Campaign helps bring in the cash for Titchfield carnival

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GENEROUS carnival-goers gave a record total of more than £3,000 during the processions at last year’s Titchfield parade.

A bumper £3,565.46 was collected during the day’s two processions following a campaign by organisers, the Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, asking people to donate a £1 each.

The cost of the 130-year-old carnival, which is held every October, was just under £9,000, with the rest of the money being made up through fundraising activities held throughout the year.

Ann Whyntie, chairwoman of the society, said members were happy with the way last year’s carnival went.

She added: ‘We like to give something back to the village, and don’t always have the funds available to do, so this is another way to put something back into the community.’

The society prides itself on being able to help local charities and members of the community.

And as a result of last year’s fundraising was able to donate to the Titchfield Luncheon Club, distribute virtual hampers to the elderly and pay for the three service wreaths and the bugler at the village’s remembrance service.

The Bonfire Boys are now looking forward to helping put on the village’s four-day celebration to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in early June.

Among the events already arranged are children’s parties on June 2, a 50s dance and giant screen to watch the Thames flotilla on June 3, a fete in Barry’s Meadow, strawberry teas in the Parish Rooms, the beacon lighting on June 4 and open gardens on June 5.