Kesh Carnival 2017 (5th - 13th August 2017)

Children’s Crafts


Approximately 65 children attended on Monday, making painted stone animals, chickens from paper plates, pigs with peg legs, mosaic animals, bead necklaces/bracelets, jar painting, card animals with moving legs, colouring in and painting.  The children had a fantastic time trying to make as many things as possible!




Share Ardess


On Tuesday for the Kesh Carnival our Share Ardess team provide tea/coffee and a chat to anyone who wishes to come along.  Our team provides this facility every Tuesday and also provides practical, emotional and spiritual support for those who need it. 




Puppet Training & Puppet Show


A variety of ages attended the puppet training on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The children practiced songs and jokes with their sock puppets and finished with a Puppet Show which brought in a crowd of 60 people.  The show showed off the skills the puppeteers had acquired and the crowd really appreciated the fun songs and jokes which finished with ‘Everybody Dance’ with everyone joining in.




Plate Painting


Over 100 plates were painted by the young (and old!) who stencilled and free handed artwork onto the plates (there was a selection of different animals, cupcakes etc).  The plates were then painted and individually personalised.  There was great concentration on everyone’s faces as they studied hard to get their plates exactly how they wanted.  Some even made gifts for others.  There was great artistic flare and the finished plates were amazing.




Sewing Bee / Textile Workshop


The Sewing Bee group made beautiful cushions with appliqué patterns and on the Textile Workshop made personalised fabric wall-hangings.  It was great fun to get creative with fabrics and great craic!




Children’s Novelty Sports


Over 75 children attending on Wednesday for novelty sports (egg & spoon race, duck race, hobby horse race etc ).  Fun and laughter was had by all and everyone received a medal presented by the Maid of Lough Erne, Molly Parkinson. 




Thursday Night Fun


‘The Bare Necessities’ (Jungle Book) was shown for the Family Movie Night at The Fountain Centre.  There was around 60 people who attended and popcorn and other refreshments was served.  We then had a children’s quiz half-way through and then, not to make the adults feel left out, we had a quiz for the adults at the end of the film.  


We had an Outdoor Late Night Movie for adults which was ‘Magnificent Beasts & Where to Find Them’.  We had some well prepared attendees who brought their fleeces and blankets!  It was a very enjoyable evening and thankfully the rain held off!



Second Chance Clothing Sale


On Friday & Saturday, we held our Second Chance Clothing Sale which we hold annually and the funds are provided to Orphan’s Hope which cares for abandoned babies and children in China and is dedicated to providing exceptional opportunities for transforming their lives.

We thank everyone who came along to support us.





Community Service of Thanksgiving for Kesh Festival


We celebrated and give thanks to God for the Kesh Festival with a Community Service of Thanksgiving held at The Fountain Centre.  We had an opening welcome by Robert Anderson and readings/prayers from Jayne Thompson, Alison Armstrong, Molly Parkinson (Maid of Lough Erne), Father Frank McManus and a talk by Alex Atwell.  Kerri Neville provided us with a beautiful solo of ‘Oceans Where Feet May Fail’ and Alan Crawford concluded the event with prayer and grace.  



Thank you to everyone who attended and the Ardess Worship Band for the music and The Mayfly & Friar’s Mac for providing the supper.