Meads village street party

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Churches Together for Eastbourne is to give away 6,000 souvenir books at a street party to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

On Saturday (June 11), Churches Together for Eastbourne has a float in the Eastbourne Carnival and will be giving away copies of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves. The Queen’s birthday is the Carnival theme.

Local resident and former Eastbourne Herald journalist Catherine Butcher is co-author of The Servant Queen and the King She Serves.

Her Majesty the Queen has written the foreword and a million copies have been printed to meet the unprecedented demand since it was published in February. Copies have been dispatched at a rate of up to 100,000 a week.

Unusually, the book is not available for sale in shops. The Queen wrote the foreword on the understanding that it would be a gift to give. Churches Together for Eastbourne is one of thousands of churches and organisations giving the books away.

At 10am on Sunday June 12, St John’s Church in Meads is holding a Thanksgiving Service for the Queen, where Catherine Butcher will be preaching.

It will be followed by a street party in the village for Meads’ residents. Guests at the street party will be given copies of the book, as a gift from St John’s Church.

The Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex is opening the event, Caroline Ansell MP is judging the Make a Crown Competition, and Eastbourne’s Mayor is cutting a giant cake.

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