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29th May 2014 at 7:25AM 9 Comments 
Carnival Scrapped


Historic Stockport carnivals to be scrapped over rising costs and red tape
28 May 2014 04:06 PM By Alex Scapens
Two major events go ahead for the final time after council withdraws free staff and says organisers must foot insurance bill
carnival.
The two major carnivals in Stockport are set to be scrapped because of council-imposed costs and problems with red tape.
Stockport Carnival has thrilled crowds for more than a century and raises thousands of pounds for charity.
But it will now take place for the last time at Woodbank Park on Saturday, July 26.
The final Hazel Grove Carnival will take place at Torkington Park on July 19.
Organisers say they are devastated but blame a lack of committee members and a rise in costs.
In previous years, council park staff have been provided for free - but now they must be hired for £1,000.

The council also no longer provides insurance or safety officers to check rides and stalls.
Neil Cork, 48, from the Stockport Carnival organising committee, said the extra costs were too much to bear.
He said: “We are going to go ahead this year but this will be the last. There is extra red tape and costs are going up and up.
“It is with regret because the carnival is a brilliant event but taking the park staff away was the final straw.
"We tried to explain to the council but they say they won’t support us.
“I am gutted, these were by far the two biggest events in Stockport, but we can’t just blame the council - there is also a lack of committee members.”
Stockport Carnival, which has a parade from Heaton Norris that ends in a fun day at Woodbank Park, regularly attracts 15,000 to 20,000 visitors and last year raised £5,000 for charity.
Hazel Grove Carnival began in 1977, usually attracting 2,000 to 3,000 people.
Last year it raised around £4,000 for charity.
Vice chairman David Wilman is among a large number of committee members retiring this year. He says no one has stepped forward as replacements.
He said fundraising is also becoming harder as pubs in Hazel Grove close and there are increased costs.
David, 52, said: “We have done it for seven years and had to retire, but no one has come forward to take it on.
“Council costs and red tape are another factor. It was a very tough decision.”
Stockport council said it regretted the carnival closures.
A spokesman said: “We very much regret having to withdraw some support from these events and are committed to working with local groups to make their activities as easy to deliver as possible.
 

 
 
Fi_nix
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Fi_nix
Re: Carnival Scrapped
30th May 2014 at 3:35PM
Feel pretty guilty about this - I could volunteer for Carnival Committee but know for a fact I haven't got the time to do justice to the job :-(

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hazelgrove3
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hazelgrove3
Re: Carnival Scrapped
1st June 2014 at 10:21AM
It would be good to see other traders in the Grove injecting money into this community project.
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OliverJohnstone
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OliverJohnstone
Re: Carnival Scrapped
1st June 2014 at 2:25PM
As a member of the Hazel Grove Carnival Association Committee, I know how hard they have worked for years and even decades in some cases to keep the carnival going. Those who have enjoyed attending the carnival through the years owe the small but brilliant team a big thank you for the work that they have done.

In recent years, I have been able to help in a small way - mainly with the manual slog and acting as a marshal on the day. It is a fantastic event to be a part of it but it requires a massive amount of organisation and I cannot say I blame Dave and the organisers for wanting to pour their energies and passion into other pursuits.

They have done a grand job and I am incredibly grateful to them.
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Re: Carnival Scrapped
4th June 2014 at 8:41AM, Edit: 4th June 2014 at 8:41AM by BlueGrover
OliverJohnstone Wrote:

As a member of the Hazel Grove Carnival Association Committee, I know how hard they have worked for years and even decades in some cases to keep the carnival going. Those who have enjoyed attending the carnival through the years owe the small but brilliant team a big thank you for the work that they have done.

In recent years, I have been able to help in a small way - mainly with the manual slog and acting as a marshal on the day. It is a fantastic event to be a part of it but it requires a massive amount of organisation and I cannot say I blame Dave and the organisers for wanting to pour their energies and passion into other pursuits.

They have done a grand job and I am incredibly grateful to them.
How about touting the carnival for local sponsorship? There are plenty of large employers in the area who may jump at the opportunity?
Todays Hazel Grove Carnival is brought to you by Sainsbury's................
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Damien
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Damien
Re: Carnival Scrapped
4th June 2014 at 9:12AM
I thought it was the 'Hazel Grove and Imagine FM Carnival'? But on a serious note I would be sad to see the carnival go.
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BlueGrover
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Re: Carnival Scrapped
11th June 2014 at 10:18AM, Edit: 11th June 2014 at 10:36AM by BlueGrover
Hazel Grove councillor Oliver Johnstone, who is on the carnival committee, said: “If we believe, as I do, that the Hazel Grove Carnival is worth saving for families to enjoy for years to come, then we need more active volunteers.

“The withdrawal of support by the council is very disappointing. But the real threat to our carnival is a lack of willing volunteers to organise and ensure the carnival lives on.”

To sign the petition, visit the Stockport Council website. http://democracy.stockport.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?ID=52&RPID=2767101&$LO$=1
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Re: Carnival Scrapped
21st June 2014 at 8:27PM
Hi, how do I go about being able to walk with the carnival as me and my team wanted to dress up and join in, what do I need to do and what are the terms etc?
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OliverJohnstone
Hazel Grove Councillor

OliverJohnstone
Re: Carnival Scrapped
22nd June 2014 at 10:17PM
Hi Kristie if you would like to send me an email I can get in touch with you to talk about what you have in mind. My email is oliverjohnstone@yahoo.co.uk

P.S I am a member of the organising committee.
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cooper120
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cooper120
Re: Carnival Scrapped
24th June 2014 at 12:45PM
How much does the carnival cost? I'm guessing much more than the £4000 it raises for charity.

Would it not be better to have some kind of new large annual charity event?
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