This year’s Whitchurch Carnival Queen, Claire Miller (12), and Carnival Princes, Abigail Davis (9), were crowned by our town’s mayor, Cllr. John Clark and mayoress Rosemary Crumplin at a popular festival on the Millennium Meadow. Their attendants are Chloe Roberts (13), Alicia Holt (11) and Summer Coughtrey (8). The dresses were lovingly made by Cindy Dunlop and Pauline Williams.

Update: Read the mayor, Cllr. John Clark’s speech HERE.

Many turned out a bit earlier to have a go at dancing around the Maypole that was erected near the fish gates. As has become customary, the event was led by Brian Shrubsall – who somehow always manages to ensure that the numerous ribbons never get too entangled as veterans and newcomers alike dance around the Maypole.

Later, mesmerizing belly dancing by Yallah entertained everyone with their coordinated musical gyrations.

The MC for the events was Meadow Trustees chairman, Graham Burgess.

Several organisations like Whitchurch Festival, Cats Protection and Testbourne Mityana Project raised funds by selling raffle tickets, food and snacks; Businesses such as Gardens by Jo and Artscapes Design displayed their wares and offered them up for sale.

Local resident Katya Popova held a Harry Potter inspired wand hunt: families were given a card with a picture of a tree’s leaves whose wood is used to make wands in the popular movie. Off they went in search of the tree – once found, their prize was a chocolate egg donated by the White Hart! Kids could also have a go at throwing horseshoes under the watchful eye of Robin Allum.

Futher details on the Meadow website HERE.