Helping to bring local people together to celebrate King Charles III coronation

People across the borough wanting to bring their local community together to mark the coronation of King Charles III in May are being given a helping hand by Hackney Council.

The coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, the Queen Consort, will take place on Saturday 6 May, with events being planned nationally and across the borough to mark the momentous occasion.

As well as supporting those looking to organise street parties over the special Bank Holiday weekend to celebrate the historic event, the Council is also providing grants of up to £750 through its Housing Services as part of the national Big Coronation Lunch initiative. 

The Big Lunch is designed to bring local communities together to share friendship, food and fun. Last year it centred around marking the Queen's Jubilee and this year it is being timed to help celebrate the coronation.

People have until 3 April 2023 to apply for the funding from the Council.

Residents can apply to the Council to organise a non-commercial street party which temporarily closes a street to traffic and brings neighbours together to get to know each other better and celebrate Hackney’s cultural diversity. 

Applications for street closures should be made at least four weeks before the planned event.

The Coronation Big Lunch

To be eligible for funding, applications must be made from a home managed by Hackney Council and events must be inclusive, accessible and benefit all local residents. In previous years, groups have organised themed events including face painting and international dishes that residents have produced and provided on the day. 

Groups also need to have appropriate safeguarding procedures in place and carry out a risk assessment for the event or activity.

Details of how to apply and information on the range of other funding available through the Council to help communities come together can be found here

How to arrange a Big Lunch

You can request a Coronation Big Lunch pack from the Big Lunch website

Street parties and street closures 

There are a few criteria that street parties need to follow including that

  • fewer than 200 guests invited;
  • all guests must be associated with the immediate area;
  • no alcohol will be on sale (it is okay to serve alcohol free of charge);
  • no formal entertainment (entertainment such as music from a stereo is okay as long as you do not disturb others in the community);
  • no tickets are sold for the event;
  • no food or other merchandise will be on sale (but it is fine to bring food to share with your neighbours);
  • no temporary structures (e.g. stages or marquees) are set up.

There is usually no problem in obtaining  permission to close quiet residential streets, but the Council is likely to refuse permission to close major routes (classed A and B roads), bus routes, or one-way streets where it thinks doing so will cause too much disruption to  surrounding traffic or impede emergency vehicles.

Applications for street closures for the Big Lunch events should be sent to  suresh.prajapati@hackney.gov.uk For more information and to apply for a street party and arrange a street closure see here

If you live on an estate

The Council’s Housing Services Resident Participation Team can support groups in the planning of activities and identifying suppliers for their Big Lunch events. They can be contacted on 020 8356 7845 or by emailing get.involved@hackney.gov.uk

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation

Hackney prides itself on its community spirit and this was highlighted when many people across the borough came together to enjoy Big Lunch events last year as part of the Jubilee.

The coronation of King Charles III is yet another historic event which I am sure will bring communities and people of all ages together again in colour and style to enjoy the celebrations.

We all benefit from close and strong communities and I am delighted that once again we are making these grants available to help support that aim. I look forward to seeing the wide range of events that will be staged across the borough over the bank holiday weekend.

Cllr Clayeon McKenzie, Cabinet Member for Housing Services and Resident Participation