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Wincanton Carnival 2016 VIDEO

Monday 31 October 2016, 19:45
By John Smith

You can watch the full video of the 2015 carnival here, to see how this year's compares.  

On Friday 14th October Wincanton Carnival returned for its second outing after a six year absence. The weather was good and the crowd big; stretching from the junction of High Street and Common Road all the way down through town and out to the official end point in Bennett’s Field Tading Estate.

From mid-afternoon carnival floats assembled in the Bayford Hill area, whilst the walking entries gathered at the top of Common Road. The event began in the customary way, with the firing of two firework rockets high into the sky to signal the start of the procession, into which Marshals controlled the filtering of the floats and walking entries.

Carnival Queen Nicola Boulton, Princess Jessica Mogg, and Prince Leo Betteridge rode in their coach, loaned by the Shepton Mallet Carnival Society, pulled along by a huge vehicle loaned by Avon Motors (FJ Chalke Ltd) of Wincanton, displaying the trophy that the Wessex Circuit awarded Wincanton in 2015, for being the ‘Best Carnival on the Wessex Circuit’.

Shout - Kipling CC  

The carnival has always been a great family event, and this year’s saw people of all ages entering into the spirit. With the music of the floats, bands, majorettes and the excellent walking entries there was a real carnival atmosphere, clearly enjoyed by the audience who cheered and applauded all the entries. The Blackdown Samba Band brought a real Brazilian carnival rhythm to the event.

One particular walking entry, a little girl, possibly not even of primary school age, stole many hearts as she walked the route wearing illuminated fairy wings and waving to the audience with her wand. For her, the route must have been the equivalent of walking a marathon. She surely slept well that night.

The carnival has changed quite a bit since those of the previous decade. Back then the route was a windy clockwise loop starting and ending in Bennett’s Field, incorporating a rest zone in Balsam Fields, the main crowds concentrated in the town centre area. Now, the procession is a straight run down High Street and South Street to the end point in Bennett’s Field Trading Estate, and the audience stretches the whole length of the route, likely drawing on the residential expansion to the west side of town.

Blackdown Samba Band

During the course of the evening carnival collectors raised approximately £1600, 50% of which the committee will distribute to local charities who have made successful grant applications. The other 50% will go towards the £9000 needed to finance the 2017 carnival.

Awards will be made early next year. If your local organisation would like to apply for a grant from the Carnival, the application form is available on their website,

What’s next?

The 2016 carnival is over, but preparation for 2017 starts now! The committee needs your help to plan and execute the event. To keep this great event running contact them via their website or call 07484 136644.

Diddley Dee - Just Georges CC  


Carnival awards

Class Cup Winner Entry

Individual Juvenile (local) Belmont Auto Services Matthew Bain Kylo Ren
Individual Juvenile (open) The Genes    
  1st Lotty Wheeler Beetlemania
  2nd Izzy Wheeler Faerie Pendula
  3rd Carina Haines Czarevna's Glacial Odyssey
  4th Alice Loftus Milky Way
  5th Ruby Aldridge Magical Forest Fairy
  6th Abigail Holt Queen Bee
  7th Hannah Horner Tink
Group Juvenile (local) F J Chalke Cup    
  1st 2nd Wincanton Brownies Clowning Around
  2nd Just Dance  
Group Juveniles (open)
American dance
American Dance Cup Curly Wurly CC Wings
Individual Adult (local) Uncle Tom’s Cabin Trophy Ann Cook  
Individual Adult (open) Anchor Hill Trophy    
  1st Sister Michael The Academy of Carnival
  2nd Roger Muspratt-Haliton Teatime
Enspired CC Elementus
  4th Abbie Haines Spiralla's Palette
  5th Dave Arney The Pearl Fisher
  6th Spirit CC Deco
Group Adult (local) Cuss Car Care Trophy Wincanton Amateur Dramatic Society King Arthur
Group Adult (open) Charlton Musgrove Cup No Entries  
Pair Adults (local) HHP Cup No Entries  
Pair Adults (open) Totally Floored Trophy    
  1st The Shepherd Family Naughty & Nice
  2nd Funtastic CC Knights on Tour
  3rd Dee Gees CC Something is better than nothing
Family Group (local) Memorial Hall Dance    
  1st Little Legs CC Wiki Tiki
  2nd Vicky Vagg & Cory The Bad Guys
Family Group (open) Bourton Press Ballroom No Entries  
Group Adults Non-motorised Prop Somerset Mini Marquees    
  1st Poole Field Gun Display Team  
  2nd Wincanton Sports Centre I can, you can, we can
Group Adult with Towed Prop Papertrees Cup No Entries
Special Needs The Bear Hotel Trophy Louis Gosling Topcat
Majorettes Majorettes Shield    
  1st Castle Cary Cygnets  
  2nd Stardust Majorettes  
  3rd Milborne Port Twirlstar Majorettes  

Tableau Matt Isaacs Cup Magnum CC A Passage Through Time
Feature Waggoners' Bowl    
  1st Kipling CC Shout
  2nd Revellers CC  
  3rd Hot Rock CC  
Comic Rosier Shield Just Georges CC Diddley Dee
Juvenile Panda Cup Storm CC Rocking All Over the World

2016 Queen Queen’s Cup Nicola Boulton  
Best Dressed Collector M B Sharp Cup Vicky Vagg & Cory The Bad Guys
Best Dressed Driver Cavalcade Cup Hot Rock CC Stobor
Best Creative Float Plessey Shield Magnum CC A Passage Through Time
Best Music Wincanton Carnival (Green) Kipling CC Shout
Spectator's Choice Somerset Care Sister Michael The Academy of Carnival
Best Overall  Juvenile Walker Harold Shield Sister Michael The Academy of Carnival
Best Overall  Adult Walker Unigate Curly Wurly CC Wings
Best Overall Float Best Overall Float Cup Kipling CC Shout

Any other vehicle The Dolphin Cup CISPP  
Trade Mary Magdalene Cup Jeans Electrical, Mere  


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