The Coronation of King Charles III took place on 6 May 2023. Local events included a screening of the Coronation at the Clay Farm Centre and several street parties. Please let us know if you have additional information about other events. There are also pages about the coronations of King George VI in 1937 and Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Denis Wilson Court, 5 May 2023
Residents and families enjoyed a Coronation Party at Denis Wilson Court, Porson Road, on Friday 5 May 2023. With thanks to David Boddy, Chair of the Social Committee, and Sam Oliver, Local Housing Manager, Housing 21, Denis Wilson Court.
David Boddy writes: On the eve of the Coronation, residents, family, and friends gathered in the lounge at 16.00 at Denis Wilson Court to celebrate this momentous occasion in the history of our beautiful land. David Boddy opened the proceedings with a short speech to mark the significance of the following day in our history. After welcoming everybody, we thanked Cambridge City Council who so generously and kindly provided the funds to make the celebration possible. He also thanked the Social Committee and all the many who baked tirelessly and all the others who made the delicious food so lovingly prepared – there was a decidedly, festive air with all the decorations and bunting. Then the party began, and we were really pleased with the excellent turnout, including family and friends who had been invited. The festivities ended around 19.00 and a good time was had by all. Everyone was excited about watching history taking place the following day. Another happy and successful event at Denis Wilson Court!
Clay Farm Centre, 6 May 2023
Over 400 residents took part in events at the Clay Farm Centre on 6 May 2023, including screenings of the coronation in the Eva Hartree Hall and the Tillie Cuthbert Room, crafts activities in the hall and a busy Café with free drinks and cup cakes.
Fawcett Road and Cornwell Road street party, 7 May 2023
James Hems writes: On Sunday 7 May 2023, in celebration of the coronation, Fawcett Road held a closed-road street party for the direct residents of the street, overlooking residents and a general invitation to the Clay Farm neighbourhood. On the day, the street had a bouncy castle, egg ’n’ spoon races, adult/child races and even created a chalk pavement mural of the road and year. Sticking with the theme of inclusion and sustainability, there was no alcohol served, the majority of the food was vegetarian and/or vegan rather than containing meat. As Fawcett Road is a street consisting of shared-ownership and affordable-rent properties, the event has entirely funded through the generous support of a Cambridge City Council grant.
With all the fun and community connection, the event ended with those attending concluding that we all wished we had done it before and that we must not wait another 10 years for the next street party. At the time of the event the road is a through road. Following the success of the event the residents of Fawcett Road and its neighbours concurred that for the benefit of road safety, emissions and to encourage greater active transport, we will press for Fawcett Road to be a No-Through Road. The residents of Fawcett Road and neighbouring residents informally agreed to this motion to be made.
Bishop’s Road street party, 7 May 2023
Residents in Bishop’s Road held a street party on Sunday 7 May. The afternoon turned out lovely and sunny and everybody that came had a wonderful time. With thanks to Karen Middleton.