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Hertford Carnival Funday 2018

The Hertford Carnival Funday 2018 took place on Sunday 24 June.

Once again we had a great afternoon, with good crowds (a little less than usual as per the England lads playing) - about 3-4,000 were estimated to have attended! The entertainment had everyone dancing and we raised thousands for charity. Another community day success!

stalls on carnival day 2018

Photo; Stalls on Carnival Day 2018, courtesy of Jane Sartin.

THANK YOU to everyone who took part; those who helped, supported or sponsored, the stall-holders and the performers, and of course to everybody who came along on the day!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

What took place

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Thanks to our regular photographer; Steve Beeston photography.

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The Opening

The Carnival was formally opened at 12.15pm in the arena in the Castle grounds by the Mayor of Hertford, Cllr Beryl Wrangles.

Cllr Wrangles gave an opening speech before declaring the Carnival 'Open!'.

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Stalls at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there were stalls and refreshments in the busy Castle grounds.

We had over 60 stalls exhibiting their wares or services on Carnival day. Many favourites from previous years returned, plus some new faces!

From sausages to fudge, books to waffles, we had plenty of food and produce! There were pony rides and brewery drays, tombolas and tea, bouncy castles, balloons and beer, cards and clothes, massage to soap.

Preference for stall applicants was given to Hertford-based applicants, and favourable rates were given to local businesses and/or charities.

Photos of the stalls are here;

  • Sand Art (photo Steve Beeston) Sand Art (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Goods on show (photo Steve Beeston) Goods on show (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Oh fudge (photo Steve Beeston)! Oh fudge (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Building Preservation Trust tombola (photo Steve Beeston) Building Preservation Trust tombola (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Tea and cake (photo Steve Beeston) Tea and cake (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Be lucky (photo Steve Beeston)! Be lucky (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • It could be Wurst (photo Steve Beeston) It could be Wurst (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Yum (photo Steve Beeston)! Yum (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Dinner please (photo Steve Beeston) Dinner please (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The pony rides were popular (photo Steve Beeston) The pony rides were popular (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The book stall was good for a browse (photo Steve Beeston) The book stall was good for a browse (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Don't be a dummy (photo Steve Beeston) Don't be a dummy (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Stressful week? - have a massage (photo Steve Beeston) Stressful week? - have a massage (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Smiling for the camera (photo Steve Beeston) Smiling for the camera (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Stands talked about their services (photo Steve Beeston) Stands talked about their services (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Wares at the Country Market (photo Steve Beeston) Wares at the Country Market (photo Steve Beeston)
  • There was plenty of food (photo Steve Beeston) There was plenty of food (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Jewellery on show (photo Steve Beeston) Jewellery on show (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The bees came along (photo Steve Beeston) The bees came along (photo Steve Beeston)
  • We were competing with the football (photo Steve Beeston)! We were competing with the football (photo Steve Beeston)!
  • Picture of a selfie (photo Steve Beeston) Picture of a selfie (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Practicising for the stalls (photo Steve Beeston) Practicising for the stalls (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Children learned CPR (photo Ali Rhodes) Children learned CPR (photo Ali Rhodes)
  • Goodies (photo East Herts Radio) Goodies (photo East Herts Radio)
  • The McMullens pop up bar (photo East Herts Radio) The McMullens pop up bar (photo East Herts Radio)
     

 

Mind included a brief video of the stalls (and theirs) on their facebook feed.

The list of stalls was as follows;

1 Steves Ices
2 Future Living substance abuse - - see beneficiaries
3 James A Turner - see sponsors
4 Craft Stall
5 Crepe Heaven
6 Cotswold Fudge and Honeycomb
7 Mind in Mid Herts - see beneficiaries
8 Bath Bombs and Soaps
9 BeActive
10 Café Santiago
11 - 12 Hertford Country Market
13 Office massages
14 Hertford & Ware Bee Keepers
15 - 16 Hertford @ Dist Camera Club
17 Herts Building Preservation Trust
18 Herts and Crafts
19 - 21 Children's games
22 Tutor Doctor
23 CupCakes
24 Sand Art
25 Multi Active
26 Mobile Tasty Treats
27 - 28 2nd Bengeo Scouts
29 Friends and Trends
30 Handmade cards
31 Hair bows and Accessories
32 Little Kitten Face Painting
33 Sandy Art
34 Waffleways
35 Garlic and Olive
36 Hertford Theatre
37 First Responders
38 Hartham Leisure Centre
39 Hats and Fascinators
40 Sterling silver jewellery
41 Vets4Pets
42 Pawel German Sausages
43 Toys
44 Abel of Hertford
45 Scoops Ice cream
46 Green Party
47 Hog Heaven
48 Balloons
49 HI-STYLE Jewellery
50 Little Beau children's clothes
51-53 Bouncy Castle (County Castles)
54 Petruccis Wood Fired Pizzeria
55 1st Hertford Scouts
56 Hertford District Scouts
57 Burger Van
58 Jerk Spice
59 McMullens beer tent (and drays)
60 Ambulance for First Responders
61 Inner Wheel - tea and cake
62 Rotary Information Tent
63 St John’s Ambulance and baby care
64 Toilets
Island;
65 Bouncy Maze
66 Donkey Rides

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Arena entertainment at the Castle

From 12pm to 5pm there were arena events and entertainment on the lawn at Hertford Castle.

The Mayor formally opened the proceedings at 12.15pm; see Opening.

Groups or individuals were encouraged to perform in the arena, with preference being given to local participants, especially those who could bring a party feel to the proceedings! Crowds gathered to watch, and we had lots of audience participation! 

Some performers returned as crowd favourites from the previous years, whilst some were brand new.

Entertainments were as follows;

12.00 Abel Smith Majorettes
12.15 Mayor's opening speech 
12.30 The Hertford Rock Choir
13.00 The Bhangra Drummers
13.15 Everyone Active - Body Attack!
13.35 Scottish Country Dancing - South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society
14.05 The Fusion Choir
14.25 The Love to Dance Group
14.45 The Graham Moss Big Band
15.05 The U3A Zumba Dancers
15.25 The Bhangra Drummers
15.40 The Fusion Choir
16.00 Harry's Band

Perfomers in the arena were;

Abel Smith Majorettes

The Hertford Rock Choir

The Bhangra Drummers

Everyone Active - Body Attack!

South East Herts Scottish Country Dance Society

The Fusion Choir

The Love to Dance group

Graham Moss Big Band

The U3A Zumba Gold Dance Group 

Harry's Band

Photos of these events and performers are here;

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Fancy dress competition, the opening, the castle and other

We did not run a fancy dress competition this year. This gives you plenty of time to polish up your costumes for next!

The Castle was open for tours as usual, with the Friends on hand to answer historical questions and to show people around, and it clocked up an impressive number of visitors as usual.

McMullens had their drays and beer samples just outside the Castle entrance; these were popular!

 

  • There was a small police presence (photo Steve Beeston) There was a small police presence (photo Steve Beeston)
  • Rotary stewards in the tent (photo Steve Beeston) Rotary stewards in the tent (photo Steve Beeston)
  • The McMullen drays (photo McMullens) The McMullen drays (photo McMullens)
  • Beer samples (photo McMullens) Beer samples (photo McMullens)
  • Mr McMullen and Doug in traffic (photo McMullens) Mr McMullen and Doug in traffic (photo McMullens)
  • The excitement was too much for some (photo Steve Beeston) The excitement was too much for some (photo Steve Beeston)
     

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Charity collections

As always we wanted Hertford Carnival to benefit our local community, and charities were selected to be the beneficiaries of all monies raised on the day from collections.  We sought donations on the Castle gates, as well as on certain stalls, and appreciated all your generosity!

The chosen charities for 2018 were Future Living and Mind in Mid Herts; click here to read about them, and about the money raised.

The committee and volunteers lurked with their collecting tins at the gates and around the grounds ... And you gave - thank you!

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Miscellaneous

Programmes were distributed on the day.

St John first aiders were on hand during the day, with personnel visible in the Castle grounds.

Participants and spectators stuck to Health & Safety guidelines and thus ensured a safe and enjoyable day for all.

Professional and amateur photographers took a variety of pictures during the day, and these were either sent direct to us or found by us in public social media. A selection has been included on these archive pages, and across the website as a whole. Thank you if we have used yours.

If a photo containing your child appears on the website and you object, please contact the webmaster, describing the photo. Please make sure you add the email subject header 'Hertford Carnival'. We will be happy to take it down.

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Feedback

Numerous people - spectators, sponsors, stall-holders and performers - contacted us verbally and via our email address, twitter page and via other avenues to comment on Carnival Day 2018. We were delighted to receive these positive comments - it made the hard work and months of planning worthwhile!

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Why no procession and a smaller-scale event at Hertford Castle?

We did not offer a procession in 2018 again.

Unfortunately, due to not enough participants, the 2014 procession was cancelled. See Why no procession and a smaller-scale event at Hertford Castle? in our 2014 coverage.

Although a big community day in the traditional carnival way is preferable, we decided to continue without a procession for 2015, 2016 and 2017, and we opted to stick with the Carnival at the Castle format for 2018 as well.

We need a minimum number of floats to make a procession viable for costs and spectators, and in 2014 the carnival almost had to be cancelled due to not enough procession participants at the cut-off date. This incurred costs (road closures alone are around £3000 and have to be committed to) and some rather rapid and hectic redesigning of the whole afternoon.

A static fun day also gives us the capability to donate more money to charity, for example we don't have to set aside thousands for road closures.

We realise that a standard fun day is not to everyone's taste (we love the procession too). If you are unhappy, let us know you can help with future carnivals! The more people, the more ideas, energy and time, the more things become possible! Even a small-scale static standard event takes months of planning, with a whole raft of unexciting but incredibly necessary actions to translate ideas into reality. We start organising around January, so do get in touch before then if possible.

We work long and hard to organise and put on an afternoon of fun for the community, and we are grateful to all those who participate, to those who support us, and to everyone who comes along and enjoys the day.

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Thank you...

... to everyone who came, supported or participated ... It wouldn't have happened without you!


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