Guide to help organise Diamond Jubilee street partiesBy Victoria Smith
February 13, 2012
People hoping to mark the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Bracknell Forest with community parties are to get a helping hand from a new guide.
Bracknell Forest Council has published a guide aimed at taking the stress out of planning large-scale parties in the borough.
The guide gives tips on what party planners and event organisers might need to consider before and during the event to keep everyone safe.
The pack has sections on event forms, health and safety at community events, serving food at community events, insurance for voluntary and community groups, licences and temporary event notices for events and noise nuisance.
It aims to help people in the community organising small to medium scale events like fetes, street parties and charity fundraisers understand quickly and easily what they might have to put in place to make the event safe and legal.
The guide, which has been created by the Bracknell Forest Safety Advisory Group and Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action, will be useful for residents wanting to stage community events for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or the Olympics.
Councillor Iain McCracken, executive member for culture, corporate services and public protection, said: “Organising an event for the community can be quite confusing, especially when trying to find out if you need specific licences or permission for certain things.
“This guide aims to be a one-stop-shop for people organising fetes, parties and fundraisers so all the information they need is at their fingertips, relieving some of the stress party planning may create.”
Martin Gilman, chief executive, Bracknell Forest Voluntary Action, added: “We have been working with the Safety Advisory Group on this guide as we know that organising an event can be a minefield for groups – especially the first time around.
“We hope this will be a useful reference point especially in this special year of celebrations with the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.”
Dozens of streets in Bracknell were closed to traffic on the day of the royal wedding last year, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge tied the knot.
The guide will be available online at http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/sag