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

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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

Brainiacs! Calling all Brainiacs!


Dust those grey cells off, as it’s time to gather Somersham’s brightest brainiacs into teams to battle it out once again for the Marjorie McGee Trophy on Saturday 14th June.

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Photo: Colin Kinner.

Quizmaster Extraordinaire Geoff Norman, will put teams of up to six contestants, through their paces in a number of rounds until one of the teams become the 2014 Carnival Quiz champions.

Entry is £5 per person. You can bring your own drinks/nibbles/brain food along.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

You can reserve your team tickets by calling Somersham 840034.

Try something new with Community Sports on 14th June

Shuttlecock

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Shuttlecock. Photo: Deee’Lite via CreativeCommons.

Following last year’s success of Community Sports, we’re repeating the taster sports sessions on Saturday 14th June, from 12 noon at Victory Hall and Norwood Playing Field, Somersham.

If you’ve ever fancied trying table tennis, croquet, mixed netball, BMX and skatepark skills, street dancing, freestyle and Rock n Roll, wheelchair challenges, badminton, family rounders, curling, ballroom dancing, fun runs/relays, street snooker, or more… then you’re in luck!

There’s even a Fun Splash session at Whitehall Swimming Pool (call Somersham 840966 to book).

This is a great chance for you to try out a new sporting curiosity – at just £1 per sport (or a bargain £2.50 for a day ticket to access all the sports). There’s also a discount for families. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. All sports will be finished by approximately 5pm.

And to give that nod to Commonwealth, Somersham Fun Highland Games will also take place from 12 noon, with The Lone Piper to help you get into the sporting mood.

So, put your sports shorts on (or kilt!), dust off those trusty trainers, and try something new!

You can download our Community Commonwealth Sports flyer (PDF/1.06Mb), with details of exactly what’s on, and when!

For the the full list of events during Somersham Carnival 2014, check out the ‘What’s On?’ section.

 

Erratum: Carnival Princess Draw entries address


Please accept our apologies for an error in the letter given to all Year 5 and 6 girls at Somersham and Whitehall School.

The address for entries into the Carnival Princess draw should be number 31, and not 30 Queens Road, Somersham, Cambridgeshire.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

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.

The 2014 Somersham Carnival theme is ‘The Commonwealth’

Somersham Carnival 2014 - Commonwealth

Somersham Carnival 2014 - Commonwealth

The Somersham Carnival Committee have announced that the 2014 Somersham Carnival theme is to be ‘The Commonwealth’.

The 2014 Somersham Carnival week runs from 14th until 22nd June, with Carnival Day taking place on Saturday 21st June.

Keep your eyes peeled on our Twitter stream @somersham2014 with hashtag #somershamcarnival2014 and over at our Facebook Page for more info.

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.