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2017 Festival Report

What a wonderful bright sunny morning as the final preparations to welcome the stalls and other participants to 2017 Addiscombe Festival began with a steady flow of vehicles found their respective spaces. This year one didn't expect huge numbers as publicity was lacking due to to some unfortunate circumstances and the usual flyers/posters were limited.

MayorBut, that's not going to stop the fun and games and the festival finally kicked off with the Mayor's usual walk about escorted Croydon Lions Pat Carpenter. The sun was relentless and was good to see small family groups sheltering from the heat under trees and other shaded areas. As the afternoon progressed more people did find their way among the many stalls but there was a noticeable drop in numbers. Of course, the heatwave had a lot to do with it as many decided to flock to beaches and many are also aware of the long running parking restrictions on the main road.

For those who did spend the day at the park am sure would agree that it was as usual fun. There were were a couple of displays in the main arena but near the end the predicted clouds started gathering and this prompted many stalls to start packing up. And, of course the heavens opened up sending people scurrying to find shelter. An hour later it was back to bright sunshine but by this time it was too late.

One query that came up several times was length of grass and why nearly every year the grass is allowed to overgrow for the festival. Well, this is actually done on purpose to save damage to the grounds by vehicles. Although, I personally don't agree with it, this is the reason given and there is not a lot we can do.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that this festival is struggling to survive and relies totally on the dedication and volunteers of the Croydon Lions and friends. All monies raised go the presiding Lions President but it is getting harder each year and many of the Lions are sadly feeling the rigours of age and health. As those who visit the park regularly would have noticed the various improvements and refurbishments currently under way. There is an active group of volunteers who are doing their best to make the park a central hub of community activity for both social and pleasure as well as encouraging a healthy lifestyle. We need more people to get involved to ensure the survival of event's such as the Festival, so please consider working with the Croydon Lions and associated groups to make this happen and provide a legacy for our children.

Finally, a sincere thanks and appreciation to all who were involved with the Festival...from the stalls, entertainers, helpers and other services who helped to make this Festival possible.

As soon as the date for next year's event has been confirmed it will be posted on here as well as on social media such as FaceBook.


There will be other meetings as required particularly sub-committee meetings to deal with the various aspects of the carnival. Dates, venue and time will be posted online and on FaceBook. However, if anyone is interested then please contact a Carnival organizer through website or social network sites such as Facebook so we can invite you directly through email.

We also have a FACEBook page and invite you to join and follow the latest news and pictures.

Archived NEWS below

Due to circumstances beyond our control the Jubilee celebrations on June the 3rd 2012 had to be cancelled at the last moment. Overnight torrential rain and severe weather conditions forced the event to be called off. Unfortunately we were unable contact all involved as the decision was made at 7 am on the day. We apologies for any inconvenience caused. Those who paid for pitches/stalls will have their applications transferred to next year's event. If you do have any queries then please contact Pat Carpenter. We would like to thank everyone for their understanding and cooperation and hopefully see you all at next year's event



2012 marks the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queens 60th year of reign and to celebrate the event the annual carnival will will be run as the Addiscombe Carnival Diamond Jubilee Celebration. Queen Elizabeth was born in 1926 and became Queen an the age of 25 and has ruled for 60 years and we hope the community will see the carnival as an opportunity to celebrate this unique event. The British Monarchy is the official website to find out more about this great British institution.

Please note that the Jubilee logo was designed by Blue Peter winner 10-year-old Katherine Dewar from Chester and is the official emblem for the Diamond Jubilee. She was chosen from 35,000 entries after a competition held by Blue Peter to design a Jubilee logo.


Procession: will start from Woodside Green, via Morland Road, Lower Addiscombe Road, Wydehurst Road and Tenterden Road to Ashburton Park. Meet at Woodside Green at 8.30 am for setting up and preperation for precession to depart promptly at 10.00 am.

Fair: Ashburton Park, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Full Funfair, Donkey Rides, Arena Events, Games and Races for Children, Displays and Stalls of all kinds, Refreshments etc.
Book early to avoid dissapointment...!!!

Booking Forms: Website, For all carnival information: Brian Fitzgerald on 8654 5420 or 07930 244825 for procession booking forms (email: brianfitzgerald225@hotmail.com )

Pat Carpenter (Lions) on 020 8689 7507 (General inquiries) Important - please note pitches need to be booked early to save dissapointment as they go quickly!

Travel: Details: Access to Ashburton Park is supported with trams and local buses although there is some parking for private cars;

Pitch Booking Forms Word or PDF

Please note that only completed Application forms tthat arrive fully completed and in time will be accepted.So please ensure you book early.

Carnvial News

The carnival can only be described as an unparallel success. The weather was fine with a cool breeze and clear skies. The procession started only a few minutes late and arrived at Ashburton Park already filled with numerous stalls and pitches. Soon the park was awash with colours and laughter as families came out to support the event. The police and other agencies involved were extremely delighted with the turnout and the fact the whole event went off without incident. This year the procession began from Woodside Green and along Morland Road and then turning at the roundabout into Lower Addiscome Road and finally ending up at Ashburton Park.

All credit to the skills and personality of the DJ Peter Lewis who controlled the main arena with his infectious humour and creativity. The Cheerleader group and other performance groups did their turns to display their skills. Thanks to the many floats and in particular the “trikes” who brought their eye-catching machines. Other vehicles included the convoy of custom stretch limos, Green party cycles and an assortment of vans and cars with some of them appropiately decorated. A list of all those who took part can be found by clicking on the Sponsors link above. Unfortunately, some have been ommited because they entered their application late. If you done see your stall/pitch or your name listed then please let me know. Althiugh many of the participants returned from the previous year it was good to see some new acts like the Boxercise as seen on the right.

To say the carnival was a runaway success would be an understatement, especially when considering the available resources. It was the perseverance and hard work of all those involved that eventually made the event a memorable one. The Croydon Lions together with their friends can now look back and think of the future; perhaps the bureaucrats that threw obstacles in the way will now reconsider their position and be more supportive to an event that provided a joyfull an unique event for the whole community.

However, keeping on a positive note – the event went without any major issues and most off all the weather held up till the very end. All the agencies involved had nothing but praise at the way things went and indicated that they would like to see a better and bigger carnival next year. In fact, it was decided that canival will become the premier annual event for Addiscome with the suggestion that we might extend the route to begin from Woodside Green to cater for the expected numbers.

Although booking forms will not be available till September 2009, we urge those intersted to contact the organisers and pledge their support. This also includes anyone who wishes to help in any way.

On behalf of the organisers I would like to thank each and everyone who got involved.

Congratulations to the “Float” winners!

The Croydon Chiropractic, where the winners of “walking” float whose entry won the category and they looked very fetching in their “skeleton” costumes. It goes to show that with some effort it is possible to create a winning entry! The kids did well to walk the procession and they looked cute..! Well done kids!!!

The Trikes were something else..! Most of them looked very scary indeed as their trikes were adored with skulls and other paraphernalia. They were quite a sight as they drove in convoy with the rest of the procession and they deserved to win the “mobile” float category.

Well done to the winners of the Best Floats and hopefully will see them back in next years carnival.

Forum added: A forum has now been added to allow all interested parties to interact with each other. It can be used to put forward suggestions and discuss topics and issues concerning the carnival. Most of all it will give all a sense of involvement and share in a common interest. Please register in the forum and begin posting and most of all enjoy. It will also be used to keep an update of the carnival’s progress. The Forum can be accessed from the Menu

Keith Nicholas
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