mere carnival

Saturday 17th September

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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 pennyallen@hotmail.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events List

 

Carnival Bingo

 

 

Friday 9th September in the Grove Building - 6.45pm . Eyes down
at 7.30pm.

"Variety of prizes.  Raffle, refreshments.  Specials  - including £50.00 cash flyer".

 

 

Carnival Film NIght

 


Thursday 15th September in the Lecture Hall - 7.30pm.

 

 

Carnival Day

 


Saturday 17th 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.

 

Grand Carnival Draw

 


Monday 19th September at The Walnut Tree Inn at 8pm.

 

 

Carnival Quiz

 


Wednesday 21st September - in the Grove Building - 7.30pm start. Raffle and refreshments.
Teams of 4. £2 per person.

 



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 2016.
Children's afternoon parade at 3.30pm and evening
parade at 7.30pm




Resources

 

Download

Children's Entry Form

Evening Procession Entry Form

and send to :-

Penny Allen
3 Ashgrove
Mere
BA12 6BX

CLASS

CLASS DESCRIPTION

NAMED TROPHY

App/Money

1

Decorated Trade

The Georgian House Cup

NONE

2

Tableaux

The Philip Coward Cup

£100

3

Feature

The Walton Challenge Cup

£100

4

Humorous/Comic

The Hazzard Family Cup

£100

5

Junior Float

Caroline Young Memorial Cup

£100

6

Hand truck/trailer/van with props incl. music assisting walkers of any age

Walker Family Cup

£50

7

Walking single (16 years +)

Mere Fabrication Cup

£25

8

Walking group (16 years +)

Sonia Cassell Cup

£25

9

Waking singre (under 16)

Herbert Cup

£20

10

Walking group (under 16)

Mere Challenge Cup

£20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CATEGORY

NAMED AWARD

CLASS

Champion

Mere Chamber of Trade Cup

2 - 6

Reserve Champion

Ann Tranter Memorial Cup

2 — 6

Best Costume

Keysley Cup

2 — 6

Best Music

Nurden-Read Carnival Cup

2 — 6

Best Routine

Hamilton Litesat Cup

3 — 6

Best Dressed Driver

Den McCann Award

2 — 6

Ground Crew Award

Cake Family Shield

2 — 5

Best Walking

Jeans Hoover Cup

7/8/9/10

Best Youth

Andy Young Memorial Cup

9/10

Best Costume

Mary Chalke Memorial Cup

7/8/9/10/

Spirit of Carnival

Ron Cake 60 years Cup

All classes

Best Dressed Collector

Bob Guy Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAJORETTES

 

 

 

 

 

Drum Major

Paige Lawes Cup

 

Costume

Reg and Brenda Lawes Cup

 

Overall Champion

Stuart Lawes Cup

 

 

MERE CARNIVAL AFTERNOON CLASS DETAILS

CLASS A
Individual 8 years and under including decorated pram/pushchair/trolley/bicycle
MERE CARNIVAL ROSE BOWL will be awarded to the best entry.
Prize money 1st-£15 / 2nd-£10 / 3rd-£5
CLASS B
Individual children 9-15 years including decorated pram/pushchair/trolley/bicycle

PAM DERRY CUP will be awarded to the best entry.
Prize money 1st-£15 / 2nd-£10 / 3rd-£5
CLASS C
Pairs of children 8 years and under.
MERE SNOOKER CLUB CARNIVAL CUP will be awarded to the best entry.
Prize money 1st-£20 / 2nd-£15 / 3rd-£10
CLASS D
Pairs of children 9-15 years.
TROPHY PRESENTED BY THE JUKES FAMILY will be awarded to the best entry.
Prize money 1st-£20 / 2nd-£15 / 3rd-£10
CLASS E
Groups of children any age up to an Including 15 years.
SOUTHERN INSURANCE CUP will be awarded to the best entry.
Prize money 1st-£20 / 2nd-£15 / 3rd-£10


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 2016.
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.
PLEASE NOTE
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 are still 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 also been in the fields at the Meads,  and  Manor Road,

            Children’s fancy dress always popular and this is still traditional in Mere.  Decorated trolleys and prams were popular entries during past years.    Also 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. Their entries 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, booking judges and organising the grand draw and events to make sure things go smoothly. 

 

            fundraising events -     organised by Mark     and      Sam Cassidy from the Walnut Tree and we do have the ever popular Bingo and Quiz which are     organised by the  carnival committee. 

Previous events have included Pub pushes in prams and wheelbarrows.  Torchlight procession to Castle Hill with 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 the Old Walnut Tree pub.  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.

 

Sue Jeans
February 2009


Photos


Commitee Members

 

Name
Position
Contact
Clive Hazzard Chairman clive@northstreetnurseries.co.uk
Nick Beale Vice Chairman nickbeale67@gmail.com
Penny Allen Secretary pennyallen@hotmail.co.uk
John Jordan Treasurer john.a.jordan@hotmail.co.uk
Mary Harbet Procession Secretary mary@gammie.info
John Gammie Wessex Representative john@gammie.info
Carol Payne   luciechesh@hotmail.com
Sue Jeans   smjeans@aol.com
Derek Sealey   wiltshirestalk@btinternet.com
Lisa Rose   lisarose@live.co.uk
Lucinda Berry   leeberry19@gmail.com
Mark Cassidy   markcassidy661@btinternet.com
Jenny Franks Chief Marshall allan@allanfranks.wanadoo.co.uk
Tim Kingsmill Marshall with Jenny tim.kingsmill@btinternet.com
Julie Cousins Chamber of Trade juliecousins@hotmail.com
George Jeans   jeanssdc@aol.com







 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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