Hayle Carnival!

On Saturday evening, a group of spirited Crowlas & Ludgvan WI members finally donned our fabulous jam pot costumes to take part in Hayle Carnival.


First came the judging and we were placed second in the Mixed Walking Group category, with a surprise cash prize of £10!

Perhaps Julie being hit by seagull poo provided the good luck we needed!


The parade led our jam pots from the Recreation Ground to Foundry Square, around the roundabout and back again. I’m told we made quite an impression on the spectators along the parade route!

After returning to the Recreation  Ground, our group tossed their ‘lids’ into the air in celebration!


Hayle WI was there as well, with a float celebrating 100 years of the WI. Members were dressed in period costume.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and in particular to Di and Val for all their hard work in creating our amazing costumes. Fingers crossed for good weather on the 29th, as Marazion Carnival has been rescheduled for that date.


Click here to see more photos of the day (thanks to Alison and Sally for the photos!).

It’s Carnival Season!

As we gear up for Carnival Season and get ready to don our jam pots for the first time this weekend, we thought it might be fun to look at some carnivals from years gone by.

Wendy Allen has sent in this lovely photo of herself and her sister, both looking wonderful! (That’s Wendy on the right.)


Wendy says:

I lived in a small village called Brownsover in Rugby, Warwickshire sandwiched between the River Avon and the Oxford Canal. Brownsover was where the jet engine was conceived by Sir Frank Whittle. Like most villages we had a carnival each year but I cannot remember parading through the streets. There was only one main street and five more branching off it and we congregated in a field near the canal. My father made the headgear for my costume. We had two enormous cart horses, Captain and Colonel, in the field they looked magnificent in their finery. The main Rugby town carnival was fabulous in the early days and the magnificent floats seem to go on forever.

Helen Kestle also remembers dressing up and joining the parade on a float at the Blue Heron Fair in Barrhead, Albert, Canada. This particular year, the theme was The British Isles:

We represented our local Brownie Troop and I’m dressed in a very slapdash Welsh lady costume. I remember my mother made the hat from a Corn Flakes box! My friend Belinda (who was from Liverpool) is looking much smarter in a lovely Beefeater outfit. Scotland and Ireland are down the other end of the float, out of camera range.


Do you have any old carnival photos you’d like to share? If so, send them to us on crowlasludgvanwi@gmail.com.

And keep your fingers crossed for a dry Sunday for Marazion Carnival!

The Jam Pots are Coming!

With carnival season fast approaching, your crafty WI members have been hard at work getting our costumes ready!


On Monday, an all-day workshop was held at Di C’s house and some serious progress was made. Some ladies used sewing machines, others ironed, some made labels and others threaded elastic.


We worked together like a well-oiled machine!


If you fancy joining us at either Marazion or Hayle Carnivals (or both!), make sure you’re at our June meeting! We’ll be taking names and lining up bodies to fill those jam pots!


Click here to see a few more photos from Monday’s workshop.