Saturday 16th September
It’s carnival time once again in Mere and we hope you enjoy our children's afternoon and illuminated evening parades.
The small carnival committee work tirelessly throughout the year raising funds through events and organising the day itself. Our outgoings increase every year with the cost of insurance, first aid, appearance monies etc, so we need your support by giving as generously as you can to our street collection.
Ensure you stay and enjoy the live music, bar, hog roast and candy floss available on the triangle immediately after the children's parade.
Collect your free carnival programme from shops, post office and library in Mere to see details of the events happening for carnival week.
If you feel you would like to be part of the team, please contact our secretary, Penny, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 1st September at the Grove Building. Doors open 6.45pm with eyes down at 7.30pm. Quality prizes including family ticket for Haynes International Motor museum. Raffle, specials and refreshments. Also prizes suitable for children. Fun for all the family.
The film will be Viceroy's House
14th September Film Club at the Lecture Hall in aid of the Carnival
15th September Mere Social Club are holding a Skittles evening in aid of the carnival. Further information will be posted as available
Grand Carnival Draw
18th September. The raffle will take place at the Walnut Tree at 8pm
Saturday 16th September
Children's Fancy Dress Procession
Assemble Mere School (Old Duchy Manor School grounds) - 2.15pm for judging at 2.30pm.
Participants in fancy dress will only be judged for awards.
Procession with the Carnival Royals and Gillingham Silver Band will depart for The Square at 3.30pm.
Candy floss on the Triangle (opposite Post Office) immediately after The Children's Parade.
Live Music, Bar, Hog Roast kindly supplied by Andrew Barclay on The Triangle (opposite Post Office) from 4pm onwards.
Grand Evening Procession assembles in White Road and moves off at 7.30pm led by the Gillingham Silver Band and the Mere Carnival Royals.
The next quiz will take place at the Grove Building on Friday 6th October 2017
Afternoon and evening entry forms will be available from the Post Office on Friday, 19th August to be returned by Wednesday, 14th September at the latest.
Remember to pick up your free Carnival Programme with
full details of all events and our Carnival Royals for 2017.
Children's afternoon parade at 3.30pm and evening
parade at 7.30pm
The classes for the afternoon categories are:
A - Large Decorated Float/Pram/Cart
B - Small Group/Pram/Cart
D - Individual pre school - under 5
E - Individual age 6 - 12
F - Individual Teen
G - Group or Club Walke
THE TOWNSEND CHALLENGE CUP WILL BE AWARDED TO THE BEST ENTRY OVERALL.
MERE CHAMBER OF TRADE CUP WILL BE AWARDED TO THE BEST RUNNERS-UP.
THE RON CAKE AWARD WILL BE AWARDED TO THE MOST CREATIVE COSTUME.
ALL FULLY COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS TO THE MERE POST OFFICE BY 4.00pm ON WEDNESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2017.
PLEASE NOTE THAT AFTER THE PRESENTATION OF PRIZES, ALL ENTRANTS MUST JOIN THE PROCESSION TO THE SQUARE.
MERE CARNIVAL COMMITTEE ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS, DAMAGE OR INJURY SUSTAINED AS A RESULT OF PARTICIPATION IN THIS YEAR'S MERE CARNIVAL.
NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 2.00pm ON CARNIVAL DAY.
ENTRIES TO ASSEMBLE AT DUCHY MANOR SCHOOL BY 2.00pm.
JUDGING WILL COMMENCE AT 2.15pm AND THE PROCESSION MOVES OFF AT
3.30pm SHARP. ALL JUDGES DECISIONS ARE FINAL.
WOULD ALL ENTRIES BE AWARE THAT ANY PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN MAY BE USED TO PUBLICISE THIS EVENT. PLEASE ADVISE A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTRY AND WE HOPE YOU ENJOY THE AFTERNOON. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES, PLEASE CONTACT PENNY ALLEN, CARNIVAL SECRETARY - 01747 860721 - pennyallenhotmall.co.uk
A Brief History
Joan White from Charnage was the first Carnival Queen for Mere in 1932. Her family still live in the area.
We then used to have an old fashioned carnival that started at the Recreation Ground. Many of the entries were “thrown together” at the last minute which added to the fun. The Brownies with whom I am Assistant Guider used Colin Read’s Homestead Farm to build and decorate their entry on the morning of the procession. The tractor was then washed after the day’s milking and farming and then used the same evening for the procession. The fair used to be at Angel Lane in the field next to the Vicarage and has since been held in the fields at the Meads and Manor Road.
The children's fancy dress was always popular and this is still traditional in Mere. Decorated trolleys and prams were popular entries during past years. We used to attract a lot more Mere entries which have included The Mere 1982 gang – with many well known local families building their entries. These included “The Old Woman that lived in the shoe” , Cleopatra and “Teatime in Tokyo”, Walton’s of Mere, T.A.Y.S. which consisted of the Thorpe and Young families from Mere. Mere Brownies, Mere Guides, Mere Rangers, Mere Cubs and Scouts, Mere Cat Scarers, Merely Tipplers, Jeans Electrical, Lions Club of Gillingham Mere and Shaftesbury and their driving force for their entries from the late Ann Padfield (nee Tranter) and Tony Taylor driving their tractor for them. Local entries that still participate today include the Mere Girlguiding and Jeans Electrical.
The late David Chalke from F.J.Chalke Garages Mere brought the small lion cubs from Longleat to Mere in the 1960’s for the Carnival procession.
There is a lot of planning for the Mere committee; we have to start in February to book bands, judges and organise the grand draw and events to make sure things go smoothly. These include fundraising events such as the ever popular Bingo and Quiz nights, which are organised by the carnival committee along with support from Mark and Sam Cassidy from the Walnut Tree Inn.
Previous events have included Pub pushes in prams and wheelbarrows, torchlight procession to Castle Hill with a bonfire on the top, barbecue and disco, pet show, Mere Manor brass concert, five a side football at Duchy Manor School, Castle Hill races from the Square, Baby Show, Arts and Crafts show, Carnival Quiz, children’s disco, Caribbean Ball, Walking Treasure Hunt, knockout skittles at Mere Social Club, children’s sports with Justus Hattam, ex. science teacher at Duchy Manor School, window spotting the odd item – in the late 50’s early 60’s there were a minimum of 22 shop windows taking part in Mere.
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