Whaley Bridge saw the Rose Queen Festival at its best as a major community organisation on Friday (13 Dec). The committee organised a very successful disco in the Bowling Club as an early Christmas present to the primary school age children of Whaley Bridge. Then, later in the evening, they gave away nearly £2,000 from the proceeds of June’s Rose Queen Carnival to a number of local organisations.
Town Council chairman Martin Thomas presented the donations after earlier being persuaded to get on the dance floor with the young dancers. They were fascinated by his silver chain of office. Martin seemed to enjoy the experience and congratulated the Rose Queen Festival on an exceptional evening and year.
Tim Mourne, Rose Queen Secretary, who was master of ceremonies for the evening, said they were glad to be able to put something back into the community which had supported them – and other local events – in 2013.
Tim announced that the 2014 carnival day will be Saturday 28 June, with the parade starting at 1pm – an hour earlier than in the past.
The village games, which the Rose Queen committee hosted at the sports ground last summer, will be repeated next year on Sunday 13 July 2014.
The following organisations received a grant from the Rose Queen Festival: Battle of Britain Memorial Trust and Jon Egging Trust (flypast on carnival day 2013); the Billerettes (procession, carnival day); Whaley Bridge Show and Garden Society (children’s section); Whaley Bridge Band (learner band uniforms); Before and After Club (new Lego and toys); 1st Whaley Bridge Guides (camping equipment); 2nd Whaley Bridge Rainbows (start-up resource funding); Bugsworth Pre-school (storage shed); Taxal and Fernilee Out of School Club (iPad); Whaley Bridge Junior Football Club (training equipment); Welldressing group (children’s mini boards); Taxal and Fernilee school PFA (playground quiet area); 1st Whaley Bridge Brownies (activities/excursions); Ist Taxal Scouts (5-a-side football equipment); Whaley Bridge Toddler Group (art and craft materials); Whaley Bridge Cricket Club (junior teams)’ Parish of Whaley Bridge children’s youth work (digital projector).
For further information, contact Tim on 01663 734 930.