Aerial view from the church around the Wiltshire village of Bromham in Wiltshire, near to the towns of Calne, Melksham, Devizes and Chippenham

By Bromham Webmaster, Jul 1 2019 03:35PM

THOUSANDS of people turned out in the sunshine on Saturday to make Bromham Carnival one to remember.

Even Boris Johnson, fresh from the controversy over the late night row with his girlfriend, was in evidence in the village near Devizes.

Peter Hindle from the organising committee said: "In a word it was fantastic. The weather couldn’t have been better – especially considering the past few days.

"It felt like there were even more attendees than last year – maybe they all took advantage of the good weather to get outside and enjoy themselves.

"The party continued into the evening – turning into a giant family picnic with live music and fish and chips on the field.

"We haven’t counted all the money yet, but it looks like we’ll be at least as successful as last year, maybe better, and be able to donate more than £4000 to local charities and to village clubs and organisations.

"Thank you to all our sponsors, stall holders, helpers and especially to everyone who entered in the procession, or just came to support the carnival. Next year is Bromham Carnival’s Diamond Jubilee 1960 – 2020. We’re already beginning to plan for the celebration."

Judges had their work cut out picking the best parade entries but the The John Mills award for the best overall float went to Disneyland Bromham, which was also named best family float, and the Vilma Paget Award for the best walker(s) was awarded to When You Wish Upon A Star which also won the best children's walking entry.

Bromham Brownies took the schools and associations prize with Magical Fairy Garden and Bromham Wednesday Club with House of Clowns took the pubs and clubs award.

In the walking classes the best young person went to One Man And His Chopper, best family was Westbrook Rabbits.

Gazette and Herald - 24 June 2019

By Bromham Webmaster, Jul 21 2016 09:27PM

AN explosion of colour, noise and creativity came together to light up the 2016 edition of Bromham Carnival on Saturday.

Hundreds took part in the 2pm parade with even more cheering them on from the roadside before all of them descended upon Millennium Field for the showpiece event that has run since 1961.

Entries in the parade included Bromham Brownies dressed as air hostess majorettes, a Rio Carnival theme for St Nicholas Primary School, The Owl Pub staff as the Muppets and Lego characters.

Alongside them were the Trowbridge and Britannia Majorettes, the Cricklade Marching Band and a Dennis the Menace float.

The Mortimer family and friends came first for their Lego costumes and float in the family and best overall category.

"We are absolutely delighted to win these awards. 'Everything is awesome' is a good way to describe it," said Paul Mortimer.

"The kids came up with the idea for it and my wife Rachel is quite artistic and she did the rest - we are so happy with the final product and the kids are loving the day out."

Angela Napier, from the Owl Pub which won best float for pubs and clubs prize, said: "We always do something for the carnival, we love it too much not to.

"We actually ran out of ideas of what to do, so we thought of something that would make people laugh and we have delivered on that. The community loves it and it is a great way to support that community."

Brown Owl of the Bromham Brownies - who won the accolades for best children's float and best effort - Tracy Hillier said: "The kids loved every minute of it and they were so excited by it all.

"This theme is very apt as it was the Queen's 90th and the Euros are on so we are flying the flag so to speak."

Kevin, Stephanie and their baby boy Freddie won the adult walker group for their stag night costume, seven-year-old William Geary claimed the age six-11 walkers title for his Bear Grylls tiger-bike entry and St Nicholas School won the children's walking group crown.

Bromham carnival committee chairman Pete Davis said:"We were very happy with the way it went. It was one of, if not our best turnout yet.

"We had people who had lived here before coming back from all over the country, even one chap came over from Canada. It was a wonderful occasion and puts Bromham in a wonderful light."

What followed was scores of locals flocking to Millennium Field for a family fun day of games, vintage cars, rides and stalls, with all proceeds going to local causes and charities.

The fortnight long event list will end on Sunday with songs of praise at 6pm in the parish church.

Gazette and Herald - 18 June 2016

By Bromham Webmaster, Jun 25 2015 07:02PM

SEQUINS, samba music and sunshine brought Bromham Carnival fortnight to a colourful conclusion this weekend.

Young and old participated in the carnival day procession, as walking entries or on floats, and a record crowd of more than 1,000 turned out to watch.

Entries in the parade included Bromham Brownies dressed as penguins, Busy Kids preschool with an Around the World theme and the winner, the Rascals Revenge pirate ship, entered by the Stiles and Paget families.

This year’s event also welcomed the London School of Samba along with the Trowbridge Majorettes, Britannia Majorettes and Cricklade Marching Band.

Bromham carnival committee chairman Pete Davis said: “The quality and quantity of entries in the parade was really good, and we had a record number of people come out to watch – the road was at least seven people deep.

“Very few places have a parade nowadays but because Bromham has a good reputation people make the effort."

The committee is keen to build on the event's success and one of the new features for 2015 was a black tie evening

Mr Davis said: "A few less people attended than we hoped but it was still a success and the other events were well supported.”

The carnival had a packed fortnight of events which kicked off with the choosing ceremony, where Joshua Miller and Amberley Brown were picked as carnival prince and princess.

This is the first year the carnival, which has been running for more than 50 years and has raised thousands for charity, has not had a queen due to lack of interest.

Gazette and Herald - Tuesday 23 June 2015

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View from the tower of SAt Nicholas Church, Bromham, Wiltshire