Good morning! Feeling a little bit better now, recovered and rehydrated a bit now. I just really have to make this the last video for quite a while now.
The legacy of what we did last weekend is great but what we need to do now is think about the future and how we can carry on with this legacy and move it forward.
There are a couple of messages I want to get out – the Carnival itself was not about making money. It wasn’t about ripping people off. It was about brining the community together and our neighbours in other areas and allowing them to express joy and thanks and have a good time in a safe environment where we can mix. Me and a couple of other members, Alan being one, were very happy when we had youngsters coming up and talking to us. People we have probably crossed paths with in the day to day but because of ages we hadn’t spoken. Yet we had youngsters coming up and talking about the day and that was great because that was what it was all about.
As I’ve said before, it cost about £14,000 to put that on and without the grants and all the money we were given we would not have been able to do that and we would not have been able to subsidise it as much as we did and things would have been a lot dearer, so that is something we need to think about in the future as well.
There is only really one person to thank for this and that is not me, it is the Queen. Without her reigning for 70 years and her Platinum Jubilee we would not have had a benchmark to do it, we would probably tried to do it but we had a lot of people behind us who wanted to enjoy the same thing.
As I said it wasn’t about making money but we did make money. There were some really good avenues where we managed to do that and that was through the thanks of people and as I said yesterday, there are still more people to thank, and if I do miss you out today, it’s not because we’re not thinking about you, it’s just because we’ve got to thank every single person and we’re going to do that and we’re going to do that in different ways. So please do not feel that I’m leaving out someone or anything like that because I got a few messages like that yesterday.
There was so many good things going on and so many people put their hearts and minds in it. Particularly one of the good things was the raffle and the amount of prizes there and June and Cherry really put their hearts and souls into that and made all those prizes come through and I’m sure they had people behind them that I’ve not mentioned to help them through that as well. They made a huge amount of money. I’m not releasing money and what we made yet because we didn’t make anything but we might make enough to have a benchmark for future Carnivals but also, as we promised, to put some back into the community.
So, keep, keep smiling about the Carnival, keep sending through your photos and your comments in. We will be doing lots more in the background to finish this year off and to look forward to the future one. At the moment that is planned to be in two years time.
If you want to be part of the team please let us know because we have probably killed off a couple of the team who just can’t do it again because it just took so much out of them. We need a strong team to meet the standards we met this year.
With all that said, I hope you keep enjoying the memories and you keep on taking the fact that we have a lovely village and keep taking to people who you might not have spoken to before from any age group and we start building this village into that really strong community again, not that we haven’t got a strong community but I think there is some joining up to do.
Lots and lots of spiel there again but I thank you again for everything you’ve done in helping me get this going and it wasn’t just a one person effort so thanks again.
Have a great day and we’ll speak to you soon. Bye
Lots of vehicles moving around in Woodchurch on Carnival Day – take care.