Welcome to St Mary's Village Carnival
Carnival 2016 - Myths, Monsters & Magic - 2nd July 2016
Each year, on the first Saturday in July, St Mary's Church and our village communities combine to provide a day of fun for everyone.
Whether you live locally or are a visitor to our villages, I hope you enjoy this year's event.
This year's theme was Myths, Monsters & Magic.
In a year when many major towns have cancelled their Carnival due to loss of Local Authority funding it is a delight to see that St Mary's Village Carnival goes from strength to strength. Perhaps this year was the best we have achieved for the Community of our villages. It was a joy to talk to so many groups of family and friends who had turned up on Edlesborough Green for what they described as a brilliant afternoon. And financially, at this very early stage, it appears to have been successful with at least £13,000 to be distributed within the local community; if your organisation could benefit from a donation (usually between £50 and £250) please get in touch with the Committee
How can we carry on when so many Carnivals are being lost? Well, ours is a different model, perhaps a more traditional approach. We don't rely on Local Authority funding; instead we rely on the generosity of local people and businesses and on a vast number of volunteer helpers, some working on Carnival weekend, others working throughout the year to plan and prepare for the big day. To everyone who has given so generously of their time, their money, their vehicles or their goods we say a huge THANK YOU.
It is always good to welcome new people to the team and had there been such a prize then 'Best Newcomer of 2016' would have been won by Anthony Durrant. All he got for his trouble was two lukewarm bottles of beer and a huge sense of satisfaction of a job well done. But on the other side of the coin we were very sad to learn of the death of Kathy Bovington on the eve of Carnival from a massive heart attack; Kathy made a major contribution to the life of Dagnall and will be seriously missed. How ironic then that one quarter of the money raised by the Carnival will be used to purchase defibrillators, one for Edlesborough and one for Northall, so that all our villages will be equipped with this potentially life saving equipment.
Even as Committee members continue to clear up from the weekend work has begun on preparing for next year. We hope that once again local businesses and organisations will use the Carnival to promote what they do to the local community and that we will see you all again next year on the first Saturday in July as usual - 1st July 2017
== Gordon Gray, Chairman of the Carnival Committee
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For photos and more about previous carnivals, please see the Carnival History area.