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29 Jul 2014
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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.

Very Sincerely

Gill Storey: Chair of Knockholt Carnival Charities Committee


KNOCKHOLT VILLAGE AND HER CARNIVAL

by Dr. Rita Radford

Knockholt 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.

The 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.

For 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 enthusiasms together.

Many of these groups regularly enter the Carnival parade, together with groups of residents whose ingenuity and imagination know NO bounds!

So 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 village.


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