9th May 2023
FE Students from across Staffordshire and the West Midlands marked the historic occasion of the King’s coronation by taking part in The Coronation Big Lunch.
The project, which was endorsed by the West Midlands Lieutenancy and lead by Chief Executive of Burton & South Derbyshire College, Dawn Ward CBE DL, saw 14 colleges serve lunch and afternoon tea for members of their local communities.
Hospitality & Catering and Health & Social Care students from Stafford College held two lunch sittings in the on-campus Riverbank Restaurant and invited local residents and organisations to celebrate the King's Coronation.
Around 90 people from a number of different care homes, charities and organisations all enjoyed afternoon tea with the Vice Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire Mr Graham Morley, followed by a game of Bingo and coronation-inspired crafts including glass painting and flag making.
Navarda Garside, Assistant Director of Curriculum, said: “We are incredibly proud of the students involved in last week’s coronation celebrations and would like to thank Vice Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire Mr Graham Morley and all the guests who took the time to come and mark this historic occasion with us.
“The students involved showed excellent organisational skills and made our guests feel welcome, treating them with kindness and dignity in honour of His Majesty the King.”
The Coronation Big Lunch, an idea by the Eden Project and made possible by the National Lottery, was set up as a way of reducing loneliness and supporting charities and good causes.
In tribute to the King’s public service, further volunteering events took place across the country on Monday 8 May as part of The Big Help Out campaign. The day was intended to encourage people to support and volunteer at local charities and organisations to bring communities together to create a lasting volunteering legacy from the coronation weekend.