Carnival cash for lucky 13

Kings Langley carnival presentations 2011
Kings Langley carnival presentations 2011

A CASH bonanza has seen thousands of pounds handed out to good causes in Kings Langley.

A total of 13 community groups benefited from a cash pot of £3,600 generated by the annual Kings Langley Carnival.

At a ceremony on Wednesday at Kings Langley Cricket Club representatives from groups including the scouts, brownies, the village school and sporting clubs gathered to share in the spoils.

Martin Horsted, one of the carnival organisers and a member of Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club, said: “What we like to do is provide something tangible.

“The cricket club needs extra balls for the bowling machine while Good Neighbours needed money for new publicity leaflets.

“For everyone we found something they need.”

Kings Langley in Transition scooped £250, the Waterside Centre got £380 for a new hob and Kings Langley FC came away with £500.

Proceeds from the carnival’s barbecue went to the Hospice of St Francis.

Management of the carnival will pass to Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club following the demise of the Watford and the Langleys branch earlier this year.

Martin said: “We’re really pleased to be able to hand out this money to good causes.

“It is sad that the Kings Langley club had to fold but we’re now finding new ways to make the carnival a success.”

A raffle was held on the awards night to help raise money for homelessness charity DENS.

The carnival, held in June, was hailed a success despite fears for its future with the closure of the Rotary club, and the event included live entertainment, falconry displays, pony rides, pottery and face painting, charity and craft stalls, a fun fair and classic car display.