Less than a month until the start of Somersham Carnival week and what a week we have planned! Programmes being delivered to homes in Somersham and Pidley – check out Carnival Quackers! Grand Prize Draw tickets and event tickets on sale outside Tesco this Saturday and every Sat morning – so come along and say hello!
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.
Sunday 22nd June sees the final day of Somersham Carnival 2014, and as usual it ends with the Family Cycle Ride, and the 5-a-side Football Tournament.
Family Cycle Ride – 10:45am to 1pm
With registration at Victory Hall Car Park at 10:45am, join other cyclists as they set off on a 4.4 mile route at 11am.
Entry is £1 per rider, and there are trophies awarded for those who complete the Most Laps in the Allotted Time for Junior (12 & under), and Senior cyclists.
Please make sure that you wear a cycle helmet and high-visibility clothing. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Download the Family Cycle Ride route map (PDF, 910Kb)
5-a-side Football Tournament – 1:30pm
Register at 1:30pm for a 2pm kick-off a the Parkhall Road Playing Field on 22nd June, for the 5-a-side Football Tournament for school years 3-8.
It’s £1.50 entry. Further information from Ali McCormick on 07425 178839.
Here it comes – Carnival Day 2014!
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)
3pm – Djembe Drummers and Singers begin
3:30pm – Air Display in the skies above the field
3:45pm – Tug-of-War Contest (in the Arena)
4:30pm – Close of Carnival Day
Don’t forget, you can download the Somersham Carnival 2014 programme (PDF/5.25Mb).
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.
Click the images below to see the bigger version.
Thank you to everyone who came along to the Community Commonwealth Games on Saturday 14th.
Here’s a selection of photos from the day, courtesy of JLC Photography Ltd – click the image to go big and see the description.
There’s still a few days left to take part, so take a look at our What’s On section.
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).
Don’t forget, there’s lots of activities still to come – check out our What’s On guide.
Day Two of Somersham Carnival 2014, and here’s what we’ve got lined up for you today:
Country Craft Competition
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.
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
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:
- Best Puppy
- Best Dog under 15in at the shoulder
- Best Dog over 15in at the shoulder
- Dog with the Waggiest Tail
- Odd couple (mixed pair of dogs)
- Best cross-breed
- Best Dog Trick
- Best Six Legs
- Dog and Owner Most Alike
- Dog the Judges would most like to take home
- 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.
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:
- Table Tennis
- Mixed Netball
- BMX and Skatepark Skills
- Street Dancing
- Freestyle and Rock’n’ Roll Dancing
- Wheelchair Challenges
- Family Rounders
- 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.
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.