Current organisers of Wellington Carnival will be holding a dual purpose meeting at Wellington Football Club on Sunday 17th February at 2pm to launch an appeal for volunteers and to distribute more than £3,500 to local groups and charities.
It will begin with a short presentation to explain what’s currently involved in putting on the town’s carnival and then make an appeal for new volunteers to step forward to ensure this year’s and future carnivals continue in Wellington.
Following the presentation more than £3,500 will be donated to local groups, schools and charities, the majority of the money earned by those providing support to Wellington Carnival during 2018.
Current Chair Dave Rylatt explained: “Whilst we are proud of what we have achieved acting as custodians for this fantastic event for the past six years, it is apparent that the event needs to move forward with fresh leadership and fresh ideas.
“The dynamics of organising large public events are also changing and we are desperately in need of help to take our event forward and to preserve this unique Somerset event for the town of Wellington.
Our Carnival is also a truly international event as we have forged excellent twinning relationships in France and Portugal where exchange trips and participation in Carnival is reciprocated.
“There is a small, loyal band of volunteers who want to continue supporting new volunteers but it is essential that we have new leadership and additional support in order to deliver a safe, profitable event that is also fun to run.
“There is something for everyone to get involved in within carnival,
- Marketing & Promoting
- Committee Roles
- Toy Selling
- Float Building & Design
“The list is endless. If you would like Carnival to continue in our town, then you really MUST volunteer. Wellington Carnival Committee NEEDS YOU!”
The Wellington Carnival Committee also organises the popular Street Fair to raise funds for the Carnival and the town.
The current committee made the decision last week to continue to organise this year’s Street Fair on Sunday 2nd June 2019 to ensure that adequate funds are available to secure the Carnival in September, hoping that the appeal for volunteers is a success.
Stall reservations and enquiries are already being made daily for this popular event which has grown considerably over the past 4 years.
Current Carnival Secretary Louise Brierley said, “The Street Fair will definitely be going ahead as usual this year, but if we do not get willing volunteers coming forward to assist with the Carnival then, sadly, we will not be able to run the show!
“There is a lot of positive feedback for what we do, both within our town and further afield. We have excellent support from the majority of local businesses and our Town Council and we also have interest further afield – in Cullompton, West Buckland and Tiverton to name a few – for our Christmas float.
“Wellington Carnival Committee has so much potential but, like all organisations, it needs volunteers. We have also forged excellent relationships with neighbouring towns who host the bigger carnivals such as Bridgwater and Glastonbury and this provides potential for improvements to our smaller, but equally important event.
“If there are any individuals, groups or businesses who would like to hear about what we do and who are willing to step forward and lend a hand, we would love to hear from them.
“We urge anyone who has an interest in preserving this event to attend the short presentation on Sunday 17th February. Refreshments will be available.
Wellington Carnival has an historic and important place in our town’s entertainment diary.
For further information or questions contact Wellington Carnival committee at email@example.com