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Carnival 2012 - charities, competitions, and press

As part of Carnival 2012 we chose charities to receive the proceeds, ran competitions in the lead-up to the event, and endeavored to get the event covered in the media. Details of these things are shown here.

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Beneficiaries for Hertford Carnival 2012

As well as providing a fun day for all involved, the aim of the Carnival was to raise money to benefit the local community.

After an application process open to all local charities and voluntary groups, and assessment of all submissions by the committee, two local charities were selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day through street and bucket collections.  These were;

Hertford Toy Library


Young Life Hertford

Over £3000 was raised on the day for these deserving groups, thanks to the generosity of spectators.  The money was formally presented after the carnival by the Mayor, Cllr Jane Sartin.

Hertford Toy Library

Based besides Sele School, the Toy Library is open to parents within the local area.  Children aged 0 - 5 can be brought in to play and socialise, and can borrow toys they would otherwise not have access to.  The library aims to provide the best available educational, therapeutic and stimulating toys in order to promote development through play.  Staffed by volunteers and a registered charity, the Toy Library has proved very popular.

Money raised by the carnival went towards replacing the Toy Library’s laptop (essential for admin).

Find further details here;
Toy Library details
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The Toy Library took part on the day with a stall in the castle grounds.

Young Life Hertford

A Christian charity, Young Life reach out to young people in the local area, aiming to build their self esteem and to give them a sense of value and purpose.  They work alongside local churches, run weekly clubs, visit schools, and run summer camps. young life procession entry

They are staffed by volunteers, supported by donations and a registered charity.

Money raised by the carnival went towards funding events for young people, specifically a day camp held at Haileybury College for those aged 11-16, meaning the youngsters could join in at affordable rates.

Visit their local social media here;
Young Life facebook page
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Young Life took part in the procession (pictured, image courtesy of David Sartin), and had a stall in the castle grounds.

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Competitions run for the 2012 Carnival were as follows;


The raffle ran from January to April 2012, with tickets on sale at the tourist office, at our Farmers' market stalls, at Hartham Leisure centre and via our volunteers.

The draw was made by (2011-2012) Mayor Cllr Sally Newton (pictured with the committee’s Roger Willis, photo courtesy of Anna Schlenker) at the Castle on 16 April, with moderators on hand to ensure a fair draw.

sally newton and roger willis

We hope our winners enjoyed their fantastic prizes!  

Many thanks to everyone who brought tickets; you donated valuable money (around £400) to the carnival fund.



Prizes and winners

Super prizes and lucky winners are shown below;

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Princess for a day

princess olivia allenThe competition to choose the Hertfordshire Mercury Hertford Carnival princess and attendants ran for approx six weeks from 21 March and was open to local girls aged 8 - 14. Entrants had to send a photo of themselves and a short piece on why they deserved to be Carnival princess.  The girls were chosen in May.

This year’s princess was chosen as Olivia Allen (left), aged 11. Olivia lives in Hertford and attends Stapleford Primary School.
Olivia, who is a member of Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society’s (HD&OS) Young Idea youth group, and also swims and plays netball, said in May: “I was very excited to be chosen. It made me feel very special. I’m looking forward to watching everyone smile as we go past.”

She had two attendants. Gemma Caruana (below), aged 11, attendant gemma caruanaattends St Andrew School, is a Guide, a member of her school council, and enjoys fencing. Ella Capel (bottom left), aged 9, goes to Abel Smith School, and enjoys singing and dancing in her spare time.

The three girls  designed their dresses for the day, and these were made by HD&OS. They had their hair styled by Hertford salon Saks, and tiaras were provided by town headwear shop Barbara Martin Studios. Gemma said; “It’s great that we’ve designed our own dresses. It gives you more uniqueness.” Ella added (in May); “I’m really excited about attendant ella capel having my hair done and wearing a beautiful dress that I got to choose. It’s going to be a big, puffy dress with diamanté!”

After getting ready, the girls joined the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Jane Sartin, in officially opening the Carnival in the grounds of Hertford Castle at midday, before having lunch with the Mayor inside the Castle.

After helping the Mayor judge the procession entries, they got into their open top car, driven by Hertfordshire Mercury Editor Gary Matthews, and joined the procession through the town.

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Quiz, food and drinks, all for a good cause ...

There were several quiz nights raising funds for the carnival. 
Thanks to all who attended.

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Town flag competition

The below competition was run in the town in June;

town flag comp flyer

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Press coverage

Press coverage for the 2012 carnival is detailed below. Note; some entries have since been removed from (other) sites.


Press releases

Press release Sept 2011.theatre masks
Press release Nov 2011.
Press release April 2012.
Press release May 2012 (charities).
Press release June 2012 (programmes).
Press release June 2012 (key info).


Poster released in October 2011.

Mercury articles

Volunteers sought – Jan 2011;http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Volunteers-needed-to-revive-Hertford-Carnival.htm
Entries sought – Nov 2011;http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Appeal-to-take-part-in-Hertford-Carnival-08112011.htm
Councillors make donations – Nov 2011;http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Cash-boost-for-Hertford-Carnival-21112011.htm
Carnival update - 22 Feb 2012;http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Come-on-board-for-Hertford-Carnival-21022012.htm
Carnival princess competition now open - 21 Mar 2012;http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Could-you-be-the-Mercury-Carnival-Princess-20032012.htm
Carnival raffle drawn - 17 Apr 2012;http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Floats-lining-up-for-Hertford-Carnival-16042012.htm
Carnival court chosen - article 24 May 2012;http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/Hertfordshire/Hertford-Carnival-Princess-and-attendants-revealed-23052012.htm
Summary of events - 24 June

Slideshow of the day (31 images)- 25 June


Regular Twitter feeds;


Other publicity

Covering letter with entry pack Sept 2011
Event listing in the best of directory 26 Feb 2012
Flyer for Quiz night April 2012
Museum's appeal for Waitrose tokens (float funds) 11 April 2012
Museum's update on Waitrose tokens and the float 9 May 2012
Entries on Hertsdirect;
(And) http://www.hertsdirect.org/your-community/events/17477756
Museum's blog about their Carnival day 27 June 2012

Read the Mayor’s commentary on the day at;
Hertford net's slideshow of the day; http://www.hertford.net/pictures/carnival/

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Thank you ...

For being so generous on the day, for taking part in our competitions, and for reading the papers!

See also this year's;

The charities who will benefit


Press coverage