Poole’s first carnival in 12 years is given a boost thanks to Waitrose customers

HELPING HAND: Waitrose manager Alison Pilling, together with Cllr Marion Le Poidevin and Richard Wilson

HELPING HAND: Waitrose manager Alison Pilling, together with Cllr Marion Le Poidevin and Richard Wilson

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PREPARATIONS for Poole’s first carnival in 12 years are well under way with the help of customers at Waitrose.

Organisers of the event, which will include a parade through Parkstone’s Ashley Road and Alder Road, received a £450 boost from the shop’s Community Matters scheme.

The scheme sees customers of the Ashley Road supermarket drop green tokens into a transparent box to vote for which of three good causes they would most like to support.

Richard Wilson, chairman of Ashley Road Traders Association, said the donation was “quite amazing”.

“It all helps towards the costs of organising this event, which are absolutely enormous,” he said.

Poole last had a carnival in 2002 and traders in Upper Parkstone are reviving the tradition on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26.

There will be a procession at 11.15am, heading along Ashley Road and Alder Road to Branksome Recreation Ground, where there will be stalls and entertainment for all ages.

Several top local bands and majorette groups have already signed up.

Haven Lettings and the hairdressers Just Michael’s are among the other sponsors who are making the event possible, while the Sea View Hotel has sponsored an appearance by the Wessex Military Band at the head of the parade.

“We are over the moon with the support we’re getting. It’s overwhelming,” said Mr Wilson.

Waitrose has also provided £450 towards efforts to improve Ashley Road with flower displays.

“We’ve got a meeting soon to figure out what we’re going to do with this money and where it’s going to go,” Mr Wilson said.

Organisers are appealing for more marshals to help Poole Carnival day go smoothly. For details, visit poolecarnival.info

A FLOWER show will take place as part of Poole Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday.

The event will run from 11am-5pm at Branksome Recreation as part of a day of carnival fun.

There are 67 classes open for competition, covering flowers, homecraft, flower arrangements, handicraft and children’s entries.

There are no entry fees and no prize money, but there will be certificates for the best exhibits Full details and rules are at poolecarnival.info Entries are requested by Friday, May 23. Contact David Bassil, flower show organiser, on 01202 752014 or at dcbassil@tiscalli.co.uk

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5:38pm Sat 17 May 14

burgerboy says...

An event to be held on Branksome rec, That's if the traveller's don't end up there a couple of days before.........could be interesting to see how the council and police deal with that one........
An event to be held on Branksome rec, That's if the traveller's don't end up there a couple of days before.........could be interesting to see how the council and police deal with that one........ burgerboy
  • Score: 13

9:53am Sun 18 May 14

RM says...

Yeah, worrying but hopefully, it'll be OK. Meantime, thanks to Waitrose & their customers.
Yeah, worrying but hopefully, it'll be OK. Meantime, thanks to Waitrose & their customers. RM
  • Score: 11

11:13am Sun 18 May 14

pete woodley says...

burgerboy wrote:
An event to be held on Branksome rec, That's if the traveller's don't end up there a couple of days before.........could be interesting to see how the council and police deal with that one........
Loads of room there hardly anyone uses it,the locals dont want them.
[quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: An event to be held on Branksome rec, That's if the traveller's don't end up there a couple of days before.........could be interesting to see how the council and police deal with that one........[/p][/quote]Loads of room there hardly anyone uses it,the locals dont want them. pete woodley
  • Score: 10

11:13am Sun 18 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

I think this is an excellent project for the community and I wish them all the best with the event, lets hope the sun is shining that day. However I was a little surprised that when I did contact the organisers on two occasions offering help with promoting the carnival I got ignored on both occasions.
I think this is an excellent project for the community and I wish them all the best with the event, lets hope the sun is shining that day. However I was a little surprised that when I did contact the organisers on two occasions offering help with promoting the carnival I got ignored on both occasions. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 11

12:00pm Sun 18 May 14

shelfstacker says...

Still can't get over the fact that the 'Poole' Carnival isn't actually going to go anywhere near the town itself! You may as well call it the Branksome Carnival.

And as for the £450 'generously' donated by Waitrose Inc.! What a load of cobblers, Waitrose like to pretend they 'care' for the local community by giving paltry handouts to pointless local activities such as this one, all the while undercutting local traders thereby killing the community. I accept that all the big grocery retailers damage local shopping precincts, but Waitrose annoy me the most with their two-faced approach.

And finally can I just ask why on earth Richard Wilson is still head of the Ashley Road Traders gang when, as far as I understand, his business on the road went down the pan a couple of years ago. Despite this fact, I still keep seeing his face pop up in the Echo on a regular basis! Is it just that no one else can be bothered to take the reigns and are happy to leave control with a guy with questionable business acumen? or is it that he just loves to see his pie in the sky ramblings about how he's going to turn Ashley Road back into a thriving community hub printed in the Echo?
Still can't get over the fact that the 'Poole' Carnival isn't actually going to go anywhere near the town itself! You may as well call it the Branksome Carnival. And as for the £450 'generously' donated by Waitrose Inc.! What a load of cobblers, Waitrose like to pretend they 'care' for the local community by giving paltry handouts to pointless local activities such as this one, all the while undercutting local traders thereby killing the community. I accept that all the big grocery retailers damage local shopping precincts, but Waitrose annoy me the most with their two-faced approach. And finally can I just ask why on earth Richard Wilson is still head of the Ashley Road Traders gang when, as far as I understand, his business on the road went down the pan a couple of years ago. Despite this fact, I still keep seeing his face pop up in the Echo on a regular basis! Is it just that no one else can be bothered to take the reigns and are happy to leave control with a guy with questionable business acumen? or is it that he just loves to see his pie in the sky ramblings about how he's going to turn Ashley Road back into a thriving community hub printed in the Echo? shelfstacker
  • Score: 7

12:55pm Sun 18 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

pete woodley wrote:
burgerboy wrote:
An event to be held on Branksome rec, That's if the traveller's don't end up there a couple of days before.........could be interesting to see how the council and police deal with that one........
Loads of room there hardly anyone uses it,the locals dont want them.
When was the last time you visited Branksome Rec then Pete ? It is used daily by many people in the Branksome West ward and elsewhere.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]burgerboy[/bold] wrote: An event to be held on Branksome rec, That's if the traveller's don't end up there a couple of days before.........could be interesting to see how the council and police deal with that one........[/p][/quote]Loads of room there hardly anyone uses it,the locals dont want them.[/p][/quote]When was the last time you visited Branksome Rec then Pete ? It is used daily by many people in the Branksome West ward and elsewhere. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 12

3:42pm Sun 18 May 14

pete woodley says...

Pass it very often,and its common knowledge about how under used it is,most can see for themselves.Marty you must think we are all blind.You say Branksome West WARD, so thats whats it all about ELECTIONS and vote catching,how surprising.
Pass it very often,and its common knowledge about how under used it is,most can see for themselves.Marty you must think we are all blind.You say Branksome West WARD, so thats whats it all about ELECTIONS and vote catching,how surprising. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

3:49pm Sun 18 May 14

pete woodley says...

shelfstacker wrote:
Still can't get over the fact that the 'Poole' Carnival isn't actually going to go anywhere near the town itself! You may as well call it the Branksome Carnival.

And as for the £450 'generously' donated by Waitrose Inc.! What a load of cobblers, Waitrose like to pretend they 'care' for the local community by giving paltry handouts to pointless local activities such as this one, all the while undercutting local traders thereby killing the community. I accept that all the big grocery retailers damage local shopping precincts, but Waitrose annoy me the most with their two-faced approach.

And finally can I just ask why on earth Richard Wilson is still head of the Ashley Road Traders gang when, as far as I understand, his business on the road went down the pan a couple of years ago. Despite this fact, I still keep seeing his face pop up in the Echo on a regular basis! Is it just that no one else can be bothered to take the reigns and are happy to leave control with a guy with questionable business acumen? or is it that he just loves to see his pie in the sky ramblings about how he's going to turn Ashley Road back into a thriving community hub printed in the Echo?
Richard Wilson,and Jeff Williams what a combination of "experience" of what Parkstone needs.Not a patch on the old Parkstone Chamber of Trade,who really knew what they were doing.
[quote][p][bold]shelfstacker[/bold] wrote: Still can't get over the fact that the 'Poole' Carnival isn't actually going to go anywhere near the town itself! You may as well call it the Branksome Carnival. And as for the £450 'generously' donated by Waitrose Inc.! What a load of cobblers, Waitrose like to pretend they 'care' for the local community by giving paltry handouts to pointless local activities such as this one, all the while undercutting local traders thereby killing the community. I accept that all the big grocery retailers damage local shopping precincts, but Waitrose annoy me the most with their two-faced approach. And finally can I just ask why on earth Richard Wilson is still head of the Ashley Road Traders gang when, as far as I understand, his business on the road went down the pan a couple of years ago. Despite this fact, I still keep seeing his face pop up in the Echo on a regular basis! Is it just that no one else can be bothered to take the reigns and are happy to leave control with a guy with questionable business acumen? or is it that he just loves to see his pie in the sky ramblings about how he's going to turn Ashley Road back into a thriving community hub printed in the Echo?[/p][/quote]Richard Wilson,and Jeff Williams what a combination of "experience" of what Parkstone needs.Not a patch on the old Parkstone Chamber of Trade,who really knew what they were doing. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

4:26pm Sun 18 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

pete woodley wrote:
Pass it very often,and its common knowledge about how under used it is,most can see for themselves.Marty you must think we are all blind.You say Branksome West WARD, so thats whats it all about ELECTIONS and vote catching,how surprising.
No Pete, it just happens to be in the Branksome West ward, which is why I mentioned it, I live on the corner of Recreation Road and I see people using it everyday. I would say it is probably the most used recreation ground in the Poole constituency and to be fair I wouldn't think that I would gain many votes just by knowing what ward it is in anyway. You seem to have a real serious problem of looking at everything in the worst possible way, is there any particular reason for that?
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Pass it very often,and its common knowledge about how under used it is,most can see for themselves.Marty you must think we are all blind.You say Branksome West WARD, so thats whats it all about ELECTIONS and vote catching,how surprising.[/p][/quote]No Pete, it just happens to be in the Branksome West ward, which is why I mentioned it, I live on the corner of Recreation Road and I see people using it everyday. I would say it is probably the most used recreation ground in the Poole constituency and to be fair I wouldn't think that I would gain many votes just by knowing what ward it is in anyway. You seem to have a real serious problem of looking at everything in the worst possible way, is there any particular reason for that? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: -2

5:26pm Sun 18 May 14

pete woodley says...

I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you.
I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you. pete woodley
  • Score: -5

11:09pm Sun 18 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

pete woodley wrote:
I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you.
So according to you, who thinks he knows the ropes better than anyone, if I disagree with your comment because I live within stones throw away from the rec, that equates to me campaigning, I wish I could write that kind of comedy.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you.[/p][/quote]So according to you, who thinks he knows the ropes better than anyone, if I disagree with your comment because I live within stones throw away from the rec, that equates to me campaigning, I wish I could write that kind of comedy. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 0

12:25am Mon 19 May 14

pete woodley says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you.
So according to you, who thinks he knows the ropes better than anyone, if I disagree with your comment because I live within stones throw away from the rec, that equates to me campaigning, I wish I could write that kind of comedy.
You did not live at Creekmoor but had a lot to say about it,on behalf of UKIP.You can disagree with what you like,but you still talk out of your rear end. Thousands live near the Rec,does that make them all experts,or nimbys as a lot of people have called them over going against Poole Town FC.To put it bluntly you crave publicity,Readers can Google your name to find out that.The REC incidentally is for everyone NOT just Branksome people,and i was born and bred in Branksome,and used it hundreds of times.Come on readers Google Marty Caine and find out more
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you.[/p][/quote]So according to you, who thinks he knows the ropes better than anyone, if I disagree with your comment because I live within stones throw away from the rec, that equates to me campaigning, I wish I could write that kind of comedy.[/p][/quote]You did not live at Creekmoor but had a lot to say about it,on behalf of UKIP.You can disagree with what you like,but you still talk out of your rear end. Thousands live near the Rec,does that make them all experts,or nimbys as a lot of people have called them over going against Poole Town FC.To put it bluntly you crave publicity,Readers can Google your name to find out that.The REC incidentally is for everyone NOT just Branksome people,and i was born and bred in Branksome,and used it hundreds of times.Come on readers Google Marty Caine and find out more pete woodley
  • Score: 0

9:21am Mon 19 May 14

sw1983 says...

considering most of the above comments seem to be bitchy, I cant wait for the carnival, its going to be brilliant, the parade is going right past our house, the kids have been saving there pennies for weeks to throw in the buckets and we are going to have a great day! So what if there's gypsies on the field, and so what if its not in the town center !!!!!
considering most of the above comments seem to be bitchy, I cant wait for the carnival, its going to be brilliant, the parade is going right past our house, the kids have been saving there pennies for weeks to throw in the buckets and we are going to have a great day! So what if there's gypsies on the field, and so what if its not in the town center !!!!! sw1983
  • Score: -3

1:17pm Mon 19 May 14

shelfstacker says...

sw1983 wrote:
considering most of the above comments seem to be bitchy, I cant wait for the carnival, its going to be brilliant, the parade is going right past our house, the kids have been saving there pennies for weeks to throw in the buckets and we are going to have a great day! So what if there's gypsies on the field, and so what if its not in the town center !!!!!
It's not just 'not in the two centre' sw1983, the carnival route actually heads away from Poole altogether. It's almost as if Poole Council said to the organisers 'yeah, you can have your carnival, but just don't let it interrupt trade in the town centre'. I would imagine that they are probably afraid of repercussions from the large retailers situated in the town centre should Bank Holiday takings drop because of restrictions to roads and parking.

I have nothing against holding a carnival in Poole, events such as these (properly conducted) can be a real boon to the local community. I just think its pathetic that the town doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with the carnival, and it's left to it's own devices in the suburbs.

But I hope you and your kids enjoy the event, and be sure to throw lots of pennies into those buckets (better still, speaking as an ex Ashley Road business owner, try passing those pennies along to the local independent traders instead of giving them to charity, they'll be much appreciated when it comes to rent day).
[quote][p][bold]sw1983[/bold] wrote: considering most of the above comments seem to be bitchy, I cant wait for the carnival, its going to be brilliant, the parade is going right past our house, the kids have been saving there pennies for weeks to throw in the buckets and we are going to have a great day! So what if there's gypsies on the field, and so what if its not in the town center !!!!![/p][/quote]It's not just 'not in the two centre' sw1983, the carnival route actually heads away from Poole altogether. It's almost as if Poole Council said to the organisers 'yeah, you can have your carnival, but just don't let it interrupt trade in the town centre'. I would imagine that they are probably afraid of repercussions from the large retailers situated in the town centre should Bank Holiday takings drop because of restrictions to roads and parking. I have nothing against holding a carnival in Poole, events such as these (properly conducted) can be a real boon to the local community. I just think its pathetic that the town doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with the carnival, and it's left to it's own devices in the suburbs. But I hope you and your kids enjoy the event, and be sure to throw lots of pennies into those buckets (better still, speaking as an ex Ashley Road business owner, try passing those pennies along to the local independent traders instead of giving them to charity, they'll be much appreciated when it comes to rent day). shelfstacker
  • Score: 3

11:32pm Mon 19 May 14

sw1983 says...

lets just call it Parkstone carnival! anyway whats more important is that Westbourne doesn't have a carnival especially after they stole our Christmas Lights !!
lets just call it Parkstone carnival! anyway whats more important is that Westbourne doesn't have a carnival especially after they stole our Christmas Lights !! sw1983
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Wed 21 May 14

Jeff in Parkstone says...

Woodley I don't know why you have tossed my name in with the carnival - I've not played any part. But then what do you do Pete except sit at your PC and toss out critiicism ?

All credit to all who have launched this carnival for all of us and most particularly Richard Wilson all the hugfe hard work they have put in ....

And for the record Pete I put hundreds of hours into Ashley myself when we launched Ashley Road Chamber of Commerce back into 2006 ... and a lot of effort since.

Jeff Williams
Woodley I don't know why you have tossed my name in with the carnival - I've not played any part. But then what do you do Pete except sit at your PC and toss out critiicism ? All credit to all who have launched this carnival for all of us and most particularly Richard Wilson all the hugfe hard work they have put in .... And for the record Pete I put hundreds of hours into Ashley myself when we launched Ashley Road Chamber of Commerce back into 2006 ... and a lot of effort since. Jeff Williams Jeff in Parkstone
  • Score: -2

5:36pm Sat 24 May 14

pete woodley says...

williams,did not know you had a business ?.
williams,did not know you had a business ?. pete woodley
  • Score: 2

10:44am Sat 31 May 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

pete woodley wrote:
Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you.
So according to you, who thinks he knows the ropes better than anyone, if I disagree with your comment because I live within stones throw away from the rec, that equates to me campaigning, I wish I could write that kind of comedy.
You did not live at Creekmoor but had a lot to say about it,on behalf of UKIP.You can disagree with what you like,but you still talk out of your rear end. Thousands live near the Rec,does that make them all experts,or nimbys as a lot of people have called them over going against Poole Town FC.To put it bluntly you crave publicity,Readers can Google your name to find out that.The REC incidentally is for everyone NOT just Branksome people,and i was born and bred in Branksome,and used it hundreds of times.Come on readers Google Marty Caine and find out more
Of course I got involved in Creekmoor, it was going to waste £250,000 of council money that I actually contribute to, I also got involved in the Chichester Walk Recreation ground fiasco and I do not live in Merley either. I think you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself why you come on here to simply oppose everyone and everything, then try to do your utmost to twist everything into something more sinister than it actually is. Much akin to that nonsense about me you keep trying to get everyone to Google.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: I do not think very few believe that Branksome rec is ever busy,especially the thousands of motorists that pass by each day would agree,so i think it is you who have a problem,and using my comment for the Marty Caine UKIP campaign is very pathetic, and my original comment was not derogatory in any way,as anyone not a UKIP fanatic can see.Grow up Marty you are acting very childish as some others have said before me.Carry on your little campaign,but dont try to run down, those who know the ropes more than you.[/p][/quote]So according to you, who thinks he knows the ropes better than anyone, if I disagree with your comment because I live within stones throw away from the rec, that equates to me campaigning, I wish I could write that kind of comedy.[/p][/quote]You did not live at Creekmoor but had a lot to say about it,on behalf of UKIP.You can disagree with what you like,but you still talk out of your rear end. Thousands live near the Rec,does that make them all experts,or nimbys as a lot of people have called them over going against Poole Town FC.To put it bluntly you crave publicity,Readers can Google your name to find out that.The REC incidentally is for everyone NOT just Branksome people,and i was born and bred in Branksome,and used it hundreds of times.Come on readers Google Marty Caine and find out more[/p][/quote]Of course I got involved in Creekmoor, it was going to waste £250,000 of council money that I actually contribute to, I also got involved in the Chichester Walk Recreation ground fiasco and I do not live in Merley either. I think you need to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask yourself why you come on here to simply oppose everyone and everything, then try to do your utmost to twist everything into something more sinister than it actually is. Much akin to that nonsense about me you keep trying to get everyone to Google. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 0

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