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Getting ready for The Big Man!

Yes.
We know. It’s still November, and now we’re about to drop the C word…C. H. R. I. S. T. M. A. S.And whilst you might be thinking that it’s a bit early for that sort of thing, we at the Doddington Carnival committee are already  getting into Christmas-mode.  We have to.  We’ve already been on the phone to the Big Man – Mr. S. Claus, that is - about his visit to Doddington early in December, and he’s really keen and upbeat about our little village. So, we’re trying to make sure that we’ll be ready for his arrival on the 7th, 8th AND 9th of December!!Several of the committee guys have been polishing-up Santa’s road-sleigh for him, and getting a few Christmas-y tunes on in preparation, as it really does take months to get sorted for it all. We’ve got routes to plan, and people to organise, and jolly health-and-safety plans to worry about. Posters and e-flyers to design/make/print/distribute. And whilst Santa can quickly zip along the Christmas line across the world, our tour of Doddingt…
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Sports Fields Stalls!

We’ve been busy again this year in getting a whole load of stalls for your shopping and browsing pleasure! There are sweet stalls, photography stalls face painters, burgers, hog roasts an more!In case you wanted to know who’s going to be there, well, here’s the list!1st Doddington Guides1st Doddington Rainbows1st Doddington Scout GroupArmy CadetsAskham Village CommunityBeagles Explorer ScoutsCambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service Community ChampionsCartigan Jams, Chutneys & PreservesDoddington Christmas LightsDoddington Horticultural SocietyDoddington Model ClubDoddington Recreation CommitteeDoddington Under 5sEmma's Frames and Make a Memory PhotographyGlitter Hair - Cystic Fibrosis TrustGreenvaleiBaker/Boston DonutsJester King Hog RoastKelly's Sweet CreationsMaggie's Henna TattooParty Sweet Cones & TombolaPerfect Shot PhotographyPick-aaa-Book!StreetPrideThe WIWills WheelsWe hope you’ll call over to each of the stalls and see what games they have going on, or wha…

Lining Up in the Sun!

Whilst the Carnival is absolutely fabulous and it may feel like magic, it certainly doesn’t happen by accident.  The guys have been out in the blazing 30 degree sunshine getting the Sports Field on Benwick Road ready for the races on Saturday, but which shows dedication and effort!The weather forecast has changed ever so slightly for the weekend, but like Ernie here, you might still want to wear your hat!!Incidentally, we’d like to give Ernie a big shout-out and say thank you from us all for helping get the running track looking on top form for the weekend. Top man.

Wednesday-before-Carnival

It's the Wednesday before Carnival-Saturday, and things may not look like they're moving at warp-speed, but from our perspective, it certainly is!Hopefully you’ve seen already, but The Scarecrows are out in force, with Ziggy Stardust, Harry Potter and even The Queen gracing our roadsides, to name but a few! It's great to see so many people joining in the fun, as it really kick-starts the whole thing.  Judging begins soon!Carnival preparations are coming to a head, which is both worrying and exciting, as this has taken months and months of thought, planning and pestering people by the carnival crew and (finally!) it's all now starting to pay-off.  This year’s Carnival Prince and Princess, Luke and Imogen, are getting set to play their part in the proceedings, and being driven around in their glamorous carriage!The Sports Field plans are also being finalised, as we're trying to keep a similar format to last year, but improve slightly on some of the aspects following …

Disco Time!!

It’s coming up to that time of the year where we need to select  the Carnival Prince and Princess during the Family Disco.  These young folks are important to the traditions and values of the Carnival, going back donkeys years, and this year is no different.The Family Disco is also exactly as it sounds – a chance for the whole family to come out and boogey-woogey and enjoy themselves on the dancefloor. Applications for the Carnival Prince and Princess Selection are available from the folks in The Three Tuns, Doddington, so why not nip in there and pick up a form as you pass?   Alternatively, the forms are available on the Doddington Carnival website.  (All details are on the form itself.)

Welcome to 2018!

We blinked,  and 2017 came and went just as quickly!We had a great year in terms of the various events that we’ve put on throughout 2017, and we have no doubt that 2018 will be any different.In 2017, we had pub quizzes and discos, the Carnival and Sports Day, finishing it all off with the Santa Run.  2018 will see more of the same, but with a different twist, as we keep getting emails and Facebook messages to say that you all love what we’re doing, and the reading makes for some humbling feelings in and around the Carnival Committee.  Here’s but a few about the Carnival and Sports Day:"Thanks team loved it once again . This year bought back memories of childhood felt great lots of fun had . Water this year when I was a kid it was flour and eggs lol x" - Sarah Sellers (via Facebook)"Thank you and well done to the committee. Yesterday was another amazing day thanks to the commitment and hard work of volunteers.
Such a brilliant day. Thank you x"
- Nicky Hornsby (via…

The Naughty Elf

Some-how, I have been given the role of ‘the Naughty Elf’, which means that I was the one locked up in the back of the truck that pulls Santa’s Sleigh around the village.  (Although saying that, last night’s freezing temperatures made me quite glad I was the one stuck in there!)Essentially, my job during the Santa Run as ‘the Naughty Elf’, is to control the music and microphone levels through the powered amplifier in the back of the truck with me. Different Christmas music tracks need different volume adjustments, but also controlling Santa’s microphone is another job - I’m sure he waits until I’m least expecting a ‘Ho! Ho! HO!’ blast from him, and he catches me off-guard and the levels go through the roof!For years, and irrespective of where I’ve lived at the time, I’ve seen various Santa Sleighs taken around to see the boys and girls, and hadn’t given it too much of a thought about how it all works.  But since joining the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival committee a couple of …