Get Pedalling and Kicking on Sunday 22nd

Cyclists in the 2011 Family Cycle Ride. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Question Mark sign
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

Shuttlecock
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.

 

2014 Country Craft Competition Categories announced


country-crafts-banner

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.

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.

What’s On: Carnival Week and Carnival Day 2013

What's On?

The 2013 Somersham Carnival Week begins this Saturday (15th) and runs through until next Sunday (23rd), but what’s on?

We have a full and varied programme this year, with the underlying theme of ‘Beside the Seaside’.

Here’s what’s scheduled throughout the week*.

During Carnival Week (15th-23rd June)

Fancy Dress dog and owners. Photo: JLC Photography Ltd
Novelty Dog Show returns.
Photo: JLC Photography Limited.

On Carnival Day (22nd June)

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

St Ives Rhythm and Blues band at 2011 Carnival
St Ives Rhythm and Blues band return for 2013.
Photo: JLC Photography Ltd.

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)

1.30pm: Fancy Dress Competition in the theme ‘Beside the Seaside’ (in the Arena).

1.45pm: Stella Hensley & Chris Newman (on the Music Stage)

2pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

2pm: Baby Competition (under 12mths – with a parent!) (in the Arena)

2.30pm: Somersham Singers (in Victory Hall Garden)

2.30pm: Charity Haircut

2.45pm: Greyhound Friends (in the Arena)

Denise Black
Denise Black’s Loose Screw headlines the Seaside Rock Concert

3pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

3pm: Dark Surrender (on the Music Stage)

4pm: Punch & Judy Show (in the Arena)

4.15pm: Tug-of-War Contest (in the Arena). Teams should register beforehand at the Information Tent.

4.30pm: Grand Prize Draw

7.30pm: Seaside Rock Concert with licensed bar (in Victory Hall)

Teas in Victory Hall kindly provided by Hope & Aid Direct.

Train rides will take place all around the field throughout the afternoon.

*Although we’ll aim to stick to this schedule, the Carnival Committee reserve the right to make amendments where required.

2013 Carnival Princess to be crowned on Sunday 16th June

Tiara

The 2013 Somersham Carnival Princess is to be crowned this Sunday at Victory Hall.

Tiara
Tiara Photo: Robynlou8 via CC.

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).

The new Princess will succeed Princess Morgan Matthews. Her attendants were Rachel Day and Eleanor Phipps.

The Carnival Princess and her Attendants are the winners of a free draw of girls living in Somersham and Pidley, in school year 6 (for the Princess) or year 5 (for the attendants).

Our thanks to Anne and Clive Desborough and to Parkhall Garden Centre for their support of the Carnival Princess.

TV star Denise Black to perform at this year’s Somersham Carnival

Denise Black

Actress and singer, Denise Black is set to perform at Carnival Day on 22nd June.

Denise Black photo from deniseblack.co.uk
Actress and singer Denise Black will join us for Carnival Day.

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.