It has been a difficult couple of years for everyone – especially for the hospitality industries, who have either been banned from opening or have had to work around many new restrictions. Large events have been badly affected!
We had originally planned a Carnival in summer 2020, and our stall holders and float builders and programme sponsors and volunteers and marshalls were all ready to welcome thousands to our village. Then in March, Covid struck, and by April it was clear that a huge event – even outdoors – was not going to be possible. We postponed until summer 2021, and without the income from Carnival to act as insurance we also had to cancel our fireworks night. Other events – our Bake Off, the beer festival, and quiz nights were also impossible.
As 2021 rolled around, and Covid hadn’t disappeared, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone the Carnival again. 2021 saw a smaller Knockstock and Bake Off, complying with restrictions that were in place at the time, and we helped other groups to organise events throughout a Celebration of Summer. Entering 2022, even though government restrictions are lifting, there is not enough time to organise our full carnival – float builders won’t have the time to construct the amazing vehicle’s our crowds have come to expect, and our committee is smaller than we’d like. But …
We’re not going to sit and do nothing! This summer there will be events aplenty in Knockholt:
The Queen’s platinum jubillee will be celebrated with an off-street street party
Knockstock will run a smaller, more intimate event
Added to these, we will be running a Summer Fayre, a classic village fete on the Recreation Ground, with stalls and entertainments, music and fun. Have a look at our Fayre page for more details – and get in contact if you want to be involved!
We are hoping to run our full Carnival next year in 2023 – parade and all – but it’s been far too long already, so we can’t wait to see you in July!
We weren’t able to hold our Carnival last year or this year, but we decided to gather together some of the village’s groups and events and celebrate anyway. From the horticultural society’s annual show to high teas at The Harrow; from a two-day long Knockstock to an informal swap shop, we’ve been meeting (with appropriate social distance) and trying to regain some sense of normality.
Our raffle was a huge success, with over 800 tickets sold. Our thirteen winners have been notified and have chosen their prizes.
Overall, we have raised nearly £1000 for our charities, which is an excellent result. Let’s hope we can continue to return to normality next year – and host a fantastic Carnival again!
The judging of the Christmas House Decorating competition entries took place last night, which was thankfully dry. The standard and diversity of the entries was excellent, and showed that the residents of Knockholt wanted to bring some festive cheer to our village. We were impressed by the ingenuity of some of the entries, and the final scores were very close. It’s a shame that some houses did not enter the competition!
The winning entry came from Cobby House, Pound Lane. As you can see there was a lot of work put in to this, with a variety of lights, projections, and models!
We were pleased to present our prize to the winner!
It is not too late to follow our Christmas lights trail – you can download a copy of the map below, and please consider making a donation to our charities.
We are all really impressed by the decorations and lights we’ve seen around the village. Our judges are right now travelling around to view them and see which they like the best, and we’ll announce the winner soon!
But in the meantime, don’t let the judges have all the fun! You can download a map of the entries here, and go and look for yourself.
There’s no charge for this map, but please consider making a donation towards our local charities – you can do this using the form below.
We were all set to judge our Christmas decoration competition this evening, but the weather had other plans! To avoid our judges needing to sail around Knockholt on a boat, we will be delaying the judging until tomorrow. Make sure you turn on your lights by 5pm!
Yes, you probably do already! But with travel restrictions and our ability to meet others curtailed by COVID, we want to see Knockholt shine to brighten everyone’s mood. So break out the baubles, untangle the tinsel, and look for your lights, because we’re going to be awarding Knockholt’s best-dressed house a special prize!
Enter our competition and you could win a home-made Christmas cake, all ready for you to share with your gues … er, to eat it all yourself!
Unfortunately the new government guidelines, prohibiting socialising with more than six people, means that our proposed Bake Off in November will not be able to go ahead. We already have plans for next Spring, so don’t put your sieves and scales into storage just yet!
Keep an eye out for an announcement on a festive event soon …
After having to cancel our events so far this year, we are delighted to announce that we plan to organise a socially-distanced Festive Bake-Off at the Village Centre in November, having postponed the usual spring event. This will be dependent on government guidelines and further announcements will be posted here and on Knockholt Grapevine.
We have also made the decision to cancel our annual fireworks display this year. This is due to the financial loss made last year, as a result of the poor turn out, which has been exacerbated by the postponement of the carnival. We hope to return to a good programme of events next year, with a rescheduled carnival on Saturday 10 July.
Twelve teams from around Knockholt and Halstead joined us on Leap Day – 29 February – for a quiz night. The village centre was buzzing, and we raised just over £800 for our charities – thanks to everyone who came and took part!
The winners of the quiz were Bromley Lions, with a final score of 79 – just beating iCare in a tie-break. Third place went to the Village Idiots …
We had a great time and hope you did too. Hopefully see you soon!