Be part of a World Record Mass Bulb Planting attempt

Be part of a world record attempt! Register a team and be part of a mass bulb planting!! Register NOW!!!

Details and registration link below!

Venue: Arrow Valley Park, Battens Drive, Redditch B98 0LJ (entrance near the Visitor Centre)

Date/time: 13th October 2019, 10 am for Planting Team briefing; GWR Starts at 11am for a maximum time period of 1 hour

Registration: All Planting Team participants need to register – this is a two stage process to ensure I can communicate with everyone.

To register interest: registered, I will issue event details and a link to the Planting Team Registration Site.

Equipment: Dibbers will be supplied (Guinness had to approve the equipment and it took a few attempts to get them to agree!) but participants may want to bring a kneeling pad as the planting is at ground level

Team Size: We require a team of 100 people (maximum) and are looking for 125 to ensure capacity if there are drop-outs on the day; there will be plenty for all 125 to do if we happen to have. Ideally, I’d like to know who’s interested by mid-September as final participation registrations need to be completed by 29th September.

Carnival 2019 Review

Astwood Bank partied all weekend long with a variety of activities taking place from the Friday to the Sunday. Friday night saw all ages ranging from youngsters through to more mature residents dance along to the tunes of the Life of Riley band at this year’s Barn dance. This is now the third year running this event has taken place and it’s become a firm fixture in the events calendar for the Carnival team. As well as the band, local magician Sam Wilson entertained the guests with food being provided by local Indian restaurant Little India.

Friday Night: Barn Dance

Saturday: Carnival Procession and Field

After Friday night the Carnival team were up early the next day busy making final arrangements for the main event of the weekend the procession and Carnival.  Floats and a variety of vehicles were assembled ready to leave SE Davis in Edgioake Lane at noon. They then made their way along the streets of Astwood Bank, bedecked in bunting, to the Astwood Bank Primary School where walking floats and marching bands joined the procession. With a theme this year of ‘Music through the decades’, voting had been taking place earlier in the day. Both the vehicle floats and walking groups had been judged by a variety of VIPs including our MP Rachel Maclean and the deputy Mayor Gareth Prosser. The vehicle float voted as best was the entry from Astwood Bank Girlguiding with a Beach Boys theme, and the best walking group entry was from Astwood Bank Primary School, with a theme of Music Icons. In what was a very close decision the overall ‘Best in Show’ award was given to the Astwood Bank Girlguiding entry.

Photo by Roy Edwards. Winny F.oat and Best in Show winners: Astwood Bank Girlguiding
Photo by Roy Edwards. Best walking group: Astwood Bank Primary School
Photo by Roy Edwards. Crowds along Evesham Road supporting the procession.

The procession returned to the carnival field where the Carnival Royalty were crowned for this year and the float winners were presented and congratulated in the arena. With near perfect conditions the crowds were entertained all afternoon through a wide ranging list of performances in the arena. The entertainment started with the Lucy Jane school of dancing and was followed by a series of bouts put on by the Full Force Wrestling team. The bouts were interspersed by two performances from the Redditch Music School, a demonstration from KK Fencing from Studley, a cheque presentation for £600 raised at the recent Bollywood Night at the Little India Restaurant, and an amazing flypast by a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Photo by Roy Edwards of Carnival Royalty outside Tete a Tete who provided hair and make up for our Royalty for the 25th year running!

During the Carnival Little India presented a cheque in the main arena for an amazing £600 that was raised by running the Bollywood Night this year. A massive thank you to all of the Little India team.

Sunday: Carnival Finale

Sunday saw a new event for the carnival weekend with the Why Not Inn putting on a brilliant Carnival Finale event all afternoon. With bands playing, a children’s entertainer performing, free face painting and sunshine, it was a perfect way to finish off this year’s Carnival weekend. The icing on the cake was that the Why Not team had organised a raffle and raised an incredible £877 that has been donated to the Carnival committee for distribution later in the year.

Photo: Andy and Rob from the Why Not Inn with a few Committee members.

Ashley Hewitt, Chairperson for the Astwood Bank Community Group, who organise both the Carnival and other events throughout the year, commented: “It has been many months of planning in pulling this together for many people in Astwood Bank. Whether you are a business who supported us, a group who have designed and created your floats, the volunteers who helped serve drinks and food on the day, or just came out and supported the events over the weekend, we want to thank you all for contributing towards what is a truly an amazing community event. We now start planning the 2020 event, but we do need some more volunteers to make this happen again next year. So no matter how little time you can give back to your community please do contact us and we’ll find a role for you that you will love. Just email me on”

Carnival Finale – WOW!!

We have just had confirmed by The Why Not Inn that today’s raffle from the Carnival Finale hosted by the Why Not in aid of Carnival has raised a staggering £877 which is all being donated to the carnival funds.

Thanks to The Why Not for this fantastic support and all those who supported the event!

Here are some of the carnival team with Andy and Robbie from The Why Not Inn.

Carnival Today!

We have our Carnival today! Check out Procession route and Carnival Field details of the entertainment, food and drink we have lined up for the afternoon!

Road closure in effect from midday until 2pm around Astwood Bank for Procession, then we have Carnival Field open until 5pm! Come down and join us! The weather looks great!

Procession details

Field details!

ABIB Treats for Teacher….or You!

We will again have our stall on Carnival Field. Last year was fantastic for raising funds that help us make our village look great!

As well as a wide selection of plants grown by the Astwood Bank in Bloom team and those donated by Botany Bay Nurseries, there will be a wide selection of gifts and produce available at the Astwood Bank in Bloom stall on Carnival day.

The team will also be running a Scarecrow competition where the prize is this fabulous cake which is a mix of real flowers and edible “rose” cupcakes, made by locally by Rachel at Cupcakes and Dreams

Many of the gifts will make perfect end of term teacher treats, or even better a treat for yourself. Most of the gifts are handmade; many are organic and are up-cycled – made lovingly by our very own Bloom Team.

Whether its picture frames, homemade jams, herbs in novelty pots, lavender sachets, novelty waterers, wax melts, or simply plants, the Astwood Bank in Bloom stall is the place to go on Carnival Day. Remember all of the money raised at this stall goes straight back into our community.

How We Do What We Do…YOU

Its important to recognise how we are able to do what we do every year. Its because of YOU, our local community – businesses, families, individuals who generously support our events through the year. THANKYOU to you all….we deeply appreciate it and we always welcome those who would like to be involved, in however way they can.

As well as allowing Carnival to happen, the Davis family also support other events through the year, not just for Carnival. We couldn’t put this event on without their generous support through the years.

Putting on Carnival weekend requires wider support and we are looking to have a number of local companies, listed below, who provide significant support.

There are many more individuals and companies who make Carnival and other events happen, not mentioned above but without we simply couldn’t do what we do, from being part of the event, providing event support and advertising in our Carnival Programme.

Just some are shown below!

Now many hands make light work. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT, YOUR TIME, IDEAS AND ENERGY.

Would you share them with us?

Would you lend us your skills?

Get in touch if you would like to!

Get your Barn Dance Tickets!

With our final 20 tickets left, now is the time to purchase! Check out the article below for full details of the evening including music, dancing, magic together with a fully licensed bar, food provided by Little India and the chance to win some great prizes including those from NFU, The Why Not Inn and Botany Bay.