• Doddington Village
    Sports and Carnival

  • Excellent floats and
    a fantastic carnival.

  • Absolutely brilliant
    sports day

  • A great family day out.

Doddington, Cambridgeshire, UK.

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About

What's it all about?

Doddington Sports and Carnival take place every summer on the first Saturday in July, in the village of Doddington in Cambridgeshire.

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Prince and Princess

The boys and girls of the village get selected and become the Prince and Princess.

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Carnival

Join us for a fantastic show of carnival floats and parade around the streets of Doddington!

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Sports Day

Races for children of all ages with medals and trophies to win! Also bouncy castles, food and a whole lot more!

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Pub Quizzes

Think you're good at general knowledge? What to help raise money for the village AND win money and kudos yourself?

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Doddington Disco!

Remember the days of Doddington Disco? Leave the kids at home and come and have some disco fun!

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The Santa Run!

Each Christmas, we bring Santa out to each and every corner of the village to see the children, with music and fun.

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Scarecrow Competition

Every year, theme-based scarecrows are very competitive and lots of fun to find around the village.

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Live Music

Live music always helps and local bands, groups and artists have a platform and audience to play to.

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Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress is very much encouraged at our events, for young and old, and there are prizes for them too!

 

The village carnival and sports day are open to all.
Come along and see what a fantastic village Doddington is!

Theme

The theme for 2018 is...

An landscape image showing that the theme for 2018 is 'BEST OF BRITISH', with lots of iconic British items, such as a Red Post Box, a Red Telephone Box, a Beefeater Guard, Fish and Chips, a double-decker bus, a Spitfire and more.

Click here to download the A4 poster

The Scarecrow Competition! Create your scarecrows and display them to win! Helping to raise money for the Doddington Village Sports & Carnival Committee.

Theme: Best of British

Application Forms

Available at The Three Tuns, Doddington

Or click here to download

(All details on how to return your application are on the form)

Application forms must be completed and returned by
Wednesday 27th June. (Full details are on the form.)

Please display your Scarecrows from
Noon Sunday 1st July to Noon Sunday 8th July.

Judging will take place during week commencing Monday 2nd July.
Scarecrow Location Maps will be available from Sunday 1st July.

GOOD LUCK!

Volunteer

Come help us!

Over 2,000 people come out to enjoy the Doddington Carnival and Sports Day each year. And it's all run by about 20 people.

Do you fancy helping out?

A few hours, or a few days - we'd love your help.
Here's what we need help with (in no particular order!):

Marketing: Help us to get our message out to more people, on half-of-a-shoestring-budget. We know we need to improve but maybe you're the person to help us.

Social Media: We try to learn and understand the new advances in the social online world, and we're trying hard to make proper use of everything available, but we always need help!

Fund Raising: We know we're in a good position to apply for lots of grants to help us make everything better, but it all takes time. Can you help us to bridge this gap and help us to bring more funds in?

Event Planning: Do you have the gift of being able to plan things in detail ahead of time, and like seeing the end result come together through team-work? Help us plan some of our events and maximise our potential!

Hands-on Creative: We have lots of props that we've built over the past few years, but we always want to push things forward and enhance our look around the village. Lend us your hands and hearts!!

Risk Assessments: Nothing is completely safe but we want to make sure that our guests are as safe as we can make them - and that always comes down to assessing the risks ahead of time. Help us to make sure that we're covering off everything we need to.

Bunting Traffic Control: We've got the putting-up and taking-down of the village bunting pretty-much nailed, but we need people to help us direct traffic such that everyone is kept safe.

Parade Walkers: As simple as it sounds! Walk alongside the floats in the parade and help keep the watching children safe by ensuring they're away from the vehicles. And help us collect donations at the same time, too.

Christmas Elf: Help us to collect donations as we work our way around the village with Santa Claus in the Sleigh. It's a big village when you walk it all on foot over the course of three evenings, and we'd love a spare hand to do it.

The pay is rubbish, but the
reward of helping is amazing!


How? Just get in touch - we'll sort the rest out from there!

Family Disco

Family Disco

including Prince and Princess Selection

Our Family Disco, which includes the Prince and Princess Selection for the Carnival will be held on Saturday 12th May 2018, at Doddington Village Hall. Doors open at 6:30pm, and everyone is welcome!

Doors open at 6:30pm - everyone welcome!

Entry is £1.00 a child, £2.00 an adult.

Licensed bar.

Carnival Prince and Princess Applications

Are you our next Carnival Prince or Princess?

Applications
Available
NOW!

For boys and girls aged 9, 10 and 11
Entry will be accepted provided he/she:
  1. Will be aged 9, 10 or 11 on Saturday 7th July 2018.
  2. Is a resident of *Doddington Village and/or attends the Lionel Walden School.
  3. Will be in attendance and accompanied by an adult at the Family Disco being held on Saturday 12th May 2018 at Doddington Village Hall, where the 2018 Doddington Village Sports & Carnival Prince and Princess will be selected and announced
  4. Will have photographs taken for publicity purposes, which include the local press, Doddington Village Sports and Carnival Website and Facebook Page.
  5. Will write a short paragraph on why *he/she wanted to become the 2018 *Prince/Princess, including any hobbies, family life, schooling etc. and will return to Doddington Village Sports & Carnival Committee no later than Sunday 20th May 2018 for inclusion within the 2018 Sports and Carnival Programme.
  6. Will be included in the Carnival Procession and travel in the Carnival Prince and Princess Carriage or Vehicle.
  7. Will wear the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival Prince/Princess Sash and Crown/Tiara throughout the duration of the Carnival Procession, which will be provided by the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival Committee.
  8. Will Open/Start the first race of the Sports Afternoon and will wear the Sash/Crown/Tiara for publicity purposes.
  9. Will hold the title of Doddington Village Sports and Carnival *Prince/Princess for one year.
  10. Will attend and conduct *himself/herself appropriately as ambassador of Doddington Village Sports and Carnival at relevant events throughout the year.

The Blog

Check out our Blog!

Details and information from deep inside the Carnival Committee.

https://doddingtoncarnival.blogspot.co.uk

Stall Holders

Call for Stall Holders!

Are you interested in having a stall
at the Sport Field on the 7th July?


Simply download and return an application form.

Individuals, Clubs, Groups & Societies

Download, complete and return this form if the stall for a group, charity, etc.

Download form

Businesses & Corporates

Get in touch with us to see how we can best help with a stall for your business.

Email us

All money raised goes to the Doddington Village Sports & Carnival Committee.

Click here to see how we use your donations.

Please note that we will try our very best to accommate as many groups, clubs, societies, etc. as we possibly can. Forms must be returned along with any necessary payment by 18th June.

Calendar

2018 Diary Dates

    Money

    Your donations

    People have asked as to how our funds are spent, and we would like to make this as clear and open as possible.

    • 100% of the money raised by the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival Committee goes back into the next Carnival and Sports Day.

    • The committee members are all volunteers, and give up their own spare time to help make the next Carnival and Sports Day even more fantastic for the children.

    • We heavily scrutinise each and every expense, such that only what has to be bought by the Carnival, is paid for out of the funds. (In fact, committee members frequently buy lots of the items used in/with the carnival themselves.)

    We're proud of the Carnival and Sports Day, and want you to be sure that your donations are spent carefully.

     

    Our Facebook Page has lots of information in terms of events and other news items. 'Like' the page and get notified of new items.

    Find us online!
    facebook.com/doddingtoncarnivalandsports

    History

    Where it all began

    The Carnival is made up of numerous colourful floats from the groups and organisations and each year the procession is led each by a different band or group.

    But it hasn't always been like that.

    • 1922
    • Whist Club start Sports Day

      July 1922

      Lionel Sedley, the then headmaster of the Village School, joined the Doddington Whist Club. He suggested that the club organise a treat for the local school children in the form of a Sports Day.

    • Inaugural Sports Day

      5th August 1922

      The first ever Sports Day took place, with 35 Races and cash prizes for the winners (1s for first place).

      Races included all the normal running races and also such things as a Potato Race and, for the girls, a Needle Threading Race.

    • 1937
    • British Legion steps in

      July 1937

      In 1937, the Whist Club disbanded and gave their surplus funds to the British Legion on the condition that they continue to organise the Sports Day event.

    • 1966
    • Doddington United FC race on

      July 1966

      Doddington United FC took over the running of the Sports Day event.

    • 1973 Doddington Children's Sports

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    • 1974 Doddington Children's Sports

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    • 1980 Doddington Children's Sports

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    • 1981
    • A Dedicated committee

      1981

      A dedicated committee was created with the sole job of running the Sports Day event.

    • 1981 Doddington Children's Sports

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    • 1982 Doddington Children's Sports

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    • 1983 Doddington Children's Sports

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    • 1984 Doddington Children's Sports

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    • 1986
    • The Carnival is born

      July 1986

      The first Carnival was started and sets an annual tradition in place.

    • 1986 Doddington Children's Sports and Carnival

      View the programme

    • 1995 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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    • 1998 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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    • 1999 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2000 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2001 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2002 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2003 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2004 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2005 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2006 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2007 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2008 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2009 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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    • 2010 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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    • 2011
    • Carnival's 25th Anniversary

    • 2011 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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    • 2012
    • Sports Day's 90th Anniversary

    • 2012 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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    • 2013 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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    • 2014 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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    • 2015
    • New Carnival Team

      2015

      The former committee passed the baton onto an entirely new and enthusiastic team of locals, for them to write the next chapter in the history of the Carnival.

    • 2015 Doddington Village Sports and Carnival

      View the programme

    • 2016
    • 2017
    • 2018

     

    Music Licence

    PRS for Music

    PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

    These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

    For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828

    Contact

    Say hello!

    If you have photos or memories to share, please get in touch and let us know.

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