Maidenhead Carnival – 2nd June 2012

What a fantastic time we enjoyed at Maidenhead Carnival 2012!

Yesterday evening, as we had finalised and made ready the marquees, tables and literature, we had been somewhat uncertain what the day would bring.  The stalls in Kidwells Park, of which we were one, had been moved across to a different area, with less space available.  We were even unsure as to whether we would be able to use both of the marquees.

We were on site by 8.30am this morning and found ourselves allocated a space at the corner of where the main access path meets another path – an ideal location!

Despite missing those away at camp, we had a good team who were able to assemble both marquees in good time before we ventured inside to enjoy a coffee and short time of prayer for the day ahead.

Once in the park, as we’ve found in previous years, the numbers take a while to get going.  The weather didn’t help, with a grey skies combining with a chilly breeze – only the most die-hard were able to have their Parkside polo shirts displayed!

A chilly morning in the park

We concentrated on giving invitations to the next Family Service and BBQ on 17th June, as well as various Jubilee tracts.

Poster advertising craft and literature table
Paul making a point

The marquees were decked out with bunting and paperchains in honour if the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – a theme picked up by surprisingly few of the other stalls.

This year we had a trio of craft activities for the children with crown-making and decorating probably being the most popular – ahead of colouring in Union Flags and the construction of cardboard ‘Olympic torches’.

Craft activities in the marquee

As well as handing out various literature, we were able to have some excellent conversations with passers-by – many of whom seemed very receptive – particularly to the invitation for a ‘free BBQ’.

Mike oblivious that he’s about to be eaten by a giant bird!

As in previous years, Paul had come prepared with a selection of Jubilee cupcakes, which proved popular with the helpers.

During the afternoon the sun finally broke through the clouds and brought with it the first warmth of summer.

Blue sky and polo shirts in the afternoon

As we struck camp in the sunshine at the end of the day, we all reflected on what a tremendous day we had enjoyed.  Many felt it to be our most successful Carnival yet in terms of goodie bags and literature distributed and we have already asked to return to the same spot next year!  With hindsight, more of the Jubilee themed literature would have been helpful as people seemed to be particularly keen to receive mementos of such a memorable weekend.

Ken having some issues with his nose!

We have much to praise the Lord for!