Carnival 2008 - Fairy Tales
5th July 2008
Looking back at the 2008 Carnival
I'm sure you will agree that our Carnival just goes from strength to strength. What a community event. Right up until the Day itself I thought we would all get very wet - how wrong I was. We need a little while longer to calculate how much was taken but it looks to be around £11,000 - another remarkable achievement - well done everybody.
All the results will be found elsewhere in Focus and so it is my pleasure to thank all those that attended, all that decorated their houses and all those who gave goods, time and cash to ensure the Carnival's success. Thanks also to the Right Revd Graeme Knowles, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral for opening the event and for judging the floats.
Finally, thanks to my magnificent Committee of Chris and Sheila Banks, Roger Cook, Sonia Dean, Katrina Grant, Gordon Gray, Theo Gray, Bernadette Hillman, Norman and Ann Lee, David Marriage, Heather Martin, Tony Morreale, Mark Saccoccio, Lin Sargeant, Rebecca Shaw, Vince Taylor, Peter Thomas, and Roger Wilkinson.
If you have a favourite local good cause that you would like to be considered for a grant from the proceeds of this year's event, or if you would like to be involved in the running of Carnival 2009, please contact me through the website www.stmarysvillagecarnival.com.
-- Peter Bennett - Chairman
Carnival Competition Winners - 2008
We had some fantastic prizes in our Fairy Tales Carnival and here are details of just some of the lucky winners. You can find much more information and see our huge range of photos of all the fun on our carnival website on www.stmarysvillagecarnival.com
Best Dressed House: An excellent range of brilliant entries and the winner for Eaton Bray was 31 Moor End with a special mention for the 3 shops which joined in. The winner for Edlesborough was 5 Pebblemoor and in 2nd place, 16 Brownlow Ave
Edna's Cake Raffle: Andrea
Worm Charming: Mekyla Peters, Stewkley
Chain Saw Raffle: Mr Woolcott
Clarabelle: Veronica Squires
Pre School & Lower School: 1st Eaton Bray Lower School, 2nd Eaton Bray Pre-School Playgroup, Edlesborough Under 5's
School age Organisations: 1st - Friends of Edlesborough School, 2nd equal Eaton Bray Brownies & Eaton Bray & Edlesborough Cubs
Family & Business: 1st Janes' Shop, 2nd The Bell Public House, 3rd Hawkes Family
Best in Show: Tarot Stedman, Reserve Best in Show - Silas Watkin
Best Puppy in Show: Missy Woods
Best Novelty in Show: Rafa Blundell
Class Number 1: Missy Woods
Class Number 2: 1st Silas Watkin
Class Number 3: 1st Ruby Macbraye
Class Number 4: 1st Tarot Stedman
Class Number 5 - Junior Handler: 1st Emily Reeder with Bo
Photos coming back soon
Who Will Benefit?
The Organising Committee of St Mary's Village Carnival, held on 5 July, are pleased to announce that it has distributed some £11,750 among local organisations and good causes.
As usual, the primary beneficiary of the Carnival has been St Mary's Fabric Fund, with a substantial donation made to East Anglian Air Ambulance. In addition, the following local organisations are among those who have received donations from the Carnival funds this year:
- Dagnall Under 5s
- Dagnall School
- Dagnall Village Hall
- Eaton Bray Lions AFC
- Eaton Bray Lower School
- Eaton Bray Methodist Church
- Eaton Bray Mothers Union
- Eaton Bray Parish Council
- Eaton Bray Parish Luncheon Club
- Eaton Bray Salvation Army
- Eaton Bray Tennis Club
- Eaton Bray Village Hall
- Eaton Bray and Edlesborough Brownies
- 1st Eaton Bray and Edlesborough Scouts
- EDaN Project
- Edlesborough Football Club
- Edlesborough Parish Council
- Edlesborough School
- Beds Wildlife Rescue
In addition, donations have been made to eight other organisations - a mix of organisations who provide invaluable support to the Carnival and national charities.
Furthermore, many local organisations had stalls at the Carnival and it is estimated that, between them, they have raised at least as much again, so from Carnival more than £30,000 will have flowed back to support the activities of our villages. My thanks to everyone who helped make this possible.
Carnival Opener - The Right Reverend Graeme Knowles
Graeme was born in Woburn in 1951. His parents, Grace and Stan Knowles, lived in Westfield Road, Dunstable, for the whole of their married life. After school at Regent House and Beecroft County Primary, he went to Dunstable Grammar School from 1963 to 1970.
The Priory Church in Dunstable played a vital part in Graeme's formation. Having joined the church choir aged 8, he was soon capturing the unsuspecting visitor and giving them a full, and sometimes rather lengthy, tour of the building! It was here, too, that successive curates and rectors fostered his vocation to the priesthood. But it was at Edlesborough where Graeme, still a teenager, preached his first sermon and at Eaton Bray School, where Graeme's father, Stan, was head teacher. It was also at church that he met Susan, his wife, then a member of the Priory congregation and a teacher.
After college in London and Canterbury, Graeme was ordained to a curacy in Broadstairs. This was followed by jobs in Leeds and Portsmouth, before he was made Archdeacon of Portsmouth in 1993. In 1999 he was made Dean of Carlisle. 2003 saw him moving to the Isle of Man as Lord Bishop, where he was also, by virtue of his office, a member of the island's parliament, the Tynwald. Since October 2007 he has been Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Carnival Queen, Princess & Attendants
|Holly Potton||Jemma Flitton|
|Isabel Dorrence||Devon Brown|
We are pleased to announce that, this year, High Street Hair of Eaton Bray will style the hair of the Queen, Princess and attendants. We would like to thank them for their support of the 2008 Carnival.
If so, application forms will be available from Yvonne Ranson.
The results were as follows. More pictures are available from the Carnival 2008 Gallery.
Pre-School & Lower School
- Eaton Bray Lower School
- Eaton Bray Pre-school Playgroup
- Edlesborough Under 5s
School Age Organisations
- Friends of Edlesborough School
- 2nd Eaton Bray Brownies / 1st Eaton Bray & Edlesborough Cubs
Family & Business
- Janes' Store, Edlesborough
- The Bell Public House, Edlesborough
- Hawkes Family
Best Dressed House
Every year more and more people along the Procession route decorate the outside of their Home so helping us all get in the Carnival mood.
Prizes were awarded for one house in Eaton Bray and one in Edlesborough on the route of the procession as follows:
Eaton Bray: 31 Moor End - Peter Pan
Edlesborough: 5 Pebblemoor - Snow White
More pictures are available from the Carnival 2008 Gallery
Another wonderful Carnival Day - and despite all our fears engendered by the weather forecast, bright, sunny and extremely windy, so much so that our gazebo was blown down, and the gazebo for the Plant Stall next to us as well!! Hey-ho, that's Carnival! Dilemma, do we stay on our drafty corner where we have been almost blown away for so many years, or do we move - but then NONE OF YOU WILL BE ABLE TO FIND US!! No, we will brave the elements just to meet again all the wonderful people who supported us this year at the Fete. However, the Grand Draw would not be so successful without the support of so many generous sponsors, and the support of all those many people who sell tickets in advance. My sincere thanks to them, and my usual loyal team, Norman, Deirdrea and Gaynor.
-- Ann Lee
|PRIZE||SPONSOR||WINNER||TICKET SOLD BY|
|Weekend in Rome||Hotel Quirinale||Sue Hounslow||Kathy Fry|
|Visit to Houses of Parliament||Andrew Selous MP||Tracey Steel||Margaret Jones|
|Tickets to four Royal Palaces||Penny Sydenham||Mrs. Doe||Gordon Gray|
|Golf for four||Mentmore Golf & Country Club||Jason McDermid||Cindy Tearle|
|Teeth whitening||Peter le Roux||Ben, Edlesborugh Autos||June Thorne|
|Dinner for two||Café Masala||Lily Ovington||Fete|
|Gliding lesson||London Gliding Club||Tracey Steele||Margaret Jones|
|Beauty treatment||Lorinda le Roux||Lydia Sparrow||Fete|
|Golf for two||Dunstable Golf Club||Annie Lampard||Fete|
|Dinner for two||Azzurri Restaurant, Dunstable||Reece Goodwin||Reece Goodwin|
|Greetings card and box||Sally Taylor, Phoenix Cards||Mrs. Clark||Fete|
|Bottles of wine||Peter and Eileen Bennett||Len D'Silva||Fete|
|Meal voucher||The White Horse, Eaton Bray||Tracey Moran||Fete|
|Ornamental tree||Brian McMahon, Grass Roots||Marion Higley||Joan Fossey|
|Three hair 'do||Aurora, Edlesborough||Vanessa Byham||Megan Daniels|
|Meal for four||The Swan, Northall||C. Rawlings||Heather|
|Harper's basket||Harpers of Studham||Valerie Wyke||Brian Wyke|
|Sunday Roasts for four||The Bell, Edlesborough||Christine Horn||Christine Horn|
|Family ticket||Mead Open Farm||A. Hamman||Margaret Jones|
|Fly fishing at Bellows Mill||Rachael Hodge||Tom McCormac||Margaret Jones|
|Lunch for two||Old Palace Lodge, Dunstable||Mr. Barber||Margaret Jones|
|Hair products||High Street Hair||Mr. Walsh||Fete|
|Meat voucher||D. & E. Hines||Denise Sewell||Linda Denson|
|Fishing at Watermead||David and Valerie Richards||Reece Goodwin||Reece Goodwin|
|Bowling tickets||GoBowling, Dunstable||Reg Fossey||Joan Fossey|
If you would like to donate a prize to next year's carnival, please contact the Carnival Committee.