Colyton Carnival hits £285,000 fundraising landmark

PUBLISHED: 11:30 06 February 2015

Colyton Carnival committee presented cheque donations to local groups during their annual meeting. Ref mha 6192-05-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Colyton Carnival committee presented cheque donations to local groups during their annual meeting. Ref mha 6192-05-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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Local organisations shared a bumper £7,425 in handouts from the Colyton Carnival Committee last week.

The money brought the total donated by the organisation to community groups over the past 40 years to a whopping £285,000.

This year’s two main recipients were Colyton Caterpillars and the St Andrew’s Noah’s Ark group which each received cheques for £1,500 for specific projects.

Others to receive funds during the evening were: guides £498, brownies £343, scout group £452, football club £338, Women’s Institute £371, youth football £104, caterpillars £303 for general use, theatre group £273, short mat bowls £299, young farmers £215, Nunsford Nutters £614, Thursday Club £544, primary school £71.

Carnival secretary Caroline Collier stressed that money is allocated according to strict criteria relating to how much an organisation has contributed to the success of the carnival.

The donations came from the profit on last year’s events which netted £8,900 – up £566 on the 2013 total.

The events through the week raised £3,833, which was very slightly down on last year, and the Carnival Market brought in £4,799, which was also slightly down on last year. The street collection of £1,818 was up on 2013, the Royal Party brought in £2,124 and the carnival draw brought in £1,399. A total of £1,790 was paid out in procession prizes and overall expenses were down a little on 2013. Treasurer Geoff Clode said the commitee was very pleased with the results.

The committee is retaining 25 per cent of the profit made last year to help fund this year’s carnival week activities.

Meanwhile, organisers are appealing for a group to take over the running of the carnival flower show this year as the guides can no longer take on the task.

● Amongst those present at last week’s cheque presentations was last year’s royal party - Princess Rose Dack, attendants Lizzie Emmot-Saunders and Sophie Bishop and Prince Alex McNiece who brought in £2,124.


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