Newbury Carnival organisers are delighted to announce that the Greenham Common Trust has made a significant financial contribution to support the development of the Carnival and which will help safeguard the event for this year, and allow for future generations to enjoy the event. . As part of a package of measures, the Carnival will also now become a registered charity with its own board of Trustees.
Bryan Harper, Chairman of Newbury Carnival, said: “Since 1999, the Carnival has run solely as a small group of dedicated volunteers. The event is now of such a size it is no longer sustainable by the efforts of volunteers alone. It’s one of the biggest Carnivals in the south of England. Last time, we had a Carnival Parade of 69 floats, and crowds of over 10,000 people to manage, as well as the events in Victoria Park.”
He added: ‘The move to charitable status will create a broad platform of like-minded people at the heart of the charity who will pursue the goal of delivering a great community event for the town. We will also look at professional support for some of the jobs, such as marshalling the thousands of crowds on the day, to keep it safe. We also hope to include some new features, to keep the Carnival fresh.
“The Greenham Common Trust has kindly stepped in to back our plans and we are extremely grateful for their support, both financial and for their faith in our team to deliver. We already have 19 entries for this year’s parade, and counting!”
Chris Boulton, Chief Executive Officer for the Trust said: “We are very pleased to support this major event in the Newbury calendar which attracts a very substantial number of local people from the whole community. It was clear to the Trust that as the Carnival has grown it needed more financial support to help secure a successful and enjoyable day for all concerned. We wish the organising team well in their endeavours for the future. ”
Newbury Carnival will be held this year on Sunday 5th July. The Carnival Parade is free to enter. Entries are invited from all sections of the community. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries in several categories.