Appeal for support for Weymouth Carnival

HELP US: Lee Armstrong and Elysia Munday promote this summers carnival

HELP US: Lee Armstrong and Elysia Munday promote this summers carnival

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AN APPEAL was made today for people to support this year’s Weymouth Carnival which is now just 10 weeks away.

Organisers are planning a fantastic show with air displays, beach activities, live music, food village, and of course the grand procession.

But it can only work with support from the community, which is where YOU come in.

Residents and businesses can help by getting behind the sponsorship drive, coming up with a colourful procession entry, or by donating a few hours volunteering at the event.

It will make a big difference to the carnival committee who give their free time to ensure the big day runs smoothly and that there is enough in the bank to pay for it all, plus have some over to hand out to good causes.

Everything needs paying for – including the world-famous Red Arrows which are set to make a roaring return but only through the generosity of local businesses and organisations.

Carnival committee chairman Elysia Munday said: “The work of the carnival committee is in full swing with just 10 weeks to go until the big day.

“A more traditional feel is being implemented for the Esplanade where we'll see some good old fashioned funfair games, charity stalls and rides. The beach will play stage to an action packed fun zone, filled with live music, sports, competitions, circus skills and more; guaranteed fun for all the family.

“Our international food village will be back and bigger than ever offering a colourful array of sweets, treats and delicious hot meals to keep you fuelled during the day’s events.”

She added: “Our procession manager Lee Armstrong has already started forming what promises to be an exciting grand procession.

“Weymouth procession promises to be one of the biggest and best Weymouth has seen. We already have been getting lots of float applications in but keep them coming. We want you!”

Paul Skelton is this year’s carnival personnel coordinator and is appealing for people to give their time to help with fundraising or to take on jobs on the day such as escorting the parade, running beach activities, manning stalls or answering questions from the public.

WEYMOUTH Carnival is on Wednesday, August 20.
Visit the Facebook page or weymouthcarnival.co.uk for information.
To join the parade please email weymouthprocession2014@outlook.com
Or to become a volunteer call 07539 261824.

For information about the ‘golden ticket’ sponsorship draw call 07795 246080 or email weymouthcarnivalsponsorship@gmail.com

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11:11am Wed 11 Jun 14

weymouthfox says...

Its the business people along the seafront who make a mint on carnival day- they should be paying these bills. How about the Chamber of Trade putting some money into the carnival pot. Its their members who benefit.
Its the business people along the seafront who make a mint on carnival day- they should be paying these bills. How about the Chamber of Trade putting some money into the carnival pot. Its their members who benefit. weymouthfox
  • Score: 6

11:50am Wed 11 Jun 14

RifRafDac says...

It must be that time in the year again. I personally couldn't care less about the carnival and I know many other locals that don't care either. Those who want a spectacular carnival, pay for it yourselves!

Every year this constant begging for money, it is ridiculous. The carnival doesn't help me in any way I'm afraid. It isn't really at the benefit of local people, just businesses on the seafront.
It must be that time in the year again. I personally couldn't care less about the carnival and I know many other locals that don't care either. Those who want a spectacular carnival, pay for it yourselves! Every year this constant begging for money, it is ridiculous. The carnival doesn't help me in any way I'm afraid. It isn't really at the benefit of local people, just businesses on the seafront. RifRafDac
  • Score: 1

11:57am Wed 11 Jun 14

tedbungy says...

RifRafDac wrote:
It must be that time in the year again. I personally couldn't care less about the carnival and I know many other locals that don't care either. Those who want a spectacular carnival, pay for it yourselves!

Every year this constant begging for money, it is ridiculous. The carnival doesn't help me in any way I'm afraid. It isn't really at the benefit of local people, just businesses on the seafront.
The more money that comes in benifits the whole town and beyond. I know some dont care but there is just as many that would be in an uproar if we did not have a carnival.

Well done to all who work year round to put it on
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: It must be that time in the year again. I personally couldn't care less about the carnival and I know many other locals that don't care either. Those who want a spectacular carnival, pay for it yourselves! Every year this constant begging for money, it is ridiculous. The carnival doesn't help me in any way I'm afraid. It isn't really at the benefit of local people, just businesses on the seafront.[/p][/quote]The more money that comes in benifits the whole town and beyond. I know some dont care but there is just as many that would be in an uproar if we did not have a carnival. Well done to all who work year round to put it on tedbungy
  • Score: 2

12:20pm Wed 11 Jun 14

elloello1980 says...

RifRafDac wrote:
It must be that time in the year again. I personally couldn't care less about the carnival and I know many other locals that don't care either. Those who want a spectacular carnival, pay for it yourselves!

Every year this constant begging for money, it is ridiculous. The carnival doesn't help me in any way I'm afraid. It isn't really at the benefit of local people, just businesses on the seafront.
You don't have to give any money. nor do you need to voice your opinion. no one cares about your negative attitude towards what should be a fun day for all those you are interested.

So no, local people and visitors benefit from this occasion
[quote][p][bold]RifRafDac[/bold] wrote: It must be that time in the year again. I personally couldn't care less about the carnival and I know many other locals that don't care either. Those who want a spectacular carnival, pay for it yourselves! Every year this constant begging for money, it is ridiculous. The carnival doesn't help me in any way I'm afraid. It isn't really at the benefit of local people, just businesses on the seafront.[/p][/quote]You don't have to give any money. nor do you need to voice your opinion. no one cares about your negative attitude towards what should be a fun day for all those you are interested. So no, local people and visitors benefit from this occasion elloello1980
  • Score: 3

12:23pm Wed 11 Jun 14

AManFromMars says...

How much money went to charity last year?
Why has the Carnival changed from a charity fund raiser to a business event?
How much money went to charity last year? Why has the Carnival changed from a charity fund raiser to a business event? AManFromMars
  • Score: -2

12:53pm Wed 11 Jun 14

AManFromMars says...

weymouthfox wrote:
Its the business people along the seafront who make a mint on carnival day- they should be paying these bills. How about the Chamber of Trade putting some money into the carnival pot. Its their members who benefit.
These will be the same business people that have to close for 6 months of the year due to lack of trade on the seafront.
[quote][p][bold]weymouthfox[/bold] wrote: Its the business people along the seafront who make a mint on carnival day- they should be paying these bills. How about the Chamber of Trade putting some money into the carnival pot. Its their members who benefit.[/p][/quote]These will be the same business people that have to close for 6 months of the year due to lack of trade on the seafront. AManFromMars
  • Score: 0

12:56pm Wed 11 Jun 14

LysiaMunday says...

Hi all!

Thank you for your comments and opinions!

Weymouth Carnival became a registered charity itself last year and aims to provide a platform for community engagement, shine a spotlight on local businesses, organisations and services as well as creating volunteering opportunities that helps to develop the skills of local individuals which can be really useful!

Alongside putting on a day of family orientated events that encourages locals and tourists alike to enjoy the Weymouth seafront, we provide training, resources and offer a wide range of ways to get involved which all happens behind the scenes!

The event is led by a fully committed team of volunteers, fronted by myself; who all have jobs or other commitments but remain dedicated to helping the community.

Last year was our first year as a charity and we managed to distribute small bursaries to 30 local good causes and this year have already helped the local flood crisis fund, The Weldmar and some individual causes! We have to raise every penny of funding ourselves, which we do through creating fundraising events for all to enjoy and of course, offer fantastic sponsorship deals to businesses in the area.

Our committee along with our Queens also help other charitable events, offering their time and effort to fundraise, promote or just volunteer around the borough and we wholeheartedly support other community events.

Weymouth Carnival creates opportunity, raises charity funding and provides support to the community. We are not just a one day event but a group of dedicated volunteers who commit ourselves throughout the year.

RifRafDoc, I'm truly sorry you do not gain anything positive from our event, but I know of 100s that do and although myself and my committee 100% appreciate every ounce of feedback (we take it all on board to make sure we can offer what the public want), we do go with the majority and the majority love the Carnival!

Perhaps you could create your own event that meets the needs of the community that you feel we miss! We'd love to help in anyway we can! :)

I'm always happy to answer any Carnival related questions to the best of my ability :) Please feel free to send me an email: weymouthcarnival2014
@outlook.com.

Take care! xxx
Hi all! Thank you for your comments and opinions! Weymouth Carnival became a registered charity itself last year and aims to provide a platform for community engagement, shine a spotlight on local businesses, organisations and services as well as creating volunteering opportunities that helps to develop the skills of local individuals which can be really useful! Alongside putting on a day of family orientated events that encourages locals and tourists alike to enjoy the Weymouth seafront, we provide training, resources and offer a wide range of ways to get involved which all happens behind the scenes! The event is led by a fully committed team of volunteers, fronted by myself; who all have jobs or other commitments but remain dedicated to helping the community. Last year was our first year as a charity and we managed to distribute small bursaries to 30 local good causes and this year have already helped the local flood crisis fund, The Weldmar and some individual causes! We have to raise every penny of funding ourselves, which we do through creating fundraising events for all to enjoy and of course, offer fantastic sponsorship deals to businesses in the area. Our committee along with our Queens also help other charitable events, offering their time and effort to fundraise, promote or just volunteer around the borough and we wholeheartedly support other community events. Weymouth Carnival creates opportunity, raises charity funding and provides support to the community. We are not just a one day event but a group of dedicated volunteers who commit ourselves throughout the year. RifRafDoc, I'm truly sorry you do not gain anything positive from our event, but I know of 100s that do and although myself and my committee 100% appreciate every ounce of feedback (we take it all on board to make sure we can offer what the public want), we do go with the majority and the majority love the Carnival! Perhaps you could create your own event that meets the needs of the community that you feel we miss! We'd love to help in anyway we can! :) I'm always happy to answer any Carnival related questions to the best of my ability :) Please feel free to send me an email: weymouthcarnival2014 @outlook.com. Take care! xxx LysiaMunday
  • Score: 9

6:46pm Wed 11 Jun 14

JamesYoung says...

My observation is that most local people are at work when the carnival takes place. Moving it from the traditional day (Wednesday?) to a Saturday would mean more local people could attend which would in turn encourage them to become involved.
My observation is that most local people are at work when the carnival takes place. Moving it from the traditional day (Wednesday?) to a Saturday would mean more local people could attend which would in turn encourage them to become involved. JamesYoung
  • Score: 3

6:48pm Wed 11 Jun 14

JamesYoung says...

JamesYoung wrote:
My observation is that most local people are at work when the carnival takes place. Moving it from the traditional day (Wednesday?) to a Saturday would mean more local people could attend which would in turn encourage them to become involved.
Sorry, also meant to say that as Saturday is changeover day, you would encourage people finishing their holiday to stay longer in the town and extend the benefits to two weeks worth of visitors.
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: My observation is that most local people are at work when the carnival takes place. Moving it from the traditional day (Wednesday?) to a Saturday would mean more local people could attend which would in turn encourage them to become involved.[/p][/quote]Sorry, also meant to say that as Saturday is changeover day, you would encourage people finishing their holiday to stay longer in the town and extend the benefits to two weeks worth of visitors. JamesYoung
  • Score: 2

9:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

LysiaMunday says...

JamesYoung wrote:
JamesYoung wrote:
My observation is that most local people are at work when the carnival takes place. Moving it from the traditional day (Wednesday?) to a Saturday would mean more local people could attend which would in turn encourage them to become involved.
Sorry, also meant to say that as Saturday is changeover day, you would encourage people finishing their holiday to stay longer in the town and extend the benefits to two weeks worth of visitors.
Great point James! This is most definitely something we are looking into!

It has traditionally always been held on the 3rd Wednesday of August and in our 1st year we wanted to continue this tradition. A change of date was discussed prior to Carnival 2013, however, many people book their holiday almost immediately after Carnival for the next years event so we had to take this into account!

We are very open to a change in date and if this is something that will become concrete, the new date will be fully advertised on the day for all to see! :)
[quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesYoung[/bold] wrote: My observation is that most local people are at work when the carnival takes place. Moving it from the traditional day (Wednesday?) to a Saturday would mean more local people could attend which would in turn encourage them to become involved.[/p][/quote]Sorry, also meant to say that as Saturday is changeover day, you would encourage people finishing their holiday to stay longer in the town and extend the benefits to two weeks worth of visitors.[/p][/quote]Great point James! This is most definitely something we are looking into! It has traditionally always been held on the 3rd Wednesday of August and in our 1st year we wanted to continue this tradition. A change of date was discussed prior to Carnival 2013, however, many people book their holiday almost immediately after Carnival for the next years event so we had to take this into account! We are very open to a change in date and if this is something that will become concrete, the new date will be fully advertised on the day for all to see! :) LysiaMunday
  • Score: 1

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