Wombourne Carnival – bringing Wombourne alive once again!
WOMBOURNE CARNIVAL, SUNDAY 7 JULY 2019
Parade 12 noon – 1pm
Carnival 1pm – 4pm
What a wonderful day we had at Wombourne Carnival. The theme of this year’s carnival was Bringing Books to Life and the village once again came alive. It was great to see so many people attend the event as well as line the streets to watch the carnival parade. It was wonderful to see adults and children both on floats and attending all dressed up, especially given the fantastically hot and sunny day we had!
All the floats were amazingly decorated and I know the judges had a hard time selecting the winners, thanks go to all the schools and organisations who took part.
This year first place went to Blakely Primary School & second place to St John’s Primary School.
The parade took its usual route around Wombourne and it was great to see so many people lined up and cheering the floats and all the organisations who took part.
Thanks go to the Police and Police cadets, 1st Responders, Fire service, Art in Motion, Wombourne leisure centre, Zig Zag Dance Factory, Guide Dogs, Crystal Dance, Rugby tots, Active Fitness Club and Wombourne Players who participated in the parade alongside the floats from the primary schools, Westfield, Blakeley, St Johns and 2nd Wombourne Brownies .
Also thanks to Wombourne Parish Chairman, Councillor Dan Kinsey and his consort Hannah Brookes for participating in the parade and events afterwards.
We were full to capacity again this year with over 60 stalls, pitches and food vendors, not to mention the Carnival bar, Fairground, Wombourne show and the ever-popular Donkey rides. It was great to see a queue for Quacky races at several points in the day.
In the Civic Centre the WI show once again wowed us with their various craft competitions while people could enjoy the tea room.
In keeping with the Carnival theme we had 3 authors reading from their books at agreed times. Spike Riley was up first reading exerts from his book which was a diary of his time in the Falklands War. Next was Nell Dixon with an exert from her newest book Murder at the Dolphin Hotel, a 1930’s crime thriller followed by Sarah Baker and the Catapult Kid, Sarah entertained children and adults alike with her story of Sid, a 6yr old boy with a love of speed and catapults.
It was lovely to see so many shops taking part in the best dressed window competition. Again, there was stiff competition and each of the 3 categories were hard to judge. In the Hospitality section first prize went to Coffee 212, second prize to The Courtyard and third prize to Farmer & Friends. In the Service section first prize went to Barclay’s Bank with their amazing Wind in the Willows full window display. Second went to both Des Fellowes shops and third prize went to Berrimans Estate Agency. Finally, in the shops category first prize went to Lets Go Round Again, second prize went to Bluebell Wood and third prize went to Abbiss.
2nd – The Courtyard
3rd – Farmer and Friends
Services (banks, estate agents, carpets, opticians, interiors)
1st – Barclays Bank
3rd – Berriman Eaton
1st – Let’s Go Round Again
2nd – Bluebell Wood
3rd – Abbiss
The best decorated building went to Sandhills Nursey for their outstanding display both inside and out.
Thank you to everyone who took part and gave up their time to make the day such a success, special thanks to the wonderful committee who volunteer countless hours throughout the year to make it a fun filled family day for all ages and to ensure Wombourne really does come alive with carnival fever.
Remember to check our website www.wombournecarnival.co.uk and our Facebook page both of which have been updated with the events of the day and we look forward to seeing you at next year’s carnival which will be Sunday 5th July 2020.
Chairman of Wombourne Carnival Committee