Buckets and Spades beat Old Crabs and Beach Bells to the treasure


On Thursday, the Car Treasure Hunt took place in and around Somersham.

With a staggered start, there were 22 teams taking part in this year’s hunt. Armed with a series of clues and the keys to their car of choice, the teams set off.

The winners were ‘Buckets and Spades’ (Anne and Clive Desborough, and Lynn and Derek Martin).

In second place were team ‘Old Crabs’ with ‘Beach Bells’ in third.

Getting into the theme of ‘Beside The Seaside’, team ‘The Somersham Snorklers’ were awarded the title of ‘Best Costume’.

Check out the gallery below:

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Cyclists, Pool Players and Footballers needed for Sunday

Cyclists in the 2011 Family Cycle Ride. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd

After Somersham celebrates Carnival Day on Saturday, there will still be one day of activities left to go!

Family Cycle Ride

The Family Cycle Ride starts at 11am at Victory Hall (10:45 registration), running until 1pm. The circuit is 4.4 miles. Download the 2013 Family Cycle Ride map (PDF).

At £1 per entry, trophies will be awarded for the most laps in the allotted time for 12 & Under, Junior, and Senior.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. In the interest of safety, please wear your cycle helmet and high visibility clothing.

Refreshments available.

Senior Pool Competition

The Centurian Club sees players aged 16 or over compete in the heats of the Senior Pool Competition. Starting at 2.30pm, with a £1 entrance fee. Entrants are still welcome.

5-a-side Football Tournament

From 2pm at Parkhall Road Playing Field, a 5-a-side football tournament takes place for footballers in school years 3 to 8. There’s a £1.50 entry fee. Advance booking is essential – contact Ali McCormick on 07425 178839.

Somersham shows its crafty side


Sunday saw The Victory Hall as the venue for the Country Craft Competition, seeing the finest creative minds displaying their work.

With entrants bringing in handmade items including photographs, cakes, and picnic boxes, many incorporating the ‘Beside The Seaside’ 2013 Carnival theme.

Following her Crowning Ceremony, Princess Jessica Stancombe performed her first official duties by awarding the winners, which included:

  • Best in Cookery – Elizabeth Reid, for a Beach Picnic Box
  • Best in Floral – Fiona Keene, for a Beach Wedding Posy
  • Best Handicraft – Madeline Anderson, for her Embroidery
  • Best Photography – Viv Brickett, with a seaside theme
  • Best Children’s Handicraft – Emma Phipps, for a Dream Ice-Cream Cone
  • Best Overall (Adult) – Elizabeth Reid, for a Beach Picnic Box
  • Best Overall (Child) – Bethan and Holly Goode-Jones, for their five Seaside Decorated Cakes

Check out our winners and entries gallery below:

Princess Jessica of Somersham is crowned at carnival ceremony

Carnival Princess with Attendants

Princess Jessica Stancombe has been crowned at a ceremony in Somersham on Sunday 16th June.

Carnival Princess with Attendants
Princess Jessica Stancombe with her Attendants Carla Rea and Ella Hudson. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

The Princess soon carried out the first of her official duties by awarding the winners of the 2013 Country Craft Competition.

In addition to the crowning of the Princess, the ceremony also saw the appointment of her official Attendants – Carla Rea and Ella Hudson.

The Princess will lead the Carnival Procession through the streets of Somersham on Carnival Day, accompanied by her Attendants.

The new Princess succeeds last year’s Princess Morgan.

Somersham heads to ‘Sunny Hunny’ with Dews Coaches

Bucket and Spade

Dews Coaches are celebrating 60 years, and to coincide with Carnival Week, they’re offering a special ‘Sixty Years Seaside Special’ trip to Hunstanton, Norfolk on Wednesday June 19th.

Bucket and Spade
Bucket and Spade. Photo: Henry Burrows via CreativeCommons.

What’s more, for anyone born in 1953 or earlier, the Seaside Special is at 1953 prices! Yes, that’s half a crown (or just 13p!) per seat for the over 60s.

For those youthful enough to fall outside of this fantastic offer, fear not, seats are just £6 per adult, or £3 per child on the Carnival Coach. Families (2 adults, 2 children) cost £16.

You’ll need to book to ensure your seat – tel: 01487 740241 to see if you can join in.

The Carnival Coach departs from the Dews Coaches Somersham depot at 4pm, leaves The Cross at 4.05pm, and Victory Hall at 4.15pm.

The coach then leaves Hunstanton at 8pm, arriving in Somersham at about 10pm.

Better pack that bucket and spade!

Miley takes ‘Best In Show’ title at Novelty Dog Show

Miley with her owners

Miley brought smiles to the faces of her owners Ethan and Emily Neville, as she took home the trophy and title for ‘Best In Show’ at the Novelty Dog Show on Sunday.

Miley, who had managed to score a few rosettes in earlier rounds, was awarded the Christine Caston Memorial Cup, after judges Neville Diss from ND’s K9 Academy and Dorothy Siggs.

In her after-show interview, she told us “The competition was tough this year, and was by no means just a walk in the park”.

Teddy, owned by Olivia Brett, came second in the Best In Show, followed by Shadow, owned by Kelli-Marie Dixon.

Check out the photos in our gallery below:

Woof Woof Woof Ruff Ruff Woof! (or – It’s Novelty Dog Show time!)

Novelty Dog Show 16th June 2013

Novelty Dog Show 16th June 2013

This Sunday sees the biggest event for our canine friends – the Novelty Dog Show.

Get down to Norwood Playing Fields (behind Victory Hall) with your dog on Sunday 16th June from 1pm. With eleven different classes, there should be at least one category for your trusty hound to compete in… including some that owners can join in with too!

Categories

Going for Gold at the Novelty Dog Show. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd
One of last year’s winning entrants. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd
  1. Best Puppy
  2. Best Dog under 15 inches at the shoulder
  3. Best Dog over 15 inches at the shoulder
  4. Dog with the Waggiest Tail
  5. Odd Couple (mixed pair of dogs)
  6. Best Cross-breed
  7. Best Dog Trick
  8. Best Six Legs
  9. Dog and Owner Most Alike
  10. Dog the Judges would most like to take home
  11. Dog and Owner Fancy Dress (don’t forget that ‘Beside The Seaside’ theme!)

GRAND FINAL: Best In Show

Entries open from 1pm (entry fee is 60p per class), so you’ll need to hand in a completed entry form (download it below) to the show organisers, and then you’ll be all set for when the judging begins at 1.30pm. The winners from each of the eleven categories will compete in the Grand Final. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

paw print

The show is presented by Neville Diss of ND’s K9 Academy, and will see the presentation of the Christine Caston Memorial Cup.

Special permission has been granted to hold the Dog Show. Would all owners please ensure that they clean up after their dogs. Thank you.

What’s On: Carnival Week and Carnival Day 2013

What's On?

The 2013 Somersham Carnival Week begins this Saturday (15th) and runs through until next Sunday (23rd), but what’s on?

We have a full and varied programme this year, with the underlying theme of ‘Beside the Seaside’.

Here’s what’s scheduled throughout the week*.

During Carnival Week (15th-23rd June)

Fancy Dress dog and owners. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd
Novelty Dog Show returns.
Photo: JLC Photography Limited.

On Carnival Day (22nd June)

9am: Stalls start to set up on the Norwood Playing Field

11.45am: Procession assembles on The Trundle. Walkers at the Millennium Pavilion Gate (all welcome but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult). Floats at the north end of The Trundle. Vintage vehicles at the Millennium Pavilion car park (please go via Feoffees Road).

12 noon: Judging for Best Decorated Float (Club/Pub, school, and independent), and Best Walking Group.

12 noon: Stalls open. Beach Bar Beer Tent opens.

12.15pm: Procession starts from The Trundle

St Ives Rhythm and Blues band at 2011 Carnival
St Ives Rhythm and Blues band return for 2013.
Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

12.30pm: St Ives Rhythm & Blues Band begin (in the Busker’s Marquee).

12.30pm: Video Games Tournament starts. Video Games Arcade opens (in the Scout Hut).

1pm: Pidley Male Voice Choir begin (next to the Pimms Tent!)

1pm: Somersham Town Band begin (in Victory Hall Garden)

1.30pm: Fancy Dress Competition in the theme ‘Beside the Seaside’ (in the Arena).

1.45pm: Stella Hensley & Chris Newman (on the Music Stage)

2pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

2pm: Baby Competition (under 12mths – with a parent!) (in the Arena)

2.30pm: Somersham Singers (in Victory Hall Garden)

2.30pm: Charity Haircut

2.45pm: Greyhound Friends (in the Arena)

Denise Black
Denise Black’s Loose Screw headlines the Seaside Rock Concert

3pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

3pm: Dark Surrender (on the Music Stage)

4pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

4.15pm: Tug-of-War Contest (in the Arena). Teams should register beforehand at the Information Tent.

4.30pm: Grand Prize Draw

7.30pm: Seaside Rock Concert with licensed bar (in Victory Hall)

Teas in Victory Hall kindly provided by Hope & Aid Direct.

Train rides will take place all around the field throughout the afternoon.

*Although we’ll aim to stick to this schedule, the Carnival Committee reserve the right to make amendments where required.

Get in the Beside the Seaside mood with our themed Spotify playlist

Spotify logo

As we’re now just a few days from the opening ceremony of this year’s Carnival week, here’s a seaside themed Spotify playlist to help you get in the mood for all the up-coming activities!

Leave your suggestions below if you think we’ve missed out a great seaside themed track and we’ll see if it’s available on Spotify to add onto the list.

Email problems


Some of you have been having problems using the info@somershamcarnival.org.uk email address – this should now be fixed.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.