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Carnival 2014 - charities, competitions, and press

As part of Carnival 2014 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 2014

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.

Instead of inviting all charities and voluntary groups to apply,
Hertford Rotary Club Carnival Committee considered last year’s participants in the carnival, and worthy causes from Rotary’s local existing community work. Details of each organisation, aims and objectives, financial details, and how local people will benefit from the money donated were all considered.  As in previous years, it was a difficult choice between so many deserving local groups. 

However the beneficiaries of Carnival 2014 were nominated as;

Hertford Sea Scouts (1st Hertford Scouts)


First aid equipment for Hertford Rugby Club

Approximately £4000 was raised on the day for these deserving groups, thanks to the generosity of all those participating.  The money was split evenly and formally presented - along with a very nice sailing dinghy! - after the carnival by the Hertford Rotary group.


Hertford Sea Scouts (1st Hertford Scouts)

“There is nothing — absolutely nothing — half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” … The 1st Hertford Sea Scouts would agree!

On a weekly basis, these youngsters hone their watermanship skills in sailing, canoeing, power-boating and rowing. They enjoy the adventure of water activities, and if they don't learn to work as a team, they get wet!

1st hertford scout group in 2012 procession

Sea Scouts follow the mainstream Scouting programme and aims; good citizenship and discipline are just some of the latter.  The special emphasis on water activities and maritime training merely provides even more fun!

Sea Scouts encompass the traditions of Scouting, as set up by Lord Baden-Powell in 1908, just with the lesser-known sea based twist.   Lord Baden-Powell stated that he began his scouting as a sea scout, referring to his 'first Scout camp' on Brownsea Island, and to his adventures with his brother Warrington, who was 'both a sailor and a boy at heart'. There are also many references in 'Scouting for Boys' to Sea Scouting.

The Royal Navy shows its support for Sea Scouting through a ‘Recognition' scheme. Of the 500 or so Sea Scout Groups in Great Britain, only 100 are 'recognised' by the Royal Navy as good enough.  The troop at 1st Hertford have held this status for nearly 60 years!

The troop meet on Monday evenings from 7.00-9.00pm at the Scout Headquarters in Marshgate Drive, Hertford. During summer light evenings when activities are undertaken on the river the meetings are extended to 9.30pm.

Any boys and girls aged 10 – 14 are welcome.  Adult volunteers are also welcomed into the Scout programme at any time; you do not need to be a parent, you can be either gender, and there is a variety of roles to suit.

The group have been keen participants in both the 2012 and 2013 processions (2012 procession shown above, photo courtesy of Steve Beeston photography). 

Being a voluntary group, they rely on subscriptions and donations to fund them, so any money raised by the carnival will be a welcome help.

The Scout group brought along their props to provide an eye catching stall in 2014; their boats and bunting took up a full corner of the Castle grounds. Glimpses of them are in the stall slideshow.

Find further details here;
http://www.1sthertfordscouts.org.uk/ or on twitter at @hertfordscouts
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First aid equipment for Hertford Rugby Club

Now based in Hoe Lane, Ware, Hertford Rugby Club (HRFC) was founded in 1932, so has a long local history.

There are currently teams for men and women, boys and girls.  Ages start at 7 and end at ‘veteran’!

There are numerous adult male teams.  Some are serious, competing in various Leagues and Shields, playing in matches at home and around Herts, Cambs, Suffolk and Essex, and with professional and/or volunteer coaches.  First team players are never far from the threshold of County rugby with over thirty players having represented Hertfordshire and totalling nearly 250 caps.  Other sides are more social.

The ladies’ team is a growing side, again performing well in local competitions.

Sundays see around 400 youngsters enthusiastically playing rugby.  All have fun, and the teams do consistently well.  Over 20 boys have represented Hertfordshire at County level.  HRFC was one of the first clubs in the county to field girls’ teams, and these are also thriving.  Both boys and girls can start playing mini rugby at age 7 before separating into youth teams at age 13.

With the clubs and social events held by the club, numerous local people, both young and old, benefit from the club.

All new players at every level are warmly welcomed. Training (for adults) commences in July each year on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  The season runs from September to April.

The money raised by Carnival 2014 will go to paying for a defibrillator to be kept at the club.  We – the Committee and the Club - hope that no one will actually need this, but it will be a crucial piece of kit to have on hand in case of emergency.

HRFC manned a good old-fashioned games stall on Carnival day 2014; see a picture of them in the stall slideshow.

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Competitions run for the 2014 Carnival were as follows;

Princess for a day

Previously, the annual competitions to find Hertford Carnival princess and attendants have attracted a flood of entries from local girls in the 8 - 14 age range. Entrants have had to submit a photo and a short piece stating why they deserved to be Carnival princess. It has been very hard to choose the final, most-deserving Court from the quality of entries submitted.

Each competition has culminated in three excited girls, dressed in unique gowns and with professionally-styled hair and gorgeous jewellery, waving to the crowds whilst being driven in an open-top car through the streets of Hertford, and assisting the Mayor and the Carnival committee in the day's ceremonial duties. Not too bad a day, we're sure you'll agree!2013 carnival court in the procession

The competition has been run previously by the Hertfordshire Mercury, with the editor picking the final winners (and sometimes driving the car in the procession too!). There has also been support from local businesses and organisations, such as Hertford Dramatic and Operatic Society (HD&OS) (who made the girls' dresses), Saks and Toni & Guy (who styled their hair on the day), and Barbara Martin (who provided tiaras). Open-top cars have been provided by Hertford Mercedes.

Mayor presenting prizes in fancy dress competition 2014


Unfortunately the Mercury declined to run the competition in 2014.

So instead, ALL boys and girls were offered the chance to be princes and princesses! See details of our fancy dress competition.

Photos; The carnival court in the procession 2013, and Mayor Chantall Geall presenting prizes to fancy dress entrants 2014, both courtesy of Steve Beeston photography.

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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 ...

There was a quiz night on Saturday 22 March 14 at Sele Farm Community Centre to raise money for the carnival fund. Questions and supper were included and Bill Cox performed as quiz master extraordinaire once again. Thanks to all who attended.

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Unfortunately we did not run a raffle in 2014.

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Press coverage

Press coverage for the 2014 carnival is detailed below. Note; some entries have since been removed from (other) sites.


Press releases

theatre masks

We need you! - May 2014

Change of plan! - 4 June 2014 (draft)


Flyer for Carnival at the Castle - June 2014.


Mercury articles

Preparations under way - March 2014

Change of plan - June 2014

Slideshow of the day - 17 images, 22 June 2014



Regular Twitter feeds;


Other publicity

Event listing in the Best Of directory April/June 2014

Event listing on GoHertford April/June 2014

Event listing on Hertsdirect April/June 2014 (change pending 10 June)

Event listing on MumsnetHerts April/June 2014

Event listing on the Mercury calendar June 2014

Axis coverage (original plan/monthly magazine published 2 June)

2013-14 Hertford Mayor's review of her year, listing Carnival in 2013 as one of her highlights

Hertford Online entry 13 June 2014

One visitor's personal video on YouTube

Various photos of the day in our slideshows

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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