25th anniversary year for village carnival

Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves

Fri 8th March 2024

The team behind a village carnival in Derbyshire are celebrating 25 years of the community extravaganza
The 2024 Newton Carnival is set to take place on Saturday, July 13.
Plus there is a full programme of other family events lined up by the carnival team to take place throughout the year.
Here, Carnival co-organiser Dexter Bullock, gives a rundown of the history of Newton Carnival: “The carnival was formed in January 1999 by a group of volunteers who had previously been attached to Newton Primary school PTFA.
“The school had asked me and the PTFA to form a committee to try and resurrect the village gala last seen in Newton in the late 1950s.
“The team set to work and in the space of a few months organised a small parade and activities in the school grounds.
“The weather was horrendous, but the village turned out in support.”

Dexter continued: “Following the event, the school said the event was too big for them and asked for it to become a village event.
“The challenge was set, date agreed and off we went.
“We formed Newton Carnival team with the help of Stella Scott from Bolsover CVS and then started a massive task of raising enough funds to stage the villages first carnival.
“Over a year the team arranged fundraising events before the big day.
“Over the past 25 years we have seen many volunteers give their time to help and organise event.
“We will always be extremely grateful for their help and support; without them we would not be here today.”
On to the events which the team have organised, Dexter said: “Over the years we have organised many events, this year we have planned the following: Tea with the Easter bunny; Plant and Craft Fayre; Annual Carnival; Festival of Fireworks; Christmas Fayre and Lights; and Santa’s visit to the Parish, Newton, Hilcote, Westhouses, Blackwell.”
Dexter then said of the carnival team’s vision: “This year is our 25th anniversary which is a massive achievement for such a small team of dedicated team.
“We would like to see the organisation continue to deliver a small amount of quality events throughout the year and to continue being recognised as one of the leaders in community organisations.”

2024 events by the Newton Carnival Team

Online Easter Raffle to be drawn Sunday, March 31, at midday.

Plant Fayre and Crafts on Saturday, May 10, at Newton Community Centre.

Carnival Day on Saturday, July 13.

Firework Display on Friday, November 1.

Christmas Fayre on Saturday, December 7, from 2pm

Tea with Santa on Sunday, December 15.

Santa’s Visit to Villages: Newton on December 14; Hilcote and Westhouses on December 16; Blackwell on December 17.

Enquiries are now being taken for the following aspects of this year’s Newton Carnival on July 13: Licenced Bar; Ice Cream Vendors; Food Wagons; Craft Stalls, as well as Trade and Charity Stalls.
To register your interest email dexter.bullock@outlook.com, call him on 07881 562354, or contact the carnival team via their Facebook page.

To keep up to date with what’s happening at the 2024 Newton Carnival go to here

To keep up to date with other events which are hosted by the Newton Carnival Team go to here

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