04 Jul Crowthorne Carnival
On Saturday 5th July, I was really pleased to join in with the celebrations in Crowthorne for this summer’s Carnival. A true local institution, the biennial Carnival occupies a week in the summer schedule, when residents of Crowthorne and further afield can enjoy the exciting and diverse events available. The Crowthorne Carnival is a brilliant community event, which brings together residents in a week of exciting entertainment. Carnival fever was certainly prevalent, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting involved!
I was privileged to be on the judging panel for the Crowthorne Carnival Procession – the centre piece of the festivities. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the procession as it made its way through the town. Twenty seven floats participated this year, including entrants from schools, nurseries and community groups. Deciding the winner was certainly not an easy task; all the entrants fulfilled the brief of “Strictly Showtime”, and the creativity and enthusiasm of participants was contagious! However, after much deliberation, Hatch Ride Primary School were announced the winners for their fun and vibrant contribution.
After the procession, I attended some of the other events that the Carnival Committee had organised. This included the fête at Morgan Recreation Ground where a wide array of musical, dramatic and other live acts performed. There was also a fantastic array of stalls from local societies, businesses and traders that provided visitors with food, fairground attractions and much more. During the fête, I had the opportunity to speak with residents, as well as the local traders and services.
The Carnival Committee, volunteers and sponsors should be congratulated for their fantastic commitment and work in organising the festivities. The Crowthorne Carnival not only provided great entertainment for the whole family, it also impressively fulfilled its mission statement of fostering a sense of ‘belonging’ to Crowthorne. I felt very honoured to have been part of it.