Once again a fantastic celebration of Wiltshire community life, a good day out for
people of all ages and backgrounds and a testament to the year long efforts of carnival
committee for making this happen. We took part again, this being our third year and
we were blessed by being joined in procession this time by the simply awesome Pentacle
Drummers from Sussex.
They were absolutely ‘loud’ and full of bright energy as ever.
The Stonehenge games were contested by the Druids, Scouts and Guides, and two teams
from the Pentacle drummers who won just by a combination of good teamwork and the
most creative cheating in the final (when there are no rules) but credit must be
given to the Scouts and Guides who despite a stronger showing by the Druids this
year still beat us into last place and only narrowly lost the title which they won
It is events like the Carnival that whilst maybe taken for granted sometimes, make
memories for young people that forge a link between themselves and a place that is
very special. A community with living culture isn’t just somewhere you live for a
while before moving on, it’s somewhere you belong to your whole life, return to and
call home and fight for so that the next generation have something wonderful to experience
The procession starts to form up at Holders Road sports centre
Above: the amazing Pentacle Drummers.
Right: To make the day even more special, Aes Dana Grove were awarded a trophy by
the Carnival. We’ld like to think that it was awarded for being the best looking
druids in the county (and that’s what we might tell people) but actually we believe
it was for being the most amusing procession entry. We were considered the most amusing
entry probably because Franks Van (which we had planned to use for lazy transport)
had broken down and we had to walk it instead...Franks misery at having to walk was
so apparent that we won the trophy.
After the procession, awards ceremony, Stone-age games and enjoying the fun-fair
and some of the amazing and entertaining arena events at the carnival, several of
our grove and the Pentacle Drummers decided to enjoy the last bit of the day relaxing
at Avebury. We apologise for the number of sheep pictures but Frank and the youngsters
decided to see who could get the best sheep portrait...
Seen enough sheep yet?
We lost the others and had to search until we caught the distant rumble of drums
on the breeze...