Carnival Royalty 2016
Carnival Royalty 2015
This year’s Queen is Ella-May Jevons. Ella-May joined Hatherleigh Primary in 2013 at the start of Year 6. Only there for one year, she certainly made her mark and was presented with the ‘Spirit of Devon’ Award before moving up to Okehampton College. Ella-May may be a newcomer, but she is a direct descendant of the Pearse family, who opened the first bank and boarding school for farm children here in the 1800s. The monument in the graveyard and Belverdere Castle were paid for by the town’s people in memory of George Pearse, who won the Queen’s shot in 1875.
Ella-May is a member of the Guides, and also the Hatherleigh Players, where she enjoys her passions for singing, acting and performing. She would like to thank the local community for their generosity buying Queen’s Draw tickets, Blakewell Services for supplying the tractor and driver, her attendants Kiara Stoneman, Ross Diepenbroek and Ashlyn Ware for their help going out selling tickets and their families, and her own family for helping to make her float. Your Queen hopes that the weather is kind and that everyone has a great Carnival!
Our Prince and Princess are Holly and Joshua Wale. Holly attends Hatherleigh Primary School and Joshua attends Hatherleigh pre-school. Holly is 6 and Joshua is 2½. Holly and Joshua live on a farm and enjoy going out and helping to feed the calves. Holly loves horses and has begun to learn to ride. She also loves dance and goes to the: ‘Squire Sisters’ school of dance where she enjoys ballet. Holly also enjoys swimming. Joshua loves tractors and animals. Holly and Joshua have been in the afternoon carnival but never on a float and never in the evening, so they are very excited about being Prince and Princess. They would like to wish everyone a happy carnival!
May, Holly and Joshua for being our 2015 royalty and hope they all enjoy their day.
Our 112th Carnival President – Mrs Gill Davis
It was with great sadness that our 2015 carnival president, Mrs Gill Davis, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in August this year, aged 51. Gill was an avid supporter of Hatherleigh Carnival being involved all her life as a competitor, a supporter and a judge. She was very much looking forward to being Carnival President this year, a title she was proud to have gained. In the 1960s Gill first dressed up in the afternoon procession and participated in her first evening procession in the 1970s aboard the Sunday School float. Under the guidance of Mandy Wonnacott, Gill completed her first official crepe paper float in 1990 when her daughter, Natalie, was Princess alongside her Prince (and now husband) Mark Wonnacott. Gill’s youngest daughter, Hannah, was one of Natalie and Mark’s attendants.
From this moment on, Gill was hooked and she went on to design and create floats with the Reddaway and Entwistle families year after year, many of which Natalie and Hannah were on. Latterly, Gill also helped the Wonnacott, Dilling, Bater, Squire and King families when her granddaughter Zoe was born and welcomed into the carnival tradition; participating in her first carnival at just seven months old. Gill was indeed a proud Granny to see Zoe dressed as a flower fairy on her first float.
Gill’s presence will be missed by so many on carnival day but those that know her will know that she will be looking down on us all with her “box” of wine in her hand, hoping that everyone has a happy, safe and enjoyable carnival.
The Carnival Committee
All this would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the Carnival Committee, Mark Reddaway, Cindy Squire, Dawn Stevens, Gavin Brooks, Graham Reddaway, Linda King, Natalie Wonnacott, Jenny Dinnis, Alan Dinnis, Rupert Brandon-King, Douglas Stevens, Louise Bater, Tracy Anstey, Katie Bennett, Chris Dorrain, Carol Woollacott, Rochelle Woollacott, Andy Gilbert, Mandy Wonnacott and Shirley Dilling, who work all year round to ensure that everything is in place for this remarkable event to occur each year.