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Carnival 2013 - charities, competitions, and press

As part of Carnival 2013 we chose charities to receive the proceeds, ran competitions in the lead-up to the event, and endeavoured to get the event covered in the media. Details of these things are shown here.

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Beneficiaries for Hertford Carnival 2013

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

In 2012 all local charities and voluntary groups were invited to apply, and details of each organisation, aims and objectives, financial details, and how local people will benefit from the money donated were all considered.  In 2013, Hertford Rotary Club Carnival Committee considered contenders from the previous year’s (almost successful) applicants, from the 2012 carnival participants, and from Rotary’s local existing community work.

Once again, it was a difficult choice between so many deserving local groups.  However the beneficiaries of Carnival 2013 were nominated as;



Future Hope

Over £4000 was raised on the day for these deserving groups, thanks to the generosity of spectators.  The money was split evenly and formally presented after the carnival by the Hertford Rotary group.



Mudlarks is Hertford's Community Gardening Charity. Their aim is to integrate people with learning difficulties and mental health issues into the community through gardening, whilst also promoting conservation and allowing people of all abilities to learn and work together.

At their vibrant site at the far end of the Cromwell Road allotments, just off Ware Road, gardeners have their own plots where they can choose which plants to grow and where they undertake all aspects of allotment gardening, including planting, nurturing, and harvesting fruit and vegetables.

Mudlarks in the 2013 processionThere are also large communal areas, which include flower and vegetable plots, an orchard, wildlife area, herb spiral, willow arch and apothecary bed, and the Mudlarks gardeners perform general allotment tasks here, including preparing the ground for planting, fencing, upkeep of buildings, and general carpentry.

The site has an eco-building with a living sedum roof and wood-burning stove, and this is used during the winter for craft and carpentry projects. There are also greenhouses, a potting shed, and a wood store, and even an environmentally-sustainable compost toilet!

Away from the allotment, Mudlarks runs a community gardening project called 'Larking About'. This involves Mudlarks gardeners taking on gardening jobs in the Hertford area (anything from weeding flowerbeds in private gardens to planting formal gardens at Hertford Castle), giving them the opportunity to develop their skills, gain work experience and build their self-confidence, hopefully providing a progression from therapeutic horticultural training into work.

Mudlarks is currently open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday throughout the year. Mudlarks in the 2013 processionThere are places for up to twelve gardeners each day, allocated to people depending on availability and the support needs of each gardener. 

The staff at Mudlarks help the gardeners in all their tasks. They are highly trained and skilled in enabling people with disabilities to learn new skills and enjoy the benefits of horticultural therapy.

Volunteers are always welcomed, particularly those with horticulture or carpentry expertise or admin skills, and tea is promised! Contact Vic at vic@mudlarksgarden.org.uk or on 07835 714766.

The group were a delightful entry in the carnival 2012 procession, deservedly winning the award for Best Non Profit Making Group with their colourful barrows (and shirts)! They also applied to be a beneficiary then and only just missed out. They took part in Carnival Day 2013 with an Alice in Wonderland themed procession entry (photos on this page courtesy of Steve Beeston photography). For the second year running, they took the award for Best Non Profit Making Group! They also ran a stall on Hartham. See them appear in slideshows in our archive (see 2012/2013 procession winners).

They were delighted to be chosen as a beneficiary of the 2013 carnival, "not just because of the monies raised, but also for the publicity and community awareness that the carnival will bring. Thank you!"

Find further details here;
Disclaimer – Hertford Rotary Club Carnival Committee are not responsible for the content of external websites.

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Future Hope is a free, confidential service working holistically with vulnerable and at-risk young people aged 11-19 across Hertford and Ware. Their primary goal is to help young people in crisis gain hope and a future, and to reach their full potential through;

To achieve their aims, their professional workers and trained volunteers provide the following services;

Their service is open to all regardless of gender, sexuality, race, religion, belief or ability. However they are a Christian organisation and can offer spiritual guidance if this is requested.

They - and their maroon youth bus - took part in the procession in 2012.

They then took part in Carnival Day 2013 with an entry in the procession and a stall on Hartham.

Contact Tim Simmonds, youth worker, via tim@future-hope.org.uk or on 01992 503333 for more info.
Or visit their website here;
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Competitions run for the 2013 Carnival were as follows;


Princess for a day

The competition to choose the  Hertford Carnival princess and attendants carnival princess 13 alice webbwas once again run by the Hertfordshire Mercury in 2013.  The competition ran in the 9 May 13 edition, and attracted a flood of entries. The winners were chosen at the end of May.

The 2013 princess was chosen as Alice Webb (left), aged 10.  Alice lives in Bengeo, plays netball for the Hertford Hornets, and has raised more than £100 for the RNLI.  In her entry, Alice said: “I would love to be the carnival princess because I am proud to live in Hertford.”  She squealed with delight when told she had won!

Alice had two attendants. Lacey-Bree Elliott (right), carnival attendant 13 lacey bree elliottaged 9 and of Bengeo, said in her entry: “I would just love to do this for the town I live and go to school in. Hope I get this as it would make me the most happiest little girl ever.”

Charlotte Smith (bottom left), aged 10, lives in Stanstead Abbotts, but has strong family connections with Hertford.  In her entry she wrote: “My mum has been telling me about the happy memories she has from being part of the Hertford Carnival. She was on the Wheatcroft School float and also performed in the majorettes. I would be able to share my memories with MY children.”

As in 2012, the girls again wore dresses specially made for them by Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society (HD&OS), and excitedly attended fittings run by wardrobe mistress Penny Coyston. They had their carnival attendant 13 charlotte smithhair styled on the day by Hertford salon Toni & Guy.  With dresses and hair to die for, they certainly looked the part when they stepped into their open-top Mercedes to be driven through the streets of Hertford!

Mercury editor Julie Palmer, who made the final selection, said: “We had so many little girls wanting to be the princess.  It was so hard to choose the final three.  I hope Alice, Charlotte and Lacey-Bree have a wonderful day with many happy memories.”

Photos courtesy of Hertfordshire Mercury.

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

... How could you possibly go wrong? But that's before the questions ...

The quiz night on Saturday 13 April 13 at Sele Farm Community Centre was a great success. Around 120 people enjoyed three hours of intense quizzing by quiz master extraordinaire Bill Cox. A raffle for prizes was also held. Approximately £1000 was made for the carnival fund. Thanks to you if you attended.

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Unfortunately we did not run a raffle in 2013 (except for a minor one at the quiz night).

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Press coverage

Press coverage for the 2013 carnival is detailed below. Note; some entries have since been removed from (other) sites.


Press releases

theatre masks Get involved in Carnival 2013 - 2 Apr 13

Carnival shaping up nicely ... But we still need you! - 29 May 13


Watch out for our poster!


Mercury articles

Participants needed - Jan 2013

Princess announced - May 2013

Last chance to sign up - May 2013

Slideshow of the day (27 images)- 23 June 13


Regular Twitter feeds;


Other publicity

Event listing in the Family fun @ Hertford directory Jan 2013

Event listing in the Best Of directory Feb 2013

Event listing on GoHertford Feb 2013

Event listing on Hertsdirect Mar 2013

Event listing on MumsnetHerts May 2013

Event listing on JackFM May 2013

2012-13 Hertford Mayor's review of her year, listing resurrection of Carnival in 2012 as one of her highlights

Mayor of Hertford's blog entry Annual Rotary club dinner April 13

Hertford Net's publicity 14 June 13

Hertford net's slideshow of the day 25 June 13

Carnival picture included in local calendar Oct 13

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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