Given the time of year, we couldn't have asked for better weather!
With the very generous support of Hoburne Holiday Parks, our Festive Gift Fayre was held in their rear Courtyard again this year, which was an all-day event. This was
coupled with live children's entertainment from Mr Merlin and Okey Dokey the Dragon - and the children loved him! During the afternoon we were entertained by The Blue Cadillacs who, with their rock
'n roll/rockabilly style, had quite a few people dancing and jiving in the street! We also welcomed Highcliffe Junior Choir (who were our beneficiaries last year) to the stage. Conducted by Nathaniel
Brawn, the Musical Director, the Choir sang their set a capella and sounded beautiful. The event was very well-attended and to get things really warmed up prior to the FIRE & ICE procession,
Simon Chainey, professional fire performer, impressed the spectators with his performances - the entire length of the high street!
It was evident that everyone who entered a Float in the Carnival this year had put in a huge amount of work on their Entry and I personally would like to thank them for this. I know and fully appreciate how much work is involved. I also know how much fun can be had, as well as having a great sense of achievement in pulling it off on the day, so a HUGE 'well done' to all those children, parents, teachers, Group Leaders, truck drivers, truck owners etc!
I was also very pleased that New Forest South (Hordle) Scouts entered a Float this year (it was amazing!), which highlights the point that you don't need to come from Highcliffe to take part in this Carnival. I would like to see our neighbours participating too - so come on Mudeford, Bransgore, Walkford... let's get together!
The procession winners:
Best overall - Chewton Common Playgroup
Best adult walking - The Friendly Dog Club
Best children walking - 1st Milton Beavers
A special thanks also goes to all our Sponsors. We couldn't have achieved this without their support and they very much deserve our grateful thanks.
A lot of hard work goes on behind the scenes to organise this event, which is done purely to raise funds on the day for local charities/worthy causes. Our beneficiaries this year are the Walkford Youth Club and we are pleased to say that a cheque for £1,250 will be coming their way very soon!
Finally, I would like to appeal for help. This is a serious appeal. We need more bodies on the ground on the day and to help in the set up and breakdown. The more people get involved, the lighter the load! Please contact me through the website and sign up for a job that you feel comfortable or physically able to do and then put Saturday 12 December 2015 in your diary!!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.