It’s hard to imagine that it’s almost a month since the 2014 Somersham Carnival Week ended.
Thankfully, the day was sunny – unlike the following weekend which was ruined by torrential rain.
The Carnival Committee would like to say a HUGE ‘Thank You’ to all of the organisations, businesses, community groups, and individuals, who kindly, and most generously, offered their time, expertise, services, and prizes. We would also like to thank all of the people who attended and supported the events that ran during Carnival Week.
Your support helps to ensure that Somersham Carnival continues to not only run, but to grow too.
As the memories of Carnival Week get further and further away, we’ve compiled a selection of photographs, kindly supplied by JLC Photography Ltd. What was your favourite part? Tell us in the comments space below.
This year’s carnival day will be even bigger and better than last year. Along with the popular Train Rides, Military and Vintage Vehicles display, food vendors, Zorbs, and the Fun Fair, here’s what else we have in store for you:
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 are welcome (children must be accompanied by an 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. Beer Tent also opens with exclusive Bishop’s Palace Carnival Ale!
12:15pm – Procession departs from The Trundle
12:30pm –GamersBus opens for trips to video games heaven.
12:30pm – St Ives Rhythm & Blues begin (in the Busker’s Marquee)
1pm – Arrival of the Procession
1pm – Outback Bar opens (come and say G’day, sport!)
1:15pm – Djembe Drumming workshop begins
1:30pm – Somersham Town Band begins (in Victory Hall garden)
1:30pm – Fancy Dress Competition in the theme ‘Commonwealth’ (in the Arena)
2pm – Pipes and Drums (in the Arena)
2:30pm – Baby Competition (under 12mths) (in the Arena – with a parent!)
2:30pm – Grand Prize Draw
2:30pm – Somersham Town Band begin (in Victory Hall garden)
Also, if you’re a fan of Twitter, and tweeting from the Carnival Day, use hashtag #somershamcarnival2014 to join in the real-time conversation.
The Carnival Committee reserves the right to alter the schedule at short notice. Please visit the Information Point at the entrance of the Norwood Playing Field if you have any questions or would like specific information on the day.
The Carnival Committee would like to thank everyone who brought their owners to the Novelty Dog Show. It was great to see Somersham’s finest furry pals compete on Sunday 15th, for the title of Best In Show.
This Tuesday (17th June), sees the return of the Car Treasure Hunt.
Starting with an hour’s worth of staggered starts from 6:30pm from the Football Club West End Ground, Somersham’s drivers and their passengers are invited to take part in a treasure hunt that will see them tour the area competing for the Claire Kirby Memorial Trophy.
Adults: £3.00, Children £1.00 entry (which includes some light refreshments).
The winners will be announced, and the trophy presented, at 9:30pm.
There’s also a prize for the Best Team Fancy Dress in this year’s Carnival ‘Commonwealth’ theme.
Last year’s winners were ‘Buckets and Spades’ (Anne and Clive Desborough, and Lynn and Derek Martin), and ‘The Somersham Snorklers’ won best Fancy Dress (pictured).
Today sees the start of Somersham 2014 Carnival, with its Commonwealth Theme.
Community Commonwealth Games
Starting at 12 noon and finishing at approximately 5pm, at Victory Hall and Norwood Playing Field, will be a range of taster sports for all to come and try.
You can try a sport for just £1, or you can take part all day for just £2.50. There’s also discounts for families. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult.
Here’s a sample of the sports that will be on offer:
BMX and Skatepark Skills
Freestyle and Rock’n’ Roll Dancing
and more, including Fun Splash at Whitehall Swimming Pool (for those who book in advance – Somersham 840966).
If you’re worried that you’ll forget the start time, don’t fear – we have a Highland twist that will help you remember – The Lone Piper is joining us, who will open our Community Commonwealth Games at 12 noon.
As with all outdoor things, there’s an element of ‘weather permitting’ for some of these sporting activities.
And for those brainboxes amongst us, you and up to 5 team mates can take part in the Carnival Quiz at Victory Hall from 7:30pm. Quiz master Geoff Norman will be testing your knowledge across a wide range of subjects.
If you don’t yet have tickets, you can reserve them on Somersham 840034. You can bring your own drinks and food.
The evening will also see the presentation of the Marjorie McGee Trophy.
If you’re a regular of Parkhall Road, or the High Street, you might begin to notice something unusual happening along there from this Saturday…
Displayed in the windows of various businesses and homes will be the flags of the Commonwealth – all 51 of them – as part of the theme of this year’s Somersham Carnival.
This is all part of our Great Flag Hunt – a competition we’ve launched in collaboration of the kind residents of these two streets where you can win a prize.
To be in with a chance of winning, you just need to tell us where the flags are flying.
All you need to do is download the entry form (below), find the flag, circle either ‘H’ if you’ve found it on the High Street, or ‘P’ if you’ve found it on Parkhall Road. Then write in the building’s street number. Then add your details at the bottom of the sheet and make sure it’s delivered to 51 High Street, Somersham, by 5pm on Friday 20th June.
In collaboration with the Friends of Somersham Parish Church, the Carnival Jazz Concert is coming to St John’s Parish Church, Somersham, on Thursday 19th June.
The Meridian Jazz Band, the St Ives Rhythm & Blues Band, and saxophonist Lynden Blades will all be playing, and challenging you not to tap your feet, sing along, or maybe even sway slightly, from 7:30pm.
Tickets are available from Strands or the Library, or by calling Alan (01487 741531) or Jim (01487 840741).
Advance tickets are £7.00 per adult, and £2.00 for children under 16 years.
Tickets will be £8.00 per adult, and £3.00 for children under 16 years, on the door (but subject to availability)… so you best get yours booked now!
Ticket prices include a glass of wine or fruit juice during the interval.
So, while you wait for Thursday 19th, here’s a sample of Lynden Blades performing with his saxophone in duo ‘Sax & Honey’.