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Ashford Celebrates: the Coronation of King Charles III

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The Coronation Ceremony for His Majesty King Charles III took place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey. The Coronation saw people across the UK and the Commonwealth coming together to celebrate this historic day.

Here in Ashford the day was celebrated with a community event in Victoria Park, as well as a Civic Service at St Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford on Sunday 7 May.

Community Coronation Celebration, Victoria Park

Local residents came together in Victoria park where they picnicked, met other families and enjoy a live screening of the Coronation Ceremony, followed by a Coronation Community Showcase from local groups and individuals.

Performers included: Ashford Concert Band, who in 2023 celebrated their 20th anniversary; Ashford Folk, who’ve recently performed in Bad Münstereifel, our German twin town; the Sagarmatha Nepalese Community Dancers; Fountain Worship Choir; and local composers Jenny Bailey and Chris Symonds, who entertained us so splendidly at our Platinum Jubilee Beacon Lighting.  The Community Showcase headliner was DEON, an immensely talented local performer who amazed everyone – including the judges on BBC’s Christmas Eve show - I Can See Your Voice.

Children and their parents also enjoy an array of free craft activities at this event.

Civic Service at St Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford

A church service in honour of the newly crowned King Charles III took place at St Mary the Virgin Church, Ashford, on the morning of Sunday 7 May.

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Children’s Coronation Activity Pack

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To celebrate the coronation of King Charles III Made in Ashford created a brand new children’s activity pack. The activity packs are available to print at home for free.

It is filled with activities, puzzles, crafts & colouring on the theme of the coronation. This pack includes a cut out & stick crown, a cut & fold 3D London bus, a cut & fold Kings Guard mini playset, a design your own commemorative tea set page, draw your own royal portrait, colour bunting, King Charles colouring sheet, royal pooches colouring & a puzzle page.

The free download is available on the Made in Ashford website, which you can simply print out. In the intro section it explains which pages to select to print if you would just like the crown, just the black & white pages to save ink or the complete set without the instruction pages.

Made in Ashford is dedicated to supporting creative businesses & artists in the local area as well as trying to make creativity as accessible as possible in our community and beyond.

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Victoria Park Coronation Activity Pack

The front cover of the Coronation Activity PackTo celebrate the coronation the Victoria Park project team have created a children’s activity pack.  The pack is available to print at home for free.  Download the Victoria Park Coronation Activity Pack [pdf] 21419KB.

This pack contains a variety of activities themed around the coronation, from design challenges, colouring, and crafting to cooking! The activities were put together for the Victoria Park Project by Vicky Fannon, with a bonus seven pages of activities from the Royal Collection Trust. We hope you enjoy the celebrations and have a right royal coronation day!