Lighting of the Beacon

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On Thursday 2nd June, Ashton Hayes will be hosting one of the official Queen’s Jubilee Beacons. Read all about them at

To help us take part in this once in a lifetime event we are asking for donations to help us fund the event. We are urging everyone to pledge their support at

We look forward to seeing you on 2nd June!

Why is there a village crier announcement at 2pm ?

At 2pm hundreds of town criers and 50 Pearly Kings and Queens from communities across the four corners of the nation and the Commonwealth will announce a specially-written Proclamation heralding the lighting of the beacons later that evening.

Why is there a beacon being lit ?

This is best explained by Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Beacons:  “Building on a long tradition of lighting beacons to mark significant royal celebrations, over 1,500 Platinum Jubilee Beacons will be lit across the UK and Commonwealth on the first evening of the four-day Jubilee Weekend (on Thursday 2nd June 2022). The Beacons will enable local communities to join together and pay tribute to Her Majesty as part of the official programme of events. 

Will there be any entertainment at the evening event ?

A bugler will join those at local beacon lightings across the United Kingdom and The Commonwealth to officially announce the lighting of the beacons with a specially written bugle call, entitled ‘Majesty’.

The Morris Dancers will be performing during the evening.

What Time is this event ?

Gates open at 8pm.

Morris dancing from 8.15pm.

Bugle Call at 9:40pm.

Lighting of the beacon at 9:45pm.

The car park will be closed at 10:30pm.

Is there an entrance fee ?

No – there is free entrance to all Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events being held in the village.

Can we bring our own refreshments ?

Yes. Bring your own refreshments and snacks. We just ask that you take your rubbish and recycling home with you where possible as space is limited.

Will there be any refreshments for me to purchase ?

There will be a bar featuring Weetwood Ales.

The Pavilion Café will be open for hot or cold drinks, ice cream and nibbles.

There will be a hot dog stall.

Can we bring chairs and tables ?

Yes. You are welcome to bring your own picnic blankets, camping chairs and tables.

Will there any car parking ?

Please be prepared to walk to the events being held over the weekend if you are able. . Parking specifically for this event will be on a field a short walk from the event and will be clearly signed.

Parking in the Playing Field car park will be reserved for disabled parking and those with limited mobility.

Are there any toilets ?

Yes. In the Pavilion.

Can I bring my dog ?

Please be aware that as has been the case in the past with similar large events dogs are not allowed on the playing field and should be left at home.

Can I help with the event ?

There are lots of ways that you can help and we need many hands-on volunteers during the weekend. If you are able to help please pass your name, contact details and an indication of when you will be available to Jane Colville by email or on 01829 752607 / 01829 751753