So, Carnival day is nearly upon us… Hurrah!
Here’s a brief run-down of the day’s events:
Entertainment on the High Street by the Town Hall
- 12:00pm – Carnival drumming project. 4 – 7 year-olds from schools around the town will be showing-off their drumming skills following their lessons funded by Wiltshire Council Area Board.
- 1:00pm – Wootton Bassett Brass
- 2:15pm – Big Brunch Band with Lindy Hop Dancers
- 3:45pm – Morris dancers
The procession will leave Marlowe Way at 4:30pm. If you’re involved in the procession, please make sure you’re in-place by 3PM. As its speed is governed by the shortest pair of legs walking in the procession, our best guess is that we’ll make it to the High Street at around 6:00 – 6:30pm.
Keep your eyes out for the following individuals, groups & businesses!
- Bournemouth Carnival Band
- The Five Bells
- Wootton Bassett Rotary
- Wootton Bassett Tennis Club
- Luke Gray
- Wootton Bassett Business Association
- Kaya Drums
- Longleaze Pre-school
- Bluebelles Majorettes (joining at C0-op building)
- 1st WB Scouts, Apache Cubs & Kingfisher Beavers
- Pathfinder Cubs
- Wootton Bassett Dance
- Lucy pet Carer
- Calentito Community Choir
- Allsorts Pre-school
- Allsorts Dance Ladies
- Old Court Pre-school
- Swindon Samba
This year’s Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival royalty will be traveling in real style, thanks to Function Cars of Purton.
They will be transported in this beautiful Imperial Landaulet wedding car, which is finished in white with black running boards and roof and has immaculate cream upholstery. This car will seat up to 6 passengers and has extra wide doors for easy access.
Hugely popular for wedding hire, if you’re getting married soon, why not give them a call for a quote? Personal viewings are available by appointment.
Just call 01793 770323 or 07845 972311 for more details.
For a minimum donation of £2, members of the public will have 3 chances of hitting a special target. If hit, James will get a soaking. The event is being run by the Carnival Committee to raise additional funds for the procession.
The region’s MP will join town councillors, the town crier, business people and teachers who will all take their turn in getting a soaking.
Jon White, Carnival Committee member said: “Everyone loves the carnival, it’s such an important annual event for our community. However what most people don’t realise is how expensive it is to run these days. It costs over £4,000 to run and the figure rises each year. Our insurance costs alone have doubled this year.
We’re hugely grateful to James for agreeing to participate. When asked if he would be involved, there was no hesitation in his response.”
The carnival is funded by company donations and money collected during the procession. This year, the carnival committee have been able to fund free drumming lessons within all 5 Wootton Bassett schools, thanks to a Wiltshire Area Board grant. Wootton Bassett Town Council have also kindly funded the purchase of new collecting buckets and tins, as the old ones were falling apart and becoming unsafe.
A timetable and full list of
victims volunteers will be published on our Facebook page in the next few days. Don’t forget to ‘Like’ it to stay up-to-date.
Last week, Royal Wootton Bassett Carnival committee held their annual competition to select the Carnival Royalty for 2013. Contestants, aged 3 to 13, were introduced to the panel of judges and interviewed by the evening’s host Alison Bucknell. This year’s judges were Mayor Mike Leighfield, Deputy Mayor Linda Frost and Community Judge Marie Bernhardt.
Whilst the judges retired to make their decision entertainment was provided by the Calentito Community Choir, organised by Debbie Matthews. The winners were announced as Butterfly Princesses: Courtenay Godwin and Chloe Peaker, Carnival Princess: Letisha Taperak and Carnival Queen: Anica Yousat.
The Carnival committee would like to thank all who supported the event, particularly G4S for the use of the venue, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, the Calentito Community Choir,
Andrea Smith, Allison Bucknell, Mike Leighfield, Linda Frost and Marie Bernhardt. Most important, we would like to thank all the contestants who entered and look forward to welcoming the Carnival Royalty at the procession in the town on the 18th of May.
The Calentito Community choir meets at Noremarsh School on Mondays at 3:30pm and is open to all aged 7-11 yrs. For further details, please call 07713 485 818.
- Wiltshire Council’s Wootton Bassett & Cricklade Area Board donated £2,580 to fund community project
- All five schools within Wootton Bassett are taking part
- 900 children have the opportunity to take part with up to 110 able to perform on carnival day.
Thanks to Wootton Bassett & Cricklade Area Board funding, Wootton Bassett Carnival Committee have arranged for Kaya Rhythm & Arts to run 5, 1 day workshops for all five schools in Royal Wootton Bassett. 900 children have attended drumming workshops. 110 of these will perform to the town on carnival day.
The schools; Wootton Bassett Infants, St. Bartholomew’s, Longleaze, Noremarsh and Royal Wootton Bassett Academy have all completed their pre-carnival training days. Selection is now underway for the children who will be performing for the town on 18th May.
Jenn White, Carnival Committee member and project organiser said: “By working with the children of the town, and giving them this opportunity, it is hoped to inspire them so that they feel valued within the community. We wanted to organise a project that encouraged the children of the town to work collaboratively, developing a stronger community. This project will encourage children to work together who may otherwise not meet.
Many of Royal Wootton Bassett’s children don’t have the opportunity to try different sports, skills or clubs. Thanks to this Area Board Youth Grant from Wiltshire Council, the project has allowed nearly 900 children throughout the town to experience a skill that’s not usually on the curriculum. The carnival procession and stage will provide a platform for the children to perform for their town .”
On carnival day, the youngest children will perform on the High Street stage with the largest drums and the older children will take part in the procession, playing smaller drums.
Notes to Editor:
- Wootton Bassett Carnival is being held on Saturday 18 May
- The procession leaves Marlow Way at 4.30PM and reaches the High Street at approx. 5:45PM
- Scarrott’s fun fair will be operating on Showfields immediately afterwards.
Raising funds for the Carnival, the Carnival Committee are hosting a curry buffet dinner dance with music provided by the excellent Mid-west Big Band.
The dinner dance is on Saturday 4th May and is being held at St. Bart’s Church hall. Tickets are £20 each, available from the Post Office and Ceri Pridding (Little Lilacs opposite the Town Hall).
The buffet curry is being provided by Ganges Restaurant. The is no bar, so please bring your own drinks.
Please help us to promote this event. The carnival needs your support to continue!
On Saturday 11 May, we’ll be lining-up a list of willing ‘volunteers’ and you will have the opportunity to give them a right royal soaking!
Dunk a Director / Soak a Yokel!
For a minimum donation of £1, you’ll get 3 balls to throw at a target. If you hit the bulls-eye, you’ll soak the unlucky soul who’s sat in our very special carnival throne!
Yes, we’ll have councillors, teachers, company bosses and well known faces from around our town, all taking their turn to get a soaking!
Who do you want to see in ‘the chair’?
We’re still drawing up our ‘hit list’, so please post a comment if you have any suggestions. If you’d like to see your teacher or boss get a soaking, let us know!
We’ll be announcing some names fairly soon on our Facebook page. So don’t forget to ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ for our updates.
It’s being held at Wootton Bassett Academy on Tuesday 23rd April and is free to enter. Judging categories are as follows:
- Butterfly Princess: Reception to Year 2
- Carnival Princess: Years 3 to 6
- Carnival Queen: Year 7 upwards
Anyone wanting to compete should arrive between 5pm to 5:30pm for registration.
Many thanks to all our sponsors who’ve donated funds for this years Carnival. Without these pledges, our Carnival really couldn’t take place so we’re genuinely grateful for everyone’s contribution.
- Allied Wessex Insure Ltd
- Scarrotts Commercials
- ABC Tyres
- Bassett Signs
- The Cross Keys
- K & E J Crump & Son
- T Rust Building Contractors (01793 848019)
- Autocolour Ltd
- Fred’s Workshop
- The Old Nick (01793 848 102)
- Bassett Bar & Catering
- Hulbert & Woodall Print
- The Curriers Arms
- Optima Motors (01793 840667)
- Wootton Bassett Service Station
- The Co-Op (01793 812 537)
- Bassett Electrical
- Pet’s Pantry (01793 851 340)
- G R Fisher Engineering (01793 854 415)
- Seasons Tea Rooms (01793 854 376)
Thanks to everyone who’s lent us photos of past Carnivals. We’re slowly building-up our library of images and are really pleased we’ve now got pictures of the first Carnival from 1972 – Thanks to Chris Wannell!
Take a look at our library of images via our Wootton Bassett Carnival Facebook page.