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city of wells illuminated carnival Wells Carnival Committee President: Mr Maurice Day Vice-Presidents: Mrs D Comer Mr A Southwood, Mr R Hale & Mr R Day Chairman: Mr Martin Coppell Vice Chairman: Miss C Broom Hon Secretary: Mrs N Dodd, Little Entry Wells 01749 672246 General Committee: Mr M Coppell Mr and Mrs M Stevens Mr R Petch Wells City Council representative Cllr Maureen Brandon Miss C Broom Mr N Cullen-Hand Sub-Committee Conveners: Mrs N Dodd (Judges) Mr M Coppell (Marshalls) Mr and Mrs M Stevens (Programmes) Mr R Petch (Street Traders) We welcome any new members to our committee. Come along and join us. All photography featured in this programme has been generously supplied by www.somersetcarnivals.co.uk The City of Wells Illuminated Carnival is produced by Ignyte Media Ltd, Unit G5, Second Avenue, Westfield Industrial Estate, Radstock, BA3 4BH Tel 01761 410141. While every care has been taken to ensure the data contained in this publication is accurate, neither the publisher nor its editorial contributors can accept, and hereby disclaim, any liability to any party for loss or damage caused by errors or omissions resulting from negligence, accident or any other cause. Ignyte or Wells Carnival Committee does not officially endorse any advertising material included within this publication. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or stored in any retrieval system in any form without the prior permission of the publisher.
ello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. It’s a warm welcome to you all braving the winter weather as the Carnival comes to our beautiful City of Wells this year, hopefully there is no rain about tonight. We are pleased to welcome from Bad Dürkheim Stadburgermeister Christoph Glogger (SPD), and his entourage from Germany. Bad Dürkheim is a spa town in the RhineNeckar urban agglomeration and is the seat of the Bad Dürkheim district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. A very warm welcome to you all, and we hope you enjoy the Carnival. We have another fantastic show for you tonight and we, the committee hope you will enjoy the procession as it passes you by. You won’t see anything like this anywhere else in the world as the thousands of volunteers who have been busy all year raising money to build their carts entertain you, so applaud them for their efforts tonight. Once again the clubs have some really stunning and mind blowing showcases for you to enjoy. So let’s enjoy, music - lights - action! As always we ask you to fill our collection buckets and vehicles with as much as you can afford to help our local good charities and those less fortunate than ourselves here in the City. Each year we distribute your donations to local charities and good causes so please dig deep, every pound counts. We hope that you keep a safe distance from the entries and enjoy the Carnival and come back again and again in the future. Many thanks,
Mr Martin Coppell Chairman, Wells City Carnival Ltd
Message from our President Welcome to the smallest city in England where we once again proudly present our annual spectacular carnival. Every November across Somerset towns come alive to the heavy beat of music and dance produced on the back of huge trailers with 1000’s of light bulbs creating fantastic scenes depicting many different themes. Variety is certainly the spice of life in our area. This year we are pleased to host a visit from our twin town of Bad Dürkheim in Germany and hope and trust they all enjoy the show. You can wave and greet them as they parade around the town at the head of our carnival in procession with our own Mayor Cllr John North. Our endeavours get harder every year as it becomes increasingly more difficult to raise the funds to put this magnificent show on so as per usual, we plead with each and every one of you to give generously to our numerous collectors and official collecting vehicles. In addition to the collectors, you will hopefully be aware by now of a campaign to play the street traders at their own game and sell our own goods to help with carnival expenses. These itinerant street sellers do not contribute any thing to our carnival and are a nuisance to one and all on the streets. We cannot legally stop them selling but we can play the same game so if your child wants a sword or light up toy, whistle or bunny ears that light up then please purchase from one of our official sellers or from one of our stalls around the town. You can identify them by their branded tabards. Please enjoy the spectacular light show, give generously and above all, stay safe.
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Toys and novelties Please buy your light up toys and novelties from our official stalls.
You will see numerous stalls around the route which will be manned by local PTA’s selling official and good quality merchandise at very competitive prices.
Wells City Carnival along with fourteen other carnival towns are fighting back against the groups of street traders who invade our towns every year at Carnival time but contribute nothing what so ever to the Carnival costs.
Please support the efforts of these volunteers who will be raising much needed funds for not only local schools but also for our carnival.
An antiquated, out of date act of parliament means we are powerless to stop the peddlers. We feel that the only way to beat them is to join them and by doing so our aim is to redistribute some of their massive profits (which go into lining their own pockets) to offset some of our ever increasing costs.
All of our goods are CE marked and have also passed our very own stringent safety checks. Health and safety and ever increasing legislative costs mean we continually struggle to make the carnival financially viable.
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THE ROUTE The procession will assemble on the Wells relief road, entering from the Shepton Mallet direction. There is strictly no parking at Cathedral Park as this is a private road, please make arrangements to park vehicles elsewhere. Walking entries (classes 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11) will be assembled in Cathedral Park, Rowdens Road. The finish will be at The Sherston.
• The letting off of fireworks during the procession is expressly forbidden. • All spectators are requested to exercise special care while visiting the carnival. • Do not crowd onto the main road, or allow children to run alongside or between vehicles. • Do not throw coins onto the competing floats – all donations should be deposited into official collecting tins or special collecting vehicles.
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globe CLUB The Globe had very successful 2016 with their entry ‘WILD’ winning many accolades around the carnival circuit from Judges and the public alike. So the club have been working hard behind the scene’s to come back with something even better for 2017 carnival season. Their entry ‘WHITE MAGIC’ is set in a frozen kingdom where Dragons roam and are ruled by Ice wizards using the cold and snow to create there magic. This is year the club have invested heavily in new ways to light the cart purchasing 5000 led lamps and 60 led flood lights meaning a smaller, lighter generator can be used to power the entry. The Globe are now the only Wells club to meet and build close to the City of Wells. The club are always on the lookout for new members to keep the Spirit of Carnival and the Wells Carnival Tradition going. Prospective new members should give Sue Barber a ring on 01761 418320 and come down and meet us at Wells football club every 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Number of Years in Carnival: 49 years. Headquarters: Wells Football Club President: Mr Steve Scott Chair Lady: Sam Stuckey Secretary: Sue Barber Treasurer: Martyn O’Neill Cart Captain: Jon Day Road Crew Captain’s: Ben Golden and Jay Phillips Idea and designer: Martyn O’Neill Engineers: Jay Phillips, Paul Yates, Tony Grimstead, Frank Delaney, Clayton Wyatt, Aaron Phipps, Nigel Stuckey Electricians: Ben Golden, Mike O’Neill, Bob Oatley, Neil Phipps, Dave Tinknell, Chris Gardener Carpenters: Alan Williams, Jon Day, Nigel Dear, Andrew Cribb, Phill Spearing, Martin Brook Artwork/painting: Jon Friend, Mike Barber, Martyn O’Neill, Sam Stuckey, Lilly Newton-Brown Music: O Fortuna sung by Luc Arbogast Choreography: Jon Day and Tanya Jones Costumes: Wendy Hughes, Carol Frew, Mel Lang, Eira Powell, Tracey Phipps, Tanya Jones, Nicki Phipps, Teigan Lang, Amanda Bonne, Hilary Knight Headdress’s: Charlie Hughes and Tim Durbin
Music: Tom Higgs, Paul Yates Make up: Caryl Rowlinson with Jade Brook and girls Lorry Drivers: Dave Tinknell, Jay Phillips and Colin Bailey On the cart: Tracey Phipps, Aaron Phipps, Graham Winter, Hayley Winter, Dave Emery, Caryl Rowlinson, Sam Stuckey, Maxine Hares, Jade Brook, Amy Willis, Neil Phipps, Vince Yates, Charlie Hughes, Wendy Hughes,Mel Lang, Donna O’Neill, Teigan Lang, Keris Stuckey, Carol Frew, Jade Brook, Katie Higgins, Lilly Newton Brown, Hannah Martin. In particular we would like to thank our 2017 sponsors, without whose generous help we would be unable to participate in Carnival, West End Garage (Bruton), Westfield Veterinary Centre, Major Plumbing co Ltd, Civils Store, D’OVIDIO Bros Ltd, Jeremy Weare Ltd, Shuttercraft Somerset Limited, Twilight Zone Tattoo & Piercing, S.G.Weighing & Controls Ltd, M T L Group Ltd, D & T.J. Beal Haulage Contractors, Somerset Forge and JRL Parts. Members, Helpers & Ground Crew: Wendy & Chris Gardiner, Claire Woodland, Martin Brooks, Mike Rahn, Steve Jones, Mark Baker, Sue Barber, Dave Emery, Nigel Dear, Mike & Sue Barber, Kirstie Williams ,Amanda Bonne, Matthew Clark, Tim Durbin, Carol Frew, Ben Golden, Tan Jones, Martyn & Donna O’Neill, Jay Phillips, Nicki Phipps, Carlos Rowlinson, Sam Stuckey, Hayley & Graham Winter, Jon Friend, Colin Bailey, Lauren Friend, Tracey Phipps, Tony & Alison Grimstead,Harry Hughes, Kate Higgins, Aaron Phipps, Wendy Hughes, Charlie Hughes, Bob & Kathy Oatley, Alan Williams, Ken Phipps, Dave Tinknell, Sarah Cave, Ann Baker, Lisa Searle, Maxine Hares,Alan Phipps, Phil Spearing, Bill Baker, Glad Parsons, Mike O’Neill, Frank Delaney, Eira Powell, Paul Yates, Hannah Martin,Jade Brook, Mel Lang, Teigen Lang,Vince Yeates, Andrew Cribb,Vicki Beal,Amy Willis,Lena Haskins,Joe Nuttycombe, Caryl Rowlinson, Jon Day and Lilly NewtonBrown. Jack Lukins,Nigel & Sam Stuckey, Keris Stuckey, Jen Tolton,Clayton Wyatt. Thanks to: Steve Scott and Family at Marley Grange Farm, Sonia Higgins and Wells Football Club, Mr. Anthony Masters and all the boys at the Somerset Forge for all their help and advice, Dave Masters, Martin Grant of MG Bearings, Jane Blizzard, Rai Turk, Maurice Day, Theatre & Circus Fields Glastonbury Festival, Trevor Walton, Martin Reed, Ben Spearing, Ross Brannigan, Nat Sharp, Tony & Theresa Sharp, Ivor Edwards, David Bennett, Caroline Evely, Martin Clemow, Glyn Hughes, Wayne Lang, Lauren Harvey-Miles, S Ryan, Alan & Marion Winter, Ray Gadd, Dave Higgs (AMES), Steve Bellamy (Tincknells Country Store), Dave Collins, Harvey Siggs, Firewatch of Exeter, Alan Hancock, Bob Wheeler and the staff of Wheelers Transport, Dave at Tucks Tyres, Nick Brixey, Steve Dear, Mike Brooks, Kev and Plum Curtis, Ben Spearing, Nick Gerrish, Rob Turner, Kath Pickersgill, John Warren (Vagabonds Carnival Club), Frost Rescue and The Twilight Zone (Glastonbury). Finally the club would like to give thanks to Mr Rai Turk for all the help and support he gave to the club over the years.
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“Troy” is based on the tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the city of Troy and win a war. The tale says that the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside. The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy. That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek to destroy the city of Troy, ending the war!
This year’s cart is dedicated to the memory of Rai Turk, who passed away in early September. Rai was our Vice-President and good friend to our club for over four decades. Rai worked tirelessly for many clubs that you’ll see tonight. His work with the police and the VSO team that look after the safety of carnival was legendary, and he was respected by all that knew him. We’ll all miss you Rai.
The cart is made up of various spinning Greek columns, and horses traveling through the city of Troy. Like many clubs, Mendip Vale’s cart is lit solely by LED lighting, which means the days of the giant costly generator rentals are hopefully behind them. Over the years carnival has moved with the times, with colour changing LED’s becoming more popular. This type of lightening lends itself very well with the depiction of an ancient Greek city, as the cart is being lit from behind the cart structure in a bid to hide the electric lightning panels that perhaps weren’t as common in the 13th century. Like most clubs out there, Mendip vale always rely on the help from non-members and friends. The club wish to thank for their support in 2017 – Mike Churches, Adrian Guise, Wainwrights (Moons Hill Quarry), Vern Hill, Luke Coward, Jeff Puddy, Zoe Guise, Dave Lukins, The Venue Club Wells, Paul Thompson, Jane Emery, Aaron Phipps. People on cart – Ashley Guise, Kev Wickham, Andy Wickham, Tania Kinnersley, Zena Sheppard, Gemma Woods, Bobbie Boardman, Sarah Stott, Jodie bea Galway, Lauren Charles, Kev Brock, Reese Boardman. Mia Jones, Zoey Jones, Abby Morley, Charlotte Woods. People not on cart – Neil Kinnersley, Liam Guise, Mini Sheppard, Tom Sheppard, Andy Bennett, Toby Appleby, Romey Richards, Mark Boardman, Scott Langton, Sophie Langton, Matt Lukins, James Loxton, Gerald Burch,
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GORGONS CLUB as our Headquarters, and also the use of it for our monthly quizzes which are held the 3rd Sunday of every month, and also our cash Bingos which are held throughout the year. we also want to thank everyone that has given us help and support to make this year possible. This year Shelly Ford, Anthony Reed and Sharon Pickford were made life members for 25 years of service to the club. For any details on how to join or support Gorgons C C please contact Shelly Ford by emailing GorgonsCC@aol. com or 07894078999. Gorgons 2017 entry is titled Regeneration. This is a rock theme with a twist. How does rock start? Well with music of course. But where does music come from? Instruments. Well the rockers of Gorgons have broken into a factor and decided to make their own music. This theme started off as 100ft but due to lack of members unfortunately we have had to reduce it to 60ft. But who cares we are gonna Rock it! Music: Burn it to the ground by Nickelback The Gorgons C C would like to thank Rob and Karen at the Britannia Inn for once again allowing us to use their pub
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“Twas the rush before christmas and all was calm, no panic, no stress but then .... the alarm, The countdown has started and all must be done, with the reindeer waiting and ready to run. Santa and his Elves must work fast, whilst dancing, singing and having a blast, making lots of toys for all the girls and boys.”
Cobra carnival club would like to take you to the very magical place of Santas workshop, where Santa and his Elves are busy at work preparing for night ahead. The Elves are completing the last batch christmas orders decided through Mrs Clause’s naughty and nice list ready for the sleigh to be loaded and Santa to be on his way. Performing on the cart this year are: Simon Melluish, Laura Burfield, Joy Melluish, Clair Melluish, Emily Loxton, Mathew Graham, Stacey Harmon, Joe Harris, Chloe Griffiths, Carol Plenty, Charlote Serpis, Sarah Townsend, Ebony Gibbings, Holly Payne, Maddie Payne, Tom Rayner, Paul Addicott and Sophie Hall. Our dedicated road crew members: Vince Graham, Jamie Stephens, Steve George, Chris Smith, Luke Coward, Matt Jennings, Trevor Cook, Alex Cray and Ken and Ann Zebedee. Our behind the scene helpers: Kay Townsend,
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PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY Collecting tins can be obtained from Wells Film Centre, Princes Road, Wells after 5pm. Collection floats are being supplied by members of the Rotary Club, Westonzoyland Carnival Club, Bumble, Foundry Garage in Street and other supporters. Dâ€™Ovidio builders is also assisting. Wells Fire Brigade is selling programmes. We would be grateful if visitors to the carnival would only purchase items from permitted traders and make donations only to registered collectors. Wells Carnival Committee has a patronage system in place, whereby individuals and businesses of all sizes can become involved with the carnival at various levels by making a donation.
If you would like to become a patron, or want more information contact
Nancy Dodd on 01749 672246 The Wells Carnival Committee wishes to thank everyone who has helped in organising the street collections and welcome individual collectors.
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