WAREHAM Carnival organisers are urging new volunteers to step forward, to help safeguard the future of the popular event.
Carnival chair Sher McLaughin said: “It really worries me that people do not realise how close we are to losing such wonderful events as the summer carnival and Christmas Santa parade because people just don’t want to give up a few hours to keep these community events going.”
Weymouth and Dorchester have recently cancelled carnivals due to a lack of volunteers.
“There is always going to be washing to do, home chores and excuses, but what is important is family fun and quality time – don’t let Wareham lose its few volunteers because they are doing too much. Please Help us or risk lose it.”
Earlier this year Wareham Conservative Club hosted the Wareham Carnival 2020 launch night.
in 2020 the theme is ‘World of Music and Colour’.
Sher said: ” A big thank you to Heys Travel, Perenco, Morgan Carey, Cribbs Tyres, Purbeck Ice Cream, the Monday Club, Duke of Wellington, Hawks in the Forest, Purbeck Property, Pine Martin Grange and JT Commercials for their financial contributions, which has raised over £3,000 so far towards carnival day, which costs in excess of £8,000 to put on.”
Carnival day 2020 will take place on July 19th.
“Really looking forward to the carnival and a massive thank you to all of the volunteers and our ‘Friends of the Carnival’.”
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MONEY RAISED in 2019:
2019 Carnival cheques presented on Launch Night 18th Jan:
• £200 – Air Training Corp
• £200 – Muddlecombe Men
• £400 – Wareham Scout Group
• £400 – Sandford Scout Group
• £400 – Parish Hall (Christmas Lunches)
• £400 – Wareham in Bloom
• £110 – Dorset Search & Rescue (DORSAR)
In total, £2110 was paid out to local clubs/charities from money raised from the 2019 carnival. Wareham Carnival Committee are proud of this achievement and hope to beat this in 2020.