Village carnival returning for first time in nearly 40 years

A group of mums are resurrecting a village carnival for the first time in 39 years.

The Cliff Carnival in Navenby will take place on Saturday, September 21 and will continue the tradition of a parade through the village, which has not been seen since 1980.

The event has now been brought back by parents from cliff villages with a focus on bringing the community together.

Activities will include forest schooling, drama, gymnastics, a climbing wall, a brass band, yoga, Morris dancers, circus skills and inflatables.

A photo from the last carnival in 1980.

Carnival committee chair Katie Gordon, 36, said: “We decided to bring back the fete – to give everyone a reason to get together and have some fun.

“We wanted to hark back to the days we remember as children so resurrecting a local parade from 1980 was a great idea.”

The mum-of-two added: “We want our children to understand just how important community spirit is. Thanks to all the generosity of businesses and the sponsors involved we’re on the verge of making this fantastic event a reality.

“We’re really excited to show all our children how being a great neighbour really enriches everyones’ lives.”

Children’s parade displays.

Another mother, Hannah McFaul, said: “The parade will fill the streets of Navenby with colour, music and dancing – there’ll be a real buzz.

“We would love to see supporters line the streets along the high street to the venue to clap and cheer. Anyone can take part in the parade and the schools and clubs involved have been working hard on costumes and props for their parts.

“The aim is to promote togetherness among the cliff villages and collaboration between all generations, occupations and ethnicities.”

Navenby Cadets will lead the ‘How Does Your Garden Grow’ themed march from the Methodist Church in Navenby at 11am along the village high street.

The parade will end at the fete which will begin from 12pm at The Venue in Navenby.

The Cliff Carnival in Navenby will take place on Saturday, September 21.

Attendees will include Navenby Juniors FC, Energize Navenby youth group, Harmston Young Farmers and The Dutch Pancake company, which is based in the village.

The event has been jointly organised by Welbourn Church of England Primary School, Coleby Church of England Primary School and Sir William Robertson Secondary Academy.

Local pre-schools, Wonderbugs at Welbourn and First Timers at Wellingore are also involved in the fete, sponsored by Fine and Country estate agents.

A rolling road block will be in place along the route of the carnival procession on the A607 Grantham Road in Navenby between 11am-12.30pm on the Saturday.

Southbound traffic will be slowed and directed by marshals to overtake the parade at low-speed. Northbound traffic will be slowed. Traffic going along the route will be directed by marshals to wait for gaps in traffic.