Congleton Carnival has been able to support 14 local groups and charities with a share of £3,200 donated by the public in the traditional bucket collections that accompany the carnival parade.
12 of the groups attended a cheque presentation on Wednesday 16th May, the final public engagement of the out-going Mayor Councillor Charles Booth. Many of the groups that benefited from the carnival cash took part in the previous carnival with members of their group carrying buckets for the crowds to add their donations. They are all Congleton based groups or organisations that support local people.
Those receiving the cheques were: Congleton branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, Congleton Building Preservation Trust, Ruby’s Fund, Congleton 230 Air Training Cadets, Congleton High School, Congleton Heritage and Antiques Festival, Congleton Youth Orchestra, Beartown Amateur Boxing, Congleton Friends for Leisure, LOL Foundation, Bromley Park Community Development Fund, Daneside Theatre Trust, Buglawton Scouts and Guides and Friends of Congleton Park.
Chairman of the current Congleton Carnival team, Bob Edwards said: “The bucket collection is an important part of the Carnival parade. Every penny put into the collection is distributed to local groups and organisations and is always kept separate from the Carnival running costs. £3,200 was the funds collected in 2014 and 2016 and it was great to be able to share it with so many worthwhile Congleton groups.”
Applications are still open to be part of the Congleton 2018 Super Heroes and Villains Carnival Procession and Fun Day. Forms can be collected from the Tourist Information Centre or downloaded from www.congletoncarnival.co.uk. The procession will go through the town, starting from Bromley Road at 11am on Saturday 7th July followed by a fun day with stalls, music, food, drink and activities in Congleton Park from 12 noon until 8pm.