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Many thanks to everyone that turned up for the carnival meeting that was held at Sir Philip Game Centre. This meeting was to confirm that it was “all go” for the 24th of May next year. It was decided that we would like to have a parade with as many involved. Also, we have been given the use of a professional stage which means that we can promote even more entertainment.


However, to make this a success we need the whole community to get behind this event. In the past we have had many volunteers but on the day it is always left to the dedicated few. The bureaucratic procedures has still is strangling the life of this event. So people, we need your support to ensure that we can carry on providing this unique family event.


We need volunteers to marshal the parade, to help with floats entering the park and in general keeping an eye of things.   Volunteers are also needed the day before to set up and prepare the site. Even just a couple of hours of your time to relieve others will be a greatly appreciated..


The weeks leading up to the event we need volunteers for leaflet and flyer distribution. This again is usually left to a dedicated few who often find it a struggle with the ammount of walking they have to do.


Most of all we would like people to be a part of the carnival by taking part in the parade…it would  be nice to see a procession of colour and dance all along the route. Pitches for stalls are still available but it is done on a "first come" basis and spaces can easily run out.  Application forms are now available online for download. So please book early to ensure your space.


Besides being an event to promote the local community and provide a  fund day of family entertainment, the event all serves to promote the current Lions President nominated charity which for 2015 is the Rutherfords School. This is a specialist independent school for pupils with profound and multiple learning disabilities ranging from 3 – 19 years of age. To learn more about this school please visit their website at www.rutherfordsschool.org.uk


There will be other meetings as required particularly sub-committee meetings to deal with the various aspects of the carnival. Dates, venue and time will be posted online and on FaceBook. However, if anyone is interested then please contact a Carnival organizer through website or social network sites such as Facebook so we can invite you directly through email.


 

Pitch booking form PDF

Parade Booking Form PDF

We also have a FACEBook page and invite you to join and follow the latest news and pictures.

 


Due to circumstances beyond our control the Jubilee celebrations on June the 3rd 2012 had to be cancelled at the last moment. Overnight torrential rain and severe weather conditions forced the event to be called off. Unfortunately we were unable contact all involved as the decision was made at 7 am on the day. We apologies for any inconvenience caused. Those who paid for pitches/stalls will have their applications transferred to next year's event. If you do have any queries then please contact Pat Carpenter. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation and hopefully see you all at next year's event

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2012 marks the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queens 60th year of reign and to celebrate the event the annual carnival will will be run as the Addiscombe Carnival Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Queen Elizabeth was born in 1926 and became Queen an the age of 25 and has ruled for 60 years and we hope the community will see the carnival as an opportunity to celebrate this unique event. The British Monarchy is the official website to find out more about this great British institution.

Please note that the Jubilee logo was designed by Blue Peter winner 10-year-old Katherine Dewar from Chester and is the official emblem for the Diamond Jubilee. She was chosen from 35,000 entries after a competition held by Blue Peter to design a Jubilee logo.

 

Procession: will start from Woodside Green, via Morland Road, Lower Addiscombe Road, Wydehurst Road and Tenterden Road to Ashburton Park. Meet at Woodside Green at 8.30 am for setting up and preperation for precession to depart promptly at 10.00 am.

Fair: Ashburton Park, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Full Funfair, Donkey Rides, Arena Events, Games and Races for Children, Displays and Stalls of all kinds, Refreshments etc.
Book early to avoid dissapointment...!!!

Booking Forms: Website, For all carnival information: Brian Fitzgerald on 8654 5420 or 07930 244825 for procession booking forms (email: brianfitzgerald225@hotmail.com )

Pat Carpenter (Lions) on 020 8689 7507 (General inquiries) Important - please note pitches need to be booked early to save dissapointment as they go quickly!

Travel: Details: Access to Ashburton Park is supported with trams and local buses although there is some parking for private cars;

Pitch Booking Forms Word or PDF

Please note that only completed Application forms tthat arrive fully completed and in time will be accepted.So please ensure you book early.


Carnvial News

The carnival can only be described as an unparallel success. The weather was fine with a cool breeze and clear skies. The procession started only a few minutes late and arrived at Ashburton Park already filled with numerous stalls and pitches. Soon the park was awash with colours and laughter as families came out to support the event. The police and other agencies involved were extremely delighted with the turnout and the fact the whole event went off without incident. This year the procession began from Woodside Green and along Morland Road and then turning at the roundabout into Lower Addiscome Road and finally ending up at Ashburton Park.

All credit to the skills and personality of the DJ Peter Lewis who controlled the main arena with his infectious humour and creativity. The Cheerleader group and other performance groups did their turns to display their skills. Thanks to the many floats and in particular the “trikes” who brought their eye-catching machines. Other vehicles included the convoy of custom stretch limos, Green party cycles and an assortment of vans and cars with some of them appropiately decorated. A list of all those who took part can be found by clicking on the Sponsors link above. Unfortunately, some have been ommited because they entered their application late. If you done see your stall/pitch or your name listed then please let me know. Althiugh many of the participants returned from the previous year it was good to see some new acts like the Boxercise as seen on the right.

To say the carnival was a runaway success would be an understatement, especially when considering the available resources. It was the perseverance and hard work of all those involved that eventually made the event a memorable one. The Croydon Lions together with their friends can now look back and think of the future; perhaps the bureaucrats that threw obstacles in the way will now reconsider their position and be more supportive to an event that provided a joyfull an unique event for the whole community.

However, keeping on a positive note – the event went without any major issues and most off all the weather held up till the very end. All the agencies involved had nothing but praise at the way things went and indicated that they would like to see a better and bigger carnival next year. In fact, it was decided that canival will become the premier annual event for Addiscome with the suggestion that we might extend the route to begin from Woodside Green to cater for the expected numbers.

Although booking forms will not be available till September 2009, we urge those intersted to contact the organisers and pledge their support. This also includes anyone who wishes to help in any way.

On behalf of the organisers I would like to thank each and everyone who got involved.


Congratulations to the “Float” winners!

The Croydon Chiropractic, where the winners of “walking” float whose entry won the category and they looked very fetching in their “skeleton” costumes. It goes to show that with some effort it is possible to create a winning entry! The kids did well to walk the procession and they looked cute..! Well done kids!!!

The Trikes were something else..! Most of them looked very scary indeed as their trikes were adored with skulls and other paraphernalia. They were quite a sight as they drove in convoy with the rest of the procession and they deserved to win the “mobile” float category.

Well done to the winners of the Best Floats and hopefully will see them back in next years carnival.


Forum added: A forum has now been added to allow all interested parties to interact with each other. It can be used to put forward suggestions and discuss topics and issues concerning the carnival. Most of all it will give all a sense of involvement and share in a common interest. Please register in the forum and begin posting and most of all enjoy. It will also be used to keep an update of the carnival’s progress. The Forum can be accessed from the Menu



Keith Nicholas
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