New blood needed for Combe Martin Carnival

Joseph Bulmer

Plea for new committee members to come forward as existing committee prepares to stand down

A plea has gone out for new people to make sure Combe Martin Carnival goes ahead next year.

The existing committee which has run the popular event for the past three years has decided to stand down after the final event of its busy programme, the Halloween Parade on October 31.

“Although we have all enjoyed being involved in what is arguably one of the best community events in North Devon, we feel the time is right to let a new team of volunteers take the carnival in a new direction,” said outgoing chairman Rob Schofield.

“A lot of blood, sweat and tears go into organising the carnival, as well as the Strawberry Fayre in June and the Halloween Parade in October. However, there’s also a lot of laughter and fun with good friends.

“So, we hope new volunteers will now come forward to help create more memorable experiences, not just for themselves, but for the whole community.”

A presentation and thank you evening was held on Saturday at The Castle Inn, with trophies awarded to the winners of the main events from the 2011 carnival.

A special public meeting is to be held in November to discuss the future of the carnival in more detail - and what will happen if a new committee does not come forward.

The time and date of the November has yet to be confirmed. Anyone who would like to find out more about getting involved in the carnival is invited to email or visit

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