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Don with Ray Weeks renovated Plaque
Ray Weeks Memorial Plaque Donald Clifford, President of Shepton Mallet carnival Committee, with the newly restored Ray Weeks Memorial Plaque, after it was vandalised earlier this year.    
Cup Presentation marks Carnival Anniversary - December 17th 2015
50th Anniversary Cup
Cheque Presentation 22nd May 2015 - Crossways hotel

Thousands of pounds were donated to 40 local causes at Shepton Mallet Carnival Committee`s latest meeting. Around 80 attended the event at the Crossways, North Wooton, where the committee handed out a total of £6,500.Committee president Rose Haskins presented cheques to representatives from the chosen beneficiaries, which include charitable causes such as Lifeways and Time is Precious, as well as sports clubs and emergency services. Investment was also made into the future of the carnival, with Shambles, Westonzoyland, Highwayman and Huckyduck carnival clubs receiving money, as well as Glastonbury Carnival Committee and the Carnivals in Somerset Promotion Project (CISPP) which visits schools to educate children about the carnival. The committee`s publicity officer janet Fulford said: "were really lucky in Shepton Mallet that we get such good support from the community".

Shepton Mallet Carnival Committee is proud to be in receipt of a new trophy. This has kindly been donated by the Kerslake family in memory of Bob and Maura Kerslake.
Bob was a founder member of Shepton Mallet Carnival, which celebrates its 50th year next year. He was a local headmaster and a well known town councilor for Shepton Mallet.
Maura was the founder secretary. A position she held with great enthusiasm for nearly 40years.

Maura was also the honorary President of Shepton Mallet Carnival Committee until her retirement from Carnival 2 years ago. Maura was also a keen supporter of the Red Cross and had served as a Justice of the Peace.
Both Bob and Maura were stalwarts of Carnival and brought passion and expertise to their roles.
The Kerslake Cup will be presented along with many more at the Cup Presentation evening on Saturday 24th January 2015 at Haines Motor Museum.


Promoting Carnival 2014
We have been promoting Carnival with a Shop Window in the town. This is courtesy of Shepton Mallet Shop Window Project.   Contact Sheena on  smshopwindowproject@gmail.comif you wish to have a window.    
MIDSOMERSET SHOW 18th August 2013
Shepton Mallet Carnival Committee had a brilliant day fund raising at the Midsomerset Show last Sunday. Although wellies were in evidence due to mud underfoot (see attached photo of Carnival Queen Casey Spearing) the crowds were out and many were happy to support the carnival fund raing attempts. It costs approimately £17,000 to run the carnival each year so fund raising beforehand is essential.
We had a fantastic raffle organised by committee member Jenny Boyce. All winners have either received their prize or been notified with many thanks to Jenny and her team. Occasionally someone from a distance wins a prize in which case often they choose to have money to the value of the prize sent through the post. It is a logistic nightmare for Jenny to co-ordinate and she does it well - plenty of practice you see. 

The second photo shows Carnival Queen Casey Spearing, Committee Chairman Don Clifford and Prince Olly Robertson drawing the raffle. This is one of their last duties with the final one being to crown the new King/Queen on Friday 27th September. Ollie and Casey also spent time talking to possible new recruits. There is still time to enter the competition to lead the Carnival on Wednesday 13th November. Entry forms and details are available from Penny's Sweets, High St, Shepton Mallet.


Carnival Cheque Presentation, Bowlish House. 17th May 2013

Just short of £7,000 was handed out to representatives from a host of organisations at the annual carnival cheque presentation at Bowlish House friday 17th May 2013.

The Money was raised through the street collections by the volunteers among the huge crowds at last years successful event.

Donald`s 80th Birthday Party 24th November 2012
Midsomerset Show 2012
BBQ Norton and Jennies 2012
Shepton Mallets Carnival Cheque Presentation Bowlish House April 27th 2012 Photographs by A.P. Photograghy
Carnival Queen
Shepton Mallets Carnival Cheque Presentations at Bowlish House April 8th 2011
 This year the committee decided to make the appeal for the restoration of Shepton mallet market Cross their main beneficiary. Mr Clifford said the market Cross is a vital landmark in Shepton and as a Shepton mallet Organisation the carnival committee wish to support its restoration. The sum of £1,000 was donated to help swell the resoration funds and town councillor Neil Shearn, chairman of the Market Cross Charity, was there to accept the donation. He said he was absolutely delighted with the carnival committees support.
        2nd April 2012 2 trees were planted in Collett Park to comemorate Ray Weeks and Pete Puddy      



Prize Giving at Haynes Motor Museum Saturday 19th february 2011

The presentation of trophies for last year's successful Shepton carnival took place at a celebration evening at the Haynes Motor Museum.

Thanks to the success of last years Shepton Carnival organisers will be presenting £7,000 to various charities and worthy causes at a special presentation evening next month. This year the carnival Committee has decided to make the Shepton mallet Market Cross restoration appeal its main beneficiary. Chairman Don Clifford said the market cross ia a vital landmark in shepton mallet and as a Shepton mallet organisation the committee wish to support the restoration. The sum of £1,000 is earmarked to help swell the restoration funds.

The presentation of cheques will take place at Bowlish House on Friday April 8th.

Angela Davis with the Malcolm Connock Cup and her father John at the presentation

New Trailer for Carnival 2010

For health and safety reasons, the committee decided to build a new trailer for the dispersal and collection of carnival cones and signs. The project was assigned to John Davis to complete before Carnival 2010, which he managed.

Carnival Crowning Ceremony 24th September 2010

Twelve- year old Tijana Johnson is this years Shepton Mallet Carnival Queen. The winner is traditionally the young person who raises the most money through sponsorship in the contest to help the carnival charities. This years four contestants were Tijana Johnson, Aisha Woodley, Natalie Thorner and sam Scriven who made history this year being the first boy to enter, lets hope he will have encouraged many more to enter in the future. Together all four raised £2406.00 which was a splendid result.

Tijana's attendants in second and third place are Aisha Woodley and Natalie Thorner, sadley Sam was just pipped at the post by the girls. Because the carnival coach for health and safety reasons can only hold three-he sadly could not be included, despite his fundraising efforts

Field House Fete Saturday 7th August 2010
Pearl on the second hand book stall with Donald, Tina, Andrew and John looking for the buried treasure.
Donations To Local Clubs and Societies Good causes share £7000.00 thanks to carnival

Bowlish House Restaurant Friday 30th April 2010

Worthy causes from across the area were given a helping hand on Friday night with the presentation of cheques totaling £7000.00 from Shepton Mallet's Carnival Committee.

The presentation of the proceeds from collections at last years carnival took place at the Bowlish House Hotel.

The bulk went to the carnival committee's main charity-Afghan Hero's. Chairman Don Clifford welcomed all the representatives from the various clubs, charities and organisations. Mr Clifford said the evening enabled the carnival committee to thank and reward in a small way the clubs and charities who had helped in such a very big way to stage and run last years carnival. He said "As with all things, carnivals cost more each year to run. If it was not for the support from the local companies and yourselves for your voluntary work, we would not be able to give Shepton Mallet the show of the year - the number one event of the winter calendar"

He also thanked the thousands of spectators who had given so generously to the collectors tins.

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th March helping pack 10000 box's to send out to our Afghan Hero's.

The confirmed total for this years street collection is £6,564.72 as of 12/11/2009This is a deficit of £482.20 (6.8%) versus the 2008 total.The positive news is that the crowd estimate confirmed by the Police Carnival Event Supervisor was 5,500             This gives us and average donation of £1.19 per spectator.This I am sure is going to be one of the highest average donation figures on the County Circuit in 2009.Many thanks to you all for your support, advice and help with collection organisation this year.

This year's Shepton Mallet Carnival Committee have chosen Afghan Heroes as their main charity for people to support this year.

And are urging carnival-goers to dig deep in their pockets and give generously to support this and the other worthy causes who will have collectors out on the streets with tins and buckets on carnival night, 11th November

This year's fundraising has already got off to a magnificent start thanks to the efforts of the eight contestants who took part is this year's Carnival Queen contest. Carnival Queen Megan Woods, her two Princesses Kirsty Gribben and Paige White and the other contestants Lauren Curtis, Emma Charnley, Lucy Mason, Shannon Bennet and Faith Carpenter between them raised the record-breaking sum of £8,544.45.

Collector co-ordinator Marcus Baker has a list of volunteers from many local groups who will enjoy a donation from the carnival committee. Mr Baker said: "As the amount collected in the buckets can relate to the amount of the donation, if there is a charity that you support make sure you put most money in their buckets. "We have 200 buckets to be filled. Although everyone enjoys throwing at the collection lorries they will be reduced in number this year."

This year Shepton Mallet Carnival falls on Remembrance Day, so the committee decided to make "Afghan Heroes" their headline charity. This charity is set up by Denise Harris, who lives near Castle Cary and who lost her son, Cpl Lee Scott, aged 26, in Afghanistan in July. Denise has joined forces with other mums whose sons died and formed Afghan Heroes which aims to support soldiers and their families affected by events in Afghanistan. For more details about the charity visit

Other groups collecting on the night include Shepton Mallet Army Cadet Force, Shepton Mallet Rotary Club, Shepton Mallet Guides, Shepton Mallet Ladies Hockey Club, Shepton Mallet Scouts, Shepton Mallet Fire Brigade, Shepton Mallet Tangent Club, Shepton Mallet Fun Run, Shepton Mallet Round Table, Shepton Mallet Centre School of Dancing, Transition Shepton Mallet, Nicky Turner's Taekwondo School, Avalon Round Table and Wells Rugby Club.

If there are more groups or individuals who wish to collect they can contact Marcus on 07712 655044.

Carnival Queen Crowning Ceremony 25th September 2009

History was made at the crowning ceremony of this years Shepton Mallet Carnival Queen.Megan Woods, 10, entered the record books by following in the footsteps of her mum and aunt before her who won the coveted title 20 and 19 years ago.And the spectacular fundraising efforts of all eight contestants competing for the crown raised a staggering £8,544.45. That too was a record.Meanwhile there were more family traditions being upheld. Kirsty Gribbens and Page White were appointed as Carnival Princesses. Kirsty's sister Kelly was a princess back in 2001.Just weeks ago the competition had only attracted two entrants, so the committee were delighted and proud to see eight hopefuls on the night, it made the efforts for carnival all worthwhile.It was was an amazing result and a fantastic effort by all.


Collett Park Day June 13th 2009

Once again the weather was beautiful and the crowds came out to support us in their hundreds. A successful day was had by all. We had many prizes to give out, so our Carnival Queen and Princesses did the honors.


The Queens New Coach, October 2008

Last year we had to report that the Queens coach had become un roadworthy and was not up to modern safety standards. In the closed season the committee have purchased a new chassis and built a new coach. The team from our committee lead by committee member Phil Franks, with help from Shambles CC, Huckyduck CC, AJB Welding, and members have worked very hard to produce our wonderful new coach.

Our grateful thanks go to our sponsors for this project.
Honda Shepton Mallet Motors ~ Chassis J. H. Haskins ~ Furnishing
Scott Witcombe, ~ Electrical contractor, Lighting. Right Price, ~ Timber
All Pools & Spas Ltd, Wirral park Glastonbury. ~ Roof Construction Sharp Signs, ~ Sign Writing
Ray Weeks Services, ~ Generator AJB Welding ~ Steel Work
J & P Davis Primrose Hill B&B, West Compton, Shepton Mallet. ~ Crown Making.  

Carnival Queen Crowning Ceremony 2008

The 2008 Shepton Mallet carnival Queen is Kimberley Scriven. Lauren Penny and Harriet Proctor are Carnival Princesses. They were crowned at a special ceremony at Bowlish House Friday 3rd October 2008. They had all been busy trying to raise the most money for charity and had the honour of leading the procession through the town Wednesday 12th november.

A crisp dry night saw the streets lined with a 20,000 strong crowd of supporters as people thronged from across the area to support sheptons night of the year.

It was fitting that Sheptons own home carnival club The Shambles with its spectacular Mary Poppins led the carnival procession of more than 90 breathtaking floats and walking masqueraders in all their glittering glory.

The occasion was wonderful, good weather, wonderful smooth running procession, appreciative crowd who were very generous with their donations.

The committee wish to thank all the volunteers who have given their valuable time and making the evening such a success, well done every one.