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.
Our beneficiaries this year were the Walkford Youth Club and we were delighted to present a cheque for £1,250 to the children to facilitate the purchase of new equipment for the club.
Following the cheque presentation, Jason Perry, who heads up the team of volunteers for the youth club, conveyed:
I would like to personally thank you, the carnival committee and also the community of Highcliffe for the very kind donation of £1250 that was raised is last years carnival collection.
Walkford Youth Club was set up back in October 2010 as it was felt there was a need for a youth provision in Highcliffe as there hadn't been one for many years. It was originally set up in connection with the United Reformed Church in Walkford but after a while was decide it would go independent. It is run solely by volunteers and all monies raised from subs and tuck shop sales is put straight back into the club.
Over the years it has gone from strength to strength and now has over 400 children on its register. We recently moved from the church & now run from The Pavilion at Wingfeilds Recreation Ground thanks to the support of Cllrs Geary & Durham-Wilkes and the generosity of Christchurch Borough Council.
We run 2 sessions a week, Monday's 6-8pm for 7-11yrs & Friday's 7-9pm for 11-18yrs. During these sessions the children can excess Apple Mac computers, video cameras, drums, keyboard, electric guitars, play pool, air hockey pin ball & and many board games as we as all outdoor activities during the warmer weather.
The money that you have kindly donated, will help us to purchase equipment that the children want us to buy, such as new outdoor equipment like footballs & basket balls as well as a giant connect four game, and hopefully a couple of iPads.
If anyone took other photographs of the procession, we'd like to hear from you!
Please use the "Contact us" page to get in touch, so that we can arrange to get them uploaded onto the website for all to see!