By Jennie Langridge, Community Builder for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe


Although the King’s coronation is not until May, now is the time to start thinking about celebrations you may wish to hold. Street parties are being encouraged. This is an opportunity to come together and have a good time. It doesn’t need to cost the earth.

At its simplest, you could get together with your neighbours for tea and biscuits, each person bringing their own. If you have a large garden, you could invite friends over for a garden party. If you live in a cul-de-sac then it is relatively easy to have the road closed and hold a street party. Torbay Council has relaxed the red tape and there are simple guidelines and forms online to get you started

If you want to plan a bigger event, there are some funds available, but you need to act now as they will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a four-week deadline for our event for smaller road closures and 12 weeks for larger events, including major roads with bus routes.

Top tips from the council website:

  • Plan in advance
  • Keep it simple
  • Involve everyone
  • Agree on timings
  • Put up signs
  • Clear up afterwards
  • Be aware of noise for those who are not joining in

If you want to go ahead and organise something after talking to your neighbours, don’t forget that your community builder can help. You can find our contact details at, under the “about us” section.

There will be a celebration at Torre Abbey Meadows on May 7 from 11 to 6pm, with a big screen showing the coronation and later the concert, so there is a chance for everyone who wants to celebrate to join in.

There will also be a marquee to promote ‘The Big Help Out’ for volunteering opportunities you could sign up to across Torbay. The event will have local entertainment and children’s activities. For more ideas on hosting a street party, visit Street Meet at or The Big Lunch at

Let’s make it a weekend to remember!

To contact Jennie Langridge, call 07469 660 888 or email [email protected]

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