What’s On – Sunday 15th June 2014

Dog with Australian flags on its head.

Day Two of Somersham Carnival 2014, and here’s what we’ve got lined up for you today:

Country Craft Competition

First Prize winning seaside cakes. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.
These seaside themed cakes won First Prize last year. Will yours? Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

The ever-popular Country Craft Competition sees the talented artists, bakers, preservers, handicrafters, photographers and florists battle it out across 29 different classes, at The Victory Hall.

More information can be found in our earlier post which details all the competition categories.

Entries should be registered between 9:30 and 11:30am, and the doors open to the public at 2pm.

The Crowning of the Carnival Princess

After the great work done by last year’s Carnival Princess Jessica Stancombe and her Attendants Carla Rea and Ella Hudson, their successors will be crowned in a ceremony at Victory Hall at 3:30pm.

Pool Competition

The Centurian Club plays host to this year’s Pool Competition for those who are 16+.

Registration for the competition is at 1:30pm (for just £1), and play begins at 2pm.

Somersham Carnival Novelty Dog Show

Dog with Australian flags on its head.
This dog is in the Commonwealth mood with his Australian flags. Photo: Louise Docker and cropped via CreativeCommons.

The hounds, pooches, puppies, and faithful old plodders of Somersham have their chance to compete for the title of ‘Best In Show’ and the Christine Caston Memorial Cup.

Entries from 1pm, with judging beginning at 1:30pm. It costs just 60p for entry into each class.

The eleven categories in this year’s show are:

  1. Best Puppy
  2. Best Dog under 15in at the shoulder
  3. Best Dog over 15in 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 our Commonwealth Theme!)

All winning dogs from classes 1-11 will then take part in the Best In Show. Rosettes are awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each class.

We’re grateful to ND’s K9 Academy, whose Neville Diss will be presenting this year’s show.

Special permission has been granted for us to hold the Dog Show on Norwood Playing Fields. Therefore, we ask all owners to ensure that you clear up after your dog. Thank you.
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2014 Country Craft Competition Categories announced


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The categories for this year’s Country Craft Competition have been announced – and they have a Commonwealth themed twist.

Can your chutney woo the judges? Are you a photography aficionado? Are your Roses worthy of a medal? And will your Tin Foil Crown with Jewels look like something from a Tiffany and Co. collection?

Well, now’s the time to start planning what you’ll be making for this year’s Country Craft Competition, which will take place on Sunday 15th June 2014, at The Victory Hall, Somersham.

Here’s this year’s categories:

A: Cookery

  • 1. Any Flatbread
  • 2. Commonwealth Curry
  • 3. Jar of Chutney/Pickles/Sauce
  • 4. Jar of Jam/Marmalade/Curds
  • 5. Chocolate Cake (3 eggs, 7″ tin)
  • 6. Five flag decorated cup cakes (under 16s only)
  • 7. Commonwealth decorated Gingerbread (under 16s only) – download a Gingerbread recipe (PDF/54Kb)
  • 8. Flapjack
  • 9. Fruit Dessert
  • 10. Homebrew (class may be divided if sufficient entries)

B: Floral

  • 11. Three Identical Roses (home grown)
  • 12. Tropical display
  • 13. Fragrant posy
  • 14. Grow your own cress in a Quirky Commonwealth Container (under 16s only)

C: Handicraft

  • 15. Commonwealth Collage
  • 16. Commonwealth themed piece of Art
  • 17. Tribal Headdress or Mask
  • 18. Doll in Handmade National Dress
  • 19. Photograph: Local Architecture
  • 20. Open Class

D: Children (under 16s)

  • 21. Colouring 3-6yrs (picture in programme)
  • 22. Colouring 7-11yrs (picture in programme)
  • 23. Aboriginal painting (any medium)
  • 24. Tin Foil Crown with Jewels
  • 25. Handmade piece of Jewellery
  • 26. Handmade Flag
  • 27. Commonwealth Games Poem
  • 28. Photograph – Fruit Theme
  • 29. Open Class.

Registration of entries takes place between 9:30 and 11:30am on 15th June.

Adult entry fee is 50p per item, and the Child entry fee is 25p per item. You can enter more than one item per category, and you’re welcome to provide a short description of your entry.

Entries to all categories should be recently made items at home or at school/clubs, and not have previously been exhibited at the Carnival. Entry forms can be obtained from the Library, and we’d be grateful if you could complete these before arriving.

Viewing of Exhibits opens at 2pm, with the presentation of prizes at 3:30pm. Door fee is 50p per adult, 25p per child.

Refreshments are kindly provided by Parkhall Playgroup between 2-4pm.

The Country Craft Competition Judges are independent of the Carnival Committee.

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:

2013 Country Crafts categories announced

Country Crafts 2013 banner

The categories for this year’s ‘Country Crafts’ competition have been announced.

Many categories follow this year’s ‘Beside The Seaside‘ theme.

A: Cookery

  1. Six bread rolls (any shape)
  2. One fishcake
  3. Chutney / Pickles / Sauce
  4. Jam / Marmalade / Curds
  5. Victoria Sandwich (3 eggs, 7″ tin, jam only)
  6. Five seaside decorated cup cakes
  7. Five Macaroons (any colour)
  8. Homebrew (open class – may be divided if sufficient entries)
  9. Beach Picnic Box (five items)
  10. Five Decorated Cup Cakes (under 16s only)

B: Floral

  1. An Arrangement of Grasses
  2. Beach Wedding Posy
  3. Grow Your Own Cress in a Seaside Themed Container (under 16s only)

C: Handicraft

  1. A Seaside Painting
  2. A Summer Poem
  3. Decorated Jam Jar Tealight Holder
  4. Handmade Piece of Jewellery
  5. Photograph – Seaside Theme
  6. Open Class

D: Children (under 16s)

  1. Colouring 3-6 years (picture in programme)
  2. Colouring 7-11 years (picture in programme)
  3. Miniature Beach
  4. Tin Foil Boat (that floats!)
  5. Customised Flip Flops
  6. Handmade Piece of Jewellery
  7. Your Dream Ice Cream Cone (non-edible, any media)
  8. Photograph – Seaside Theme
  9. Open Class

Viewing of exhibits from 2pm. Presentation of prizes at 3:30pm. Door fee – Adults 50p, Children 25p, under 3’s free. Refreshments 2-4pm kindly provided by Parkhall Playgroup.

Feel free to enter more than one item per category.

Entries to all categories should be recently made items at home or at school/clubs and not have been previously exhibited at the Carnival.

Entry forms can be obtained from the Library, please pre-complete to ease submission of entries on the day.

There will be photos of the winners at the end of the presentation (which we hope to add to this website). Please collect your exhibits after the presentation.

Judges are independent of the Carnival Committee.

Country Craft categories announced

A 2nd Prize 2011 Country Crafts winning cake. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd

Last year's Junior Country Crafts winner.
Last year’s Country Crafts junior winner. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

Thirty-one Country Craft categories have now been announced – giving you plenty of time to start getting creative across cookery, handicraft and floral crafts, as well as categories for the under 16’s.

The Country Craft event will take place at The Village Hall, Somersham on Sunday 17th June.

Many of the categories are inspired by this year’s theme of ‘Going For Gold’ – so now’s the time to put your (golden) thinking cap on!

Downloads

Somersham Carnival Country Craft categories (PDF, 52Kb)

How to enter

You should bring your entry (or entries) and completed registration form to the Village Hall from 9:30-11:30 on 17th June. Entry forms can be obtained from Somersham Library. There is a small entry of 50p for adults, 25p for children per item.

Viewing and Prizes

Public viewing starts at 2pm. This is then followed by a presentation of prizes for each category from 3:30pm – including photographs of each winner.

The judges are independent of the Carnival Committee. There is a door fee of 50p (adult), 25p (children), and the under 3yrs go free.

Refreshments will be available from 2-4pm and are kindly provided by Parkhall Playgroup.