• Doddington Village
    Sports and Carnival

  • Excellent floats and
    a fantastic carnival.

  • Absolutely brilliant
    sports day

  • A great family day out.

Doddington, Cambridgeshire, UK.

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The Scarecrow Competition! Create your scarecrows and display them to win! Helping to raise money for the Doddington Village Sports & Carnival Committee.
GET ENTERED!

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM!
Application forms must be completed and returned by
Friday 26th June.

(All details on how to return your application are on the form.)


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE POSTER!
(Download it and print out for more people to see!)

Please display your Scarecrows from
Noon Monday 28th June to Noon Sunday 4th July.

Want to be kept informed
about the Scarecrow Competition?

Add your email address to the Scarecrow mailing list!

We won't spam you, or pester you to enter,
but we will try to keep you posted about what's going on and when.

And if you choose to enter a Scarecrow into the competition, then great!

(You can easily remove yourself at anytime, and then the emails will stop.)



Bad News

Carnival 2021...

has been cancelled :-(

The Doddington Carnival are very sad to announce that this year's Carnival is cancelled.

This year would have been our 99th year so this has not been an easy decision to make but after speaking to some of the float builders the committee feel we are not in a position to know if restrictions will be relaxed enough to hold the Carnival parade, the parade takes several months to plan and insurance and road closures are very costly.

The committee are hoping that maybe later in the year if restrictions allow we will organise one of our fabulous nights out, which by then, we will all need!!!!

The committee would like to thank everyone who continues to support us and hope that you understand that the safety of the committee and our community has to be our main concern.

Fingers crossed that we will be back with a bang next year for our 100th Carnival!

 

About

What's it all about?

Doddington Sports and Carnival take place every summer on the first Saturday in July, in the village of Doddington in Cambridgeshire.

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Prince and Princess

The boys and girls of the village get selected and become the Prince and Princess.

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Carnival

Join us for a fantastic show of carnival floats and parade around the streets of Doddington!

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Sports Day

Races for children of all ages with medals and trophies to win! Also bouncy castles, food and a whole lot more!

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Pub Quizzes

Think you're good at general knowledge? What to help raise money for the village AND win money and kudos yourself?

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Doddington Disco!

Remember the days of Doddington Disco? Leave the kids at home and come and have some disco fun!

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The Santa Run!

Each Christmas, we bring Santa out to each and every corner of the village to see the children, with music and fun.

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Scarecrow Competition

Every year, theme-based scarecrows are very competitive and lots of fun to find around the village.

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Live Music

Live music always helps and local bands, groups and artists have a platform and audience to play to.

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Fancy Dress

Fancy Dress is very much encouraged at our events, for young and old, and there are prizes for them too!

 

The village carnival and sports day are open to all.
Come along and see what a fantastic village Doddington is!

We're Recruiting

Come help us make next year EVEN BETTER!

We're sad about the 2020 AND 2021 Carnival and Sports Days being cancellation due to the Covid-19 virus.

But we know we can make 2022 a great year - why not join us and make sure it is!

Some folks help all year, some only help out on the day of the events.

Some folks come to every meeting, some come only when needed.

Some folks are great at lifting and carrying stuff, some are great on the social media.

However you can help,
we'd really appreciate it!

Make a donation

We're now able to accept
online donations!

Your support helps us to make the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival the very best that we can, for everybody to enjoy.


Donate to Doddington Carnival by BACS.

If you’d like to donate via a bank transfer (BACS), please use the following bank details:

  • Account name: Doddington Village Sports and Carnival
  • Sort code: 30-98-97
  • Account number: 29696368

Click the button above to donate using a debit or credit card, or using a PayPal account.

  • PayPal account not required if donating by card.
  • We pay fees per transaction to receive your donation (1.4% + 20p).
  • You are not charged a fee to make the donation.

 

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Money

Your donations

People have asked as to how our funds are spent, and we would like to make this as clear and open as possible.

  • 100% of the money raised by the Doddington Village Sports and Carnival Committee goes back into the next Carnival and Sports Day.

  • The committee members are all volunteers, and give up their own spare time to help make the next Carnival and Sports Day even more fantastic for the children.

  • We heavily scrutinise each and every expense, such that only what has to be bought by the Carnival, is paid for out of the funds. (In fact, committee members frequently buy lots of the items used in/with the carnival themselves.)

We're proud of the Carnival and Sports Day, and want you to be sure that your donations are spent carefully.

 

Instagram

Find us on Instagram and see the inside life of the Carnival and Sports Day!

#doddingtonCarnival

https://www.instagram.com/doddingtoncarnival

 

Get Involved!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Can you can help us make any of our events even better?

Already this year, we've been approached by various companies offering their time or resources, in exchange for a little advertising to the locals, and wanted to extend this out to everyone.

Is there something you can lend, give or discount that could make even a small part of the next big event ever bigger and even better?

Our regular events throughout the year, are:

  • April - Family Disco (incl Prince and Princess Selection)
  • June - Scarecrow competition
  • July - Carnival and Sports Day
  • September - Family Disco, and Presentation Evening
  • December - Santa Run
...in addition to other fund raisers like
  • Doddington Disco (Adults only)
  • Pub Quiz
  • Race Night with a Twist

If you think you can help us, in any small way, give us a call on 07974 262210 and we would be more than happy to work it out with you.

 

Our Facebook Page has lots of information in terms of events and other news items. 'Like' the page and get notified of new items.

Find us online!
facebook.com/doddingtoncarnivalandsports

History

Where it all began

The Carnival is made up of numerous colourful floats from the groups and organisations and each year the procession is led each by a different band or group.

But it hasn't always been like that.

  • 1922
  • Whist Club start Sports Day

    July 1922

    Lionel Sedley, the then headmaster of the Village School, joined the Doddington Whist Club. He suggested that the club organise a treat for the local school children in the form of a Sports Day.

  • Inaugural Sports Day

    5th August 1922

    The first ever Sports Day took place, with 35 Races and cash prizes for the winners (1s for first place).

    Races included all the normal running races and also such things as a Potato Race and, for the girls, a Needle Threading Race.

  • 1937
  • British Legion steps in

    July 1937

    In 1937, the Whist Club disbanded and gave their surplus funds to the British Legion on the condition that they continue to organise the Sports Day event.

  • 1966
  • Doddington United FC race on

    July 1966

    Doddington United FC took over the running of the Sports Day event.

  • 1973 Doddington Children's Sports

    View the programme

  • 1974 Doddington Children's Sports

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  • 1980 Doddington Children's Sports

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  • 1981
  • A Dedicated committee

    1981

    A dedicated committee was created with the sole job of running the Sports Day event.

  • 1981 Doddington Children's Sports

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  • 1982 Doddington Children's Sports

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  • 1983 Doddington Children's Sports

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  • 1984 Doddington Children's Sports

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  • 1986
  • The Carnival is born

    July 1986

    The first Carnival was started and sets an annual tradition in place.

  • 1986 Doddington Children's Sports and Carnival

    View the programme

  • 1995 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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  • 1998 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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  • 1999 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2000 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2001 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2002 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2003 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2004 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2005 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2006 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2007 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2008 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

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  • 2009 Doddington Carnival and Sports Day

    View the programme

  • 2010 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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  • 2011
  • Carnival's 25th Anniversary

  • 2011 Doddington Carnival and Sports

    View the programme

  • 2012
  • Sports Day's 90th Anniversary

  • 2012 Doddington Carnival and Sports

    View the programme

  • 2013 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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  • 2014 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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  • 2015
  • New Carnival Team

    2015

    The former committee passed the baton onto an entirely new and enthusiastic team of locals, for them to write the next chapter in the history of the Carnival.

  • 2015 Doddington Village Sports and Carnival

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  • 2016 Doddington Carnival and Sports

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  • 2017 Doddington Village Sports and Carnival

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  • 2018 Doddington Village Sports and Carnival

    View the programme

  • 2020
  • Cancelled: CoronaVirus

    2020

    The 2020 Carnival and Sports Day were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • 2021

 

Music Licence

PRS for Music

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music - and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828

Contact

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