15, 2012 Burnham-On-Sea
Carnival will move to Friday before Bridgwater in 2013
year's carnival in Burnham-On-Sea will be held on the Friday evening
before Bridgwater for the first time ever.
2013 Highbridge and Burnham Carnival will be held on Friday 1st
November on the night before the Bridgwater Carnival, making it
the first event on the carnival circuit.
decision to move Burnham's carnival from its usual Monday slot
comes after concerns were raised by the town's carnival association
about this year's big drop in donations, which we reported here.
survey of carnival clubs was conducted by the Burnham organisers
and strong support was given to moving the town's event to Friday
1st November in 2013. The decision was made at a meeting held
New, Carnival Chairman, pictured left, told Burnham-On-Sea.com
the reasons for the move: "The reason we have to move is
due to the lack of income at this years carnival. We have
made no secret of the fact that we, as other carnival towns, have
realised that a mid-week carnival is no longer really viable in
the current climate."
"We did state this last year and were hoping to
change the day then, along with Bridgwater and Weston, but Bridgwater
picked the Saturday. Both Weston and Burnham went for the Friday
after Bridgwater as that was the best obvious choice."
went to a vote at the county level and Weston were granted the
Friday. But that decision left our carnival in a very awkward
position, as we were struggling on our normal Monday as the third
carnival. We knew that the same night as the fourth carnival would
be even more difficult."
added: "We came to the conclusion that out of the seven possible
nights that were available, the only two nights that would save
us would be the Friday before Bridgwater or the Sunday afterwards,
but we did a lot of thinking about the last Sunday as well, which
would follow Glastonbury."
Sunday carnival has never been tried and out of the two Sundays
we felt that the first one after Bridgwater would be the most
beneficial out of the two."
was well aware that this would be 'Black Sunday' and the Friday
before Bridgwater may not have been a popular choice, so I suggested
to our Committee last year that we send out a voting form to all
the entries so that people and clubs that take part could vote
for their preferences out of the two choices."
added: "We felt it was the only decent thing to do and, in
fact, we were the only town to consult the entries. We know that
entries need towns to organise a carnival for them to display
their entry but, equally, we also appreciate that towns need entries
to make it a carnival! That is why we have done our best to keep
the entries informed as to what we were doing."
receiving the forms back and meeting with clubs in Bridgwater,
it was obvious that most people were happier for us to go on the
Friday before Bridgwater rather than 'Black Sunday'. That is why
we accepted this date and have opted for the Friday before Bridgwater.
Friday 1st November 2013 is therefore our choice."
are hoping that locals from Burnham and Highbridge appreciate
why we have done this and that they will still support us in the
way that they have in the past."
added: "This date will also give us the opportunity to get
other charities and charitable causes, along with any other of
our community's clubs or teams to get involved as this date should
generate more cash and interest for their organisations."
will be looking for a lot more manpower to achieve this and make
it an even better event and those who help us will be able to
reap the rewards for their good causes."
could be anyone from Scouts to football teams and skittles and
darts teams. We are hoping to help so many more community groups
next year and I am hoping that in the new year to hold a meeting
with organisers from these sort of groups to explain how they
could and would undoubtedly benefit from getting involved."
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