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Want to help us out a little?

So, don’t know if you’re aware, but the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival is on this weekend! The whole of the Carnival committee have been flat-out, getting ready for the big day. This is only my second year helping out, and I’m constantly amazed at the list of jobs that need doing, in order for a few lorries to drive slowly through the village, followed by a bunch of children running races in the afternoon. Obviously, there’s LOTS more to it than that, and that’s why the people of Doddington love the carnival as much we do.  In fact, we get visitors from Chatteris, March, Wimblington, Manea and more, all coming to the village and seeing what they’re missing out on, by living elsewhere!  We have a GREAT sense of community in this little village. But, sometimes we need help.  We know we make it look easy and all, but the truth is that it takes a lot of people to pull this all off, and that’s where you come in. If you want to help, even a little bit, just let us know. And we’re not

Carnival communication is a little Slack…

The Doddington Village Sports and Carnival committee is a great team to work with, but like many other groups, we have had our fair share of issues in communicating within our 20+ team. We would use email, SMS and more recently, WhatsApp, to send questions, comments and reminders within the group, and with a group larger than about 4 or 5, this can start to get a little out of control. Take for example, a simple emailed question about the cost of entry to the event, from me to Erica, the Treasurer, but I might have CC'd Jason the Chairman on it, for his reference. Erica might 'Reply All' to the email, but add Ian onto it as well, as he may has asked that question separately. But then Jason replies, asking to confirm the opening time is 13:30 . Ian replies to this, and soon a different conversation begins. Each time, emails are getting longer and longer, and the history of each thread of the conversation is carried around with the reply at each stage, meaning that, as a reci

Programmes and Raffle Tickets

The Doddington Carnival and Sports Day isn’t far off, and Team Carnival are out pounding the streets of the village once again, in a bid to sell Programmes and Raffle Tickets ahead of the big day. Programmes are 50p each, and is your free entry per adult to the Sports Fields with it. In addition, keep your programme handy to see if you win the Lucky Programme draw! Raffle Tickets are £1 each, an d the prizes are as follows: 3rd Prize is £50 2nd Prize is £100 1st Prize is £150 We’ve  divided up the village into sections and someone will be knocking on your door soon, if not already.  But if you’ve missed us, then head on over to The Three Tuns , where you can get yours, or buy them at the Sports Field on Saturday 1st July. Good luck!

The Village Bunting!

YES! It’s that time again! You may have been resting, or having a lazy Sunday (Father’s Day) morning in bed, but ‘Team Carnival’ were out in force, getting the bunting up around the village, which is very definitely a sign that the Sports and Carnival Day is definitely getting closer! We started at 07:30 this morning and it’s taken until 11:30 to stretch-out all of the bunting we have around the place.  (Admittedly, we did stop for a quick breather and a drink half-way through, but we think that’s acceptable!)  The sun, however, was relentless – all morning it was beating down on us! Luckily, we were sun-creamed-up! The guys in the cage are up there actually doing the fixing of the bunting to houses, poles and wires, and the rest of us were on the ground helping to direct traffic, as at times, the tele-hoist occupied most of the road! Not so bad if the odd car wants to squeeze by, but artic lorries are a little more of a problem!   A little teamwork and communicating wi

Photograph Competition!

Photograph Competition! Are you the next accidental David Bailey? Can you take a fantastic photo on Carnival day? Check your phone snaps – you could be the winner! We’re looking for the best photo taken on the Saturday 1st July 2017, and one that fully shows the day off to it’s best. You may not be the best ‘technical’ photographer, nor have the best camera equipment, but we all know that sometimes those accidental snaps are the best.  You know, those phone or snappy-cam shots when you weren’t trying to take the perfect picture. The prize for this year’s Photograph Competition, has been generously donated by the Wimblington Photography Society, and is as follows: A FULL COMPLIMENTORY SEASON MEMBERSHIP to the Wimblington Photography Society There are two winners places available: The Public’s Choice The Expert’s Choice All photography submitted will go onto the website, allowing the public to vote for their preferred photograph, but the folks at the Wimblington Photograph

Welcome to our new Blog!

Hello and welcome to our brand new blog! For those of you that may not know what this means, it’s basically a place whereby we can keep you posted with the news and information on the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival, based in Doddington, Cambridgeshire, UK.  We still have our website ( ), and we will keep adding information on what is happening for the carnival and sports day on there, but this is to try to give you more of an insider’s angle on it all. Because the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival is so great, and attended by so many, it’s easy to forget that the small team that run it are doing so in their spare time.  Lots of fundraising events, planning, discussions and so-on, everything takes a year to plan for the next! We’re hoping to give you a glimpse of what goes on within the committee, as well as share some of the successes that we’ve had out of it. So, be sure to check back regularly, and we’ll try to keep the information (a