2016 Open Gardens

Despite the wet conditions over the weekend of June 11th and 12th hundreds of people visited Astwood Bank Open Gardens and helped raise well over one thousand pounds that will be distributed amongst local charities and organisations.

Carnival Queen Jess Davies

Carnival Queen Jess Davies

As one of many events arranged by the Astwood Bank Carnival group the event was also attended by members of the recently appointed Carnival royalty. Carnival Queen Jess Davies seen here smelling the roses said how wonderful all of the gardens looked and how she could see all of the effort the gardeners had put in to putting on such a magnificent show.

Carnival princesses Anna Smith and Sophie Lightfoot were also out and about visiting many of the gardens but also admiring some of the displays installed by the Astwood Bank in Bloom group.

Mayor Joe Baker

Mayor Joe Baker

The event was also supported by Mayor Joe Baker and Councillor Jayne Potts.

Lesley Jones, who organised the event, was delighted with the amount of money raised despite the disappointing weather, and how far people came to see the gardens, noting that we had visitors from north Birmingham, Solihull, and Kidderminster as well as many local residents discovering many new gardens and areas of our village that they don’t normally see. Many of our gardeners commented that although it had needed some extra effort to get their gardens ready they were delighted to not only have visitors to appreciate their efforts, but they had done their bit in raising much needed funds for the local community.


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Join Carnival Royalty!

Fancy being a member of the royal family?

Well you could well be if you enter to be a member of the Astwood Bank Carnival Royalty for 2018.

Applications are now open until the 27th April 2018 for Carnival Queen, Carnival Prince, Princess and Rosebud. Unfortunately no applications beyond that date can be considered. Application forms can be found at www.astwoodbankcarnival.co.uk

To be eligible for the role of Queen you need to be aged between 12 and 18 and live within 10 miles of Astwood Bank, you also need to be available for an informal interview with some members of the Carnival Committee on the 4th May.

Although the application date for Carnival Royalty Prince, Princess and Rosebud is the same, the ‘interview’ process is very much focussed on a talent competition. Whether that is sport, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or reading a poem, all talents are very welcome at the Talent event on 5th May at Astwood Bank First school. To be eligible for the role Prince, Princess or Rosebud you must either live in Astwood Bank, or attend school or a club in the area. Potentially Princes and Princesses must be aged between 7 and 11, and budding Rosebuds must be aged 5 to 7 years old.

Winning applicants will be pampered on the day of Carnival (July 14th) where you will lead the procession around the village in a horse drawn carriage. You will also be expected to attend a small number of other occasions that the Carnival Committee organises throughout the year.

Vicky Johnson who is leading on anointing this year’s royalty said “Finding Royalty is always great fun, we always look forward to meeting all of our applicants, and wish everyone great success. Being a member of Carnival Royalty is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are so pleased to be able to offer this again this year.

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