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Cider Night

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Cider Night

We’re pleased to announce our forthcoming Cider Night on Saturday 29th of July where we’ll be showcasing a number of award winning ciders, Lilley’s Cider is a family run cider producer based in Frome, Somerset.

Lilley’s produce a diverse range of traditional & experimental blends of cider & perry all made with care & enthusiasm. Popular varieties include its Apples and Pears Cider, Mango Cider and Crazy Goat, we’ll have a wide selection of ciders for you to try and enjoy.

Tickets are only available in advance and cost just £2.50 each and includes a free drink and a ploughman’s supper buy you tickets online here or from Norton Sports in Midsomer Norton High Street

We’ll also have a well-stocked bar

Presidents Night – Harriet Brixey

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Presidents Night – Harriet Brixey Harriet Brixey With Mic

Our Presidents Night will be a great evening of the very best local music featuring talented local carnivalite Harriet Brixey the Somerset Event Singer.
We got talking to Harriet recently about the prospect of performing at the Presidents Night and it has to be said that she is certainly excited about performing,  she had this to say about the event.

“I love singing and entertaining the public! I’ve been singing for many years, at local concerts, weddings and celebrations.
I enjoy singing a wide range of music and I love musicals so I love performing songs from the shows. I’m also a huge fan of Glastonbury Festival and sing a lot of songs by artists that have performed there over the past few years.
I was pleased to be asked to perform at Midsomer Norton Carnival Presidents night as I’m a member of Huckyduck Carnival Club, Carnival means so much to me and I’m pleased to be able to help out the committee to keep Carnival alive, I can’t wait to see you all on the 6th May!”

Harriet is certainly no stranger to supporting our carnival along with her tableau club Huckyduck who’s members will no doubt be out to offer her support at the event, we also looking forward to enjoying seeing and indeed hearing the vocal talents that she’ll be treating us to at the Presidents night

Also performing will be popular local band The Sneakers, The Sneakers are a hugely popular band locally and have quite a dedicated following, the band play hits from the late fifties the sixties and early seventies so you can expect to hear The Sneakers to play songs from Elvis ,Everly Brothers, Beatles ,Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry to name but a few.

It’s all set to be a spectacular night of truly local music for a great local charity held in the very heart of the town, tickets are available online from www.illuminatedcarnival.co.uk and includes a free buffet and a well-stocked bar being run by the Midsomer Norton Community Trust.

Its set to be a great night, don’t miss out!

 

Crowdfunding Appeal

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Crowdfunding Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival for 2017

King William Carnival Club at Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival

To help fund this year’s glittering Illuminated Carnival we’re launching a number of fundraising initiatives to raise much needed funds to help put on this year’s glittering event.

As part of this we’ve created a crowdfunding page with a target of raising £1000 by public donations, what’s great about this type of funding is that people can donate from anywhere in the world and you can see exactly how the appeal is doing.

We’d be very grateful for your support and a donation of anything you can spare to get the appeal rolling.

To visit our crowdfunding page just Click Here

We’ve already secured a large amount of funding from various sources and work from our volunteer base but we’ve still got more to raise and every penny helps us to not only run our illuminated carnival but to also support countless local charities and local good causes.

 

Presidents Night – The Sneakers

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Presidents Night – The Sneakers

Our Presidents Night will be a great evening of the very best music featuring popular local band The Sneakers.  Our new President Steve Collins who will be hosting the evening of music in aid of Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival is thrilled that such a well-known and popular act were able to come along and support such a great charitable cause.

Paul - The SneakersThe Sneakers are a hugely popular band locally and have quite a dedicated following, the band play hits from the late fifties the sixties and early seventies so you can expect to hear The Sneakers to play songs from Elvis ,Everly Brothers, Beatles ,Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry to name but a few.
The band are very well established with Billy Colvin on bass and vocals, Billy is a local guitar teacher  and has played in numerous bands including Big Guitar, Back Beat amongst others.  Dave Stock will also be on guitar and vocals and is a previous member of Spirelaine. Completing the band ex Spirelaine member Paul Brimble will take to the drums, it will be especially good to see Paul back on the drums following his recent ill-heath.

Also performing will be talented local carnivalite Harriet Brixey the Somerset Event Singer, a very capable and talented solo singer with performances including front of curtain at the prestigious Bridgwater Concert series.

It’s all set to be a spectacular night of truly local music for a great local charity held in the very heart of the town, tickets are available online from www.illuminatedcarnival.co.uk and includes a free buffet and a well-stocked bar being run by the Midsomer Norton Community Trust.

Its set to be a great night, don’t miss out!

 

Presidents Night – An Evening of Great Local Music

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Presidents Night – An Evening of Great Local Music!

Presidents Night

Our Presidents Night will be a great evening of the very best music featuring popular local band The Sneakers and talented soloist Harriet Brixey the Somerset Event Singer. We’ll be raising money on the night to support Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival, the largest and most glittering event in the area during an evening hosted by our new President Steve Collins who was previously Chair of the charity for the last ten years.

The benefit line-up is very well supported with the following artists performing live for the cause:

The Sneakers are a legendary local band with a passion for lively performances of the very best 60’s music. Band members are Paul on drums, Billy on bass and vocals and Dave rhythm guitar and vocals – One not to miss

Harriet Brixey the Somerset Events Singer just loves to sing, she’s well known as a seasoned Carnivalite so we’re especially pleased she’s agreed to perform at our Presidents Night. She’s a very capable and talented singer with performances including front of curtain at the prestigious Bridgwater Concert series.

It’s all set to be a spectacular night of truly local music for a great local charity held in the very heart of the town and if that’s not enough to make you want to purchase your ticket we’ll also have a bar and some food.

If you want to find out more about The Sneakers of The Somerset Events Singer we’ve enclosed the links to their Facebook sites below

The Sneakers

The Somerset Events Singer

Come along and have a great night while raising money for a truly Illuminating Carnival

Awards Ceremony – Full Results

Last night (Saturday 10th Dec) we finally got to find out all of the results from our 2016 Andrews Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival at our glittering Awards Ceremony.

Well over a hundred Carnivalites from across the southwestonce again descended on Midsomer Norton to both celebrate the carnival and to indeed find out all the results, including the Special Awards which were kept under wraps until this special night of awards.

Chairman Steve Collins opened the awards ceremony with thanks to all those that had taken part in making the illuminated carnival a great success and also thanked Midsomer Norton Town Council, our new sponsors including the Andrews Property Group and various other groups and organisations without who we would just not have a carnival.

The well attended event held many surprises with special awards going to various clubs including local club Huckyduck CC as well as juvenile walker Lottie Wheeler who this year picked up the Presidents Choice award.

Full results can be found below

Many thanks to all those that came along to the awards, we had a great night and look forward to seeing you all again at our presentation next year!

A full breakdown of results for entrants can be found here

Carnival Presentation 2016

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Join us at our 2016 Illuminated Carnival Presentation

We’re planning a great party to celebrate the spectacular illuminated parade and as an entrant your invited!

Our “Party Disco” presentation is the place to be to get ALL the results including all those yet to be announced, we’ll also have a well stocked bar and a few filled rolls as well!

For those of you just wanting to chat (and drink) we’ll also have our quieter room so you don’t have the shout over all those carnival tunes!

Speaking of carnival tunes Scotty (Shambles) will again be entertaining us all with this selection of Party tunes to get the dance floor moving from 7pm to 11:30pm and it all happens around at the Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton.

Please note: discounted tickets are now SOLD OUT we only have a limited amount of full price £7 tickets left subject to availability, all under 5’s go free.

Collection appeal as Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival gets ready for the show

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Carnival-goers are being asked to dig deep and donate as they enjoy this year’s illuminated spectacular.
 
The Andrews Midsomer Norton Carnival, probably the largest community event in the Somer Valley, is all set to take place on Monday (November 14).
 
Sponsored by Andrews, Wickes, Midsomer Norton Town Council, Somer Valley Chamber, Farrington Farm Shop, Edwards Opticians and many more local businesses, the event provides an opportunity for the whole community to come together for an evening of glittering spectacle. 
 
Carnival is also one of the largest charity fundraisers in the area – raising thousands of pounds for local charities, community groups and good causes in 2015.
 
However, with mounting expenses for health and safety compliance and operating costs, Midsomer Norton’s Mayor, Cllr Paul Myers, has backed the Carnival Associations appeal to the community to support this much loved event to ensure its future survival.
 
Despite volunteers giving their time free to organise Carnival it still costs £40,000 to put on this year equating to an estimated contribution of £4 a head for everyone attending. On the night distinctive yellow supporters wrist bands will be on sale to raise funds.
 
There will also be collectors in the crowd gathering donations from carnival-goers in buckets. A number of community groups and organisations are showing their support by helping raise funds on the night.
 
Wickes in Old Mills will also be donating drain pipes to allow collectors to reach the back of the crowds in the hope of making sure the cost of carnival can be covered.
 
Alongside the walking collectors there will be several collection vehicles joining the procession, including an ex-British army Alvis Stormer armoured personnel carrier, usually used as the platform for a Starstreak anti aircraft rocket.
Vernon Hill from Mendip Shooting Ground, who restored the vehicle, said: “It’s a ground to air missile carrier – but we will say the army has taken the missiles off.
One of the unusual collection vehicles getting ready for Midsomer Norton Carnival

One of the unusual collection vehicles getting ready for Midsomer Norton Carnival

“We bought it a while back as a publicity thing – we’ve been driving it round on L-plates for three months – people think it’s hilarious, and are always smiling and blowing kisses.”

Carnival will start in Charlton Road at 7.30 pm, travelling down Silver Street, up Midsomer Norton High Street and the last cart will cross the finish on Radstock Road (at Wishford Mews) at around 10 pm. The procession will take about one hour to pass each point, and each entry will take about 1.5 hours to cover the procession route. Road closures and parking suspensions (towaways) will apply along the whole procession route as per signage.
                                                          
Taking part in the Carnival procession will be more Carnival Royalty that ever before. Taking the Carnival Royalty competition on the road to towns and parishes around the Somer Valley proved a huge success.  District Carnival Royalty for 2016 made up of Carnival Princess Amy King, Carnival Prince Reece Dowson, Carnival Queen Lola Callow and Carnival King Lewis Fenton who will be travelling in the famous Carnival Coach with all other heat winners travelling on an open topped bus.

PRS Support Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival

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We’re pleased to confirm that PRS are supporting our 2016 Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival and we’re grateful for the support!PRS

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music – and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828

Midsomer Norton Illuminated Carnival calls for volunteers to collect donations from the crowd

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Midsomer Norton Carnival Association is appealing for public support to help keep carnival alive in years to come.

Organisers are calling on the local community to lend a helping hand by collecting donations from the crowd on the night of the event.

Chairman of Midsomer Norton Carnival Association Steve Collins said: “We rely on donations from the public to keep Midsomer Norton Carnival alive and to make this happen we need people with collection buckets in the crowds to bring in donations from those enjoying the spectacular show.”

Volunteers will take home a 40% share of all the money they collect in their bucket for a charity or good cause of their choice. The remaining 60% will go towards ensuring next year’s event can go ahead.

Anyone who would like to help can pick up a collection bucket from Midsomer Norton Town Hall on Saturday, November 12 from 10am till 12 noon or can email info@illuminatedcarnival.co.uk to find out more.

As the event nears, the Carnival Royalty who will lead the celebrations in the glass carriage have been selected at the grand final held at Midsomer Norton Town Hall last Friday.

Following the Midsomer Norton heat all the Carnival Royals appointed over the last five weeks from Peasedown St John, Radstock, Westfield and Midsomer Norton competed for the titles of District Carnival Royalty.

The judging panel, led by retiring Carnival Queen Megan Tokelove, had a tough job due to the high standard and number of entries.

Amy King, 9, from Westfield was appointed District Carnival Princess and Reece Dowson, 9, from Midsomer Norton won District Carnival Prince.  Lola Callow, 11, from Peasedown St John was crowned District Carnival Queen while 12-year-old  Lewis Fenton became this year’s District Carnival King.

All four royals will travel in leading coach with all other heat winners also taking part in the procession in limousines on the big night on Monday, November 14.

Carnival Roy“The response this year has been fantastic to taking the Carnival Royalty competition on the road to towns and parishes around the Somer Valley. We’ve had more entries than ever before and it has been so really inspiring to see so many young people wanting to take an active part in their communities and local events in the coming year. I’d like to thank all those who not only took part but the volunteers to help arrange the five weeks of competitions”, said Hazel Franklin, secretary of the Midsomer Norton & District Carnival Association.