Bishopstoke Parish Council
Carnival 2018 is coming!
Carnival this year is on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September and the theme is "Under the Sea".
Exciting news from Carnival this year as we are taking a new route. The Parade will set up at the Bishopstoke Community Centre on Sydney Road (the big building opposite St Mary's Church). We will leave the Community Centre at 1pm, head down Sydney Road, turn left and head out to cross Church Road and go along Stoke Park Road. We will then turn right into Sedgwick before swinging left and heading down Underwood Road all the way to Hamilton Road. The final stretch is to head along Hamilton Road all the way to the end. Once we reach Spring Lane the Carnival Courts and anyone else wanting to get into the Meadow can go down Portal Road. Everyone else will have the chance to peel off.
The Parade this year will be exciting too with £50 prize money for each of 5 categories. This year, as well as Children Under 12, Children 12 and Over and Adults, we have added Best Individual / Family and Best Vehicle. Parade entry forms are available here.
The River Float competition takes place as usual on the Saturday morning. In recent years Stoke Park Junior School have proven a tough act to beat. Is anyone going to be able to take their crown away this time? Details and forms can be found here.
Did you know that the Carnival gives out grants to local groups and charities? All the money we collect during the parade goes to local groups. Last year we helped people Age Concern, the Friends of Stoke Park Junior School, Bishopstoke Community Association, Unshakeable+ and ARK Eastleigh. Please make sure you put the amount you are requesting on the form - grants are usually in the £100 to £200 range. Carnival Grant forms are available here, but please note that they have to be handed in before Carnival (the deadline this year is Friday 7th September).
Finally, now is your chance to represent Bishopstoke as part of the Carnival Court. As part of the Court you are provided with a new dress or suit for Carnival itself, you take part in a tea party with the Mayor, and you get to go to other Carnivals in the area as a member of the Bishopstoke Carnival Court. To apply, all you need to do is write a letter telling us a little bit about yourself and why you would like to be part of the court. Fill in this application form, and send it and the letter to the address on the form. You need to be 8 years old or more in September, and the closing date is 30th April.