London Borough of Barnet

Diamond Jubilee

Project underway to mark Diamond Jubilee 

Celebrations across the country for the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II were centred on the official Jubilee weekend of 2 to 5 June 2012. In the borough of Barnet, plans to create a permanent structure to mark this very special occasion are continuing into 2013.

Proposals are being developed involving Middlesex University, the council, the borough MPs and others, to construct a contemporary gateway between the Hatchcroft Building and the Ricketts Quadrangle. The works will include landscaping to parkland within the Middlesex campus.

A committee has been set up to co-ordinate plans, chaired by the borough's Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Martin Russell. Speaking in the December 2012 issue of Barnet First, he said: "This summer, we saw the strength of support for Her Majesty and her Diamond Jubilee. Many want to be associated with a suitable and lasting commemoration of Her Majesty's wonderful reign to date. History shows public subscription helping to pay for memorials such as this. We will be seeking public and corporate donations as part of our funding."

Anyone wishing to pledge a donation should email 

Poetry contest

Hundreds of young people in the borough entered the Barnet Diamond Jubilee Poetry Competition in which they had to tell judges what they would do if they were king or queen for the day. These are the winners:

Age 5-7

1st prize - Peggy Amos, Foulds School. Age 5, Year 1.

2nd prize - Ria Phlora, Woodridge Primary School. Age 7, Year 2.

3rd prize - Isabel Moura Matthews, Foulds School. Age 5, Year 1.

Highly Commended - Lola Barnard, Woodridge Primary School. Age 6, Year 2.

Age 7-11

1st prize - Julia Graszkiewicz, Garden Suburb Junior School. Age 11, Year 6.

2nd Prize - Ben Essex, Foulds School. Age 9 Year 5.

3rd Prize - Isabella Tessier, Foulds School. Age 11, Year 6. 

Other events

Events which happened in Barnet during 2012 included:

  • the ceremonial planting of a Black Poplar tree (HM The Queen's favourite) which was planted in December 2011 in Sunny Hill Park, Hendon
  • a Civic Service attended by the Mayor of Barnet and nearly 300 other guests on Sunday 5 February 2012, to mark the accession of the Queen to the throne, at Golders Green Parish Church
  • trees planted at nearly 80 schools across Barnet, who were offered the option of either a Black Mulberry or Witch Hazel tree to plant in their grounds
  • more than 700 people lining the street in Deansbrook Road, Edgware, as HM The Queen drove through the borough on the day of her visit to north London, 29 March 2012
  • Middlesex University Jubilee Concert - Thursday 24 May 2012. A concert to mark the Jubilee took place at the Ricketts Quadrangle at Middlesex University in The Burroughs, Hendon
  • Diamond Jubilee Festival in Golders Hill Park - Monday 4 June 2012. This was Barnet's flagship event and was organised jointly by Barnet Council and the City of London Corporation. The day included children's entertainment, live music acts, art, craft and food stalls, community stalls and sports. Download the schedule of events.