Carnival Royalty 2017
Our 2017 president is Mr Ady Taylor, landlord of the Tally Ho! Ady came from Exeter to take on the role of manager in July 2002 and Victoria, his now wife, joined him a month later. Ady thought he would probably only stay at the Tally Ho! for maybe five years and then return to Exeter, but gradually he fell in love with the place and here he is fifteen years later, now the landlord! Ady loves the many different events that Hatherleigh holds and all the traditions that remain. He warmly remembers his first Christmas Eve in the Tally when Hatherleigh Silver Band turned up and started playing carols; he says it’s things like this and the people that have kept him here. Ady has become a much valued member of the community and is always happy to support local groups and organisations where he can. He feels last year’s new event of live music in the square was a fantastic addition to the programme of events and is once again happy to supply a band for this year. Running a pub is extremely busy, especially over carnival weekend, so Ady has never had chance to really see much of the carnival but what he loves is the incredible atmosphere. We hope that Ady will be able to get lots of help in the Tally Ho! over carnival weekend so that he can enjoy and experience carnival ‘behind the scenes’.
Annie Strawbridge is our 2017 Carnival Queen. Annie, age 15, attends Okehampton College and is a real sports fan. She plays hockey for Okehampton Ladies, netball for Okehampton College and Wildcats in the league, rounders for the College team and in the league, rounders for the College team and is part of the College athletics team where she runs 100m sprint and throws the shot. Annie is also a Young Leader at Hatherleigh Brownies and this will be her chosen charity. Annie was nine months old when she was dressed as Piglet for her first ever Carnival and, until last year, has been in every Carnival since. One Carnival she fell asleep as a chicken on a giant creme egg, and slept the whole way through the evening procession; we hope that doesn’t happen this year!
Annie is really looking forward to being Queen on a float as she cannot remember the two floats that she was on when she was little. Annie’s Mum, Lynn, comes from a large carnival enthusiastic family who along with some other Carnival ‘pros’ will all be dragged in to help. As the Brownies mean so much to Annie and Lynn, they will also be dressing up along with the float on Carnival afternoon. Annie has some great childhood memories of fun times spent ‘carnivalling’ with family and friends in various houses, sheds and garages etc all over Hatherleigh and we hope that she will enjoy all the preparations for this year and enjoys her time as Carnival Queen.
This year’s Prince and Princess are Harry Winearls and Zoe Wonnacott. Our little royal pair are both 4 years old and have been the best of friends since they were born. They have attended Hatherleigh Pre-School together as well as their weekly swimming lessons. Carnival is certainly in the family as Harry’s mum, Sophie, and Zoe’s mum, Nat, were on a number of floats together from about the age of 5 and they too have been friends forever. In a real carnival love story Zoe’s parents, Mark and Nat, were Prince and Princess together many years ago … so who knows where this will lead! Zoe, who started at Hatherleigh Primary school in September, has been on the family crepe paper float every year since she was a baby first appearing as a flower fairy on a tableaux entitled ‘Garden Secrets’. This will be the first time on a float for Harry who took part in last year’s afternoon procession dressed as the butterfly from ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ alongside his little brother Sid. Harry and Zoe are both very excited to be Prince and Princess and are looking forward to carnival day. Make sure you give them a wave!
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.