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Santa Run: Web Efforts

A s we in the Carnival Committee are getting ready for the Santa Run 2018 (which is on the 7th, 8th and 9th of December!) I thought I’d share a little about what’s happening from a geeky / IT-perspective. A couple of years ago , a very-last-minute idea popped into my head about us being able to have you, the good folk of Doddington, track our location as we crawl around the village with Santa and his Sleigh, and we managed to get it to work in time.  A little rough around the edges maybe, but nonetheless, we had a working GPS tracking system.  When I say ‘rough’, I mean it wasn’t as brilliant as I had hoped that it would have been, but hey, it worked to a fashion. Last year , we managed to get a live video stream working via Facebook Live, so that, again, the good folk of Doddington, could see what was happening on the Sleigh, whether it was before or after we’ve been around to your houses. THIS YEAR… we’re pushing the boundaries of previous years, building on previous efforts and goi

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 Dodd

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 Guides 1st Doddington Rainbows 1st Doddington Scout Group Army Cadets Askham Village Community Beagles Explorer Scouts Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service Community Champions Cartigan Jams, Chutneys & Preserves Doddington Christmas Lights Doddington Horticultural Society Doddington Model Club Doddington Recreation Committee Doddington Under 5s Emma's Frames and Make a Memory Photography Glitter Hair - Cystic Fibrosis Trust Greenvale iBaker/Boston Donuts Jester King Hog Roast Kelly's Sweet Creations Maggie's Henna Tattoo Party Sweet Cones & Tombola Perfect Shot Photography Pick-aaa-Book! StreetPride The WI Wills Wheels We hope you’ll call over to each of the stalls and see what games

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.


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 followin

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" -