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:
BMX and Skatepark Skills
Freestyle and Rock’n’ Roll Dancing
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.
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!
10. Homebrew (class may be divided if sufficient entries)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
The 2013 Somersham Carnival Princess is to be crowned this Sunday at Victory Hall.
The Carnival Princess will be crowned at 3.30pm at Victory Hall on Sunday 16th June. Her attendants will also be appointed.
As every Carnival Princess knows, she and her attendants have a very important job to do during Carnival Week – with the awarding of the Country Craft Competition prizes, and in leading the Carnival Procession on Carnival Day (22nd June).
Actress and singer, Denise Black is set to perform at Carnival Day on 22nd June.
Best known as character Denise Osbourne in Coronation Street, and Hazel Tyler in Queer As Folk, Denise will be performing with her pop-folk band Denise Black’s Loose Screw.
Denise Black’s Loose Screw will be performing at The Victory Hall as part of the Seaside Rock Concert, which runs from 7.30pm on 22nd June at the end of Carnival Day. She will be supported by Dark Surrender (who performed at the Carnival last year), Gary Bailey/Waves Of Digitalis, and The Makers.
Tickets are £5 in advance (at carnival events), or £7 on the door. There will be a licensed bar. Over 18s only.