Thame Carnival 2020 - Saturday 13th June 2020 - 12 noon - 4pm

Thame Carnival Organisation

Please read the notes below from the third meeting this year. If you can help with anything at all, no matter how big or small, please get in touch. We are delighted that Matt Bowler has volunteered to be Event Lead. Thanks Matt.

We would love this community event to take place again this year and prove that the “Heart of Thame” is beating strongly.

We are looking for Sponsors and advertisers for this years’ Carnival – please go to the website for more information or to book your spot.
Thame Carnival meeting minutes: Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Attendees: Matt Bowland, Emma Roach, Sharon Smits, Simon Markland, Ashley Dearlove, Siofra Simms, Simon Gobling (Red Kite Radio), Bailey Farr

Apologies: Linda Emery, Fran Rimmer, Nicola Hieatt

Next meeting Date: Tuesday 31st March 2020 - 8pm Racquets Fitness Centre Bar

Theme for this year
- Heart of Thame - All parade entries have the freedom to dress as they want. - we need to get this message out, probably after Easter. 

Charities for this Year: Thame & District Day Care Centre, LWS Young Carers & Thame Girl Guiding

Date of event: Saturday 13th June 2020
Move of equipment: Thursday 11th June 2020

Organising Team: Matt Bowler, Sharon Smits, Sophia Louise Bayleigh, Ashley Dearlove, Linda Emery, Joanne Ashcroft, Simon Markland, Kay Sentance, Dominique Park, Alison Champkin-Woods (Day Care Centre) – more team members welcome.

Stall plan design:

On the day Team: Matt Bowler, Sharon Smits, Sophia Louise Bayleigh, Ashley Dearlove, Linda Emery, Joanne Ashcroft, Simon Markland – more team members welcome.
  1. Booking form for Southern Road Recreation Ground
    1. Linda Emery has handed this in January 2020 -
    2. Public liability insurance document to be sent to Cassie Pinnells TTC, both the current one and the renewal closer to the Carnival date - Sharon chasing the insurers for the Public Liability insurance.
  2. Sophia Louise Bayleigh to email stall holders and parade entries from previous years - Sophia has done this.
  3. Siofra Sims is helping the Carnival, for her Duke of Edinburgh award. She is going to go around the businesses for asking for people to book adverts via the website.
  4. Start asking for helpers and advertisers via and Facebook and Love Thame
  5. Decide on a theme – Heart of Thame – use the Thame blues colour pallet for the logo
  6. The team needs to have the following, as you can see there are a few gaps. If you can help with any of the below, please contact us on
    1. Chairman who only project manages - Matt Bowland
    2. PR / advertising / marketing – Sharon Smits and everyone else
    3. Stalls and parade bookings – Sophia Louise Bayleigh
    4. Ground management on the day – Sharon Smits
    5. Parade organiser – before the event – Required
    6. Parade organiser – on the day – Lyn & Linda (Dan from Station Yard??)
    7. Music / stage organiser - Simon Markland & possibly Jon Cole (Sophia to meet on Monday)
    8. Arena organiser – Simon Markland & possibly Jon Cole
    9. Waste organiser – Ashley Dearlove
    10. General administrator – Sophia / Sharon
    11. Bar organiser – tbc 
    12. Compere – DJ Dan Blaze - confirmed
    13. Graphic Designer – Required
    14. Road closure organiser – Round Table - TBC
    15. Setup and break down organiser – Everyone incl. Dan East - TBC
    16. Dog show – Jason of Petcare tbc
    17. On the day: assistant to organisers - Becca Cleare?
  7.  Book Mayor – Linda has booked
  8. Entertainment - Simon Markland has emailed the performers from last year, he has also had confirmation from the Memphis Rattlesnakes that they can perform. 
  9. Red Kite Radio are going to interview Simon twice and they are discussing the possibility of a live broadcast from the Rec. Interview different people on the ground Simon Gobling from Red Kite has said they will co-ordinate Dan Blaze.
  10. Archery person from last year, is now doing reptiles, Sharon asked for more details, he has yet to come back to her. Is this something we are interested in? Will find out more details and then discuss next time.
  11. Nicola Hieatt has been in contact about the Bucks College students to help again.
  12. Steve from Crash Repairs will provide and take away a car for the Fire brigade to cut up.
  13. Book railings in Town Centre – Linda has submitted the form
  14. Thame Equipment Bank order put in - make sure we pick up the tarpaulin.
  15. Simon Markland has emailed all the performers from last year. Stagecoach have already confirmed they wish to be involved. Simon has emailed lots of performers. Emma Roach to message a local band to play.
  16. Simon has also spoken to Kev of K & A scaffolding, all sorted for them to build the stage etc. for us as per usual, they will set up late afternoon on the Friday (12th) as normal, we will just need to ensure the council fencing and clips are there as well so they can secure it for the evening. Then they will come to take the stage away on the Sunday as normal. Need to confirm the code for the padlocks. So that just needs to be shared so they can get in and out themselves on the Sunday.
  17. Lin Wylie is happy to set off the parade again from Elms Park. Must make sure the Mayor sets off the Parade from Elms Park.
  18. Book cadets (Army and Air) – Ashley to speak to Jo Gresty - Book a stall but no set up or clear down
  19. Fran Ferret will do a Carnival stall.
  20. Nicola - 
  21. Update website (hosted by Pentangle of Thame) – Sophia has done (with help from Sue)
  22. Float vehicles: All parade entries must arrange their own vehicles – it works out better if the ‘float’ is carried e.g. pirate ship by John Hampden, or there is a smaller vehicle with brilliantly dressed people around it
  23. OX9'ers to do the street collection - permission form signed
  24. Guides are going to arrange the litter pick - increase the litter pickers.
  25. Decide on deals for stalls (whether community or not) - LWS Pimms Tent
  26. Fair (Ashley) to bring 6 stalls - Ashley Dearlove to confirm details
  27. Food stalls - Hallomi / Jacket Potatoes / Noodles / Vegan
  28. Discuss expenses for organisers - receipts will be reimbursed
  29. Ensure plenty of music in the parade - Round Table Santa Sleigh?
  30. Ensure plenty of kids games stalls – gnome ringing, splat the rat, balls in jars, climbing wall – this involves the carnival committee organising certain stalls and getting volunteers to run them on behalf of the carnival pot as well as telling everyone who books a stall to ensure they have a fun activity or entertainment - Racquets to help on stalls - tbc
  31. Arrange St John’s ambulance or other medic company for medical cover (plenty of time ahead) – speak to Peter Butt regarding what he arranged last year. Linda to also ask about Charity status. Ongoing, needs to be put on their list around April.
  32. Arrange waste: ensure Monday morning pickup if not Saturday or Sunday. Ashley arranging, with improvement on last year. Ashley needs confirmation of order - £380 - Emma to email to confirm and get an invoice
  33. Arrange toilets – with 1 disabled 1 and ½ sets so there is some further down the field. Ashley getting a formal quote. - £845 + VAT need to book. Emma to email to confirm and get an invoice - decided only going with the same as last year. Going to split the toilets across the Rec.
  34. Arrange for babies, toddlers and aged to use Scout Hut toilet
  35. Mayor to open the event, as it’s the "Heart of Thame".
  36. What could be the ‘big thing for this year’.  Peter Harris has arranged a Spitfire fly past as it’s on the Queen’s birthday.  Details of time tbc.
  37. Public liability insurance – copies sent to Thame Town Council and Ashley Dearlove so that it can be sent on to SODC for road closure
  38. TENS license – Danielle to possibly run the bar then licenses are obtained by them & LWS Pimms 
  39. Event license - ask Sue
  40. Apply for road closure
    1. Inform the bus and taxi companies of the road closure
  41. Parade risk assessment - update last years
  42. Event risk assessment - update last years
  43. Event management plan - update last years
  44. Notify Thames Valley Police of event
  45. Get posters out
  46. Liaise with Dog show about posters - Petcare to do dog show and Jason can help with his van to move the equipment.
  47. Bailey Farr - Farr Catering - food stalls, we will get back to him after spoken to Sophia (possibly noodles and burgers). 
  48. Produce stall plan at least 4 weeks before hand - use last years as a template
  49. Gather sponsors logos for programme
  50. Produce programme at least 2 weeks before hand
  51. Book centre of town banner with TTC
  52. Complete signage form for TTC
  53. Produce signage:
    1. Large road signs
    2. Banner for centre of town (pre-book weeks with Town Council) – ensure on railings on roundabout
    3. Bus route signs
  54. Write the speech for the person opening e.g. Mayor thanking people and ensuring that everyone knows who runs the Carnival

What’s making this Carnival different?

  1.  Spitfire fly past and possibly Red Arrows.
  2. Arena display by Fire Service again this year Confirmed
  3. Confirmed Parade entries: to be added as bookings come in
  4. Stalls: to be added as bookings come in
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