Lambourn Carnival and Festival August 2019

After a brilliant summer, the weather held for us and we had a brilliant Carnival! There were lots of fantastic entries in the parade and a good crowd in the village to watch them. Our charming Princesses helped with the prize giving and led the parade, in the Brunskill’s vintage land rover.

County Discos stepped in at the last minute after our regular disco had to cancel, and we were delighted that they joined in the parade with Fun in the Sun. We also had two new large floats, from the children of Hungerford & Area Family Centre and Tommy the Plumber and Friends, as well as our stalwarts, the Lambourn Sports Club. We also had four smaller vehicle entries: Noll Countryside Services and the Noll family; Emma Richardson’s Mr Berry & His Bees; Lambourn RBL with The Legionnaire; and Tracey Fisher’s A Family Aladdin.

Well done to the walking and equestrian entries who made up for their smaller number by their wonderful imagination and creativity.

Thank you to all the Street Marshalls and everybody who helped at the Assembly Field, and to the Sports Club for hosting the event. The vehicle owners and drivers also deserve a mention and we would like to thank Goodies Café and Oaksey House for providing drinks stops for the participants.

We know that building a float and making costumes is a time-consuming exercise, although from personal experience it is also great fun. If you didn’t enter this year, think about what you could do in 2020!

Other Festival events took place earlier in the summer. We “kicked off” in July with a lively Carnival Dance at the Walwyn Hall – what a fabulous venue for a dance. August began with serious brain teasers in the Car Treasure Hunt, run for us again this year by Mary and Molly. Then came another splendid Village Show, orchestrated by the indefatigable Claire Skelton. Our traditional Band Concert was held inside the Church this year. Since the August weather is so unpredictable, we have opted to set up in the Church and I would like to thank our new vicar, Julie Mintern, and her team at St Michael’s & All Angels for their warm welcome. With its wonderful acoustics, the church is the perfect venue for a musical concert and Hungerford Brass gave us a super evening. Just before Carnival Day we enjoyed another intriguing Quiz devised by Clive and Jo Sopp (think “seconds” eg who was the 2nd person to walk on the moon? and what an intriguing and challenging geography round). Bank Holiday weekend saw another superb village exhibition on the theme of Sports in the Village organised by Carol Silk and Family and we closed with Cream Teas (the scones were a sell out!) and the Harris Close Tea Dance.

The Festival Committee, and lot of other people too, work hard behind the scenes through Spring and Summer to get these events off the ground. So, well done everybody!

There were 38 smashing prizes in the Raffle this year. Thank you to all those who contributed, and to everyone who bought tickets. Regrettably, these days the Lambourn Carnival Horse Show has no connection with the Carnival events apart from the name. So, the Raffle and the Carnival collection are our main independent sources of income, but we also rely heavily on our principal sponsors. A very big Thank You is due to them: Walker Logistics, TWL Plumbing, Noll Countryside Services, Lambourn Garages, Bluebird Care and Frank Inns. Without them we would not be able to run the Carnival and other Festival events.

Final accounts should be settled by late October and we will report the full list of sponsors and donations then. If you or your organisation would like to be considered for a grant from the Festival proceeds please contact The Chairman, 9 Mill Lane, Lambourn. We will consider any request from along the valley as well!

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