No support for under-threat village carnival

PUBLISHED: 11:05 25 October 2010

Banwell Carnival Parade from Dark Lane.

Banwell Carnival Parade from Dark Lane.


VILLAGERS in Banwell are being urged to step forward if they want to see the return of their annual carnival.

The event’s future is in doubt after not one resident turned up for a meeting last week to discuss next year’s preparations.

The lack of attendance disappointed committee members who agreed to hold one more meeting later this month in an attempt to round up support.

The carnival, first launched in 1973, was revived two years ago by the small band of villagers who wanted to celebrate community spirit.

But outgoing chairman Ivor Parslow told the Mercury this week ‘much more help’ would be needed to run the two-week event in 2011.

He said: “We are considering giving the carnival a break for next year because of the fact we have too few people doing a lot of people’s work.

“It was disappointing, despite good advertisements across the village, that no-one turned up for the meeting to discuss next year’s event.

“We’ve agreed to hold another meeting to try and pull more support in and keep the carnival going annually.”

Mr Parslow said the committee also needed fresh faces to maintain enthusiasm and interest from the village.

He decided to step down, but will remain on the 12-member committee.

He added: “The carnival is important because it brings the village together as well as raising money for charity.

“We get a good turn out every year and we would be disappointed if it was to be postponed, but it would not be dead.

“We just want to make sure the event doesn’t become a bore, and we need new ideas and help each year.”

The committee said that if the two-week carnival was to be postponed a number of events such as a Medieval Evening could be organised throughout the summer.

Last year the event had a fairy tales and nursery rhymes theme.

Among its highlights were a duck race from The Brewers Arms, a teddy bears’ picnic at Court Farm Country Park and a quiz night at the village hall.

A meeting to discuss next year’s event will be held at the village hall in Westfield Road at 7.30pm on November 29.

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