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St Mary's Village Carnival 2010

This article was published in October 2010. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Now that the dust has settled from this year's Carnival we are able to let you know that the Organisers have been able to donate the magnificent sum of £12,800 - the same total that was achieved in 2009 despite the more difficult economic climate. A massive 'THANK YOU' to everyone who has contributed to this total in any way.

Carnival Donations 1996-2010

As usual, half of the money is for St Mary's Fabric Fund, half of the remainder goes to our principle charity, the Keech Hospice care and the rest has been distributed among local (or locally connected) good causes, in line with commitments resulting from the Carnival or as requested by people in the villages, as follows:

St Mary's Fabric Fund£6,400
Keech Hospice Care£3,200
1st E Bray & Edlesborough Scout Group£100
Age Concern£75
Appledown Rescue£100
Cystic Fibrosis£100
Dunstable Downs Rotary Club (Hospice at Home Volunteers)£50
Dunstable & District Handicapped Typing Club£50
Dunstable Round Table£50
Eaton Bray Lions AFC£125
Eaton Bray Lower School£100
Eaton Bray Methodist Church£50
Eaton Bray Parish Council£75
EB Village Hall£125
EDaN Project£75
Edlesborough Parish Council£75
Expedition - Amy Ryder£225
Expedition - Cody Plaats World Scout Jubilee £75
Expedition - Gemma Johnson World Scout Jubilee£75
Expedition - Jack Blumsom£75
Expedition - James Tate World Scout Jubilee £75
Expedition - Miguel Garcia World Scout Jubilee £75
Expedition - Nick Marshall World Scout Jubilee£75
Expedition - Sara Fisher World Scout Jubilee£75
Expedition - Matthew Johnson World Scout Jubilee £75
Hospice of St Francis at Berkhamsted.£125
Lionheart Explorer Group£150
MK Macintyre Home£125
Police Charity Fund - Beds£100
Police Charity Fund - Thames Valley£100
Salvation Army£50
St John's Ambulance£300
Stray Cat Rescue£50
Taskers Row Sheltered Housing Scheme£75

Over the past 15 years St Mary's Village Carnival has raised almost £150,000 for local good causes, with 124 organisations / good causes receiving money.

The Organising Committee have already started making preparations for next year's Carnival which, as usual, will take place on the first Saturday in July - 2 July 2011 - when the theme will be 'Pirates'.

If you would like to suggest a principle charity for next year or have ideas or offers for the event please contact Gordon Gray via the website -

Hopefully we'll see you there.

Source: St Mary's Village Carnival

Your Carnival Needs You

This article was published in June 2010. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Carnival 20103 July - Edlesborough Green
Openers - David & Barbara Marriage
Principal charity: Keech Hospice Care
Procession 12.30 - 1.30pm

Your Carnival needs you

Carnival day is the biggest day in our villages. It is a day when we create a wonderful community spirit and raise a lot of money, both for the church and for local good causes.

The Carnival Committee has been busy trying to create a great day out but now is the time for as many people as possible help. There is a great variety of jobs to be done, some physical, some sedate.

Your Carnival needs - Prizes

Among the biggest fund raisers at the Carnival are our Tombola and 'Water into Wine' stalls. These both need donations to be successful. Please consider donating tins, non-perishable items and especially bottles of wine to support these stalls. Small prizes for the tombola are always welcome.

Your Carnival needs - Donations

With an enormously popular Tea Tent and a tremendous Cake Stall we can never have enough cakes. Please consider baking a cake or some trays of cup cakes. Please inform the stall holders (Edna Moore and Christine Gray) that you are going to be cooking and bring them along on Carnival Day. Do encourage friends and family to add to the supply.

In addition, we need donations of Plants, Books, Toys, Soaps and perfumes, items for the White elephant stall. Have a clear out and please let us have good quality items we can turn into cash.

Your Carnival needs - Your favourite recipes

A new venture this year is a Recipe Swap stall. This will be located next to the Tea Tent. It would be wonderful if every family could write down - or type - their favourite recipe and pass it to Gordon.

Your Carnival needs - Your body

And not just your body - your friends and family can join in too. We need help on Friday 2nd July. Just come along to the car park at Eaton Bray Village Hall at 6.30pm and join the band of helpers to load lorries with Carnival equipment.

Then on Saturday evening help put it all back again - just turn up on the Green and join a lorry crew from 4.30pm onwards. Ideally let Gordon or Norman Lee know you are going to help.

Too much trouble? Well, how about spending 15 minutes collecting litter off the Green? We always try to leave it cleaner than we find it. A team of 30 or so litter pickers would be a tremendous help. There's no age restriction so this is an opportunity to involve some of the younger members of the church family.

Your Carnival needs - Your pick-up truck

Do you have (or do you know someone who has) a pick-up truck that you would be willing to drive around the villages from 5pm to 6pm on Carnival Day delivering items and equipment. If so please talk to Gordon Gray.

Your Carnival needs you - To sell your Grand Draw tickets

We will hand out the same prizes whether we sell 100 Grand Draw tickets or 10,000 so every ticket we sell adds to the Carnival profits. And the more tickets we sell before Carnival Day the better insured we are against possible bad weather. Please receive your tickets from Ann Lee with good grace and do everything you can to sell them to friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues.

If you would be willing to knock on the doors in your neighbourhood and sell more tickets in advance please talk to Ann or Gordon.

Your Carnival needs you - To advertise the event

With free parking, free admission and free entertainment St Mary's Village Carnival offers a great day out for families. Please encourage your friends, families and work mates to come and spend the afternoon on Edlesborough Green.

You can Contact the Carnival Committee at any time via the Carnival website.

The success of the day really does depend on YOU

Carnival Queen selected for Village Carnival

This article was published in April 2010. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

2010 Carnival Queen, Princess & AttendantsCaitlin McVeigh has been chosen to reign as Carnival Queen for the St Marys Village Carnival on Edlesborough Green on Saturday 3 July. Supporting her will be princess Tia Fry assisted by Lucy Cooke and Katie Pratt. The Carnival will be a celebration of Rural England at its Best and organisers hope to beat last year's record sum of £12,800 for local charities.

Source: St Mary's Village Carnival

St Mary's Village Carnival 2010

This article was published in March 2010. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Carnival 2010The Carnival will shortly be upon us once again, 3rd July to be exact and I believe the long term weather forecast is good! Here are a few reminders and dates to make sure you don't miss out!

  • Charity Stalls - If you want to book a charity stall at the Carnival, contact Chris Banks.
  • Classic Cars - If you have a Classic Car you would like to show off for all our pleasure, contact Roger Wilkinson.
  • Carnival Queen - Are you a budding Princess, between 8 and 12 years old and live in one of the four villages; Dagnall, Northall, Eaton Bray or Edlesborough? If so and you would like to have a chance to be the Carnival Queen or Proncess the draw is on 18th April 2010 in Eaton Bray Village Hall, please contact Yvonne Ranson for details.
  • Carnival Queen Dresses - In a similar vein any dresses that would be suitable for the Carnival Queen and Princesses would be very gratefully received as the organisation that has supplied dresses and supported the Carnival for many years is no longer in a position to do so. If you have a bridesmaid type dress or something similar that is no longer wanted please contact Yvonne Ranson.

Source: Focus Magazine, March 2010

Carnival - 3rd July 2010

This article was published in November 2009. Please see Latest News for more recent information.

Carnival 2010We have an opportunity to bring a Bungee Jump to next summer's Carnival. It will cost £3,000 - we have to guarantee the organisers a minimum of 60 people who will each pay £50 to jump. We could have Bungee Jumping at the Carnival provided that, by the 10 January 2010, a minimum of 30 people;

  • Have registered their interest to Gordon
  • Paid a deposit of £25 as part payment for their jump costing £50
  • Committed to raising a minimum of an additional £50

Seperately, our sponsors who, for many years have supplied bridesmaids' dresses, have stopped that line of business. Do you have connections with anyone who could supply such outfits?

To contact the Carnival Committee, see the Carnival website.

Source: St Mary's Newsletter, December 2009