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08.05.23 – JCB Coronation Hampers for Staff, Staffordshire Libraries Coronation Bookmarks and seeds

Written by on 9 May 2023

THOUSANDS of JCB employees toasted the Coronation in style this weekend – thanks to a commemorative gift from the Bamford family.  More than 8,500 special hampers were presented to JCB and agency employees in the UK to mark the historic event thanks to an idea from Carole Bamford, wife of JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford.  Lord Bamford said: “JCB has a long history of commemorating significant moments in our national history. The Coronation really will be an occasion to remember, and I am delighted to be able to mark the event with a gift”

Financial Controller Chet Tanna, who has worked for JCB for 30 years, said: “It’s an absolutely fantastic gesture from the Bamford family. I can’t imagine there will be many other companies marking this historic occasion in such a wonderful way.”

The special hampers contain two Coronation mugs, shortbread, mints, and loose leaf tea in commemorative tins – all designed by renowned artist and illustrator Hugo Guinness.  A mammoth distribution operation swung into action to ensure employees had their gifts in time for the celebrations.

The presentation of gifts rounds off a week of Coronation celebrations at JCB this week when thousands of employees at plants across the UK have been taking part in a company-wide street party. JCB treated employees to a two-course celebration lunch over four days with classic British cuisine served on traditional street party trestle tables.


JCB King’s Coronation gift box presentation, pictured from left:
Lord Bamford, Leon Smith, Nichola Riley, Stella Scott and Chet Tanna.


Staffordshire libraries are giving away a specially created celebration bookmark and pack of wildflower seeds as part of their celebrations for the King’s Coronation.

The bookmarks and seeds are free and will be available for collection from all Staffordshire Libraries and mobile libraries from Friday 5 May, whilst stocks last.

The project is being funded by Arts Council England who chose wildflower seeds to tie in with the coronation theme of sustainability and biodiversity.

Library staff want people to plant their seeds and then share photos of the growing flowers on social media.

During May, libraries are also celebrating Green Libraries Month with a range of educational and fun activities and events.  People can find out more at Staffordshire Connects | Service listings