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Frome Carnival 2015 – Saturday 19th September

There’s still time to enter the Carnival

It’s not too late to consider putting an entry into the Frome Carnival for either the afternoon or evening procession on Saturday 19th September.

There are a range of categories for all kinds of entries and a chance to win the ‘Home in Frome’ trophy for local, Frome-themed entries. Contact the procession secretary Darren Cox on 01373 670188.

We need your help

We are in need of people to help on carnival day, selling programmes, collecting money, crowd stewards and road closure marshals. If you can help, please contact us using the details below.

For general enquiries please contact us at info@fromecarnival.org.uk; alternatively our organisers can be contacted directly using the details below:

Sharon Forrester – Minute Secretary and website organiser – 01225 751418;

Mr Darren Cox – procession organiser -01373 670188;

Mrs Mandy Morgan –  judging organiser 07727135968/mandy_morgan@live.co.uk

June Barnes – chairman – 01373 461625.

All about your Carnival

The Frome Carnival association is divided into three groups; the Carnival Committee, the Charities Committee and the Trustees of the Association.

There are different members in each group, although some members serve on both of the first two groups. The Carnival Committee is involved in actually arranging a carnival and raising money for charity. They organise the choosing of the adults’ and children’s Carnival Queens, the Miss Teenager and Carnival Gran.

They arrange the printing and distribution of Carnival entry forms and the sorting of those entries into groups with marshals; they prepare the programme, supported by local advertising, and arrange other entertainments during the week. The committee also deal with advertising in the local press or radio, prepare the park site for the children’s parade and arrange the decoration of the children’s float and adults’ Carnival Queen floats; write endless letters, including those for marshals and judges from other carnivals and arrange to look after them and feed them between the two parades. And then, the day after the Carnival — count all those coins!!

The money that has been collected is then handed to the Charities Committee which uses it throughout the year to give help to those who are in need in the Frome area and surrounding villages. The cases are suggested by doctors, health visitors, the CAB and individuals, and are carefully investigated by the committee members. Recommendations are then made to the trustees for approval. Privacy and confidentiality are very important and great care is taken to ensure that your money is put to the best possible use.

The Carnival Association help by supplying food, heating, bedding, transport and all manner of home comforts. It may provide wheelchairs and holiday breaks; and in recent years has donated health and educational aids to several groups in the area. Perhaps this gives you an idea of the work involved with raising money for this charity. The Carnival is run by a very small committee which is always keen to hear from anyone wishing to join them. It is not hard work, the committee meets once a month, usually on a Monday. There are many ways in which YOU could help. If you feel you would like to come to one of our meetings, or would like to offer help on Carnival Day only, please get in touch.

If you know of anyone in need of help, (many people in real need are reluctant to come forward), please contact us

Where to see this year’s Carnival

2.30PM: Afternoon
Procession Route
Victoria Park gate, up Weymouth Road, left into Somerset Road, left into Butts Hill, Wesley Slope, left into Christchurch Street West, left into Weymouth Road and into Park via Weymouth Road park gates.

7.00PM: Evening
Procession Route
Route begins at junction of Manor Road with The Butts, proceeds along The Butts, Butts Hill, Welsey Slope, Bath Street, Market Place, North Parade, Berkley Road, Badgers Hill and finishes by the Football Ground.

Disabled viewing
There is a reserved area with seats for disabled viewing located at the junction of Rossiters Road and The Butts, (approach from The Beehive crossroads and park in Rossiters Road.)

Please leave room for the Carnival

FROME Carnival Committee is urging people to be mindful of where they park next weekend, after last year’s procession was disrupted by parked cars.

The carnival committee has asked that residents and visitors park their cars considerately, and keep the roads clear to make way for carnival floats. Bear in mind that a float as big as a lorry may need to fit through the space.

The afternoon procession last year could not complete its route as planned because vehicles were parked on either side of the road and the passage was too narrow for floats to pass through.