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Saturday 1st June 2002
Theme: "It's a Celebration"
Project: Anthony Nolan Trust
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Project &

View From The Field -
2002 Picture Gallery
Preparations Procession Meadowside

Once again the support of the people of Braintree was immense and the town was treated to another terrific Carnival.

I'll get around to writing more eventually but for the time being you will have to make do with the picture gallery now I've remembered to put the link in.

2002 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 Spectrum Kite Display at Meadowside
  • 3.30 Procession arrives at Meadowside
  • 4.00 Grand Opening by Carnival Queen
  • 4.00 Jez Avery Mountain Bike Stunt Show
  • 4.25 Canine Capers
  • 4.50 The Marxmen "Braintree Dimensions"
  • 5.15 The Brentwood Drum Corps
  • 5.40 Jez Avery Mountain Bike Stunt Show
  • 6.10 Wellingborough Redwell Band
  • 6.30 The Blue Falcons Gymnastic Display
  • 7.15 Spectrum Kite Display
  • 8.00 Wrestling
  • 8.00 Live Band - Fread
  • 9:00 Grand Draw
  • 9.15 Fread
  • 10.00 Good Night
Braintree Carnival 2002
Other Attractions
  • Steam Gallopers
  • Dive Bomber
  • Big Wheel
  • Dodgems
  • The Round Up
  • The Eliminator
  • Super Bob

2002 Street Procession Entries and Winners
Class 1b
Decorated Vehicles
1. Poulters Taxis
2. Paragon In Car
3. Braintree Youth Services
> Derek Lee
Class 2a
Voluntary Organisations (under 30ft)
1. 1st Bocking St. Peters Guides
2. 158 Air Training Corps.
3. Masonic Centre
> J.R.M.
Class 2b
Voluntary Organisations (over 30ft)
1. P.O.D.S Divorced & Separated Club
2. 4th Braintree Scouts
3. Sporting 77 Youth Football Club
Class 3
Commercial & Industrial Firms
1. Braintree Leisure Centre
2. Sainsburys
3. Brian Chinnery Carpets
> Roller World
> Tesco, Marks Farm
> Mr D. Pope
> Mrs S Lord
> Benson School Of Motoring
Class 4
Dancing Schools and Playgroups
1. Goldingham Hall Pre-School
2. White Courts Dance Unlimited
Class 5
Any other Public Houses, Action or Street Groups, Individuals
1. Chapel Hill School
2. Boars Head
3. Musical Society
Class 7
Visiting Queens
1. Witham
2. Clacton
3. Burnham
> Tiptree
> Coggeshall
Chairman's Cup 1. P.O.D.S Divorced & Separated Club
Window Display Competition 1. Muffetts
2. Sue Ryder charity shop
3. Barnardos charity shop
> Farleigh Hospice charity shop

2002 Carnival Queen and Attendants
2002 Queen & Court
Laura Vodden, Carnival Queen
I cannot believe that it is over a year ago that I was chosen as Braintree and Bocking's Carnival Queen, this past year has absolutely flown by. We have been to so many carnivals and events, the best being Braintree Carnival obviously! Every time we have been out we have had so much fun and met so many people, including many other Carnival Courts, all of whom have been lovely. It has been a particularly successful year for us, and we have collected many trophies and rosettes. I could not possibly list all the places we have been to, but one that does stick in my mind is Burnham on Crouch, it was all lit up and we were dancing along to the music, everyone had a fantastic giggle! Well so many thank yous to be made; I will attempt to get them all in, firstly to Pat and Robert, and Tom and Ronnie for taking us on so many great days out, Pat for making three gorgeous dresses. The float always looked perfect every time we went out, thank you to the rest of the Braintree Carnival Committee for making Braintree Carnival another huge success and supporting us throughout the rest of the year, especially Ronnie for persuading me to apply in the first place. Thanks Mum for being there (as always) and doing my hair every time, the rest of my family for allowing me to load the horses on to them most weekends, my fiancée Graham for loving me and persuading me I do the dress justice! Last, but not least, thank you to my two beautiful princesses for being so stunning and so much fun. I wish this year's Carnival Court all the luck in the world and hope they have just as much of a good time.
Tamara Scrase, Carnival Princess
And so my year of reign has ended
and I'm feeling sad,
but I will always think about
the nice times that I had.
Of all the people that I've met,
the places I have been,
the friends I've made with
Lloren Webb and Laura Vodden, Queen.
I hope that this year's Queen & Court
will like it just as well, and maybe I'll be Queen one day,
you can never tell.
Lloren Webb, Carnival Princess
It was a last minute decision to enter the Princess Competition and I was really nervous, I just couldn't believe it when the judges called my number out, I was really shocked it was me. My first job was to be crowned, it all went too soon, so many faces were looking at Laura, Tamara and me. I've met lots of friendly people and visited so many places throughout the year. As well as enjoying the carnivals I also enjoyed going to the elderly homes and a baby unit to give out Christmas cards to everyone. Thank you to Pat and Robert for everything they have done to make this an unforgettable year, also thank you to my family and friends for sticking by me all year round, thank you ail so much for making me feel like a real princess.
2002 Crowning
2002 Braintree Carnival
2002 Prize Giving

2002 Project and Donations

The Carnival Committee formally adopted Leukaemia Research as its main project for 2002. This project does not fall exactly within the terms of Carnival objectives. However, the committee felt the need to become involved following the experience of a former Carnival Queen Kelly Byrne (1999).

Unfortunately, despite a successful Bone Marrow transplant, Kelly died in April 2002. Our thoughts remain with her family especially boyfriend Geoff and their young son Logan.

The following letter was written by Kelly's Mum shortly before she died.


2002 Presentation Night
2002 Presentation Night

2002 has been an incredible year with a record breaking street collection of over £2000. The Carnival Committee dug deep and decided that the cause was worthy of its largest ever single donation.

A cheque for £5000 was handed over at a presentation evening on Friday 15th November 2002. Bronwen Nicholls, area co-ordinator for the Anthony Nolan Trust, was on hand to receive the cheque from Carnival Queen Laura Vodden.

The presentation took place at Bocking Sports Club and attending were Kelly's young son Logan (pictured above), his father Geoff and Kelly's foster parents Steve and Angie Saunders.

A spokesman said: "Everybody worked so hard to raise the money and the whole carnival committee would like to thank everybody who gave their time."

2002 Sponsored Walk

After a reduction of the number of walkers in 2001 the committee decided it was time to review the annual Walk. After much 'soul searching' and debate it was decided to continue with the event but with some minor changes. It was to be one week later to avoid a clash with the return to school and the route was shortened by a small amount. The Chairman was against the latter decision, so to confuse him the distance was changed to 20 kilometres instead of 15 miles; he's still working that one out!

52 walkers from 8 organisations took part. This included our very own Rachel and Martin who between them raised over £200 towards the Carnival Project. Jessica Crowe walking for the Braintree Dimensions, also donated part of her sponsor money to the Project.

We would like to express our thanks to Essex Wildlife and the Warden for their co-operation at the Brookes Reserve were the refreshment caravan was stationed.

Details of the 2002 Walk were as follows:
Date: Sunday 15th September 2002
Venue: Bocking Sports Club
Distance: 20km (12.5 miles)
Start: 9.00 a.m. (latest 9.15 a.m.)
Stages: 12 (refreshments half way)
The walk took place in the same area as the 2002 walk but in the reverse direction. Also the amount of road used was reduced by about 1.5 miles.
The route should have gone something like this:
Set off up the Fennes Road, turn east to cross the A131 just south of Foley House, pass Boultwoods Farm and head for Plaistow Green. Turning South doing a circuit of the Brooks Reserve before heading back via Lordsland, Willoughbys, Thistley Green, Convent Lane and Dorwards.

2002 Carnival Diary
The following events include those organised or attended by the Braintree and Bocking Carnival and its representatives.
Month Date Event Notes
February Saturday 2nd Old Peoples Party, Bocking Singing
March Friday 8th Carnival Queen Selection Laura Vodden
March Saturday 9th Princess Competition Tamara Scrase
Lloren Webb
May Monday 6th Bocking Village Fair Crowning
May Friday 31st 'Window Display' Judging  
June Saturday 1st Braintree Carnival Picture Gallery
June Saturday 15th Brightlingsea Carnival 1st Court & Float
2nd Queen
1st Princesses
June Saturday 22nd Tiptree Carnival Queen & Court
June Saturday 29th Great Bentley Carnival Queen & Court
July Saturday 13th Witham Carnival 4th Queen & Court
4th Float
July Saturday 20th Stowmarket Carnival 1st Court & Float
August Saturday 10th Clacton Carnival 1st Queen
3rd Float
August Tuesday 13th Clacton Torchlight Procession 1st Queen & Court
August Saturday 17th Walton Carnival  
August Saturday 26th Lavenham Carnival  
September Sunday 15th Sponsored Walk Details
September Saturday 21st Dunmow Carnival 1st Visiting Queen
September Saturday 28th Burnham-on-Crouch Carnival
Illuminated procession
3rd Court & Float
October Friday 15th Presentation Night
Bocking Sports Hall

2002 Programme Articles
Unfortunately there were no articles of any note in the programme in 2002. Let's hope the writers sort themselves out ready for 2003. At least Billy can be relied upon to help fill the pages.

2002 Billy's Diary Aged 3¾ - My Fourth Carnival (Less Abridged)
I has bin servin the intanet to find the prawns that Dad keeps talkin about but all I can find is lots of ladies with their boobies hanging out. They should be more carful or they will catch a cold not wearin any clothes. Billy

I has been asked about my family tree and the excess of grandparents. Here follows a simple explanation:
Grandad Robert is my Daddy's Daddy. He is married to Granma Pat (I is not sure wot married means but it has somethink to do with livin in the same house) but Granma Pat is not Daddy's Mummy. Granma Pat is also my friend Alicia's Grandma as she is her Mummy's Mummy. Daddy's Mummy is Grandma Janet. She is married to Granpa Mike who is obviously not Daddy's Daddy as Grandad Robert is. Granpa Mike is also my friend Alicia's Grandad, which means he is her Mummy's Daddy. As well as Granma Pat I also have a Nanna Pat who is my Mummy's Mummy. She lives in Leeds with Grandad Ben who is my Mummy's Daddy. I hope that helps clear things up and avoids any confusion.

New somethink was up today as I is in Nursery which is not normal for a Tuesday. Mummy and Daddy picked me up early and told me we is off to the Carnvul.
I is so excited I is not able to sleep so stays awake for whole way down to Braintree. Mummy and Daddy very happy as I keeps them company.
Went straight to Granma Janet and Granpa Mike house where we is sleepin agin. I is worn out after the long journey so has a quick wash and goes off to bed. I lets Granpa read me some stories first.

I is a bit tired after the long journey so has a bit of a lie in.
We is off the muddy field (Meadowside) so I insist on wearin me wellies. Everyone is surprised to see us so early in the week.
Richard, Martin and Matt are digging holes in the ground with a big drill. Mummy and Daddy stands up big sticks in the big holes. I is helping put the dirt back in the holes. I is then told off cos you is supposed to put the stick in first.
We go off to the pub for dinner and I have my favourite, chicken nuggets.
As the muddy field is not very muddy, I puts me trainers on as it is hard walking in me wellies all day and me legs is gettin tired.
We is off to Ipswich. They is the Blue ones who Daddy shouts at when they play football on the telly. Last time we watched them, Dad cried cos they lost a regulation or somethink and is now in the diversion one.
We goes to a big house full of teddies and toys and balls and books and toilet rolls. I had to promise to be a good boy and not touch anything. Lots of things fell over when I didn't touch them and Daddy shouted at me. It's not my fault. We bought lots of things.
I is off sellin programs tonight with Aunty Lynn. She is tellin me wot to say and I is askin nice ladies and men who answer the door if they would like to buy a program. They is not understandins wot I is sayin so I just smile and look cute. Silly southern softies.

I is up bright and early so goes and wakes Granma and Granpa. I is so busy playin I forgets to wake Mummy and Daddy.
They is finally gettin up and we is off to the muddy field agin which is still not very muddy. All the sticks is stood up so I takes Granma Pat and Grandad Robert to get some tables. Grandad puts them in a box that he sticks to the back of his car. It is very clever.
We go off to the pub for dinner and I have my favourite, chicken nuggets.
Daddy is off after dinner to shout at a man cos they is printin the wrong stuff in a newspaper. Mummy won't let me go with him and I cry. It is not fair, Daddy is funny when he is cross and shoutin. He goes all purple and wrinkly.
When we all goes back to the muddy field we does some paintin. I is good at paintin and help Daddy as he is not very good and never puts enuff paint on the brush.
We go off to the pub for tea and I have my favourite, chicken nuggets.

I is stayin to look after Granma Janet and Granpa Mike today cos they would have nothink to do as they is not workin today.
We is off to have a picnic with some squirrels. My friend Cousin Hollie and her Mummy and Daddy come with us. Squirrels don't like chicken nuggets.
Nana and Gandad is here from Leeds to visit me. They is stoppin at the Holidayin Hotel. It is not their house but is where lots of people stop when they is visitin people and don't have a Granma and Grandads to stop at. I is knowin this now cos I stopped in one last year when I went to see my friend Mickey Mouse in France. But that is another story.
We is off to the Barbq tonight but I does not stay long cos there is no chicken nuggets. Anyway we has to be up early tomorrow cos it is Carnvul Day.

I is up bright and early cos the clock is still 6. I goes to wake Mummy and Daddy but Daddy has already gone out.
He comes back after breakfast to pick me and Mummy up and takes us to the muddy field. I helps Mummy and Daddys friends put up flags and fences and posters and carry cans and bottles and crisps and teddies. It is very hard work.
I goes to Old McDonalds for dinner with my friend Cousin Hollie. I have my favourite, chicken nuggets.
Back at the muddy field I cant believe how hot it is and how much I is doin. My friend Imgen is ere as well. We goes on lots of rides and eats lots of icecream. I even sees a man jumpin over Uncle Davids car on his bike. I wanted to have a go but silly Daddy says me bike is in Leeds.
My friend Luke takes me on lots of stalls and I wins lots of teddies. Daddy was very happy.
When it gets dark I sits with cousin Martin to watch the fireworks as he is frightened of big bangs. Big sissy.
After the fireworks I helps take down all the wooden huts and throw them into a back of a big van. We even took the big sticks out of the ground but they is too big to lift on me own. Eventually I gets to tired so I lets Mummy put me in the car to have a little kip.

We gets up and goes to say goodbye to Nana and Grandad who is goin back to Leeds.
England is playin football so I takes Mummy and Rachel shoppin to Freeport. Daddy watches the football with his friends.
Daddy goes back to bed after the football as he says he is very tired. Dirty stopout, should have gone to bed earlier.

We is off back to Leeds today so I is not writin anymore this year. Hopes you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed doin it. Roll on next year.