Miss Hampshire helps with fundraising for Titchfield Carnival

FASHION Miss Hampshire, Grace Levy from Titchfield, sorts out some unwanted clothes for the Fashion Exchange
FASHION Miss Hampshire, Grace Levy from Titchfield, sorts out some unwanted clothes for the Fashion Exchange

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BEAUTY queen Grace Levy is sorting through her unwanted outfits to help raise money to put on the annual carnival in her home village.

The Titchfield Bonfire Boys Society, which organises the historic Titchfield Carnival, will be holding one for the ladies when it hosts the charity clothes swap next week.

Twenty-two-year-old Grace took the crown of Miss Hampshire in February and is now in the running for Miss England.

But she had earlier experience as carnival royalty – she was the carnival’s queen in 2007.

Society chairwoman Ann Whyntie said: ‘We hold a whole range of events throughout the year to help fund the carnival, but this time we have something just for the ladies.

‘It’s going to be the boys putting something on for the girls.

‘Grace was a carnival princess and queen for us and she’s still involved in things in the village, so hopefully she’ll be coming along.

‘This is the first time we’ve put one of these events on. I went to one in Swanmore a couple of years ago with a couple of other women from our committee and it was something that we really enjoyed so we’ve always kept it in the back of our mind as something to do.

‘We like to try something new so that we’re not just repeating the same fundraisers each year.

‘Everybody’s welcome. We want people of all ages and all sizes to come along so there’s a good variety of things to choose from.’

Ladies are being urged to have a rummage through their wardrobes and chests of drawers for unwanted items of clothing so they can exchange them for something special.

To take part, just take along new or nearly new clothes, handbags, shoes, jewellery, hats, gloves and scarves.

You will receive a token for each item brought and can then exchange them for new items for your wardrobe. If you run out of tokens, you can buy more at £1 each.

Apart from swapping clothes, ladies will also be able to browse some beauty-related stalls and chat over refreshments.

The 130-year-old carnival costs around £9,000 to hold each year and will take place this year on Sunday, October 28.

The Fashion Exchange will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Titchfield Parish Rooms, from 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 and will be available on the door or email info @titchfieldbonfireboys.co.uk

The society is also helping other local groups to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by putting on four days of events in June including children’s parties, a 50s-style dance, a Jubilee Jamboree fete, and beacon lighting.