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Astwood Bank came alive to the sounds of Bollywood on Wednesday 22nd June. The Little India restaurant in Astwood Bank marked its fifth anniversary since opening by donating all of the money taken from food sales on the night to the Astwood Bank Carnival fund raising group. The one hundred plus diners over the two sittings included MP Karen Lumley and Mayor Joe Baker as well as local councillors. The event will have raised a four figure sum that later in the year will be distributed to local charities and groups.
As well as an excellent Indian cuisine buffet, diners were entertained by singer Nurjahan Silpi, with many of the diners marking the occasion by dressing in traditional Indian wear and receiving a free henna tattoo. Shamol Ahmed, manager and owner of Little India, was extremely pleased with the event. “We wanted to mark our fifth birthday of being part of the Astwood Bank community, and we thought what better way than working hand in hand with the Astwood Bank Carnival committee to help raise funds that can go back into local groups and charities.

We were delighted to also host MP Karen Lumley and Mayor Joe Baker and receive their support for our local business but also the residents of our village. The event has been a great success and was sold out well ahead of time, so we want to thank everyone for coming and apologise to those that we couldn’t accommodate this time. Maybe we can sort something else out in the future.”Cln9hVaXEAQqMx1

Photo: (left to right)
Ashley Hewitt Chairman of Astwood Bank carnival
Shamol Ahmed owner of Little India
MP Karen Lumley

Speaking on behalf of Astwood Bank Carnival Committee, chairman Ashely Hewitt commented: “As the Carnival Committee we are very proud of the close relationship with have had with many of our local businesses over many years, and were delighted to support Sam when he approached us with this extremely generous offer. Combined with the funds raised through our other events such as the recent Open Gardens, our forthcoming race night on Friday 8th July, and Carnival day on July 9th, we hope to be in a position to continue our long history of being able to distribute thousands of pounds to a wide range of local good causes. If other local businesses would like to work with us to help raise funds we would love to hear from them.”


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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 chair@astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk.”

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