At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Carnival Committee on 7th November 2017, it was resolved that the Corfe Mullen Carnival should make all necessary changes to its Constitution and procedures to enable it to become a registered charity.
This will require the appointment of a board of trustees, a revision of the Constitution to meet the requirements of the Charity Commission, and the creation of a Governing Document (or rulebook) that explains how the charity is run.
Achieving charitable status will provide greater clarity when seeking sponsors, and means that it is possible to claim Gift Aid on donations (including the Street Collection). It also establishes a well-defined organisation, providing greater security for the future of the Carnival.
On 17th September 2017, we held our annual Cheque Presentation and Thank You event.
This is the Carnival committee's way of saying "Thank You" to those who support our event, either by volunteering their time to assist us, by supplying equipment, or by making a financial contribution towards the running of the Carnival. At this event, we also present our donations to the Carnival charities, and give smaller donations to other groups who have contributed towards the smooth running of the Carnival.
Our Chairman, David Mills, and 2017 Carnival Princess, Maisie Thick were on hand to present a cheque for £2,075 to the Corfe Mullen Youth Trust, and a cheque for £3,500 to the Green Island Trust.
Carnival Chairman David Mills and Carnival Princess Maisie Thick present a donation to Lead Youth Worker Nigel Christopher, Youth Helper Sheila Clark and Vice-Chairman of the Corfe Mullen Youth Trust Paul Harrison
Carnival Chairman David Mills and Carnival Princess Maisie Thick present a donation to Debbie Durnford of the Green Island Holiday Trust.
The success of our run is further assured by recognition from the Lytchett Manor Striders Running Club, who have included the CM 5K as one of only five races that make up their 2017 Summer Series competition.
The Lytchett Manor Striders Summer Series is new for 2017 and is a contest between members, over a series of off-road races throughout the summer.
Entry forms and details for taking part in the CM 5K and Junior 1 mile Fun Run can be found on our relevant event page here. Both runs take place on the evening of Tuesday 13th June 2017.
Carnival this year will be opened by 2015 World Darts Champion, Scott Mitchell.
Scott is a landscape gardener and works on the family farm near Bransgore. He has been married for 25 years and has 2 grown-up children. He plays darts for Dorset and has captained the England team for 2 years. This year he has won the Denmark Open, Bruges Belfry darts championship and the Dutch Open (Pairs) trophy.
As a motocross competitor in his early years, we think he will be impressed by the Tigers Children's Motorcycle Display Team's arena display.
The Gartell Arms, our beer tent on Carnival Day, is this year run by the Piddle Brewery who will be offering Carniv-Ale on tap.
Carniv-Ale will also be on sale at the Family Fun Day on Sunday 4th June at the Holme Bush Inn and for the whole of Carnival Week (while stocks last!).
To be sure of getting a pint, our Life President, Martin Harrison, and our Chairman, David Mills, went down to the Holme Bush where they were served by landlord Jonathan Mason.
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