 9.30am on Saturday 19th May.  There will be big screen royal wedding coverage, a family picnic area, rides and side stalls.

ITV news will be broadcasting live from the event, so make sure you dress in all your finery and wave your Union Jacks.

Burghwood House Resident's Association

Open to residents and their families

Burghwood House is sheltered housing for older people in Etchingham. The Objective of Burghwood House Resident's Association is to build a community for its residents to enjoy, and help to abolish loneliness and isolation.

To celebrate the Royal Wedding they intend to enjoy an afternoon tea in the community lounge. The event is open to residents and their families.

Norman's Bay Resident's Association

Open to all

Norman's Bay Residents Association is set up to encourage the idea of community throughout the village.

They are planning a 'Right Royal High Tea Party by the Sea'. As well as holding events throughout the day including a 'make your own tiara' and 'Right Royal Quiz'.  There will also be a drawing competition for under 16's with the opportunity to win a keepsake souvenir.

Guestling Bradshaw School PTA

Open to Guestling Bradshaw school children, their siblings and their parents/carers and the local community

Guestling Bradshaw School are intending to have a celebratory lunch and afternoon on the Monday following the Royal Wedding. The children will have the opportunity to take part in a school banquet and there will be a 'bake off' competition which will be judged and prizes awarded. The theme for the cakes will be the Royal Wedding.  At the end of the school day, there will be a community afternoon tea and cakes, which will be open to the whole community.  There will also be a cricket match and a craft activity which will see the children making and decorating royal crowns.

Autism Stress Alert

Open to all

Autism Stress Alert is a charitable organisation set up to raise awareness and provide training of autism and sensory process dysfunction to public and voluntary organisations, and to improve community access for those with sensory processing issues.

To celebrate the Royal Wedding, they will be potting up a planter at the top of Western Road, Bexhill with flowers that match the colours as chosen for the Royal Wedding. Refreshments, including biscuits baked with lemon and elderflower to reflect the flavours of the Royal wedding cake will be available for those taking part and local people attending.

The planter will have a printed banner to mark the occasion

Road closures have also been agreed for two events, one in Burwash and one in Dallington.


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