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Fly the flag for VE Day 75!

Keep calm and join us in celebrating VE Day 75 with your very own party from home!

11am – 2 minutes silence on your doorstep

3pm – Churchill speech shown on BBC, then grab your picnic blankets or garden table and head to your front garden for…

4pm – Tea & scones (or coffee & cake)

6pm – Dinner and raise your glass to your neighbours

9pm – Nationwide sing-a-long to ‘We’ll meet again’ with Royal British legion after the Queen’s address

Please remember to follow the social distancing rules.

Even though the VE Day 75 event will no longer be taking place, you can still get involved and show us your wartime spirit, by throwing a special, celebratory party.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Decorate your home & garden

Get creative and decorate your house and garden in red, white, and blue, while keeping the kids busy creating 40s themed posters to stick on doors and windows.

Download the free colouring book here.

This free printable bunting template is perfect for trimming up and creating a real vintage feel.

Free flags

Get your hands on one of our FREE Union Jack flags at Sainsbury’s in Dronfield and The Dronfield Barn Shop and wave your flag for a VE Day to remember!

Have a vintage picnic

Bring out your recipe books and bake for victory! Teach the kids how to make party classics like Victoria sponge, sausage rolls and carrot cake. You could even hold your own Home Front Bake Off!

If you’re feeling brave, why not try these genuine wartime recipes from The 1940s Experiment.

Paint VE Day 75 rocks

Children can cheer up friends and neighbours by painting and leaving special VE Day rocks dotted around the village. This is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face as they go on their daily walks.

Remember

Dig out your 40s wartime memorabilia and share stories of family members who took part in the war or even celebrated the original VE Day. Teach your children or grandchildren what it was like to live in wartime Britain and encourage them to have a go at making gas masks, ration books and keeping a wartime diary.

Have a vintage sing-along

Ramp up the nostalgia with a vintage sing-along to classic 40s artists in our virtual entertainment programme! We have some fabulous acts lined up including swing and vintage singer, Jayne Darling, female harmony group, La-Di-Dah and jazz vocalist, Sarah Eastwood.

We would love to see you singing and dancing along, so if you can, post online to help boost morale!

Get virtual

Look out for virtual links in the upcoming weeks and on Friday 8th May itself, to see how you can get involved online and enjoy watching 40s themed entertainment throughout the day.

The History Van

Our friends at The History Van have kindly put together a range of online activities for children to take part in, from code breaking to making party hats.

Visit the History Van website for free resources and more information about VE Day itself.

Read the latest VE Day themed newsletter with details on how to design your own commemorative medals here.

Get your free medal templates here.

Share a short video clip of your family hanging up your bunting, so it can be placed with other clips in a big VE Day 75 party montage! Find more details in the pinned post on The History Van Facebook page here.

Share and tag

Remember to share pictures and videos of your decorations and patriotic parties in full swing on social media and tag us in @DronfieldArtsFestival, so we can all celebrate with you!

Help a good cause

If you enjoyed our free activities, please consider donating a small amount to our designated charities, SSAFA The Armed Forces charity and Dronfield Heritage Trust.

Virtual VE Day 75 Festival

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum and the Royal Air Force Museum are all joining forces to host a free online festival.

Visit their website to see the full itinerary of events taking place tomorrow.

Free online festival

VE Day 75 school poetry competition results

We are thrilled to announce this year’s winner and runners-up of our VE Day themed poetry competition!

Students of The Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School should be really proud of themselves for sending in some brilliantly creative poems. They really captured the wartime theme and gave us a glimpse into what life must have been like for families and soldiers at the end of the Second World War.

First place
“Finally it was done” by Rihanna

Runners-up
“VE Day Sonnet” by Dylan

“I miss you” by Alex

Fourth place
“Tomorrow’s Gone” by Chloe

A huge thank you to everyone involved in this year’s competition, including our fantastic judges Mayor Lilian Deighton, and Town Council Leader, Angelique Foster, who also very kindly donated the prize money. A big thank you also to local martial arts club, Okami Jiu Jitsu for sponsoring the event.

When current restrictions are lifted, the poems will be placed on display to the public in Dronfield Library.