In Pictures: The 2014 Somersham Carnival Novelty Dog Show

Two young girls with dog, named best in show, at somersham carnival 2014.

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.

Thanks also to Neville Diss of ND’s K9 Academy, and to JLC Photography Ltd, for their time and kind support of the show.

Click the images below to see the bigger version.

 

In Pictures: The Community Commonwealth Games

Assault course in inflatable balls

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.

Are you driven enough to find treasure in Somersham?

Treasure Hunt Mania by Leap Kye via CreativeCommons

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.

The Somersham Snorklers won 'Best Costume'. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.
The Somersham Snorklers won ‘Best Costume’ at last year’s Car Treasure Hunt. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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’.