2014 Carnival Booklet Copy
A very warm welcome to Knockholt Carnival 2014, where the theme for the parade, decorated houses, and stalls is “Books Galore”
We sincerely hope that you will enjoy the Parade, Stalls and Arena Events which include a fun dog show, the incredible Big and Little Horse Display and the amazing Extreme Falconry, including a wide variety of Birds of Prey.
In addition to this, Smith’s Archery have offered to hold a tournament starting at 4.30pm. There will be cups awarded for the 3 categories, Pre-Teens, Teens and Adults, so get some practice in earlier.
Knockholt Carnival began in the 1950’s and because of the hard work and dedication of countless local volunteers continues to happen for the benefit of our local community. Right now we put on a fund raiser every two months.
These have included our annual Fireworks display, Supper Dances, Open Gardens, Musical Evenings, Scavenger Hunts, a Music Festival, Bike Rides, Bingo, and generally anything that committee members can think of to raise funds for charities and local good causes, while providing fun for all the family. For upcoming events over the next 12 months see the relevant page in this booklet.
Please also enjoy today the varied Stalls, Food Vendors, the Beer Tent managed by Special Volunteer Vanda Wilson and the Music for the Beer Garden organised by Special Volunteer Mark Hadaway.
Gill Storey: Chair of Knockholt Carnival Charities Committee
VILLAGE AND HER CARNIVAL
Dr. Rita Radford
has a long and fascinating history which can be traced back to the thirteenth
century, when St. Katherine’s Church was established, and there are earlier
records, as readers of ‘A History of Knockholt in the County of Kent’ by David Waldron Smithers will know.
Knockholt carnival also has a long history, starting over sixty years ago in
1951 for the festival of Britain, and was apparently so popular that it became an
annual event for the next thirteen years, sadly it then lapsed, but fortunately
was revived in 1984 to be held on a bi-annual basis, since then with a
particular ‘theme’ for each event. Recent themes have included ‘Fairy tales;
Myths and Legends; and Going for Gold’ (celebrating the 2012 Olympics). This
year, the theme is ‘Books Galore’ which permits endless possibilities for
inspiring entries in the floats and walking display categories.
a village to survive, in addition to the church and churchyard, the Association
of Community Councils in Rural England considered in 1990 that it needed to
keep certain essential services. These include, a primary school, a
shop-cum-post office, a pub, a hall, and the availability of a doctor, also
added to the remit was the importance of the original families as well as new
residents. Our village is fortunate to comply with, or exceed, most of these
criteria, apart from a Post Office these days, for which we remain indebted to
our neighbouring village of Halstead. We also reap the benefits from a wealth
of groups, societies and associations which bring people of like interests and
of these groups regularly enter the Carnival parade, together with groups of
residents whose ingenuity and imagination know NO bounds!
come on join in with an entry, or just come along, watch the parade, enjoy the
arena events, browse the stalls and enjoy a real piece of the history of YOUR