The Committee

The Corfe Mullen Carnival committee is a group of dedicated individuals who voluntarily work tirelessly throughout the year planning and organising the various Carnival events.

Many of the team have had a long association with the Carnival, including the Harrison family who were first involved in the early 1980s and today remain as dedicated and enthusiastic as ever.

Each member of the committee has multiple roles and gives a great deal of their personal time and energy to ensure that we are able to provide something of interest to entertain the whole family.

Whilst we may only have a small committee, the number of people required to help on Carnival day swells to more than 60, with volunteers giving just a couple of hours of their time to help ensure that the event runs to plan.

If you feel that you would like to put a little something back into the community and would like to play a part in supporting the Carnival, however small, please contact us.


Martin Harrison - Life President & Stall Bookings Assistant

Martin Harrison

My role as Life President is to be an ambassador for the Carnival and for its committee, by making the public aware of the history of Corfe Mullen Carnival, having served on the committee since the early 1980s.

As Stall Bookings Assistant, I liaise with local groups, charities, good causes and businesses, to organise a diverse mixture of stalls on Carnival Day.

I also contact all of the Stallholders and, with the assistance of our Events Ground Coordinator, plan the pitches and layout of the recreation ground for Carnival Day.

On Carnival day I meet with the judges, brief them on their duties and then ensure they are in the right place at the right time!


David Mills - Chairman, Procession Co-ordinator, Fun Run Director & Sponsorship Co-ordinator

Dave Mills

Having lived in the village as a young child and then returning as an adult in the mid-1980s, I was keen to become involved in promoting and supporting local community related activities.

I passionately believe that supporting events such as the Carnival is vitally important in promoting a positive and healthy community spirit.

I have been a member of the Committee for over 30 years and was proud and privileged to be elected as Chairman of the Carnival committee in 2014.

My primary responsibility is to ensure that all Carnival events are carried out safely and in compliance with the ever increasing legal requirements.

My role and duties are varied but as Chairman I aim, with the help of the dedicated members of the committee, to continue to improve and develop the Carnival each year.

However, whilst change is inevitable and necessary to ensure that we continue to entertain our visitors,  I am committed to ensure that we retain the traditional values from the very first Corfe Mullen fete that started the event way back in 1967.

As procession coordinator it is my responsibility to manage the procession entry process, arrange road closures, and organise the 40 plus helpers required to marshal procession activities.

The Carnival has an annual turnover of circa £20,000 and much of the money required to fund the event comes from the generosity of many local businesses.

As chairman and sponsorship coordinator I will endeavour to continue to attract local organisations to support the Carnival by providing financial, material or physical help.

If you wish to support the Carnival in any way, please contact us.


Paul Harrison - Vice Chairman, Publicity Co-ordinator

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My job interlinks with a number of the other members of the carnival committee, as, wherever there is an opportunity to publicise an aspect of Corfe Mullen Carnival, whether that be in the run up to our Princess Selection Night, to making people aware of the date and times of our events or the review of Carnival Day.

I write the press releases and send them to local newspapers, other publications and local community websites. I take the photographs at a number of our events, to correspond with the press releases, giving people a visual reference of what our latest news is.

I organise the posters that go up in the local area, in the weeks running up to Carnival Week, to publicise our events. I also liaise with our sponsors, regarding quotes and photo opportunities.

I manage the Corfe Mullen Carnival Facebook page, keeping it relevant and up to date.


Helen Fookes - Secretary

Ed Palmer

I have been a volunteer helper for the carnival for over 20 years, initially assisting with marshalling road closures as the procession passes through Corfe Mullen and taking money on the gate. I also help delivering programmes and assist with organising and clearing the events ground during carnival week. In addition I have been an elf , walking with a collection bucket following Santa during the Christmas parade.

In 2019 the committee decided they wanted to run a tea tent and I became the lead organiser of this. It’s a busy place- the sale of hot drinks and home-made cakes is pretty constant. It would not be possible without the donation of over 30 cakes from bakers in the community, so it is a good team effort all round!

In September 2023 I took on the job of Carnival Secretary. As a result of this I enjoy liaising with the charity organisations that we support as well as maintaining the monthly minutes and correspondence that comes in.


Ian Morris - Treasurer 

Ian Morris

I am a relative newcomer to Corfe Mullen having moved here at the beginning of 2016. Living locally to the recreation ground, it immediately became apparent how significant the carnival is as a community event but also in terms of fundraising for local charities and and so when the need for a treasurer arose, I jumped at the opportunity to get more involved.

As treasurer, my function is to handle all monies generated from corporate sponsorship, donations, advertising, etc; to ensure that suppliers are paid and organise the donations to the charities. Most importantly of all however, my role is to keep the committee informed as to our financial resources as we plan the events.


Elaine Gosling - Activities Bookings Co-ordinator

I have many decades of association with the Carnival (in fact, I think I was a spectator at the first one)!  Leading a Cub Scout Pack for many years, I have regularly taken part in the Procession - missing just one year out of the last 30!

I am responsible for booking and organising all the Activities for Carnival Day and ensuring that they all have the correct insurance and risk assessments in place.

If there is anything you would like to see at Carnival, please contact us to let me know.


Tom Gosling - Stall Bookings Co-ordinator 

Tom Gosling

I have 30 years association with the Carnival - initially through participation within the procession and in more recent years also helping out on Carnival Day.

I have the responsibility for co-ordination of Stall Bookings on Carnival Day. Making use of Martin Harrison's many years of experience in this role, this involves liaising with individuals, groups and businesses who wish to have a stall. Together with the Events Ground Coordinator, I help to plan the pitches and layout of the recreation ground for Carnival Day.

 


Dean Kidd - Events Ground Co-ordinator

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I moved to Corfe Mullen in 2016 and was originally from West Sussex where I formerly volunteered in the running of the local village hall.

I volunteered for the Carnival prior to joining the committee with road closures and procession over the previous years. I officially joined the carnival committee in 2021 taking on the role of Events Ground Co-ordinator. 

My responsibilities include health & safety for the events ground, help plan the layout of the Events Ground on Carnival Day. Working with the Stall Bookings Co-ordinator to ensure the pitches are set out appropriately, and with the Activities Bookings Co-ordinator to plan suitable space for the scheduled Activities and Arena Events.

 


Sharon Kimber - Collections Co-ordinator

I have recently formally joined the carnival committee after helping with the carnival for many years. My mum is originally from Corfe Mullen and I have grown up watching the carnival from the roadside first as a child then with my own children. My children have both attended Corfe Mullen Schools and Scout groups so they have also taken part in the carnival many times over the years. More recently I have taken part with my school as a walking entry dressing up as chefs, flowers and hippies.

You will find me on the day of the carnival in Albert Road assisting with the procession, distributing our collection buckets and setting and clearing the road closures.

 


Margaret Lawrence

I have lived in Corfe Mullen for 35 years, at one time next-door neighbour to Kathleen Gartell, the founder of our Carnival.  In retirement, I am a voluntary helper for the Wednesday Lunch Club at St Nicholas' Church, and see my role in assisting with schools liaison as an opportunity for putting something back into our community.

 

 


Martine Morrison - Event Bookings Co-ordinator & Grand Draw Co-ordinator

I have lived in the area for most of my life, but have only recently moved to Corfe Mullen. After serving as Secretary for two years, I now focus on organising and administrating the Grand Draw.

The draw provides the Carnival with an important opportunity to raise a significant sum for the nominated charities. This is made possible by the generosity of local businesses and attractions that I contact to seek donations of prizes for the Carnival Grand Draw.

I manage the distribution and collection of the draw tickets amongst the committee, charities and helpers. I also promote the sale of draw tickets at the various Carnival events in the months leading up to the Carnival.

On Carnival day I create display boards featuring leaflets and/or literature from the prize donors, and I set up the Grand Draw stall display.

The draw takes place at the recreation ground before the event closes and I then inform the lucky winners, to notify them of their good fortune and arrange either collection or delivery of their prize.

Last year, I also took over the microphone at the Carnival Events Ground as Master of Ceremonies on Carnival Day.


Ed Palmer - Website Co-ordinator

Ed PalmerI am a Corfe Mullen local - having moved here from Reading about 30 years ago. All our four childeren were at Henbury View and Lockyers and now have moved to various parts of the country having had a great upbringing in Corfe Mullen. I am looking forward to supporting the Carnival and working with the committee.

 

 

 

 


Cara Watkins - Official Photographer

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I have been involved with the Corfe Mullen Carnival since I was a child and am now a member of the committee.

I am a keen photographer and I take all the official photographs at the various carnival events.