On Saturday 7th July Hedge End Carnival will be taking place. Our church family will be taking part in it. The Carnival has been running since 1921 and raises money for good causes local to Hedge End.
Last year the theme for our entry was “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, for which we received a first prize. The year before the theme was “Noah’s Ark”. In 2015 it was “All things bright and beautiful for which we were awarded a cup for our walking group.
This year the overall theme for the Carnival is “Winter Wonderland” we have decided to depict “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe” which is a children’s story by C.S. Lewis who is well known for his Christian writing. We are looking into the possibility of having a float, rather than the Bus, as a float would make us more visible. If you happen to know anyone who has suitable transport please let us know.
If you wish to join us it would be great. This is not just for the children in the church; or only those people who attend Sunday morning worship, it is for everyone. People who attend any activity associated with the Church are welcome to take part.
If you wish to take part in the procession please let us know, so that we can get an idea of numbers (we need to give the carnival committee an idea of how many people we have) and work out the logistics, so all goes smoothly on the day.If you wish to help beforehand we will be making banners etc in the Hall during the evening of Monday 18th June.
We will be having a stall on the Show Ground where the carnival procession ends and hold a Children’s “Jammy type” event there as we did last year. This was appreciated by the public and good fun was had by all. If there are enough people available on the day we also hope to serve people tea and coffee outside the Church as we did in 2016, but this depends if we get enough volunteers as we do not wish to deplete the procession in order to do this.
The Carnival is an excellent opportunity to all have a good time, whilst telling the people of Hedge End and further afield that we are here, and that God is important to us, and for them. This is part of our continuing outreach into the Community.