From the Chair - Barbara Terry
As Chairman of the Carnival Committee, I am very proud of the town we represent. Events don’t just happen - the Carnival is organised by a small group of unpaid volunteers, many of whom work during the day and spend their evenings and weekends throughout the year planning ‘Carnival Day’. I thank them all for their support and hard work over the year.
Carnival and the Borough Council’s Party in the Park event which
follows the Carnival on Sunday provide a forum for local charities to
raise much needed funds. They provide many of the town’s minority groups
with ways of developing skills and expressing themselves by attending
workshops and meetings all of which benefit the event. Besided this the
events bring people who are not resident to Wellingborough into town -
having a positive effect on local business and a ‘feel good factor’ for residents.
Our event has evolved into the biggest and very best Carnival in the county. We celebrated a very successful 100 years in 2008. I have personally been involved with Carnival for over 30 years, I know how hard it is to put on a successful event so please support us by lining the streets to watch the parade and by coming along to Croyland Park once the parade has reached the field.
Our theme for the 2013 carnival parade is "Anything Goes" so we are looking forward to your support on Saturday 6th July 2013.
Chair and Court Manager, Wellingborough Carnival 2013/14
Tel: 07531 664466
Carnival 2012 - Sorry for Cancelling - Safety had to come first!
As chairperson for a small volunteer based committee I just want to say how sad we were that last year’s event had to be cancelled. The three most dreaded words in the English vocabulary are 'Health & Safety'. We find it harder and harder every year to meet the ever -challenging requirements to safely put on an event such as ours. Last year was the worst year we have experienced weather -wise for as long as any of us can remember and many events suffered as a result. Our committee worked diligently during the time prior to the 7th July 2012 to make sure we had some amazing acts for the arena and we had booked several new entries to take part in the parade. The day before the event our parade organiser and his team made sure all the cones and signage were in position. Can you imagine how it felt to work so hard only to go out and bring it all back in? We have taken an awful lot of flak for cancelling but how would we have felt if your child had slipped in the wet and went under the wheels of a truck?
I personally handled several complaints from the advertisers in our brochure saying that due to the event being cancelled they had not received any enquiries from their advertisement. I can promise our patrons that every copy of the brochure, with the exception of approximately 50 were given out on the week end prior to the event. Which has been our practice for several years. The ones we keep back we give out to our visiting carnival courts.
Enough of that this year’s event will be happening and we hope that we can rely on your support. We have changed the way the street collection is dispersed too this year if you enter the parade, any money you collect can be given towards a 'non-profit making organisation or charity' of your choice. The organisation has to be named on the parade application to the parade form and all we ask is, when you have counted how much you have raised, that you let us know so we can see how successful this way of doing things is.
Wellingborough Carnival is a free event for you to enjoy please help us to keep it going.
Chair, Wellingborough Carnival 2013/14