Carnival club crisis as new home sought

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 December 2014

The Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' group from Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club pictured at Axminster Carnival. Ref exb 6370-39-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

The Rootin' Tootin' Shootin' group from Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club pictured at Axminster Carnival. Ref exb 6370-39-14SH Picture: Simon Horn

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A club which has raised more than £100,000 for charities could be forced to end if it cannot find a new home.

Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club has supported a host of local causes since it was founded 30 years ago, and achieved great success on the carnival circuit.

However, it now needs to find somewhere new to store and work on its float, and if it cannot do so, will not be able to operate any more.

Carnival club founder member Julie Meridith said: “It would be a tragedy if we cannot continue creating a float each year and raising money, as some of the families have been with the carnival club since its formation in 1984.

“Over the years, mothers have often come up to me and thanked me for the increased confidence of their children, simply by acting their part during the various carnival nights. The kids love the magic and camaraderie and will be heartbroken if the club folds.”

The club needs to find a space under cover approximately 40ft long by 20ft wide, in the vicinity of Budleigh.

The club has given grateful thanks to the Pyne family, who have allowed it to use a barn for many years until now, but now need to use it themselves.

The club’s crisis comes as it enjoys one of its most successful years on the carnival circuit, with its Wild West-themed float, having won a number of prizes and appeared at the renowned Bridgewater Carnival for the sixth year in a row.

The club is also responsible for organising the Budleigh Gala Week royal family.

This year, the club has donated around £4,000 to local charitable causes, including £1,200 to Devon Freewheelers, and £1,250 to St Peter’s Primary School.

Anyone who can help with ideas on where to store the float is asked to call Julie on 01395 442067.

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