Summer Event photo competition and carnival costume winners

PACT is delighted to announce the winners of our PACT/Norfolk Street Summer Event carnival costume competition, and to share the photographs that have won and were shortlisted for our PACT Summer Event 2013 photographic competition!

Photo competition

The shortlisted photographs, submitted by members of the public and voted on by PACT’s trustees, were on display at our AGM on Tuesday 9th July in the Squeaky Gate community room from 7:30pm. They will then be on display at The Box Café on Norfolk Street, with kind permission of Ozy. The winning photographs were selected by Dave Harwood, professional photographer for the Cambridge News, and announced at the AGM:

  • 1st place: Steven Lee with a striking shot of the Chinese lion dance that opened the Summer Event
  • 2nd place: Steven Lee, again! A candid shot of a couple examining the schedule of events
  • 3rd place: Matt Hodgkinson’s shot of the colourful ‘Graffiti Gardens’
  • Kenn Martin deserves a special mention, having taken 11 of the 25 shortlisted photos

Thank you to all the photographers who submitted photos – Steven Lee, Matt Hodgkinson, Rachana Mahapatra, Kenn Martin, Iain Hay, Keith Edkins, Will Bowles, Simon Boyd, and Sa’adiah Kahn.

Carnival costume winners

We were so excited by the response to our carnival costume workshops and the parade on the day. Here are the best costumes from the Carnival Parade:
carnival costume winners

  • First place: Paul Little as the fly – and yes, those ARE windscreen wipers which found new life as his antennae!
  • Second place: Evie as the red bird
  • Third place: Siâna C-R as the ladybird – complete with leaf!

Congratulations to all three! An honourable mention goes to Herbie for his simple-but-super toadstool costume.

Round up of the Summer Event 2013

On Saturday 22 June, Petersfield Area Community Trust held our annual PACT/Norfolk Street Summer Event. For the second year, Norfolk Street was closed to traffic for what is a growing celebration and showcase of the Petersfield area. See our gallery below for a taste of what the day offered – also see photos of our carnival parade workshops. The charity auction is still open until 9 July – so get bidding!

The day saw dance, sports, art, music, international food, and ended with a colourful and noisy carnival parade. Holding out against some early showers and gusts, the day started with a bang – well, quite a few bangs – from the vibrant Chinese lion dance!

Coton Morris Men livened things up:

The sun soon shone out, and Fruity Clavé samba band got us ready for our carnival parade with a performance and workshop:

For our 140-character takes on the event and its run-up, see the Twitter hashtag #pactsummerevent

Cambridge News’ Adam Luke gave online coverage of the event, and Cambridge 105’s Ceri-Ann Littlechild (also the Mill Road Co-ordinator) visited and reported for their Summer in the City programme (podcast, listen from 29:50-33:05 for an interview with PACT’s chair and event coordinator Anna and 43:25-49:10 for an interview with the Eco-Salon).

Mick Brown made a video montage of the day to the soundtrack of the Coton Morris Men:

Special thanks go to:
* FLACK’s volunteers for making our beautiful signposts
* Janek Dziewulski for his continued support, helping apply for funding, sorting PACT computers, and more.
* Jill Fordham for coordinating our artistsPoster for PACT/Norfolk Street Summer Event 2013 by  Lily Bracey
* Lily Bracey for designing our winning Summer Event poster this year (see right)
* Matt Hodgkinson for being responsible for PACT’s social media presence, and other unsung jobs
* Nick Ellis for our fabulous event Map
* Philly Owles for being a superb Treasurer, steward of PACT Summer Event’s finances (and PACT in general), and for marshalling set-up and loaning us the use of her garage for temporary storage
* Siâna Chalkley-Robinson for galvanising our awesome group of stewards
* Simone Chalkley for organising the fabulous carnival costume workshops over the two weekends preceding our Event, for coordinating the carnival parade itself and marshalling set-up!
* Definitely not least, Anna Lindsay for coordinating such a successful event!

Funding:Cooperative funding
* Cambridge East Area Committee – the bulk of our Summer Event funding
* The Cooperative membership community fund for Cambridge & East Anglia – supported the PACT/Norfolk Summer Event carnival parade
* Anglia Ruskin University – contribution towards the Summer Event

Stewards and helpers: Chris Vandriel, Daniel Gordon, David Chandler, Emon Miah, Jan Dziewulski, Jane Hellings, Janet Simpson, Kevin Blencowe, Lesley Tubb, Lindsay Percival, Lynne & Kenn Martin, Mary Owles, Mohon M, Mostyn Maltpress, Philly Owles, Richard Harvey, Ross Shelley-Pilsworth, Seb K, Shipon Miah, Suraiya R, Theo T, & Connor.

Photographers: Steven Lee, Alex, and Will Bowles

Other stars of the day: Andy Bowie Jazz Band, Anthony Paul & his Fruity Clave samba band, Anupma Wadheera, British Science Association with Dr Rose Spears, Cambridge 105 local community radio and Ceri-Ann Littlechild, Cambridge Community Circus, Cambridge Constabulary, Cambridge Edition, Cambridge Evening News, Carisma Kickboxing, CB2 Café, Chinese Lion Dancers (Wendy & Co), City of David Choir, Claire Cooper, Mayor of Cambridge Cllr Paul Saunders, Coton Morris Men, Dawn (Facepainting), Dolores Maher (artist), Dhruvi (mehndi), Elaine Shortt, Elite Sports with Alex, Ellis & Connelly, Emily Fowke (artist), Fairytale Marquees, Farhana Begum-Miah (mehndi), Feel Free Dance, Cambridgeshire Fire Service with their fire engine, Helen Imogen Field (artist), Hilary & Beverley of Oblique Arts (the ‘Eco-Salon’), Hungarian Chimney Cake stall, Irene Wilkes (artist), Irie Caribbean Food, Jack’s Gelato, Junkyard Stilties, Kazna crafts, Kinnerz Dance, Kirsten Lavers (artist), Lanie Fowke (artist), Local Secrets, Monica Smith (artist), Peter Lee, head Tony Davies for the St.Matthew’s Primary School tour and lending us their sound system, Norfolk Street Bakery stall, Norfolk Street Deli, Olga Mielczarek (cake), Olga Plocienniczak, Ozy Ozcan, Salus Wellness Clinics (who collected donations to PACT in exchange for taster treatments including very welcome massages), Siâna Chalkley-Robinson (hula hooping), Squeaky Gate performers, St John Ambulance with Jan Dziewulski, Rob Rescorla, St.Matthew’s School Choir & teacher Emily Barratt, St. Matthew’s Primary School pupils for their origami flowers and animals, Tangueando.net with Costa and Flo, The Banner Stall with Lanie and Emily, The Box Café, The Map Project (Hugh Chapman & Sa’adiah Khan), Tribal Bellydancers (Tracey), Zhonghua Calligraphy and Chinese culture stall – and all the businesses who donated prizes to our tombola and charity auction!

Venues and logistics:
* Alex Wood Hall: costume storage on the day.
* CB2 café: use of premises for Summer Event planning & other meetings, and hosting the Map Project on the day.
* Man on the Moon: use of the community room for our carnival workshops, events on the day.
* The Box Café: use of premises for Summer Event planning meetings, barbecue on the day, agreeing to host our photo competition winners.
* Squeaky Gate Community Room: Squeaky Gate for agreeing to host art on the day; Andy Slaymaker for arranging the picture rail to be put up in time; Ridgeons for providing the picture rail; Mackays of Cambridge for providing the special fittings for the picture rail.
* PA equipment: Colin – for manning the PA system on the green; William Smythe – PA in the Man on the Moon; Cambridge Audio Visual for lending us the PA equipment.

Carnival workshops

** Update – the workshops and parade were a great success! Thanks to all who came along and especially to Simone Chalkley for organising and Lynne Martin from Elitian Printers for her amazing crocheted flowers and leaves. **

** The Cooperative membership community fund for Cambridge & East Anglia generously supported the PACT/Norfolk Summer Event carnival parade. **

** Photos of the workshops are in a gallery below. **

Cooperative funding

We are holding a Carnival parade at the end of this years’ PACT/Norfolk Street Summer Event on 22nd June – great fun for children and adults alike! The theme is the Millennium Garden, created by PACT and the City Council in 2002: think flowers, trees, insects, birds and the lovely mosaics.

2013-05-18 15.43.42 Millennium Garden mosaics

Simone is holding workshops to make carnival costumes (and she is already enthusiastically knitting bunting with plarn): the workshops will be in the Man on the Moon community room on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons for the two weeks before the Summer Event. A flyer for the workshops is here. The dates and times are:

  • Sat 8th & 15th June from 1.30-4.30 pm
  • Sun 9th & 16th June from 1.30-5.00 pm

The workshops will cost £3 per person or £5 per family of four; this will cover the cost of one or all of the sessions, including the cost of materials and equipment. Materials will be provided. All ages are welcome, though under 16s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Spaces are limited, so book early! You can turn up on the day but there is no guarantee that there will be a place if you haven’t booked.

To book, please email carnivalworkshop-bookings@outlook.com

For the Summer Event parade on the day, the road will be closed to traffic. Meet at 4:15pm by the Millennium Garden on Norfolk St and the parade starts at 4:45pm. Don’t worry if you are unable to attend the workshops as you are very welcome to join the carnival parade on the day!

Vote for our carnival theme!

The winning theme was the Millennium Garden.

The Millennium Garden on the corner of Norfolk Street and St. Matthew’s Street

The PACT/Norfolk Street Summer Event on Saturday 22nd June 2013 will finish with a carnival parade – all are welcome, young and old! We still need to decide the THEME of this year’s parade. Which of these three ideas do YOU think should be the theme?

  • Millennium Garden – the little public garden on the corner of Norfolk Street/St.Matthew’s Street, which PACT was responsible for creating – examples of costumes could be flowers, mosaics, bees…
  • Petersfield Carnival – what it says on the tin – anything to do with this area of Cambridge, with a carnival twist!
  • Summer – all that warmth, sunshine, colour and summer glory, which seems so distant this cold spring!

What gets YOUR vote? As with the poster design competition, EVERYONE is allowed to vote – one vote per person! Let us know by midnight Wednesday 10th April. To vote you can contact us at info@PACTcambridge.org or message us on Facebook.

Lily Bracey's winning poster design!

Lily Bracey’s winning poster design!

We have a team organizing drop-in carnival costume-making workshops over the two weekends – 8/9th and 15/16th June – before the Summer Event. There will be a small prize for the best individual or group costume at the end!

Don’t forget to let us know you are going to the Summer Event on our Summer Event Facebook Page, and if you want to get involved with the carnival parade and/or any other facet of the Summer Event or PACT’s work in general, GET IN TOUCH!