Friday, 31 May 2013

Nuneaton Councillors Challenge

With 9 days until carnival day, we have had a great response for the councillors challenge. Currently 6 will be walking the route and a further 2 helping out on the count.

What it involves
On Sunday 9th June the councillors will pick up an infamous orange bucket, before joining the procession at 1pm. They will have to walk along the 3 mile route through Nuneaton town centre, collecting change from the crowds. The person who collects the most on the day will have their name promoted and have bragging rights over all overs.

The councillors challenge has been happening for many years, giving the community of Nuneaton the chance to see the names and faces behind local elections. It shows how they want to be involved in local activities, actively making a difference.

The 6 confirmed walkers are Bob Copland (The Mayor), Denis Harvey, June Tandy, Christopher Watkins, David Carr and Kristopher Wilson.

The 2 assisting on the count in the evening are Jill Sheppard and John Haynes who is hoping to bring along his wife. If you would like to join in and give a few hours of your time please get in touch.

UPDATE 4th June 2013: Now had confirmation from Victoria Flower, Neil Phillips,Caroline Phillips and Corinne Davies that will be walking the route. This year will certainly be a challenge, please check here a few days after the carnival day to find out the full results.

Now with a total of 10 walking along the route it is showing that the councillors are rallying each other, must be the mention that the sun is set to shine.

Monday, 27 May 2013

Nuneaton Carnival Day 2013

With just under two weeks to go until Nuneaton Carnival 2013, the many months of preparation behind the scenes are coming together. We have many float entrants so set out to be a good show on the day. We will have the currently unnamed lion donated by Crown Skips leading the procession at 1pm, and their skip at the end to collect any change you have left.

Carnival programme
This year we have a carnival programme that is available at several locations around Nuneaton, and will be handed out on the day. This has been created to give the public information on the Carnival and has been a good opportunity for local businesses to show the great support.

Community Community Community - The first year for chairman, Alan Ottey will hopefully see weather like the weekend just gone. As being a carnival follower I know how much the weather depends on the turnout on the day. Alan and the whole committee would like to see everyone from all over Nuneaton making their way to see the procession along the route.


Please see Councillors Challenge to see which councillors are getting involved.

David Lewis an old King of Mirth, whose rein ended in 1997 along side John Major, gave me a few minutes to have a quick chat about his time in the role. David, now working at the Wilkinson store in Nuneaton Town centre, still has fond memories of Nuneaton Carnival and expressed that the role of King of Mirth was taken with great commitment and honour. As King of Mirth he was representing Nuneaton as well as Nuneaton Carnival as he went around to the many pubs, with a donation bucket, collecting in the region of £2000 each year to support local charities. This was done with great support from his friends and landlords who even called him up if they had not had a recent visit. The current King of Mirth is Ross Kenny so look out for him in local pubs and a street near you!

If you are from a local charity or group or know someone who is, we are always considering donation requests. If you don't ask your won't get.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

MS charity gig

2013 Nuneaton Carnival Queen and maids (Emily Read, Charlotte Marston, Emma Daniel and Katherine Thomas) managed to organise a charity gig raising just over £270. They joined in the fun, as you can see in them dancing along to Cotton eyed Joe.

The evening was held at Weddington Social Club who provided the room free of charge, with all the bands, soloists and even comedy act all volunteered their time and equipment. The Lord Nelson donated a meal for two to be one of the prizes given away in the raffle.

Brief list the acts are below:

Follow suit
Loz D'Laytwa Makumbe
Joe Ellis
Charlie Yorath & Jack Myles

Legions End
Lost in sanity - Video
What Happened on Sunday

DanceKraze - Dancers - Video

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Nuneaton Carnival Eurovision

The committee from Nuneaton Carnival held a night showing the Eurovision song contest, putting the motto from 2013 into local community - "We are on".

I feel that this brings great relevance to the Nuneaton Carnival, that is all about bringing the community together and making it fun along the way. From the many entrants entering the procession this year, each one has the opportunity to raise money for a local charity of their choice.

The fun, filled evening went with enough food to feed an army, the selection consisted of Swedish Meatballs, French stick and cheeses, Dominos (Italian) pizza, Spanish chorizo and cold meats ,German sausages and several items from English buffets. Much help came from Bows & Butterflies Cake Design

The carnival court turned up with great cheer, as they won the Eurovision Bingo, getting a cuddly giraffe! Much controversy seemed apparent with the voting, as usual. One of the guests still managed to pick first and second in the correct order getting her a Eurovision T-shirt and official CD. A great night had by all with rave reviews.