Woodley Carnival brings Hollywood to Oakwood Park on Saturday – all the timings and details of the procession

IT’S Lights, Camera and Action this week as Hollywood comes to Woodley.

The stars will be out for what promises to be a blockbuster Carnival on Saturday where this year the theme is, At The Movies.

From the hugely popular Procession which starts at 11am in Comet Way on the airfield to the Evening Concert, keep your eyes peeled for some of Tinsel Town’s finest.

Peter Jacobs,one of the organisers said this year’s Carnival promises to be a glittering event.

“People have enthusiastically taken up the movie theme which is wonderful,” he explained.

“I wouldn’t be surprised to spot a Marilyn Monroe or some other famous faces. There is so much going on, there really is something for everyone.

“Even the weather for Saturday is looking dry.”

One highlight is a Spitfire fly past while other popular events include the classic car show, the flower show and dog show.

There are also some fantastic displays from local enthusiasts of model railways, traction engines, caged birds and a mobile petting farm.

The Carnival, which is held on the Memorial Ground (next to the Oakwood Centre) on Headley Road, will have over one hundred stalls from charities and local groups, a funfair, an arena filled with acts from local groups, food outlets, a beer tent, and inside the Coronation Hall teas/coffees and cakes by the local WI.

Earlier this week, the Oakwood Centre was the location for the crowning of the Woodley carnival Kings and Queens coronation.

This year the competition was open to boys and girls that either live or go to school in Woodley. Despite several male entries on the night the spoils went to the girls. Rosie Rackshaw 11 was crowned carnival queen, Sienna Singer aged 8 and Darcy Fuller aged 10 were crowned as the two princesses.

The judges – Sue Tyler, Alicia Witkowski and Jack Wright – had some tough decisions to make after talking to all the girls, their final choice was made based on their personality and ability to represent the community carnival both on carnival day, leading the procession in open topped cars, as well as the run up to carnival and beyond for the rest of the year.

The girls all received a sash, a crown, a goody bag as well as lifelong entry to the community carnival event. They also had their photos taken by talented amateur photographer Christopher Grace, as a lasting memento of the evening.

For full details, listings and timing, go to: www.Woodleycarnival.org.uk

Woodley Carnival procession approximate timings

10am: Comet Way between Spitfire Way and Hurricane Way.

11am: Hurricane Way between its junctions with Comet Way and Spitfire Way.

11.15am: Headley Road East between its junctions with Hurricane Way and Lunds Farm Road. Welford Road between its junctions with Headley Road East and Lunds Farm Road.

Lunds Farm Road between its junctions with Welford Road and Cornfield Road.

Cornfield Road between its junctions with Lunds Farm Road and Church Road.

11.30am: Church Road between its junctions with Tippings Lane and Butts Hill Road.

Butts Hill Road between its junctions with Church Road and Headley Road.

11.45am: Headley Road between its junctions with Butts Hill Road and Beechwood Avenue. Noon: Beechwood Avenue between its junctions with Headley Road and Howth Drive; Howth Drive between its junctions with Beechwood Avenue and Woodlands Avenue.

12.15pm: Woodlands Avenue between its junctions with Howth Drive and Crockhamwell Road. Crockhamwell Road between its junctions with Woodlands Avenue and Fosters Lane. Fosters Lane between its junctions with Crockhamwell Road and Loddon Bridge Road.

12.45pm: Loddon Bridge Road between its junctions with Fosters Lane and Headley Road. Headley Road between its junctions with Loddon Bridge Road and Beechwood Avenue.

1.30pm: Passing through the Memorial Ground and finishing in Haddon Drive, first float stopping at the junction with Butts Hill Road.

Woodley Carnival 2019 timings

12.30pm Eamonn Dolan five-a-side match.

1.30pm: Procession arrives

2pm: Sandy Maya’s Dance

3pm: Spitfire flypast, kick Twist cheerleading, Allied School of Dance, Starmaker Theatre Company

4pm: JD Dance, Reading Operatic Society

4pm:

Evening bands from 6pm: Blind Rhythm, LongDayLateNight, The Highwasters, Funk Lab, Ready or Not.

All timings are approximate and may change

Details: www.woodleycarnival.org.uk

 

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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