Jane’s workshops boost for Carnival procession

It’s nearly time for all the fun of Carnival in Wiveliscombe as part of the 10 Parishes Festival – and three special workshops have been laid on for people of all ages, so they can create a Carnival outfit or accessory and join in the person powered procession on Sunday September 8.

This will be the seventh enormously popular 10 Parishes Community Carnival and this year’s theme is You Can’t Stop the Music, with best outfits to be judged by Taunton Deane Mayor Libby Lisgo.

Music will be blasting out as Skintight Samba and Tim Hill’s Big Band accompanies the procession, and people taking part on foot, in wheelbarrows or anything non-motorised, are being invited to also make their own music – and dress up in whatever they fancy.

The workshops to create anything from a flamboyant outfit to a simple mask, are being run by puppeteer and drama teacher Jane Leakey of Fat Cat Theatre Company, to ensure everyone who wants to can take part.

They are free and will be held in The Square in Wiveliscombe on Friday September 6 from 3.30pm – 5.30pm, Saturday 7 from 10am – 12 and on Sunday 8 from 10.30am – 2pm during the all day Street Market and before the Carnival starts at 3pm.   “The workshops are definitely not only for children – we want grown-ups to come along too, parents, grandparents, everyone, “ said Jane Leakey , who has run events and workshops everywhere from schools to theatres and the Natural History Museum.

“People can make Samba style masks and costumes, headdresses, cuffs for their wrists, maybe also butterflies and flowers – hopefully my ideas will just be a springboard for them to develop their own ones too.”

Jane will provide basic materials, and everyone is also welcome to bring their own along.

Last time several hundred people from babies to zimmer-powered residents took part in the procession, which was watched by huge crowds lining the streets. It goes from Silver Street through The Square and West Street, then down to the Recreation Ground for judging and awards by the Mayor.

The Wiveliscombe Carnival dates back to the 1920s and used to rival Bridgwater as a Carnival town. It then all disappeared but was brought back to be part of the 10 Parishes Festival in the last few years and has gone from strength to strength.

* Full details of the 10 Parishes Festival are available in a beautifully printed guide from Wiveliscombe Community Office at 01984 624777, email communityoffice@wiveliscombe.com or view the Guide online at http://2013.10parishesfestival.org.uk/ and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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