National Lottery Funding for Jubilee Celebrations

St Ives Business Improvement District (BID) Queens Jubilee Big Lunch celebrates after receiving £5,280 in National Lottery funding

St Ives Business Improvement District (BID) is celebrating after being awarded £5,280 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.

St Ives BID will use the funding to hold a Queens Jubilee Big Lunch Street party in St Ives on Sunday 5th June to help improve footfall for businesses and to encourage the local community into town, to help foster a sense of belonging for the local community.

This new National Lottery funding has funded bunting workshops with local schools and community groups supported by Zoe from Barnoon Workshop and the bunting will be displayed at the Leisure Centre. Also being funded is musicians, silt walkers, beach yoga sessions, tables and chairs and road closure for the day, to enable communal eating along our picturesque Wharf from 10:00. Residents and visitors are encouraged to attend. Fireworks (funded by BID members) at 22:00 are to celebrate the towns resilience during COVID and G7 and to thank all for the great community spirit shown over the past few years and a chance to let our hair down and have some fun together.

National Lottery players raise over £30 million a week for good causes across the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund distributes a share of this to projects to support people and communities to prosper and thrive.

Sarah Stevens St Ives BID Manager said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, this grant means that we can close the roads to traffic and come together as a community to celebrate the Queens Jubilee. Residents often feel disconnected to the town centre, and this was especially highlighted during the pandemic and as we begin to recover. Data from a national survey by The Big Lunch, demonstrated links between social eating and an individual’s happiness, their connection to their community, and overall satisfaction with life. The results suggest that communal eating increases social bonding and feelings of wellbeing and enhances one’s sense of contentedness and embedding within the community. By holding a community event it is BID’s hope that this will make a positive difference to lives of people who work, live or visit the town and a sense of pride in our town.”

During the pandemic, in 2020 alone, The National Lottery Community Fund distributed almost £1 billion to charities and community organisations across the UK.  To find out more visit

For more information about things happening around St Ives during the Weekend, you can visit the St Ives Town Council Jubilee Celebrations web page here:

And for a Historical view, you can visit the Coronation Celebrations website. Where we look back at what St Ives did in 1953 in honor of the Queen’s Coronation.