07/08/2011 Leave a comment
Yesterday I was asked to be the Head Judge at the Lakenheath Carnival and village fete, which was both an honour and great fun. As I and my fellow Judges walked up and down the procession as it mustered in Woodlands I was amazed at the hard work people had put into the design and execution of their floats and costumes. My congratulations to all those who took part and I thought the Little Fishes were worthy winner of the First Prize.
The John Whisson cup was awarded to CJ Sandwich Bar, not only a great place to get a proper cup of coffee and I have to admit the occasional great bacon sarnie, the effort they put into their Mad Hatter’s Tea party theme was brilliant and the perfect spot to watch the floats go by, very well done. I would also like to use this article to thank all those who worked so very hard to bring the day together, with a particular mention to Tracy and Mark, it’s a well worn cliché but without them the day simply would not have happen.
In politics much is talked about the ‘Big Society’, at the county and district level we talk about ‘Our place’ and ‘engaging’ with the community, to bring communities together and make sure all residents are connected and not isolated in these difficult financial times. Well the Carnival and fete showed what can be achieved if a community does pull together and the benefits in terms of the community is not a one day wonder, it has an effect that is long lasting and real.
By working together on the floats and putting together the stands people make lasting connections and you could see as you strolled around in the afternoon just how many community groups we are blessed with here in Lakenheath from the Digital cinema to the Ladies Keep fit club, there really is a lot going on. Cllr Roger Dicker, Chairman of Forest Heath District Council, joined me to hand out the prizes and he remarked how many people worked so hard on so many stands and floats that it really showed what can be done together, and he is right.
A really great day out and it just shows what communities can do for themselves.