Meet the Team

Fleet & District Carnival is local charity that has been a part of the community for over 60 years. Our committee is staffed entirely by volunteers who dedicate their time to organise this much loved annual event that brings families and friends together whilst having fun and raising money for charity.

Leanne Walmsley
Leanne WalmsleyChairman
After such an amazingly successful comeback in 2022, I feel very fortunate to lead our committee for another brilliant event in 2023.
Carnival is one of those events that brings the community together, and without the fantastic support of our local councils, councilors, communities and businesses, we wouldn’t be able to fund it.
There is so much effort that goes into organising it and I am very lucky to have such a strong and committed team who all pull together to create such a fantastic day.
Joy Marshall
Joy MarshallVice-Chairman, Website & Social Media Manager
I joined the carnival committee in 2019 having moved to the area a few years previously. After a couple of difficult years, It was wonderful to be part of carnival coming back in 2022 and seeing the community response to the return of this much-loved and greatly-missed local event.
I am proud to take on the role of Vice-Chair for 2023 and to have the opportunity of once again being a part of the fabulous organising committee that works so hard to bring carnival to life.
Abi Simpson
Abi Simpson Treasurer
With my background in finance I joined the Carnival Committee as Treasurer. Having lived in Fleet most of my life, this was the perfect way for me to volunteer my time to a great local event. I get the chance work with a lovely team of people helping the community and I’m excited for a new challenge and fun filled Carnival in 2023.
Lynne Bogue
Lynne Bogue Secretary
I am the Carnival Secretary. Having lived in Fleet all of my life and I love the excitement of the Carnival. I spent more than 29 years as Manager of a travel agency in Fleet High Street.
Wendy Brown
Wendy Brown President
I have been the president of the Carnival for over 10 years and have lived in Fleet since the 1970’s and have an active role with the Fleet WRVS.
Anthony Barrell
Anthony Barrell
I joined the committee in 1989 and was the Carnival Treasurer for 25 years. I am now one of the assistant treasurers. Having lived in Fleet since Jan 1986 I love Fleet Carnival and especially banking loads of money for our charitable causes!
Becca Chamberlain
Becca ChamberlainSchool Liaison Manager
Having grown up in and around Fleet, I have always loved the atmosphere in town around carnival time and so I joined the committee in 2018. Working around university deadlines and part time work you’ll most likely see me running around town doing various odd jobs behind the scenes to help keep carnival running.
Kerry Lambert
Kerry Lambert Dog Show Manager
I joined the Carnival committee in 2018 wanted to get involved and support my town and this fantastic annual event. I was privileged to be able to run the dog show with my colleagues from Ashworth Vets and loved every minute of it. Being a part of the committee has been a great opportunity to meet some great people, working hard to continue on such a fun and well run event. I have loved being part of the dog show with my practice for the last five years and really enjoyed the challenges of Chairman in 2019. Looking forward to bring carnival back in 2023.
Yasmin Watts
Yasmin WattsStalls Manager
Being involved in carnival is something that gives me a real sense of town pride and community. I have helped for around 6 years and being involved in keeping such a historical Fleet event running, which I remember from childhood, is such a joy. I hope the events of carnival that the whole committee put so much into will be a part of other children’s’ happy memories and continue for many years. See you all there over Carnival weekend.
Jarod Nash
Jarod NashTraditional Fete Games Manager
In 2022, I helped with Fleet Carnival, marking out pitches, preparing donation buckets and other little jobs the day before. On Carnival day I found myself directing the flow of stallholders as they arrived and throughout the day, keeping the way clear for when the main procession arrived. It was great to play a small part in what I thought was a great community event, and wanting to do more I’ve stepped up this year and become part of the committee, in particular taking on responsibility around the traditional carnival games section.
Carolyn Howe
Carolyn HowePrince & Princess Ball Manager
I was first involved with Fleet Carnival in 2022. I helped to organise the Prince & Princess ball and had a great time teaching the winners a royal wave during the carnival procession! I enjoy various volunteering opportunities and this was something different to try. I really enjoyed the carnival atmosphere and being part of the team.
James Faulkner
James Faulkner Head of Task Force & Logistics
James is a local tradesman who has lived in Fleet all of his life, he joined the carnival committee in 2014 as the head of task force to continue the great work that has already been achieved by the current committee members, James also enjoys seeing the community spirit that once stood returning to his town.
Brian Shadrake
Brian Shadrake Task Force
Brian has been living in fleet for the past 40 years as resident of this great town. He has been actively member of fleet carnival for the past 10 + years looking after and being part of the Task Force.
Matthew Penny
Matthew PennyTask Force
I have been on the Carnival committee for over five years now and am part of the Task Force team who plan and manage all the logistics of the day. It is great to be part of such a fantastic team who all help and make carnival what it is. I am really looking forward to being part of it again in 2023 and making the community proud of such a traditional event.
Rochelle Halliday
Rochelle Halliday Carnival Programme Manager / Media Manager
I’m brand new to the Carnival Committee and also a newbie to Fleet too, having joined as Executive Officer at Fleet Town Council in October 2022. My background is in local government and organising community events and I also love the arts, all of which will stand me in good stead as part of the organising committee. I am so looking forward to getting to know Fleet and working with the amazing Carnival team to help put together another fun-filled event for 2023. See you there!
Steve Forster
Steve Forster
Steve has been supporting Carnival for many years, as a sponsor and helping the committee with fundraising as well as with road closures and organisation. In his role as local Councillor, Steve will be responsible for education and schools from 2023 and is keen to get more children and schools involved in Carnival.
Danica Pickett
Danica Pickett
Danica Pickett is a West End Agent and Casting Director. She is also the proud owner and principal of the brand NEW Stagecoach Performing Arts School in Fleet.
Donna Bowers
Donna BowersMain Stage & Live Music Manager
I have been involved with Carnival over a number of years supporting the marketing and social media activities. I love to see the local community get together and Carnival is a fantastic way to support local charities. This year I will be looking after the stage and talent which will be providing entertainment for everyone who attends!

Want to be part of the Fleet Carnival? There are lots of ways to get involved!

Get involved this year

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Be in the Carnival

To take part in the Procession is FREE, so why not enter a float?

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If you’re a business looking to support carnival

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