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Carnival Day 2015

The Carnival at the Castle 2015 took place on Sunday 28 June. After a rainy start, we had a wonderful response after it stopped; around 5000-6000 people were happy to be out! Stalls bustled, songs were sung, thousands raised for charity, Spiderman was spotted, and everyone had a good time celebrating a community day in the sun.

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Photo; Carnival day 2015, courtesy of Melissa Bolton

THANK YOU to everyone who took part; those who helped, supported or sponsored, the stall-holders and the performers, and of course to everybody who came along on the day!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

What took place

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Photos shown on this page are just some of the best.
Many thanks to everyone who sent us theirs.
Our usual photographer could not attend this year, so unfortunately we have some gaps in coverage.

Images from both have been used here, but you may also like to see;
Mercury slideshow of the day July 2015
Hertford Town Council slideshow of the day July 2015

 

The Opening

The Carnival was formally opened at 1pm in the arena in the Castle grounds by the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Dr Linda Radford. The Mayor was accompanied in procession from the Castle by the Sergeants-of-Mace, with all in full ceremonial garb.

Cllr Radford gave an opening speech before declaring the Carnival 'Open!'.

See Arena for photos!

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Stalls at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there were stalls and refreshments in the busy Castle grounds.

We had 59 stalls exhibiting their wares on Carnival day. Many favourites from previous years returned, plus some new faces!

Essential food requirements were definitely catered for with tea and cake, a McMullens drinks tent, spicy wares and traditional food. Stalls sold cakes, chutneys and crafts, local organisations showcased their services, whilst traditional fete activities and games such as hook-a-duck and face painting also took place.

Preference for stall applicants was given to Hertford-based applicants, and favourable rates were given to local businesses and/or charities. 

Photos of the stalls are here;

  • A slow rainy start (photo Melissa Bolton) A slow rainy start (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Umbrellas everywhere (photo Melissa Bolton) Umbrellas everywhere (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • But the sun came out (photo Melissa Bolton)! But the sun came out (photo Melissa Bolton)!
  • The grounds filled up nicely (photo Melissa Bolton) The grounds filled up nicely (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Mayor and stewards rattled for charity (photo Melissa Bolton)! Mayor and stewards rattled for charity (photo Melissa Bolton)!
  • Prizes could be won (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) Prizes could be won (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • Children played traditional games (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) Children played traditional games (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • Hertford looked great in the sunshine (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) Hertford looked great in the sunshine (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • The afternoon had a traditional family feel (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) The afternoon had a traditional family feel (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • Although there was beer for the grown ups too (photo Melissa Bolton) Although there was beer for the grown ups too (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • The Mayor, incognito (almost!) (photo Melissa Bolton) The Mayor, incognito (almost!) (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Children and adults enjoyed the afternoon (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) Children and adults enjoyed the afternoon (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • Bee happy! - the Everyone Active mascot (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) Bee happy! - the Everyone Active mascot (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • The castle was - as ever - a great backdrop to the scene (photo Melissa Bolton) The castle was - as ever - a great backdrop to the scene (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • People enjoyed a browse (photo Melissa Bolton) People enjoyed a browse (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Stalls included the Mercury (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) ... Stalls included the Mercury (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) ...
  • ... Water stalls (photo GreenOurHerts) ... ... Water stalls (photo GreenOurHerts) ...
  • ... And the golf club (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) ... And the golf club (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • There were craft activities for the children (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) There were craft activities for the children (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • Different wares were on show (photo Melissa Bolton) ... Different wares were on show (photo Melissa Bolton) ...
  • Colourful wares (photo Melissa Bolton)! Colourful wares (photo Melissa Bolton)!
  • Community First Responders were on hand to demonstrate life saving skills (photo @EastHertsCFRs) Community First Responders were on hand to demonstrate life saving skills (photo @EastHertsCFRs)
  • Anyone could have a go (photo @EastHertsCFRs) Anyone could have a go (photo @EastHertsCFRs)
  • The crowds bustled through the latter part of the afternoon (photo Melissa Bolton) The crowds bustled through the latter part of the afternoon (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Most importantly, there was cake (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) Most importantly, there was cake (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • The arena was a focal point of the afternoon (photo Melissa Bolton) The arena was a focal point of the afternoon (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • The stewards worked hard but needed a sit down by the end (photo Melissa Bolton)! The stewards worked hard but needed a sit down by the end (photo Melissa Bolton)!
     

(Mercury pictures courtesy of Herts Mercury).

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Arena entertainment at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there were arena events and entertainment on the lawn at Hertford Castle.

The Mayor formally opened the proceedings at 1pm; see Opening.

There was a fabulous fancy dress competition; see Fancy dress competition and children's activities at the Castle.

Groups or individuals were encouraged to perform in the arena, with preference being given to local participants, especially those who could bring a party feel to the proceedings! Crowds gathered to watch, and either sat in the sun or danced along. 

Entertainments were as follows;

12.00 - 12.20 Zumba dance display by Everyone Active
12.25 – 12.55 South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society
13 .00 – 13.10 Opening of the Carnival
13.10 - 13.30 Fusion - Voices in Harmony
13.35 – 13.55 Starstreet Band 
14.00 - 14.10 Graham Moss band
14.15 – 14.35 Fusion - Voices in Harmony
14.40 – 15.00 The Ukabilly Big Band
15.05 – 15.25 Starstreet Band
15.25 – 16.00 Sele School Shambles Band
16.00 - 16.10 The Mayor
16.10 - close The Jesus Hooligan band
The Jesus Hooligan Band also played through the afternoon at the Ashley Webb Memorial Shelter in the Castle Grounds.

Starstreet Band

Zumba dance display by Everyone Active

Fusion - Voices in Harmony

Sele School Shambles Band

Ukabilly Big Band

Jesus Hooligan band

South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society

Some of these returned as crowd favourites from the previous years, and all of them were super!

Photos of these events and performers are here;

  • The Mayor and the Sergeants-at-Mace emerging from the Castle (photo Melissa Bolton) The Mayor and the Sergeants-at-Mace emerging from the Castle (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • The Mayor, Cllr Dr Linda Radford, proceeding to the stage (photo Melissa Bolton) The Mayor, Cllr Dr Linda Radford, proceeding to the stage (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Declaring the Carnival 'Open' (photo Melissa Bolton)! Declaring the Carnival 'Open' (photo Melissa Bolton)!
  • Ukabilly Big Band (photo Melissa Page at the Mercury) Ukabilly Big Band (photo Melissa Page at the Mercury)
  • Fusion Voices in Harmony (photo Melissa Page at the Mercury) Fusion Voices in Harmony (photo Melissa Page at the Mercury)
  • Rotary's David Kirby compering (photo Melissa Bolton) Rotary's David Kirby compering (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • The arena was a focal point for the afternoon (photo Melissa Bolton) The arena was a focal point for the afternoon (photo Melissa Bolton)
     

(Mercury pictures courtesy of Herts Mercury).

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Fancy dress competition and children's activities at the Castle

Children were invited to attend the afternoon in Disney-themed fancy dress, and they did! The competition saw over thirty girls and boys dressed as princesses, spidermen and other assorted characters on show in the arena. The Mayor, assisted by Cllr Chantal Geall, had a difficult job to pick a winner!

Hertford Castle was open to the public with the Friends and Town Councillors on hand to help steward visitors around, including through the dungeons, stocks, Robing Room, and armoury room.

  • Children dressed up for the day (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury) Children dressed up for the day (photo Melissa Page at Herts Mercury)
  • Councillors attended (photo Melissa Bolton) Councillors attended (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Everyone was welcome to dress up (photo Melissa Bolton) Everyone was welcome to dress up (photo Melissa Bolton)
  • Children enjoyed the castle activities (photo Clare Smith) Children enjoyed the castle activities (photo Clare Smith)
     

(Mercury pictures courtesy of Herts Mercury).

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Charity collections

We wanted Hertford Carnival to benefit our local community, and charities were selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day from collections.  We sought donations on the Castle gates, as well as on certain stalls, and appreciated all your generosity!

The chosen charities for 2015 were Future Living and Mind-in-Mid-Herts; click here for more details.

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Miscellaneous

Programmes were distributed on the day, and taken away as a souvenir!

St John first aiders were on hand during the day, with personnel visible in the Castle grounds.

Participants and spectators stuck to Health & Safety guidelines and thus ensured a safe and enjoyable day for all.

Professional and amateur photographers took a variety of pictures during the day. A selection has been included on these archive pages, and across the website as a whole. Thank you if you sent us yours.

If a photo containing your child appears on the website and you object, please contact the webmaster, describing the photo. Please make sure you add the email subject header 'Hertford Carnival'. We will be happy to take it down.

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Feedback

Numerous people contacted us verbally and via our email address and twitter page to comment on Carnival Day 2015. We were delighted to receive these positive comments - it made the hard work and months of planning worthwhile!

A selection of comments are included here;

David Kirby, chairman of Carnival Committee 2015; "Wonderful response after rain stopped and everyone happy to be out. Those I spoke to had had a very busy day. Peaceful and happy time enjoyed by all, I think. The music was great! Rotarians recovering slowly".

GreenOurHerts ‏@GreenOurHerts Good day with @AffinityWater at yesterday's @HertCarnival -hundreds of water saving devices given out #SaveWater

BZ041 Hertford CFR ‏@EastHertsCFRs It's been a great day at @HertCarnival lots of interest from members of the public about #CFRs and What we do.

Cllr Paul J Phillips ‏@paulphillips_EH Flying visit to @HertCarnival this afternoon, in between hospital and carer visits. Was really busy, congratulations to all involved.

Clare Smith ‏@MrsMugshot It was fab. Boys loved it!!

Hertford TownCouncil ‏@HertfordTC Congratulations Hertford Rotary, what a fantastic community event! @HertCarnival

Rosemary Bolton ‏@rosemary_bolton Well done @HertCarnival a lovely afternoon out. #Hertford #Supportourcommunity

Jan Goodeve ‏@JanGoodeve Good turnout @HertCarnival despite earlier rain @hertfordcastle

Verbal feedback from stall-holders and performers was good.

We hope we have addressed any negative feedback about a lack of a procession etc elsewhere on this website.

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Why no procession and a smaller-scale event at Hertford Castle?

Unfortunately, due to not enough participants, the 2014 procession was cancelled. See Why no procession and a smaller-scale event at Hertford Castle? in our 2014 coverage.

Although a big community day in the traditional carnival way is preferable, we decided to continue without a procession for 2015.

We need a minimum number of floats to make a procession viable for costs and spectators, and in 2014 the carnival almost had to be cancelled due to not enough procession participants at the cut-off date. This incurred costs and some rather rapid and hectic redesigning of the whole afternoon.

We realise that a standard fun day is not to everyone's taste. If you are unhappy, make sure you help out and/or apply for 2016! We would like the next event to be a big community day in the traditional carnival way, but do need a minimum number of floats (enrolled in plenty of time; last minute applications create rather a headache) to make it viable for costs and spectators.

We also need some help organising the day; even a small-scale static standard event takes months of planning, with a whole raft of unexciting but incredibly necessary actions to translate ideas into reality.

We worked long and hard again in 2015 to organise and put on an afternoon of fun for the community, and we are grateful to all those who participated, who supported us, and everyone who came along and enjoyed the day.

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Thank you...

... to everyone who came, supported or participated ... It wouldn't have happened without you!


Want to take part this year? See how you can join in;

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