By Andy Ward, Bradley Stoke Carnival Committee
The third Bradley Stoke Carnival will take place this year on Saturday 29th August. The Carnival Committee, which is made up entirely of local community-spirited people, has got back together once again to bring the family atmosphere of Carnival back to our town. If you enjoy getting involved with events such as the Carnival and fancy helping out please do get in touch with us.
The Carnival is in the early stages of planning at the moment, and we are looking for community groups, charities or local small traders who may be interested in having a pitch on the Jubilee Field. We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to take part in the parade. The theme this year is ‘party’, so you could perhaps dress up in your glad rags or come in fancy dress, it’s really up to you as to how you interpret the theme, just so long as it’s fun and colourful. Community groups with uniforms may like to join the parade to show off their uniform with pride. We are working on a new parade route this year, which will give you all a chance to show off your outfits to even more people as you walk along the route. Prizes will be awarded again this year to those judged to have the best costumes.
We are once again hoping to bring an afternoon of quality live music for you to enjoy with your family and friends, so don’t forget to bring a picnic, maybe a blanket and some chairs, settle down and enjoy the day. A licensed bar will also be available.
If you are interested in playing at the Carnival, please do get in touch via the carnival email address below, we are looking for bands that can entertain people of all age groups and of various different genres.
Bradley Stoke Radio is again a big part of the Carnival this year and they will be hosting the live music stage and broadcasting the day’s live music performances so you will still be able to catch up with the day even if you can’t make it to the field itself.
The ever popular funfair will be returning with its selection of side shows and rides across the bank holiday weekend and Bradley Stoke Radio plans to be alongside the funfair with their trailer hosting a mini concert on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon, with yet more live music.
For further details on the Carnival, please keep an eye on the Bradley Stoke Carnival Facebook page, follow us on Twitter @bstokecarnival, or get in touch via our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: The 2014 Bradley Stoke Carnival parade approaches Manor Farm Roundabout.
This article originally appeared in the April 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
UPDATE: At its meeting on Monday 13th April 2015, Bradley Stoke Town Council’s Leisure, Youth & Amenities Committee unanimously agreed to award the Bradley Stoke Carnival Committee a Community Development Grant of £4,000 to organise the 2015 Carnival.
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