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The term Marketeer is used to describe individuals, typically persons or groups of persons dressed in Red Fluffy jackets and having a Chuffin‘ Good Time!! Often engaged in drinking activities that involve all kinds of fun!!

Marketeers Carnival Club Bridgwater EST 1960
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in.

The Birth of The Club

A foreword by Charlie Swain, Charlie Mockridge, and Ron Rawles ( the first Vice presidents of Sydenham Carnival Club.)

Two prefabricated war time bungalows were converted into what became the Sydenham Community Centre. Throughout the week various functions took place to cater for all ages, among which was a youth night which was chiefly a Disco night. These evenings were organised by three members of the management committee and were namely Mr. Charlie Swain, Mr. Charlie Mockridge and Mr. Ron Rawles. During these evenings of activity, approaches were made from the members as to whether something different could be organised and Mr. Mockridge (who probably encouraged and looked after the youths section more than any other committee member) suggested the formation of a carnival club this suggestion was received enthusiastically by the youth particularly by Rod stoodley who was appointed captain of the club. The management committee agreed to the formation of the club, the youths themselves being responsible for the discipline and organising within the club, with the parent committee being the watchdog and adviser, this being the responsibility of members Swain, Mockridge and Rawles who then set about fund-raising schemes. A sweep on the Grand National was organised and whist and bingo sessions were also ran with members of the newly formed carnival club added fund raising was very rewarding in a very short time. So much so, that the club had chosen and presented the entry which was a "gay Hawaiians" with the popular song "island in the Sun". rehearsals got underway and this created more attendance's and worked for the committee members who not only attended but had to endure the singing rehearsals and with the terrible noises coming from the carnivalites, it was punishment at its best. But as the weeks went by it improved and believe it or not became enjoyable to those who never thought it would be possible, now that it was Taken shape. Thoughts now turned to transport, tractor and trailer and of course, lighting. This also had its problems. The generator acquired would not function and the assistance of Mr. Bryan villis was sought, Who willingly gave his services and advice. Offers of tractor and driver by Mr. K Keirle was readily accepted. Costume and the float were well presented, most of this by club members. The management has now approved the allocation of money collected to the tune of some £450 with the stipulation that the club should appear at the centre in their carnival costumes during the concert fortnight. During the first appearance the committee representatives went along to the town hall to see how they performed and were greatly impressed. Satisfied with what they saw they returned to the centre with a glowing report. The Scheme, a challenge to the youth, had been launched, and very successfully. The second year proceeded on a similar line. As the rehearsals for 1961 were about to begin pressure was being brought to the members of the club to transfer from the centre to a more convenient venue (a pub in the vicinity of the town hall.) this was not acceptable to the community Centre because of the age of some of the club members. Unable to change their minds it was with regret that connections were severed as many happy hours had been spent among the club's members

Taken from the book
With grateful thanks to Bob Chidgey, Lyn Gore, Andy Bawden, John Williams, Malcolm Wills, Chris Hocking and Gerrard Dunster
Without whom this book would not have been possible
Transferred to the web By David Kirk Jnr (Jones)

The Marketeers Carnival Club

Formed 1960


The Old Market, Penel Orlieu, Bridgwater, Somerset. – 1998 to Present

Previous Headquarters

The White Hart Hotel, 1982 - 1998
The Market House/Valiant Soldier 1972 - 1981
The Commercial Inn, 1966 - 1972
The Duke of Monmouth, 1964 - 1966
The Cardiff Arms, 1962
The Nags head, 1962
Sydenham Community Center, 1960 - 1961


Cart Building Headquarters

Bristol Road – 2010 to Present
Moorland 2009-2010
The Halfway Inn Westonzoyland Rd Dunwear Bridgwater } 1973-1990 & 1992 - 2009

(In 1991 although still based at the Halfway Inn, we built at Kenny and Murrphs yard. This was due to the new landlord & landlady of the Halfway Inn not taking over the pub until to late in the year.
The Halfway Inn was closed for some time before this, and the bank had told us we had to leave)
1972 Council Yard in All Saints terrace
1966 - 1971 Commercial Inn by the side of a wall running parallel to the railway station
1965 Paddons Yard which in 1965 was an overgrown brickyard at the end of All Saints terrace
1964 Wellworthy`s car park
1963 no cart was built
1960 - 1962 Axe Rd Colley Lane Industrial Estate (near where British Flag build now)


Previous club Names

Commercial Carnival Club 1966 - 1972
Duke of Monmouth Carnival Club 1964 - 1966
Sydenham Club 1960 - 1962


Bridgwater Carnival

Hardy Spicer Cup (Championship Cup) Gang or Feature with the greatest number of points in the Procession and Concert.           
1974= , 1982, 1984, 1985, 2000=
Lions International Cup            Gang or Feature - Runner up to the Hardy Spicer Championship Cup. 
1993, 1997, 2000=
Ker Cup           1st position highest points Gang or Feature.      1974, 1982, 1985
Bryer Cup         1st position, runner up to the Ker Cup Gang or Feature 1973, 1980
Charlton Cup    2nd position 1977, 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1993= , 1997= , 2000, 2003, 2006
Walter Hooper Cup       3rd position      1976= , 1988, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2008
Polar Bear Cup 4th position      1989, 2004, 2005, 2007
Bass Charrington Cup   Most Original Entry      1986, 2007, 2008
Aquarius Studio Cup    Best Costume   1977, 1982, 2000, 2001
Skipper Cup      Best Decorated Tractor - Open  2003
Wessex Cup      Best Dressed Towing Vehicle Driver      1987, Charlie Radford
Winslade Cup   The Best Lighting Display        2002
Stan Bown Cup            Most Improved Local Feature    1984=
B.P. Challenge Cup      Best Dressed Tractor and Driver            1981, 1984, 1996, 2003, 2008=


Bridgwater Carnival Concerts

White Hart Cup            1st position - Highest points gang or feature.     1978, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1997, 2000
Sam Hooper Cup          1st position - 2nd to the White Hart Cup Gang or Feature          1993
Elizabeth Ann James Cup         2nd position     1979, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2001
Barrie Lintern Trophy   3rd position      1989, 1991, 1996, 1999
Lime Kiln Anniversary Cup      4th position      1990, 1992, 2004, 2005
Suffragettes Cup           Best Costume   1987, 1997, 2000, 2001
Les Manley Cup           Most improved club.     1993= , 1997=

Somerset County Carnival Awards

Midsomer Norton Cup – 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1985.
Starkey Cup – County – 1982.
Stan Bown Memorial Cup (Carnavalites Choice) - 2003, 2008.

Presidents Of Marketeers Carnival Club

1960-1961 Reverend E. A. Gill
1961-1964 Mr. A Callard
1964-1966 Mr. & Mrs. B Ashurst
1966-1968 Mr. & Mrs. W Brown
1968-1972 Mr. A Johnstone
1972-1978 Mr. & Mrs. P Taylor
1978-1980 Mr. & Mrs. R Marino
1980-1982 Mr. & Mrs. T Green
1982-1983 Mr. & Mrs. T Martin
1983-1997 Mr. T Wood
1997-2000 Mr. P Brazewell
2000-2001 Mr. G Chidgey
2001- Mr. G Dunster

Life Members of Marketeers Carnival Club

Bob Anthony
Bob Baker
Micky Bawden
Paul Brazewell
Alan Chidgey
Garry Chidgey
Peter Collard
Chunky Dunster
Suzette Dunster
Alan Elson
Cecil Elson
Den Gore
Adrian Horne
Mike Butt
T Moretti
Terry Pickett
Brian Slocombe
Mike Williams

Honoree Members of Marketeers Carnival Club
Brian Bartlett
Tony Blake
Andy Brown
Jo Elson
Jon Horsey
Dave Kirk Jnr
Derek Marsden
Phill Mills
Chris Mockridge
Joe Moretti
Roger Muphy
Charlie Radford
Richard Radford
Lee Singleton
Darryl Taylor
Mike West
Marge Williams
Robert Williams

Marketeers Carnival Club Role of Honor

Marketeers Carnival Club would like to remember the names below
for their hard work and dedication to the Marketeers over the years.

Mr. Charlie Mockridge (Life Member)
Mr. M Biddiscombe (Life Member)
Mr. A Bosley
Mrs. V Bosley
Mr. Mike Dennison
Mr. Kevin Durant
Rev E Gill
Mr. Pat Hancock
Mr. Ron & Mrs Pam Jefferies
Mr. R Marino
Mr. Fred Mead
Mr. Philip Morgan (Mugsey)
Mr. I Radford
Mr. A Rawle
Mrs Pam Read
Mr. C Swain
Mr. P Taylor
Mr. B Vills
Mr. Reg Williams (Life Member)

The above names have been compiled from the memories of
Club members if you fill we have missed anyone of the list please Contact us




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