A Recipe for a Queen

Earlier this year Cambridge Junction was awarded £10,000 from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation – ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Cambridge Junction was awarded funding by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Arts Council England for a tasty and poetic new Jubilee Community project.

A Recipe for a Queen was led by singer-songwriter Yvonne Hercules and filmmaker Peter Harmer, and co-created with residents of Heathlands House Care Home, Queen Emma Primary School (year 3) and Cherry Hinton Friday Friends Club of senior citizens.

The project explored people’s reminiscences of the Queen and her seventy-year reign, the ingredients, qualities and values that make a great queen, the recipes we might bake if the Queen were to come to tea, and the most fantastical parties we can imagine to celebrate the anniversary of Her Majesty’s coronation. The resulting poems and film were screened at a celebratory event at Heathlands House including a vintage 78s set by DJ Greg Butler and performance by close harmony group The Knightingales.


Peter Harmer has also make a documentary of the event which can be watched below. 


A Recipe for a Queen was made possible thanks to National Lottery players and administered by UK Community Foundations on behalf of the Arts Council, the Let’s Create Jubilee Fund will support a huge range of projects throughout England. 44 community foundations have been awarding grants across the country.

Cambridge Junction’s Artistic Director, Matt Burman said“We’re hugely grateful to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and Arts Council England for this award of funding for our Jubilee Community project, A Recipe for a Queen. We’re really looking forward to working with fantastic artists, Heathlands House residents, local school children and community groups in Cherry Hinton and Queen Edith wards, on a lovely celebration of Her Majesty, her incredible service for the country and all the qualities and values she stands for.”