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Carnival 2018 - charities, competitions, and press

As part of Carnival 2018 we chose charities to receive the proceeds, ran competitions, 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 2018

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; two charities are always selected to benefit from all the money raised from collections, donations and (specified) revenue.

Instead of inviting all charitable and voluntary groups to apply, Hertford Carnival Committee - who are made up partly of the Hertford Rotary group - considered charitable and voluntary group contenders from bags of moneyRotary’s local existing community work.

Details of each organisation, aims and objectives, financial details, and how local people benefit from the money donated were all considered.  This is always a difficult choice between deserving local groups.

The president of Rotary - this year Ivan LeGallais - then picked the two beneficiaries for 2018.

The beneficiaries of Carnival 2018 were nominated as;

Future Living

Mind in Mid Herts

They were briefly announced as Future Hope and Mind in Mid Herts.

You may recognise both names; both had been beneficiaries of Carnival before.

The committee and volunteers lurked with their collecting tins at the gates and around the grounds ... And you gave - thank you!

Thank you again for your generosity!

Note; stall holders occasionally nominate other charities for money raised; this is all in the nature of the day, and welcome.

One reason we opted to proceed without a procession again is so that we could donate more money to charity. See Join the procession.

Future Living

Future Living are a Health & Well Being Centre based in Cowbridge, Hertford.  They officially launched in March 15, and offer a range of services to help with the trials and tribulations of everyday life, ranging from one-to-one addiction therapy to Jamie Oliver cookery skill classes!

Their services have been extended in the three years they have been running to include help for more people, such as for young people who have experienced domestic abuse.

future living logoClients are helped in many ways, including with group therapy, one to one counselling and relaxation techniques, with retraining for employment, and also with practical advice on health, debts, or housing.

Staff include registered nurses, experts on eating disorders, nutritionists, psychologists and counsellors, plus a businesswoman to oversee the centre.  The staff are also supported by an army of volunteers who support the clients in any way possible.

They are guided by a Christian ethos, and aim to be sympathetic and caring, supporting both the client and their family.  Services are self referring and free to access.

They run a Community Cafe and Drop in Centre on Wednesdays from 10am-2pm; all are welcome.

Future Living took part with a stall and were a beneficiary in 2015. In 2018, they were there again with their popular children's tombola stall.

As they provide free services and have a large staff of volunteers, any money raised by the carnival is a welcome help; 'Thank you for supporting us once again, it is a great partnership and we are all really appreciative ...' '... A big thank you to the Rotary club for supporting our work in the charity' (Sandra Conte and their twitter feed)    

Find further details here, email them or or phone 01992 537344.

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Mind in Mid Herts

Affiliated to the national Mind organisation, Mind in Mid Herts provides mental health services in the area, with centres in Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, St Albans and Hertford (where they are based in The Seed Warehouse opposite Castle Hall). 

They endeavour to provide help and support on a range of issues.  Anyone who has suffered mental or emotional distress or whose mental well-being is suffering is welcome.  Help is applied via methods such as counselling, 1:1 sessions, or group courses.

Courses available at time of writing include Mindfulness and Managing Anger (both held in St Albans), as well as Self Esteem and Depression (various courses locally but including at Hertford), and are either fully-funded or at a fee of around £20.

They are committed to providing a high quality service for everybody, and many services can be accessed by filling in a form on-line (ie self-referral).mind in mid herts logo

They have an active volunteer base and a professional staff team.  They offer services including counselling, peer support, group therapy, computer skills, employment advice, befriending and training.

At the Hertford centre there is a PC club every Wednesday and Thursday, offering basic help, and they also run an art group, walking club, music group and cafe drop-in sessions just to offer a bit of company.

Being a voluntary organisation, any money raised by the carnival is a welcome help.

Mind in Mid Herts took part with a stall and were a beneficiary in 2015. In 2018, they were there again with their stall promoting mental health awareness. They even posted a brief video from their day on facebook - see the archive!

Find further details here, find them on facebook, follow them on twitter, email them or phone 01992 584387.

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Competitions run for the 2018 Carnival were as follows;

Fancy dress competition

We didn't have a fancy dress competition this year due to a very small number of children showing up last year. This was a shame, and something we hope to rectify in 2019!

fancy dress 2014

Photo; The fancy dress parade on Carnival day 2014. Courtesy of Steve Beeston photography.

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Quiz night

Our annual quiz night took place on Fridquiz night posteray May 25th at Sele Farm Community Centre. Fun kicked off at 7pm, with a hot supper (pizzas courtesy of Dominos) and bar. David Pearce performed as quiz master. 70 people competed for the glory of being crowned our winners!

All proceeds went to the Carnival fund, and we were happy that we raised enough money for the port-a-loos and St John Ambulance support on the day! Thank you if you came.

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Press coverage

Press coverage for the 2018 carnival is detailed below.

Note; some entries have since been removed from (other) sites.


Poster for 18 event

Mercury articles



See our regular Twitter feeds;

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Thank you ...

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

Look out for next year's;

The charities who will benefit


Press coverage