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Lights! Camera! Action!

This article was published in May 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Our Film theme Carnival Day is getting closer and this year we have a special Goods Collection Day on Sunday 11 June at Eaton Bray Village Hall from 12.00noon to 3.00pm. If you have items to donate to a stall at the carnival, we want to make it easy for you! Don't hang on to that clutter - instead, bring it along to the hall and allow our team of volunteers to help store and get your much needed donated items to the big event. Here is a list of what we are looking for... but please... no items of bulky furniture or junk.

What do we want to collect?

  • Unwanted gifts (what about those unused Christmas or Birthday gifts?)
  • white elephant goods
  • toys and games
  • home baking for the cake stall and tea tent ( we can freeze freshly made cakes)
  • books
  • plants.

We need plenty of these items to sell at the Carnival, and remember that every penny of our profit goes straight to local charities and good causes. Donating goods is a really easy way to help. The success of our carnival relies on the generosity of spirit of our villagers – that's why the St. Mary's Village Carnival has become such an outstanding success.

As Nick Wormley Editor of the Leighton Buzzard Observer says, "St Mary's Village Carnival is the biggest event of its kind in the area, and continues to grow in popularity, always attracting a huge audience for a very entertaining day out..." The Leighton Buzzard Observer is once again giving its generous support to our carnival this year by sponsoring our Best Dressed House Competition. You could be a winner this year! Get inspiration from your favourite movie and create an eye catching display at your home for 1st July. To find out more about our carnival or to offer help please visit You can also get more info or offer help by contacting Peter Bennett.

Source: Focus, May 2006

It's Carnival Time!

This article was published in March 2006. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Do you want to be a movie star? Well, now you can, because our carnival theme for 2006 is "Films" and this is your chance to bring your favourite movie stars to our village streets. St Mary's Village Carnival 2006 is on Saturday 1st July and a fantastic day of fun and entertainment is planned.

We want to make this year's carnival every bit as good as previous ones and it is certainly the biggest and best for miles around thanks to everyone joining in. Once again, we can look forward to all those events which make St Mary's Village Carnival such a success - the fancy dress parade of floats, best dressed house, dog show, wood carving, classic cars, worm charming, Clarabelle the cow - we've got is all. And of course, don't forget the Carnival Queen, who leads the procession and will be chosen on Sunday 2nd April at 11.15am - see the website for details on how to enter the selection process.

Make sure you don't miss out on the big day at Edlesborough Green. Dress up to make our villages like another Hollywood, bustling with stars of the silver screen. Maybe we'll see Marilyn Monroe, favourite Disney characters, or Wallace and Gromit, and don't be suprised to spot a few Charlie Chaplins too. And what about dressing your house like the set of a great film - a space age Star Wars look or the Flintstones' house perhaps?

Money for Good Causes

Remember that the money raised on 1st July all goes to local charities, in particular this year to "Iain Rennie Hospice at Home", well known for their sensitive approach to caring for people with terminal illness.

Last year the carnival raised the wonderful sum of £10,000 thanks to our many helpers and generous sponsors and we are fortunate to live in a place with such a strong community spirit. So don't be left out: get on board and help us make this the best carnival ever. You can help with collecting goods to sell, by running or helping on a stall, setting up the green on the big day, serving teas, dressing up - so don't be shy about calling to say you want to be part of it. And if you are in a club or organisation - get organised to parade on a float!

How to help or get involved

To get involved or offer help, visit our website which is full or information and photos of previous carnivals or contact Peter Bennett.