All systems go for village’s carnival

New Horsley Woodhouse carnival committee. Front, Claire Newton, Claire haige, Karen Seals, Alison Napier, Vanessa Feeney, back, Tania Pells, Dennis Cruise, Matt Vallance, Derek Durose and Jack Clarke.
New Horsley Woodhouse carnival committee. Front, Claire Newton, Claire haige, Karen Seals, Alison Napier, Vanessa Feeney, back, Tania Pells, Dennis Cruise, Matt Vallance, Derek Durose and Jack Clarke.

The 37th Annual Village Carnival is to take place in Horsley Woodhouse this year on Saturday, July 20.

The event is being run by the Horsley Woodhouse Community Association and is renowned for being a popular community-based event in the area.

From February this year, a new committee was put in place after a few founding members stepped down.

After this, a public meeting was held where it was opened up for discussion to find out what people wanted to see at their carnival and what changes, if any, they would like made.

This year, the committee has introduced a craft tent, pony rides, children’s games and a tug of war competition, with entries now being sought from those keen to take part.

In addition, the marching bands will now be incorporated into the procession instead of being in a competition.

The procession through the village itself will start at 1pm, going to the Sitwell Recreation Ground. There is a £1 entry fee for adults with a ‘lucky’ programme on entry.

As before, the carnival queen will be selected from residents of the village. Heage Brass Band will be playing, The Fun Dog Show will be run by the Neighbourhood Watch Association and DCFC mascot Rammie will be taking part in a penalty shoot out.

It is hoped the carnival will be opened by Eric Lancashire MBE, to thank him for his sterling efforts in organising the carnival over many years.

Entries for the Tug of War Competition (children, men’s, women’s and mixed of six in a team) can be sent to carnival committee secretary Vanessa Feeney at secretary.hwca@hotmail.com