What’s On – Saturday 14th June 2014

Table Tennis bats in a garage

Today sees the start of Somersham 2014 Carnival, with its Commonwealth Theme.

Community Commonwealth Games

Table Tennis bats in a garage
Dust off those table tennis bats and get playing! Photo: Martin Thomas via CreativeCommons.

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:

  • Table Tennis
  • Croquet
  • Mixed Netball
  • BMX and Skatepark Skills
  • Street Dancing
  • Freestyle and Rock’n’ Roll Dancing
  • Wheelchair Challenges
  • Badminton
  • Family Rounders
  • Curling
  • Ballroom Dancing
  • Fun Run/Relays
  • Street Snooker
  • Caber Tossing

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.

Carnival Quiz

Question Mark Box. Photo: Raymond Bryson via CreativeCommons.
Question Mark Box. Photo: Raymond Bryson via CreativeCommons.

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.

 

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Can you find the Commonwealth flags?

The Commonwealth Hand of Friendship Flag by Molly Mann - the winning entry in our Design A Flag competition.

The Commonwealth Hand of Friendship Flag by Molly Mann - the winning entry in our Design A Flag competition.
The Commonwealth Hand of Friendship Flag by Molly Mann – the winning entry in our Design A Flag competition – features on the 2014 Somersham Carnival Programme.

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.

Download The Great Flag Hunt Entry Form (PDF/330Kb) and set off to find them – can you find all 51?

We’d like to thank all of the homes and businesses who are kindly taking part in this event – and hope you don’t mind seeing people staring at your windows for a few days!

Check out our What’s On section for details of other events during Carnival Week 2014.

A Night of Jazz at St John’s

saxophone and case

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.

saxophone and case
Saxophone. Photo: Ben via CreativeCommons.

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’.

 

It’s eyes down for prizes at Somersham School bingo

bingo cards

Bingo!

Legs eleven? Cameron’s Den? Two little ducks?

Yes, the Somersham Carnival and Somersham School PFA BINGO! returns on Wednesday 18th June, and this year there are some BIG hamper prizes to be won.

Doors open at Somersham School at 6:30pm, with eyes down at 7pm.

There will also be a cash prize game, and of course, a raffle.

Under 18s are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

 

 

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.