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Farnham Carnival

June 30, 2018

Farnham Carnival is an annual event, last Saturday of June.

The disgusting fast food stalls would have done justice to Aldershot. I had hoped maybe they would have improved but sadly not. It contrasts badly with the Sustainability Fayre of a few weeks ago.

There is absolutely no excuse these days for not inviting quality street food stalls, anymore there is no excuse for coffee shops sourcing bad coffee.

A beer tent rows and rows of pumps serving Carlsberg.  Why not invite The Little Beer Corporation to run a beer tent? They have done an excellent job at Staycation Live last two years.

It was then to Krema for a cold brew coffee.

Questions to Krema, and to a  lesser extent a coffee stall at the Carnival.

Takeaway coffee cups compostable? No.

If compostable, will end in general waste stream, and are they compostable?

Reusable cups, heavy, expensive, bulky and a pain to carry around.

A step in the right direction but addresses symptoms, does not address grab it and go takeaway culture. We need to discourage takeaway, encourage relax in an indie coffee shop with speciality coffee served in glass or ceramic.

A walk around Bishop’s Meadow was tempting, but too hot and I would not have got out of Farnham before the roads closed.

On cue in one of the alleys leading from the churchyard a Starbucks plastic takeaway cup illustrating why we need a latte levy.

I did not think I would, but caught the last bus out of Farnham before the roads closed.

Farnham Carnival

June 27, 2015
Farnham Carnival 2015

Farnham Carnival 2015

It could not have been a better day for the Farnham Carnival, lovely warm and sunny, hazy sun, but not too hot.

I arrived a little later than I would have wished, as I diverted to Aldershot to have a coffee with a friend.

Saturday market in Aldershot, last week six stalls, few people on the street, today four stalls. The imbecile leader of the council claims the Saturday market a huge success.

I alighted from the bus and walked along the River Wey to Gostrey Meadow. A quick look around, then up Downing Street to butcher and greengrocer before they closed (that was Sunday dinner sorted).

I popped in Phyllis Tuckwell. This is by far their best shop, always interesting items on sale, and not rip off prices (unlike Oxfam or British Heart Foundation). I complimented them on the fact their shop peace and quiet. They thanked me. It is a sore point with Phyllis Tuckwell shops, they have been forced to install sound systems that blare out awful music, no one wants, but no one is listening. No consultation with the shops. Some cretin at head office to justify a waste of their salary and charitable funds, not only forced it on the shops, but a long term contract and they cannot get out of until at least April 2016.

The argument being it is cheaper than paying for the right to play music. Yes, if you have a shop not selling music, but do you have to pay if selling music? But even if you are forced to pay, put on what you like, have on display and it sells. It then pays for itself. Whereas, the system now, does not only not pay for itself, it annoys customers and drives them out of the shop, and creates it stressful and unpleasant working conditions for those working in the shops.

Whoever imposed this crass system on the shops should do the decent thing and resign.

Crap food at the Farnham Carnival, but good food too, for example Curries from Home.

If you have never eaten Curries from Home, you have never had a decent Indian meal.

I had butter chicken with rice. I asked, and they gave me a little from the other dishes too. It was excellent.

What was also good, served in a card box, wooden fork.

The organisers must set higher environmental standards (assuming they set any at all), other festivals do, so why not Farnham Carnival?

No polystyrene burger boxes. Everything must be recyclable. Different bins, compost, paper, glass, aluminium, other.

Whilst I was eating my excellent lunch from Curries from Home a flypast by the Red Arrows.

Curries from Home a must for Godalming Food Festival (next Saturday) and Staycation Live (sometime end of July or early August).

old Citroen van serving coffee

old Citroen van serving coffee

Coffee off, no idea, an unmarked battered old Citroen van. It was ok, better than Costa or Starbucks (which does not say a lot), but could have been much better. No cookies, no idea where the coffee was sourced from, coffee ground in advance.  Cup was paper, but what was the lid? They did not know. If cellulose, plant-based plastic, can be composted. Lemonade served in plastic.

Is there a bad back epidemic in Farnham, or symptomatic of a national trend? Two chiropractors peddling their wares, and another man offering massage.

I learnt from one chiropractor I was lopsided, which can be fixed, for a fee.

Man on a tanoy was bloody irritating. He had nothing to say, but irritated everyone by saying it. During the parade, even worse, but luckily most of the time inaudible due to the music. Would someone please tell him to put a sock in it, or strangle him.

Music was ok but not great. I would have expected better from organisers of Weyfest. Maybe ask West End Centre next year. Far better than Aldershot Live Music Day (which is dire), but not in the same league as Staycation Live in Godalming.

Jewelia would have been ideal headline act.

Food, several good food stalls, but they need to be more selective and kick out the rubbish.

Find someone else to run the bar. When a bar serves Carling then not up to scratch. There is locally, small breweries, that is what should be on sale.

Why the dreaded Tony Fresco ice cream vans?  And why the engines running all day? The exhaust is at the height of small children. Ideal for brain damage for formative brains. Invite Dylan’s Ice Cream for quality ice cream.

For coffee, invite HoBo Co or Jimmy Bean.

People selling what can only be described as tat. They have to have a licence. Do not issue the licence.

I decided to have a massage. It would have been better on a flat table. The massage chair was very uncomfortable after a few minutes. I was booked 20 minutes, but it seemed much longer. Afterwards I was given a  bottle of water. Apparently it is important to rehydrate, good for the bone and muscles.

I stayed longer than I have in the past. Usually, a quick look round, watch the procession, shop in Waitrose, then pass through on the way to the station.

As it was a pleasant day and evening, I stayed until evening.

I do not know how many at Farnham Carnival.

On leaving I chatted to two police (strictly speaking one cop and a PCSO). Not a lot to do I said, no one to arrest. I mentioned the anti-austerity protests in London last weekend, 250,000 and not a single arrest.

As is should be they said. And I agreed. No excuse whatever for the antisocial behaviour that blights our town centres. People should be able to go out, have a nice time, in a pleasant environment.

With a few minutes to spare, I caught the train.

By the time I got home, I ached all over, as though hard work in the garden. Hard physical work exercises the muscles, but then so does massage.

Farnham Carnival put to shame VE Day 70. last month in Aldershot.

Next Farnham event: Parish Church Summer Fête, sometime in September.

Next Godalming events: Godalming Food Festival next Saturday (Saturday 4 July 2015) and Staycation Live (sometime end of July or early August).

Farnham Carnival (almost) rained off

June 28, 2014
Farnham Carnival

Farnham Carnival

Yesterday, the forecast was cool, heavy rain. It did not rain, it was hot, but it did rain today.

I had intended to arrive at the Farnham Carnival early afternoon, but midday it started to rain, only light, then two violent thunderstorms hit, very heavy rain, and with the rain, the temperature dropped.

I arrived late afternoon, not a lot of people, all the stalls were there.

I thought Gostrey Meadow would be muddy, surprisingly not.

Curries from Home

Curries from Home

My friends from the garden party Curries from Home were there, so I treated myself to chickpea curry, plus an onion bhaji.

Last week, I had suggested they get a stall at Staycation Live in Godalming, contact Godalming Town Hall. I do not know when it will be, but I suggested possibly last weekend in July or first weekend in August.

Today, I suggested Godalming Food Festival, Sat 5 July ie next weekend, contact Godalming Town Hall, or Cafe Mila.

I also suggested they have a stall during the summer at Guildford farmers market, first Tuesday of the month, to contact Sue at Guildford Council.

Curries from Home, were one of several local food producers who had a stall. Also the local butcher from Downing Street had a barbecue (a hog roast would have been even better), Italian and Thai.

The beer tent had the usual rubbish from Big Business chemical plants. No excuse for this, a community event should be inviting local breweries to sell their beer.

No polystyrene burger boxes floating down the river as last year. Indeed, no stainless steel burger vans. There was though a tacky donut van and a ice cream van and a franchise coffee van. Again no excuse. Invite Dylan to do the ice cream and Hobo Co for the coffee.

Unbelievable, someone had parked a van across the entrance from Gostrey Meadow leading into Downing Street, on the pavement, on double yellow lines, on a blind corner. Yes, they had a flat tire, but still no excuse.

Music on the big stage was pretty awful. A duo on guitar and vocals, a rock group with far more noise than talent, but luckily last act, The Miller Family were great.

carnival procession

carnival procession

I had not intended to stay for the carnival procession, but as I was there, I did. Please can we not have the guy commentating, and please, not a long advertising spiel for Vale Furnishing.

Downing Street free of traffic

Downing Street free of traffic

Wandering through the town after the procession was great to find the town centre car free. I always thought Downing Street was narrow but free of cars it was quite wide. This is how Farnham could be car free. Jeremy Hunt has proposed this. It should have been done decades ago.

No buses. They must have been avoiding the town centre. I walked back through Gostrey Meadow to Farnham Station and caught the train.

The Miller Family

The Miller Family

As I walked back through Gostrey Meadow, it was packed. The Miller Family were were playing on the main stage, and they were great. A pity not bands of this calibre playing through the afternoon.

Farnham Carnival is an annual event on the last Saturday in June.

Today, was Army Day in Aldershot. The event was washed out, no stalls, no people, no nothing. Carnival goers in Farnham are obviously made of sterner stuff than the British Army.

One hundred years ago today, the shot was fired that started World War One.

  • Tuesday 1 July 2014 — Guildford farmers market
  • Saturday 5 July 2014 — Godalming Food Festival
  • Sunday 6 July 2014 — Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadow, food, music
  • last Saturday July 2014 (?) — Staycation Live, Godalming

Farnham Carnival 2013

June 30, 2013
tea tent

tea tent

cooling off in the River Wey

cooling off in the River Wey

locally grown produce

locally grown produce

relaxing on the banks of the River Wey

relaxing on the banks of the River Wey

Mad Hatter's tea party

Mad Hatter’s tea party

I was at Farnham Carnival a couple of years ago, Then it was in Castle Street and quite good, certainly worth making the effort to attend again. A big stage at the top of the street with straw bales to sit on and lower down the street, an acoustic stage where I saw Mike Dawes and Amy Turk play.

I was in Farnham for the afternoon and had forgotten it was carnival today, last Saturday of June.

This year it was held in Gostrey Meadow. Had I gone to Castle Street, I would have assumed it was not on, though maybe there were signs (not that I saw any).

Gostrey Meadow was packed. Either Farnham Carnival has got bigger or Gostrey Meadow is not big enough.

A disappointment compared with a couple of years ago, and very big disappointment compared with Staycation Live in Godalming.

Tacky food stalls, beer stall selling commercial brands eg Carlsberg, the music was not good and badly distorted.

I was none too happy seeing food served in polystyrene boxes, especially as they were blowing around on the banks of the river and no one was clearing up. Indeed there was rubbish all over. I spoke to one of the festival organisers saying there was no excuse for the use of polystyrene boxes and they should be using biodegradable boxes. He was an ignorant idiot, bloody rude, did not want to know. He said they were commercial stalls (which summed them up). I said they are the organisers and should set standards.

Staycation is a Town Council event in Godalming and they take a pride in what they are doing, quality food, local suppliers and good music. A complete different atmosphere to Farnham. Farnham Carnival is organised by the Lions. Says it all really.

Across the river a house had a Mad hatters Party.

The one thing I was very impressed with, teaching young kids First Aid.

The best entertainment was a couple of dogs leaping into the river after a tennis ball. One of the dogs then dived through a man’s legs and tried to steal his food. He was not amused and sat there with a sour face.

Farnham Carnival takes place in Farnham on the last Saturday of June.

Top Story in Digital Mission Daily (Monday 1 July 2013).

Farnham Carnival Parade 2013

June 29, 2013
Farnham Carnival Parade

Farnham Carnival Parade

It should have started at six and gone on until seven. It did not start until nearly seven.

An extremely irritating man on the tannoy.

Compared with a couple of years ago the procession was poor, compared with the Grand Parade that ends the Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz very poor.

In Puerto de la Cruz, they used to have bigflat bed lorries, now trailers pulled by tractor units, sound systems blasting out, dancing in the street.

The carnival was led by a couple of vintage cars.

In Puerto de la Cruz flat beds with sound systems, followed by hundreds dancing. In Farnham a 4×4, a trailer and a dozen or so trying to dance.

Where are the samba bands. You cannot have a carnival procession without samba bands.

Sat by me was a little girl with beautiful goldilocks curls. She had with her a little bear, it was photographed with the carnival as the backdrop. It reminded me of my Japanese friend Mio. I asked. The little bear did not belong to the little girl. It belonged to her school. Each weekend a different child takes the bear out on an adventure and records where the bear has been.

The Carnival Parade is part of the Farnham Carnival which takes place in Farnham on the last Saturday of June

Mike Dawes and Amy Turk at the Farnham Carnival

June 28, 2010

One of the highlights of the Farnham Carnival was Mike Dawes and Amy Turk, Mike Dawes on acoustic guitar and Amy Turk on concert harp.

My friend Sian and I had seen Mike Dawes and Amy Turk perform earlier in the month at the West End Centre in nearby Aldershot and were looking forward to seeing them again. And yes, it was worth the trip to Farnham. Basically the set was the same as at the West End Centre, only shorter. It was a pity they only played for half an hour as they went down very well with a very appreciative audience.

We had a chat afterwards and I picked up signed copies of their limited edition album Reflections.

Mike Dawes and Amy Turk will be performing at Talking Heads in Southampton on 6 July 201) and the Phoenix Arts Centre on 8 July 2010.

Note: Two of their gigs next month, Alton College in Alton (9 July 2010) and Fahrenheit 55 in Guildford (28 July 2010), have been cancelled.

Farnham Carnival is an annual event on the last Saturday of June. The theme this year was fashion through the ages.

Farnham is a small market town in Surrey at the start of the North Downs Way, roughly half way between London and Winchester.

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Mike Dawes and Amy Turk at Farnham Carnival

Farnham Carnival 2010

June 28, 2010
Farnham Carnival

Farnham Carnival

It is that time of year of summer fetes, festivals and carnivals.

The Farnham Carnival takes place on the last Saturday in June, which is where I happened to be. Last June it was the Washingborough Church Fete.

I was there with my friend Sian, though strictly speaking we were not actually there for the Carnival, we were there for the music in the evening, or more specifically Mike Dawes and Amy Turk who we had seen and enjoyed earlier in the month in concert at the West End Centre, a little cultural oasis in Aldershot. But having never been to the Carnival before, not even known of its existence, we thought we’d make the day of it as Farnham is a pleasant market town to visit.

The theme of the Carnival was fashion through the ages.

We arrived around lunchtime as stalls were being set up in Castle Street. We walked up into Farnham Park and ate lunch on the grass under the shade of a tree. By the time we walked back down the carnival was in full swing.

For us, highlight of the carnival was an invite to look inside the local Masonic Lodge and performance by Mike Dawes and Amy Turk early evening.

The invite into the Masonic Lodge was fascinating and we had a long and very interesting discussion with the Masons we met. As it was pointed out to us, the Masons is not a secret society, it is a society with secrets. The same quote or something very similar can be found within The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (paperback edition due out shortly).

What surprised us was a Masonic stall at the carnival to recruit new members. It used to be by personal invite only. The times they are a changing.

Late afternoon there was a fly past by the Red Arrows.

Organization of the carnival left much to be desired. There may have been programmes saying what was on, but we did not see any. No fresh drinking water. Two sound stages but nothing to say who was on or when, not even anything to say who the acts were who were on stage. We were very lucky that we did not miss Mike Dawes and Amy Turk as we were at the wrong sound stage and we only caught them because we took a walk to the other sound stage to see who was on.

There was a carnival procession, most of which we missed as like a couple of Muppets we remained in Castle Street expecting the procession to pass by.

Why junk food? Why burger and hot dog vans? Why not invite Matt from The Deli in North Camp to set up a hog roast? Why not invite Hunts Hill Farm in Normandy to run a barbecue? Food does not have to be junk.

After Mike Dawes and Amy Turk had finished we wandered back to the main sound stage where a very good rock n roll group were playing, but no idea who they were. Sadly we did not stay for them as we were hungry, tired and thirsty and wandered up the street to Nelson Arms where luckily a table was vacated. We sat outside and had an excellent smoked salmon and avocado salad.

After our excellent smoked salmon and avocado salad at the Nelson Arms we sat outside drinking until late, then began our long trek home, tired but happy after a very enjoyable day out. The next day we were off to the Ambient Picnic at Losely Park near Guildford, part of the Celebrating Surrey Festival.

A hot day, probably reached 28C.

Farnham is a small market town in Surrey, roughly half way between London and Winchester.