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Renegades Carnival Club

Renegades Carnival Club

Life began in 1966 for the Renegades Carnival Club (initially called Wellworthy CC). Roger Evans, David Elson, Jim Bartlett, Albert Ford and a few others, got together and discussed forming a carnival club.  With the exception of Roger Evans, they all worked at the Wellworthy piston manufacturing plant in Bridgwater. The company agreed that the newly formed club could use its large car parking area as a site on which the club could build its cart. During the autumn of 1966, the members met at the King William Inn, popularly known as the King Billy. It was too late to enter the 1966 carnival but in plenty of time to start the fund raising for the following year. A weekly raffle held within the factory was organised and once a week Albert Ford sat in a cubicle of the gent’s toilets folding raffle tickets ready for the draw. Skittle weekends and jumble sales were the other main fundraisers. The club’s first entry was The Rainmakers. As a theme, it proved relatively successful. On the stage, this new club took fourth place, an unexpected success against the more established clubs.

The club was one of the first to have female members and perhaps because of that has continued to include many female members, with smaller numbers of male members coming and going over the years. In 1977, the Wellworthy title was dropped and the club became the Renegades CC, which it remains to this day.

Fast forward 55 years and today the club continues to work hard towards being one of the most ambitious clubs in Bridgwater. The club strives for enjoyment and good spirit in all it achieves and has worked hard to create a diligent work ethic amongst its members. No doubt the strength in increased male and female members has supported the club in its increasing success over the last decade. The club now averages approximately 50 members each year and this ranges from 14 years to 65 years. Within a four year window, the club increased their procession carnival result from 13th to 4th place! A stand out moment for the club was the success of their 2017 entry Maori-Aotearoa. In 2017, they achieved the once unimaginable accolade of winning The White Hart Cup for first place in the annual Bridgwater Carnival concert. The feeling on this night will go down in history and confirmed that if you work hard and play fair, good things will happen.

The club is based at Vino’s Ale & Wine Tavern, High Street, Bridgwater.

Procession Results

Year
Title
Class
Position
Cup
2019
Anyanwu (Eye of the Sun)
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
4
2018
Ganesh’s Journey Home
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
11
2017
Maori
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
4
2016
Camelot (The King’s Parade)
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
6
2015
Texas Town 1869
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
4
2014
Anubis Army
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
7
2013
Voodika
Class 4 – Feature Cart Local
6
2012
Tease
Feature Cart – Local
10
2011
Creep
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
9
2010
CARNIVALE
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
12
2009
Death Express
Feature & Tableau Cart – Local
13
2008
SHOWTIME
Feature Cart – Local
11
2007
RENOBOTICS
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
13
2006
LOONEY CARTOONEY
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
13
2005
ROCK YOU
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
11
2004
CHINESE CELEBRATIONS
Tableaux/Feature Cart – Local
12
2003
4th JULY
Feature Cart – Local
10
2002
BUSA LE LIZWE BO
Feature Cart – Local
9
2001
AY CARAMBA
Feature Cart – Local
9
2000
TRICK OR TREAT
Feature Cart – Local
11
1999
GANGSTERS
Feature Cart – Local
9
1998
JUKE BOX JIVE
Feature Cart – Local
11
1997
NIGHT ON THE TILES
Feature Cart – Local
9
1996
PETER AND THE PIRATES
Feature Cart – Local
9
1995
OCEAN PARADE
Feature Cart – Local
7
1994
SHOWBOAT
Feature Cart – Local
6
1993
MOVIES WERE MOVIES
Feature Cart – Local
7
1992
EQUINOX
Feature Cart – Local
9
1991
RITZ N GLITZ
Feature Cart – Local
10
1990
ARABATAZIA
Feature Cart – Local
7
1989
SPIRIT OF THE INDIAN
Feature Cart – Local
11
1988
RIO RHYTHM
Feature Cart – Local
9
1987
ABRACADABRA
Feature Cart – Local
9
1986
LADYBIRD FANTASY
Feature Cart – Local
9

Concert Results

Year
Title
Class
Position
Cup
2019
Spirit of Togetherness
Features & Tableau
3
2018
Festival Of Lights
Features & Tableau
3
2017
Maori-Aotearoa
Features & Tableau
1
2016
 In The Hood
Features & Tableau
3
2015
 To The Hoedown
Features & Tableau
4
2014
 Anubis Army
Features & Tableau
3
2013
Voodika
Features & Tableau
3
2012
Tease
Features & Tableau
4
2011
Creep
Features & Tableau
4
2010
Carnivale
Features & Tableau
6
2009
Untamed Things
Features & Tableau
6
2008
That’s Entertainment
Features & Tableau
8
2007
Renobotics
Features & Tableau
6
2006
Looney Cartooney
Features & Tableau
6
2005
Rock You
Features & Tableau
9
2004
Chinese Celebrations
Features & Tableau
10
2003
State Stopping
Features & Tableau
7
2002
Busa Le Lizwe Bo
Features & Tableau
9
2001
At The Copa
Features & Tableau
8
2000
Stage Fright
Feature
8
1999
Swinging Sixties
Feature
11
1998
Shake Your Tail Feather
Feature
8
1997
A Night On The Tiles
Feature
8
1996
Neverland
Feature
7
1995
Under The Sea
Feature
10
1994
Showboat
Feature
10
1993
Movies Were Movies
Feature
7
1992
Warriors Of The Equinox
Feature
8
1991
Ritz ‘N’ Glitz
Feature
4
1990
Arabatazia
Feature
6
1989
On The Warpath
Feature
5
1988
Rio Rhythm
Feature
7
1987
It’s A Kind Of Magic
Feature
10
1986
A Ladybird Fantasy
Feature
8
1985
A Touch of Irish
Most Improved Club – Concert
1982
The Candyland Confectionery
Most Improved Club – Concert

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