What’s on in Chiswick for the Coronation weekend

For those who are celebrating the coronation

Some Chiswick residents will be going to the coronation in person – notably the leader of the London Buddhist Vihara in Bedford Park, the Most Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Thera.

The rest of us – those who are inclined – will have to watch it on the telly, but you can see it on a big screen at Chiswick Cinema. Afterwards St Michael & All Angels Church is organising a Big Sing for the King, in collaboration with the Tabard pub. There will be street parties and special events at the Chiswick Flower Market on Sunday.

Chiswick Auctions is organising an auction of royal memorabilia on Thursday 4 May; Fuller’s have brought out a Coronation King’s Ale and Chiswick House is taking part The Big Help Out on Monday 8 May. Scroll down for details of each event.

Image above: Head monk of the London Buddhist Vihara in Bedford Park, the Most Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Thera

Representing the world’s great religions

For the first time representatives from the nation’s faith communities will play an active role in the coronation of a British monarch. Among the group who have been invited to take part in the ceremony will be faith leaders and representatives from the Jewish, Sunni and Shia Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Bahai and Zoroastrian communities, in recognition that Britain is a diverse, multi-faith society.

In Chiswick, the head monk of the London Buddhist Vihara in Bedford Park, the Most Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala Thera, is also the leader of the Buddhist faith in this country. As Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain he will be representing Buddhists.

The representatives from Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim and Buddhist communities will tell the newly crowned king in unison:

“Your Majesty, as neighbours in faith, we acknowledge the value of public service. We unite with people of all faiths and beliefs in thanksgiving, and in service with you for the common good.”

King Charles said in 2015 he saw his role as sovereign would be to:

“protect the diversity of our country, including by protecting the space for faith itself and its practise through the religions, cultures, traditions and beliefs to which our hearts and minds direct us as individuals”.

Image above: Chiswick Cinema

Watching the coronation on a big screen, Saturday 6 May

Chiswick Cinema invites us to watch the coronation, free of charge, on Saturday 6 May.

“Attendance is designed casually, so you don’t need to attend the whole broadcast” they say.

An InScreen afternoon tea service is available during the screening and Founder Members are invited to raise a complimentary glass of prosecco between 12pm and 2pm in the bar.

Proceedings start at 10.30 with the start of the outside broadcast. The royal procession will begin shortly before 11am. King Charles and Queen Camilla will leave Buckingham Palace in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and travel 1.3 miles to Westminster Abbey via the Mall and Whitehall.

At 11am, the religious ceremony starts. At around 2pm, the service will wrap up and newly crowned Charles and Camilla will head back up the Mall to the palace. After 2pm, members of the royal family will gather on Buckingham Palace’s balcony to wave to crowds and watch the traditional flypast. Over 60 aircraft from the British Army, Royal Airforce and Royal Navy will fly over the Mall and the palace.

Although the tickets are free, the cinema asks you to book a ticket and let them know if you are not able to attend. Book tickets here: Coronation of King Charles

Images above: Autotype and printed key for a painting of a large group portrait of the royal family at Chiswick House; Silver gelatin print of Queen Victoria and her family at Coburg on 21 April 1894

Royal Memorabilia auction, Thursday 4 May

Chiswick Auctions are marking the occasion with a sale of royal memorabilia on Thursday 4 May at their base in the Barley Mow Centre. Among the items on sale: an autotype and printed key for a painting which was destroyed, showing a large group portrait of the royal family and guests attending an party in the gardens of Chiswick House. The painting was completed in 1876 and destroyed by fire in 1879.

There is a photograph of Queen Victoria and her family at Coburg on 21 April 1894, assembled for the wedding of Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Ernest Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse.

The silver gelatin print,  28.5 x 37.6cm, shows the Queen is surrounded by descendants from across Europe, including her eldest daughter Victoria, Dowager Empress of German, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), Nicholas Tsarevich of Russia and his then fiancee Princess Alexandra of Hesse, Crown Prince Ferdinand and Crown Princess Marie of Romania.

There is also a collection of vintage music sheets for songs and melodies composed in honour of members of the British Royal family, including: The Queen’s Barn Dance by Henry A. Sutch; King’s Champion March by Ezra Read; Princess May Gavotte by Celian Kottaun;The Helena Polkaby Charles D’Albert; Princess Louise Gavotte by Celian Kottaun; The Lord of Lorne Galop by Dan Godfrey.

That might come in handy for the sing song on Saturday.

Image above: Collection of vintage music sheets for songs and melodies composed in honour of members of the British Royal family

The Big Sing for the King, Saturday 6 May

Following the success of last year’s ‘Big Jubilee Sing’ for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, St Michael & All Angels Church and The Tabard pub are inviting Chiswick residents to celebrate the coronation with ‘The Big Sing for the King’ on the Saturday afternoon, on the piazza and lawn outside St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall.

Singers will be provided with song sheets and there will be a lead singer and an outdoor bar. The singing will be led by Piers Wood-Jenkins on acoustic guitar. Piers performs locally at a range of pubs and bars in Chiswick including George IV, The Tabard and The Pilot and will be playing a variety of songs that hopefully people want to sing along to, from the old classics to today’s hits.

The Church is also holding a Choral Family Mass at 10am on Coronation Sunday, including Zadok the Priest and Pomp & Circumstance March No 1.

Image above: Chiswick Flower Market; photographh Anna Kunst

Free ice cream and wine or beer when you spend £25 at Chiswick’s Coronation Flower Market, Sunday 7 May

Chiswick Flower Market on Sunday 7 May will have a few extra inducements than normal. The Old Market Place will be decked out in bunting, setting the scene for a traditional market, with free Punch & Judy performances, live music and the best of British flowers on sale.

Children will receive free ice cream from Duci’s in Devonshire Road and adult visitors who spend more than £25 at the market will receive a free London Pride or glass of house wine at the George IV pub. The London Borough of Hounslow sponsors the ice cream, while Fuller’s sponsors the pub’s drinks.

The market’s street entertainment will feature young performers from the local area, including the Urban Fox Steel Band, Chiswick School, W4 Youth, and the CTA Performing Arts School.

The market opens at 9.00am and continues until 4.00 pm in Old Market Place, Chiswick High Road, W4 2DR.

Image above: Strand ont eh Green Jubilee street party, 2022; photograph Ollie Mathews

Lunch on the Green – Sunday 7 May

Apart from individual street parties in residential streets, the Strand on the Green Association (SoGA) is holding a street party on Thames Rd by Kew Bridge, which will be open to everyone on Sunday 7 May. There will be tables laid out along the grass opposite the Steam Packet pub so people can participate in a community lunch.

Lunch on the Green will be open to all and you can either bring your own picnic or buy food from the Steam Packet or the Bell & Crown, or other local traders who will have stalls.

The tables and chairs under cover will be free to use and there will be live music from 12 noon, with sideshows and activities for all the family throughout the afternoon. You might have a ride on the Fuller’s dray, drawn by their beautiful Suffolk Punch horses, or take a tour with a Blue Badge guide. There will also be home made cakes on sale.

Image above: Chiswick House; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

Take part in the Big Help Out at Chiswick House, Monday 8 May

Chiswick House & Gardens will be one of thousands of organisations across the UK welcoming volunteers as part of ‘The Big Help Out’ on Monday 8 May.

To mark King Charles’ Coronation, The Big Help Out aims to raise awareness of volunteering and provide opportunities for people to make a difference in their local community.

The Chiswick House & Gardens Trust say they rely on the generosity of its funders, members and patrons, “as well as the invaluable support of over 180 volunteers” to keep the gardens looking good for the thousands of people who use it each year.

Volunteers on Monday will be invited to work with the Chiswick House & Gardens Trust gardening team, weeding invasive species and developing habitat areas. Those who prefer to work indoors will be asked to help spring clean the Grade-I listed Neo-Palladian villa, either by dusting the interior using conservator-approved brushes and cloths or cleaning the stonework on the front and back exterior stairways.

The charity is also holding a Family Gardening ‘Speed Weeding’ Challenge, open to all ages.

Image above: The Great conservatory at Syon House

Picnic with the Percys at Syon House, Monday 8 May

Syon House, the London home of the Dukes of Northumberland, the Percy family, for over 400 years, is throwing open the gates for people to visit the gardens and Great Conservatory for free on Monday 8 May, to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla.

No need to book they say, just bring a coronation picnic, dress up in your most royal costume and wear your tiara. There will be crafts, facepainting and storytelling for the children.

Fuller’s Coronation King’s ale

Fuller’s brewery has brought out a special ale for the occasion, described as ‘a rich and flavourful strong ale, at 5.5% strength.

‘Rich mahogany in colour, our Coronation Ale tempts with aromas of orange marmalade, balanced by soft malt toffee.

‘The Huell Melon hops add melon, strawberry and apricot notes alonfside hints of citrus fruit – while the Pale Ale and Crystal malts bring distinctive biscuity flavours.

‘A smooth, delicate bitterness lingers on the palate to give a supreme finish.”

Available to sample and buy at the Fuller’s shop at the Griffin Brewery by Hogarth Roundabout, who are happy to meet all your booze requirements for the coronation weekend. The brewery is a member of The Chiswick Calendar’s Club Card scheme, offering Club Card holders 15% off the £25 ticket price of a brewery tour and 15% off anything on sale in the shop except spirits.

Images above: Cakes at a Jubilee street party from 2022; photograph Jennifer Griffiths

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