8 Village Voice May 2019
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May Day fete a tailwagging success
CROWDS of people – and their canine companions – poured into Ticknall for its first ever May Day Fete. The event on May 6 had been organised by parents and staff from Dame Catherine Harpur’s School in the village, with the simple aim of bringing the whole community together. Hundreds of people came out on Bank Holiday Monday to enjoy the occasion, which included maypole dancing, wellywanging, glitter tattoos, activities from the cadets, children’s games, finishing off with a dog show featuring seven categories including “Best tail waggle” and “Scruffiest dog”. Parish councillor Nigel Picken, who was at the occasion with wife Maria – a local potter – said: “This has really pulled the village together; I think if that was the aim, it’s worked. There has been a lot of hard
TOP: Dancing round the Maypole. ABOVE: Megan Mitchell, 12, of Melbourne, taking part in the Super Junior Handler round of the fete’s dog show, with Cocker Spaniel puppy, Wispa. BELOW: Winner of the Fab Pup of the Show (sponsored by Oscar Pet Food) Bella, a Cockalier (Cocker Spaniel and King Charles Cavalier cross), of Melbourne, showing off her winner’s rosette.
work and lots of organisation.” Maria said: “I’d like to say how superbly well advertised this event has been. If you want to put on a community activity, I think the advertising and promotion is key. “There has been such a variety of activities to suit older people and younger people – since 11am this morning people were pouring in, even though the weather has been very cold and windy.” Marion Bishop, who went from Ingleby to enjoy the day, told Village Voice: “I think it’s excellent – very successful.” Another visitor was Emily Starkie, from Melbourne, who went along with her family and dog – miniature Schnauzer Sergeant.
“I hadn’t realised it was as big as it is – it’s massive!” she said. “It’s nice that you can have dogs everywhere, because in a lot of places, you can’t.” Claire Smedley, one of the team of organisers of the inaugural Ticknall May Day Fete, said as the crowds were finally dispersing in the afternoon: “As a team, we are just absolutely thrilled at the way that people have come and have really enjoyed themselves. It’s been a real success – it’s all we ever could wish for. “What’s so brilliant is we have got people from local villages and we have got people who have travelled from further afield – it’s been an amazing success. “We’re just extremely grateful to all the people who have helped give their time and commitment to come here and, hopefully, we can build on that success next year.” – Lucy Stephens
CARNIVAL PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY
ORGANISERS of this year’s Melbourne Fete & Carnival are gearing up for this year’s aquaticthemed celebrations – and anyone who wants to have a stall is still able to apply. Anyone interested in taking a stall at the event can do so by downloading a slip from the carnival’s website: www.melbournecarnival.co.uk or by
emailing email@example.com. Carnival organisers still want to hear from anyone interested in contributing a float to the processions, and for teams in the tug of war, too. The theme for this year’s event on the school playing fields on July 13 is “Under the Sea”.
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