Plans to bring back Hellesdon Carnival fail as parish explores options for community events

Hellesdon Carnival parade kicking of the community's celebration event on the recreation ground. Pho

Hellesdon Carnival parade kicking of the community's celebration event on the recreation ground. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

Plans to revitalise Hellesdon Carnival have petered out as the parish council seek new ideas for community events.

In February last year it was announced the carnival; one of the biggest dates in the local calendar, was being cancelled following a disagreement between the organisers and the parish council.

And last summer a third party stepped up to look at ways to bring the carnival back, but plans from event organiser Wayne Bartle have fallen by the wayside after a lack of communication.

Mr Bartle said he had submitted proposals which are not being taken forward, while he would 'possibly look at doing something the following year'.

District and parish councillor for Hellesdon Danny Buck said there are hopes a new event could be forged this year alongside the Grow Your Community project.

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'The continuation scheme that Broadland are supporting might be the body to help run a smaller, community focused event,' he said.

'The original people who ran the carnival had been doing it for 20 years and did a great job but were not able to keep up with changing health and safety regulations. They could not abide with what the council wanted. We asked them if they wanted to run it in a different capacity, and we were willing to offer them support if they could run it as a separate body. Unfortunately nobody came forward for that. 'We looked at other things we could run as part of our re-evaluation this year looking at something slightly less commercialised and involves the whole community.'

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Mr Buck said a community event of some description will be held in the summer of 2017 but not on the same scale as the carnival. 'We will find a way to involve the community as best we can over the summer but it may not be in the same format as we have seen previously,' he said. 'We are very interested to get something off the ground to promote local residents' groups that are more community and volunteer focused. Part of the problem with the previous carnival was it became very business orientated which made that relatively difficult.'

The next Hellesdon Grow Your Community group meeting is at Hellesdon Community Centre at 10am on March 7.

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