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Saturday 9th June 2001
Theme: "Notting Hill at Chapel Hill"
Project: Various
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View From The Field - Notting Hill Carnival Spectacular Comes to Braintree
2001 Picture Gallery
Carnival_Stalls Procession Meadowside

The spirit of the Caribbean came to town as the people of Braintree captured the carnival spirit with a colourful display of fun and laughter. Once again thousands of people lined the streets for the procession of floats and later attended Meadowside for an afternoon packed full of entertainment.

As the procession wound its way through the streets of Braintree, gathering on its way another record Street Collection, Phase One Steel Orchestra played to the waiting public at Meadowside. This lightened the spirits as a light shower of rain and ominous skies threatened.

The fun really got underway after the official opening by the 2001 Carnival Queen, Eryn Bayes. The threatened rain failed to materialise and the crowds were entertained by the likes of top comedy act The Tumblairs, the Music Fun Factory and the Grosvenor School of Dance.

Despite its omission from the official programme, the traditional Wrestling bout took place in the early evening. Then the sun finally broke through and a gloriously bright evening saw one of Essex's top live acts Remorse play the night away.

2001 Programme of Events (As Advertised)
  • 1.00 Floats form at Lakes Road
  • 2.00 Judging of Floats
  • 2.00 Sideshows Open at Meadowside
  • 2.30 Procession leaves Lakes Road
  • 2.30 Phase One Steel Orchestra
  • 3.30 Procession arrives at Meadowside
  • 3.30 Phase One Steel Orchestra
  • 4.00 Grand Opening by Carnival Queen
  • 4.00 Braintree Dimensions
  • 4.20 The Tumblairs
  • 4.50 Braintree Scout and Guide Band
  • 5.10 The Musical Fun Factory
  • 5.30 Grosvenor School of Dance
  • 5.50 Phase One Steel Orchestra
  • 6.20 The Tumblairs
  • 7.00 The Suffolk Royals
  • 8.00 Remorse
  • 9:00 Grand Draw
  • 9.15 Remorse
  • 10.00 Good Night
Braintree Carnival 2001
Other Attractions
  • Steam Gallopers
  • Dive Bomber
  • Big Wheel
  • Dodgems
  • The Round Up
  • The Eliminator
  • Super Bob

2001 Street Procession Entries and Winners
Class 1b
Decorated Vehicles
1. Poulters Taxis
2. Bensons
3. Concord Autoglass
> Braintree Youth Services
> Used Ford Motor Space
Class 2a
Voluntary Organisations (under 30ft)
1. 1st Bocking St. Peters Guides
2. 7th Braintree Brownies
3. 158 Braintree and District A.T.C.
> Lancaster Way Christian Fellowship
Class 2b
Voluntary Organisations (over 30ft)
1. Braintree Brownies
2. Divorced and Separated Club
3. St. Michael's Church Youth Group
Class 3
Commercial & Industrial Firms
1. Brian Chinnery Carpets
2. Rollerworld
Class 4
Dancing Schools and Playgroups
1. Leapfrog Day Nursery
2. White Courts Dance Unlimited
Class 5
Any other Public Houses, Action or Street Groups, Individuals
1. Chapel Hill School
2. Mulberry Tree
3. Football
> H.2.O.
Class 7
Visiting Queens
1. Witham
2. Tiptree
3. Maldon
Chairman's Cup 1. 1st Bocking St. Peters Guides
Windows Display Competition  

2001 Carnival Queen and Attendants
Eryn Bayes, Carnival Queen
When I was picked to represent Braintree and Bocking as Carnival Queen, I was shocked because the other girls there deserved it more than me!
My first job was to be crowned and I was very nervous. As soon as I stepped out of the car to be crowned, I ripped my dress! I have enjoyed the experience a lot, because I got to go to other carnivals and meet all the Carnival Queens and Princesses and meet lots of new people. I also liked going to the Elderly Peoples Home and the Baby Unit at Christmas to give out the cards.
Everyone has been very nice to me and I'm very thankful. I'd like to thank Pat and Robert for everything they have done for the girls and I, especially with making the dresses, and the Carnival Committee for making Braintree Carnival a success, as usual. Thank you to all my friends and family for their support, not to forget Megan and Charlotte for being great throughout the year, keep smiling! I'd also like to wish next year's Court the best of luck and I know you'll be great!
2000 Queen & Court
Megan Nesbit, Carnival Princess
My year as Carnival Princess was lots of fun and everyone who looked after us was very nice. The best part about being Princess is you get to go on lots of rides and go to different towns for Carnivals. I will be sad to end my year as Princess and hope to stay friends with Charlotte and Eryn because they have been lots of fun. Thank you to everyone who made this a special year for me.
Charlotte Harrington, Carnival Princess
When I entered the princess competition last March, my mum told me not to be too upset if I didn't win. When I did win I was really surprised and very excited.
Pat made me a beautiful pink dress and I wore a pretty tiara for the carnival. I was really excited and loved going on the float. I had a brilliant day even though it was raining sometimes.
Thank you to everyone who looked after me and to Pat for my lovely dress. Thank you to Eryn for being so kind and me and Megan will always stay friends. I have loved being carnival Princess.

2001 Project and Donations
The 2001 Street Collection raised a record 1339. As usual, a similar sum was distributed to the following local worthy causes:
  • Farleigh Hospice
  • First Stop Centre
  • St. John Ambulance
  • Braintree Physically Handicapped Club
  • New Directions Residential Centre
  • Braintree Brownies
  • Deanery Gardens Tenants and Residents Association

2001 Sponsored Walk
Details of the 2001 Walk were as follows:
Date: Sunday 9th September 2001
Venue: Riverside Swimming Pool
Distance: 24km (15 miles)
Start: 9.00 a.m. (latest 9.15 a.m.)
Stages: 15 (refreshments half way)

Most of the 15 mile route was along the Flitch Way which was formed from the old railway track between Braintree and Dunmow. The only deviation is around Dunmow where houses have been built on the old track. This is a well worn route for the walk and was chosen due to the possible Foot and Mouth restrictions.

For the first time that anyone could remember, the walk included a group of wheelchair bound participants. This is unusual as footpaths are not usually designed with wheelchairs in mind.

2001 Programme Articles
Unfortunately there were no articles of any note in the programme in 2001. Let's hope the writers sort themselves out ready for 2002. At least Billy can be relied upon to help fill the pages.

2001 Billy's Diary Aged 2¾ - My Third Carnival
"Living Life on the Non-Stop Roller Coaster that is Carnival" Billy
I is writing again due to popular demand but first I must respond to some of the criticisms that have been talked about my previous articles. These usually concern my granma (no it's not the one about her being home in bed although she is as it appens). It's about my granma and puncuaton. It's not my fault. I have nut yet learnt how to use the keyboard on Dad's computa propa yet. Only cos he won't let me use it very often and when he does finally give in I'm only allowed to play with my Tellytubbies CD. I'm not even allowed to serve the Intanet cos Dad says it full of Prawns.
So I have to tell Dad wot to writ but he can't always understand wot I says so he writs it down wrong. So it's his fault the filly old buffer.
Another story that I is hearin is that I was refusing to writ this year unless I is paid. Wot rubbish. However, as Dad keeps sayin, I is a growin lad and expensive to keep and bananas is not growin on trees you now. So is it to much to ask that a ickle chap be paid for quality like this. My lawyers and accountants is lookin into it.
Anyway, enuff of that, this is wot I got up to at last years Carnvul. We is off to the Carnvul agin. Dad is dead excited cos he has got a new cordless drill that he wants to use. Sad init. We is arrivin bout tea time. Dad helps drill the last hole for the poles and then pretends he is worn out from all the hard work. It's Elecshun Day - whatever that means? I stays with Granma and Granpa this morning and we play with my animals until I let them watch some cartoons.
I helps Mum and Dad and their friends on the Carnvul field in the afternoon. We is building things out of bits of wood again just like last year. Mum and her friend Rachel paint bits of wood, Dad drills holes in them with his new drill, their other friends tie them together with bits of string and I plays with Martha Dog. I thinks I've got the best job. Is up early only to find Mum and Dad is already up and about. Dad has been up all night and Mum reckons he was watching the elecshun results. Turns out he had a poorly tum-tum and was ick all nite. Says he had a dodgy quiche for is lunch. I jokes that it serves him right for eating quiche the big girls blouse. He says that's not funny and runs off to the bathroom.
I don't know who he is but I is told I is off to see Elecshun Count with Auntie Ringo Dog. Instead we go to a big room where lots of people is countin bits off paper. They is puttin them in towers but I notice they are all different sizes. I build one big tower when no one is looking which is much better until it falls over.
In the afternoon I go shopping with Uncle Keiff and Auntie Tracey and my friend Hollie. I like Hollie and we play runnin up and down while her Mummy and Daddy try to find us.
When we gets back Dad is upset as there is no ride on the Bumpy Cars this afternoon.
Nana and Grandad is here. Didn't know they live here in Braintree aswell as at home in Leeds. They live in a place called HolidayInnExpress with lots of other people and a man sits in their front room behind a desk. Funny I've never been to see them here before. I fell asleep on the way back to Granmas last night were we is sleepin and missed the Barbque. I is gutted but musn't let it get me down as it's Carnvul Day today.
In the morning I get to play with Charlot and Imgen who come to the Carnvul field with their Mummy and Daddy. We not play with baby Livia as she is still in her Mummys tummy.
I ave a grate afternoon goin on lots of rides and eatin lots of stuff. Someone buys me a nice balloon that I have to hold on to titely to stop it floating away. There was so much goin on that I can't remember wot else I did.
When it is getting late, I take Granma and Granpa home cos they is getting very tired. I ave a nice relaxin bath after another stressful Carnvul week. Sorry but I is to tired to writ today.