This year’s Carnival is set to be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

At the Lymington Carnival launch at Belmore Lodge are, from left: Martin Ward and Ian Duncan from the Lions Club; Home Manager Janie Pearman; resident Mary Young; Cllr Anne Corbridge, Deputy Mayor of Lymington, and James Brushwood of the Lymington Sports Association, hosts of the Carnival fete.

We’ve chosen a Mary Poppins theme for our involvement in this summer’s Lymington Carnival.

Residents, relatives and staff from four of our homes will be dressing up as characters from the much loved-film musical.

Belmore Lodge resident Mary Young – sharing Mary Poppins’ first name – said she was looking forward to appearing as the unorthodox nanny and meeting any Dick Van Dyke-style Berts.

Janie Pearman, Home Manager and parade leader at last year’s sport-themed Carnival, said: “The Carnival is a fantastic community event that creates a real buzz. We all enjoy preparing for it by making costumes and decorations to wear on the day. This year it will be a case of ‘spit spot, off we go’ and ‘the job’s a game’ as Dame Julie Andrews said so memorably in the film.”

Colten Care is headline sponsor of the popular community day, run by the Lions Club of Lymington and Brockenhurst, for the fourth year running.

The overall Carnival theme – 100 Years of Music, reflecting the Lions’ centenary this year – prompted a discussion among residents and staff about favourite all-time musicals, with Mary Poppins an obvious choice.

On Carnival day, Sunday, 16th July, our minibuses will call at Court Lodge, Linden House and Belmore Lodge in Lymington, plus Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, to collect residents.

Those who simply want to watch the procession will have exclusive use of a raised verge by the Town Hall so they can sit in comfort, sample cakes and refreshments, and view the proceedings close up.

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