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The Three Villages Carnival Committee
Carnival Processions and Street Parades

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Many years ago, the villagers held regular Carnivals, such as for the Coronation of George VI in 1937, The Festival of Britain in 1951 and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, as well as Street Parades such as a procession of Roman chariots organised by the Heritage Coast.  This type of activity gradually became less popular and eventually ceased.  If you have any photographs, memories or details of these previous events and would like them to be displayed/reproduced on this site, please contact us. 

To celebrate the turn of the century it was decided to set up a Three Villages Carnival Committee led by: John Houston (Chair), Eileen Matthews, Elizabeth Eagle and Meryl Humphries of St. Brides Major; Jill Davies of Southerndown; Brian O'Hare of Ogmore-by-Sea; who then organised a Millennium Carnival and Street Parade. 

Two years later in 2002, Three Villages Carnival Committee organised a Carnival and Street Parade to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II. 

Here's what happened in 2002!  

To raise funds, The Three Villages Carnival Committee organised many and varied events, such as:

Popular 60s, 70s & 80s dance on Saturday, 20th April, 2002 in the Church Hall. 

Fun day at St. Brides Major School on 30th May, 2002 with hot dogs, ice creams, Union Jack flags and face painting.  The day concluded with the children being presented with an Ewenny Pottery commemorative mug each, thanks to the PTA and Community Council. 

Old Fashioned Sports Day on Monday, 3rd June, 2002 which was a huge success despite earlier bad weather. It was followed by a tea party for all the local children at the Pavilion in St Brides Major.  That evening there was a Barn Dance at Pitcot Farm, and villagers danced the night away to the live music of  'Calennig'. 

'Jubilee Bingo' evening in St. Brides Major church Hall on Friday, 7th June, 2002 when winners had to shout  'Jubilee line' or 'Buck House' in order to claim their prizes for winning lines.  After the games, remaining prizes were auctioned to raise further cash. 

Then, on Saturday, 20th July, 2002, there was a Carnival procession of people and floats that travelled from Rivermouth at Ogmore-by-Sea via Southerndown to St. Brides Major, finishing in the field next door to the Vicarage on Southerndown Road. 

Floats  included:

St. Bridget's Church, Sunday School & Orchestra (Jonah and the Whale) which was the winning Float, Three Golden Cups pub (The Wizard of Oz) which came second, St. Brides School Chess Club (chess pieces) which came third, Fox & Hounds pub,  Heol-yr-Ysgol, Heritage Coast Visitor Centre (Sea Creatures), St. Brides School Gardening Club (Bill & Ben),  Horses, Carnival Committee (Film Stars), Carnival Queen and her attendants.  Ladies from the villages depicted famous women with a Jubilee theme. 

Stalls  included:

Bric-a-brac, Plants, Antiques Craft, Crafts, St. Bridget's Church, Pond life exhibition, Wood Turning, Farm Produce, Greetings Cards, Silk Paintings, Ogmore Church, Raffle, Tombola.

Displays and Demonstrations  included:

Nippers Life Savers, BossyBoots line dancing, Dog Show, Tae Kwon Do, Village Band and a Tug-of-war. 

Refreshments included: 

Teas & Coffees, Ice cream van, cakes, sweets, beer tent, BBQ. 

Other items  included:

Slides, Bouncy castle, Face painting.  The Police, Fire engine and St John's Ambulance were in attendance. 

A Children's Disco   in the afternoon was followed by

Dancing till midnight   for all the adults with live bands and a disco.  There were refreshments, burgers and a licensed bar. 

And finally....... many thanks were sent to the committee for their hard work in organising this event and to those who turned up to help clear the field on Sunday morning. 


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