Coronation Countdown …

Community groups across Cupar and Country are counting down to the Coronation of HM The King and HM The Queen Consort in May. A series of events, activities and celebrations are being planned for the weekend to help commemorate the event. We will keep this Blog up to date with the weekend’s activities and share via our channels as the countdown continues …

Sunday 7th May : Church Service & Unveiling

1030-1200: King & Country Celebration Church Service in St James’s on St Catherine Street, attended by Lieutenancy and Military.

“Following the usual annual celebrations of Christmas and Easter, when special services are held, this year St James’s Episcopal Church in St Catherine Street, Cupar, is holding an extra celebration service to mark the Coronation, on 6th May, of King Charles III.  This “King & Country” celebration service will be held the following day, Sunday 7th May, at 1030.

The service will be held in the presence of the Fife Lieutenancy, and will be attended also by a locally-based serving Reserve Army Officer, and by members of the Royal British Legion, whose Standard will be paraded.  Members of Cupar & District Pipe Band will welcome the congregation, and trumpet fanfares will welcome guests as well as being included in elements of the service.

The service will be led by The Right Reverend Bob Gillies, a retired Bishop, who is supporting the Vestry and congregation during the current vacancy, caused by the retirement of the previous Rector, Roy Anetts, who was well known in the town. Bob Gillies says: “This church, in the heart of the former Royal Burgh, built over the remains of Cupar’s medieval Priory, and opposite the County Buildings which, until 1975, was the seat of local government for the whole of Fife, is a most appropriate setting in which to mark such a momentous national event.

Vestry Secretary, Hilary Fraser says: “We have lively and committed congregations at St James’s, and at our sister St Mary’s Church in Ladybank, as visitors on 7th May will clearly see.  A full congregation is expected, and all are asked to be seated by 1020”. There is easy wheelchair access, and an induction loop for those with hearing difficulties.”

1300: Unveiling of the Lindsay Plaque in Castlehill Community Centre by Earl of Lindsay, with a 21st Century representation of the 16th Century ‘Sir David’ in attendance! The event will be accompanied by pipers and fanfares to mark the occasion in true heraldic style!

Monday 8th May :

1000-1600: A second opportunity to meet the Community Action Plan team. They will be at Castlehill Community Centre. You can read more about the plan and how all are invited to provide input on the town’s future via this Blog link.

Also on the Monday …

The Big Help Out

The Big Help Out is a national day developed by Scouts and the Royal Voluntary Service, and organised by the Together Coalition. The day is about “inspiring people to try volunteering for the first time” and, it is hoped “will help us recruit more volunteers into the movement.

Nationally, dozens of charities will be taking part and using the day to encourage people to ‘Lend a Hand; Make a Change’. One of the key aims is to make volunteering easy and accessible. Around 1 in 5 people have never been asked to volunteer, and many don’t know where to begin. You can read more on The Big Help Out by clicking on the image below …

At a local level, CuparNow has created a Directory that includes some 90 community associations, clubs, organisations and societies covering many areas of engagement – from creative arts and heritage to sports, leisure, faith groups and more!

Hundreds of people are engaged in and entertained by these groups and we’d urge all to check out the Directory to see if there’s an area of interest where you could led a hand to make a change.

You can find the Directory by clicking on the image below …

The Big Help Out is set to be one of the centrepieces of the celebrations for the Coronation of HM The King and HM The Queen Consort in May. It is hoped it will “leave a lasting legacy of kindness from the historic weekend“.

“Volunteering has always been a huge part of what makes this country great.
The Big Help Out will put volunteering centre stage for a day and give people who want to volunteer easy ways to join in.
So please save the date and join us in your community.

Bear Grylls OBE, Chief Scout


Coronation Champions

Do you know an inspiring volunteer who makes a far reaching and positive differences in our community? The King and Queen Consort will mark Their Coronations by celebrating inspiring volunteers with the introduction of The Coronation Champions Awards … “honouring those who freely give their time, skills and energy to the vulnerable, individuals, organisations and communities within our society“.

There are a number of categories including Young Coronation Champions for 14-18 years.

The competition is managed by The Royal Voluntary Service. Please note, nominations close on 2 April.

More detailed information, including how to nominate can be found by clicking on the image below …

Planning your own event?

If you are planning an event on the weekend – or at any other time of the year – feel free to load it to CuparNow’s Blog Calendar: listings are free.

Just click on the image below, complete and submit the online form and, once checked, we will post live to the Calendar. This is a great way to share upcoming events and ensures groups can avoid clashes on dates and times with other activities.


Thanks for reading.