Fundraising drive to Install Diamond Jubilee Gateway in Barnet
Barnet’s Diamond Jubilee Committee will be launching a fundraising initiative to install a lasting tribute to the Queen at the civic heart of Barnet.
The independent non-political group of local residents and businesses have banded together to install a Gateway that celebrates the Queen’s 60 years of service to the country. It is hoped that the magnificent Gateway will be installed between the Hatchcroft and College Buildings of Middlesex University in The Burroughs, Hendon.
The Gateway will be made out of sixty columns, each marked with a date representing one of Her Majesty’s years on the throne and each column will be a different size depending on the birth-rate of that year (the higher the birth-rate, the bigger the column).
The Gateway will also be an interactive learning hub for the community, with QR codes* present around the site directing visitors to a dedicated website with key facts and information of Her Majesty’s 60 year reign. As well as having a register of war memorials in Barnet, the website will also have images and videos of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, including more than 90 street parties, celebrations in Golders Hill Park, the Civic Service held to mark Her Majesty’s accession to the throne and many hours of interviews recorded with elderly residents reflecting their memories of Royal events.
The Committee aims to raise £250,000 in the next six months. It is hoped that work to install the Gateway, which was designed by BPR Architects, will start in early 2014 with an unveiling next summer.
The committee is pleased to accept individual donations, small group donations or contributions from organisations. Full details of the various ways to make donations will be available shortly at www.barnetdiamondjubilee.mdx.ac.uk. Every single donation over £1,000 will be recognised by a dedicated space on the website, while those who contribute £5,000 or above will have the right to have a name inscribed on the metal bands around one of the poles (landmark years subject to availability).
Councillor David Longstaff, Cabinet Member for Safety and Resident Engagement, said: “Her Majesty has served this country admirably for 60 years and the Diamond Jubilee Gateway will be a fitting tribute to her service in Barnet. Although the Council is not contributing financially to the project, the Council will offer the committee and its partners support to get this project up and running. We look forward to seeing the gates up in their full glory.”
Martin Russell, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Barnet and chairman of the Diamond Jubilee Committee in Barnet, said: “We were all delighted with the public response to the many events organised throughout the borough last year that marked Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne. I am sure many residents and businesses will wish to support this admirable and imaginative project to construct a lasting reminder to Her Majesty’s wonderful contribution to this country, and which will form a valuable addition to our heritage and to our educational resources.
“This will enable residents to leave their mark on our borough’s heritage. It might even allow them to commemorate loved ones by name.”
Steve Knight, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, said: “Middlesex University is proud to support this project, and will be providing assistance in ensuring that this tribute is a great success and provides a lasting legacy for the local area.”
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