The Committee heard from the Senior Democratic and Civic Officer with a report outlining the proposals for commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and seeking additional funding for the Platinum Jubilee Community Fund. Members heard details of several initiatvies, such as the Platinum Pudding, Song for the Commonwealth and The Queen’s Green Canopy. It was explained that schools across the district had been approached to be involved in such schemes, with photos and videos of events to be shared across social media as a ‘Jubilee montage’. In addition to working with local councils and community groups, it was explained that the Platinum Jubilee Community Fund had received a greater level of interest than anticipated and as such, it was suggested that an additional £20,000 be allocated to the fund. Any allocated funds not awarded by the Platinum Jubilee Community Fund would be returned to the main Community Grants Programme budget.
Vice Chairman J. McNeill, as Chairman of the Platinum Jubilee Working Group, highlighted the community nature of events taking place around the district and brought the Committee’s attention to the ’70 Acts of Service’ detailed within the report. This was a way for individuals to be involved in the commemorations on a more personal level, honouring the Queen as the Head of the Church of England, as well as helping in their local communities and bringing people together with a common cause. The website and suggested list of actions was included in the report.
With further expressions of support from Members of the Committee, and having been moved and seconded, it was unanimously
a) the proposals for engaging with, and publicising of, district-wide celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, be received; and
b) a further use of £20k of the Communities Grant Fund, to deliver the West Lindsey Platinum Jubilee Community Fund, be approved under delegated powers.