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Christchurch Carnival promises good food, music & (hopefully) sun as call goes out for charity partner

Somerford Arc were chosen last year as one of the carnival's charity partners.

By Daniel Face [email protected]

Published: March 7, 2024 | Updated: 7th March 2024

A cornerstone event of the town’s summer calendar, Christchurch Carnival is now accepting nominations for its next charity partnership.

Christchurch Carnival logoGood causes, not-for-profits, charities and community organisations from the local area are all invited to apply.

Last year’s partners were Somerford Arc alongside Christchurch Food Bank+, whose manager Tracey Blick spoke of the experience.

“It was so wonderful to be a part of Christchurch Carnival, both to judge the carnival entries and be a beneficiary charity of the donations raised”, she said.

“We were able to spend the £1000 on cookery bags filled with a recipe, a large pan and all the ingredients to cook a healthy meal for visitors needing to use the foodbank.

“A great day was had by all. We’re so thankful to the carnival!”

Dating back to 1909, the event now attracts more than 5,000 visitors every year and provides essential fundraising opportunities for local causes helping local people.

This year it will take place between 10th and 11th August on the Quomps at Christchurch Quay.

Fi Herbage, a member of Christchurch Carnival committee, said: “Along with the sunshine, good food and music, carnival rallies a deep sense of community spirit, belonging and a desire to be involved.

“Local people know what their community needs and we see them pulling together in the donations given and raffle ticket purchased across the weekend.”

Jonny Rayner, one of the carnival’s directors, added: “In times of rising living costs and other challenges, the carnival brings joy while supporting our community.

“We’re really sad to hear that two local carnivals have had to close in Weymouth and Verwood – these towns and their causes will now miss out on future support.”

But with Christchurch still going strong, the committee is welcoming applications for its charity partner 2024, with entries closing on 31st March.

Applicants are asked to provide a brief description of their organisation and its coverage area, as well as how donations would be utilised.

A decision is expected in the first two weeks of April.

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