King’s Coronation Community ‘Big Lunch’ held on 7th May 2023

May 16, 2023 | Community News, Council News

Thank you to everyone involved!!!


The Christmas and Events Task group started planning this event in January 2023.  The members consist of:
Fran Reilly, Kirstie Bristow, Julie Elworthy, Cllr Nicky Roberts, Cllr Sharon Lewis, Cllr Matthew Beadnall and Cllr Elisa Woffenden.
The group was assisted by the Parish Clerk (Karenza Heald) and Admin Support Officer (Joanna Bennetts).

During the Parish Council meeting held on 17th January 2023 a budget of £4,000 was approved to host a community event.


  • Organise food / refreshments –
  • Inform neighbours of the car park of the plans.
  • Books acts and arrange schedule in two venues.
  • Publicise the event – in the newsletter, noticeboards and Facebook pages.
  • Organise bunting – produced by Millbrook Arts & Crafts groupusing recycled material.
  • Ask outside groups and individuals for their support and participation.
  • Book Cafe Abundance composting and Rame Refuse for bin collection.
  • Plan activities and face painting for the children.
  • Plan a wet weather contingency plan.
  • Publicise car park closure with signage and on Facebook.



Thank you to everyone involved in the planning of commemorating the King’s Coronation and the community event on 7th May 2023:

  • Millbrook Arts and Crafts for the fabulous bunting.
  • Julie Elworthy for the Rame Centre Wndow display.
  • Fran Reilly and Kristie Bristow for pulling everything together (risk assessments, schedules, coordinating with other venues to borrow equipment and lots more).
  • Millbrook Scouts – Pip Patterson, David Cliff and all Millbrook 1st Scouts for all their help decorating the tables, clearing the tables and serving cream teas.
  • Cllr Petra Polak and Millbrook Preschool for the free children’s activities.
  • Millbrook Village Hall Management committee for their support, arranging additional clean ups and putting up with last minute rearrangements.
  • Millbrook Football Club for the loan of tables and Chairs.
  • Millbrook Methodist Church committee for the loan of tables and chairs.
  • Millbrook Scout Hall committee for the loan of tables and chairs.
  • Martin Hobbs (Combined Logistics) and Danny Wiseman for helping to deliver tables from other venues.
  • Lady Megan Edgcumbe for the wonderful flower displays and introducing the acts.
  • Cllrs Nicky Roberts, Sharon Lewis, Don Wood and Fiona McBain, Heather Hankers and Rear Admiral Mike Wood for putting up lights and bunting in the Tanyard.
  • Rear Admiral Mike Wood who officially opened the Community ‘Big Lunch’ Event.
  • Sharan Betteridge and her staff Jack and Lily at Aunty Ems for donating savoury snacks and selling ice lollies.
  • Rame Peninsula Male Voice Choir, Torpoint Town Band, Girl Friday (Jo Philips and James Sainsbury), Flash Jack, Joanna Cook, Luke Deakin and Patchwork Studios Youth Group for the entertainment.
  • Tom Ogilvie / Patchwork Studios for use of the PA System
  • Pete Gold, the Council’s caretaker for working so hard before and during the event, taping down the tablecloths, weighting down the gazebo for the entertainers, shifting and moving tables and helping taking down the gazebo which has now kindly been donated by Tristan Price.
  • Cllr Elisa Woffenden for collecting raffle prizes and to all the local businesses, artists and individuals who donated to the raffle draw (over 40 prizes for the free draw)
  • All the volunteers who helped out on preparing for the event and on the day.
  • And finally thank you to the community who attended!

Your feedback

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Some of the feedback received

Friends of Millbrook Methodist Church

Please pass on our thanks to the Parish Council for putting on the Millbrook Coronation Big Lunch and especially thanks to the two of you for all your hard work planning and organising it and making sure things ran well on the day.

It was a brilliant occasion which was enjoyed by so many people, we are part of a great community.

Thank you for letting us have the Millbrook Methodist cake stall, we raised £158 which will be divided between local charities which help people in our community, all the money raised will stay on the Peninsula.

Rear Admiral Mike Wood CBE DL

I would be grateful if you could pass this message to those members of the Parish Council were involved and to all the others in the community who contributed to Sunday’s event.

It was an outstanding success and everyone involved deserves to be congratulated.

I spoke to numerous people of all ages who were there and without exception they were clearly enjoying themselves and were full of praise for the planning, preparation and delivery of such a comprehensive and inclusive programme of activities.

Many of them have lived in Millbrook longer than our 22 years and commented that this was the largest, best organised and most enjoyable event they had ever attended in the village. They clearly hoped that there would be more to follow in due course.

For me, it was a privilege to have a small part to play so thank you for inviting me.  I remain full of admiration for all that was achieved by such a willing and enthusiastic team.

Other feedback received

  • Thank you to all of you for making our village come to life again and give it a real community spirit-I hope this will be the start of memorable events and more people will realise that volunteering can be fun.
  • The tables were well turned out especially with all the fresh flowers and decorations.
  • We wish to congratulate the Parish Council and the many other organisations and volunteers involved for the exceptional event that took place in Millbrook on the occasion of King Charles lll’s Coronation. Many hundreds of people took part in and enjoyed celebrations that were extremely well organised and very much appreciated by all attendees we spoke to and saw. We belong to the generation that have clear memories of the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll and our generation perhaps constituted 10-15% of the attendees. The legacy of your event is that it has provided for the so many people younger than us their own memory of a community coming together to enjoy a historic constitutional occasion.
    It strikes us as remarkable that the Parish Council and the others involved properly anticipated and prepared for the numbers who attended. Millbrook is a large village but to have the foresight to accommodate so many people is a credit to the organisers. Besides the food and refreshments, two venues and music to suit all tastes were laid on. The hard work that went into every aspect of the occasion ensured its success and the dozens of volunteers who worked their socks off before, during and after the day itself deserve our thanks.

    We would be very much obliged if through the Parish Council our thanks can be communicated to the other organisations and individuals who provided a most enjoyable day for a lot of people. There is talk of the need for communities to come together in what are difficult times for society generally; the celebrations in Millbrook on Coronation Day fulfilled that need. It was uplifting to see a community made up of all age groups thoroughly enjoying a thoroughly inclusive event. Thank you.


    A thank you card – it was so lovely seeing the community come together enjoying themselves.

Below are some images kindly taken by Dom Moore Photography.  We have also posted these on the Parish Council’s Facebook page.


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