The Kings Langley community came together in full force last month to celebrate the return of the popular Kings Langley Carnival.
Held on The Common on Saturday, September 18, the carnival offered a return to normality for residents with many village events cancelled during the pandemic.
There were nearly 50 stalls at the event and crowds were entertained by a range of local performers including Kings Langley School, Revelation Majorettes, Kings Langley Community Choir, Salsa Tropicana and Kings Langley Primary School Choir, Twisted Cheer and Dance and The Chevtones.
Carol Chandler, carnival chair, said she was delighted to finally see the community come together for the event after cancellation of the event last year.
She said: “We are just so grateful to everyone for making it such a memorable day – from the volunteers who made sure everything went according to plan, to those who gave raffle prizes, to those who bought raffle tickets, to the nearly 50 stall holders who gave us a wide-selection of goods and games (some of the stalls sold out mid-afternoon) and to the performers and people who always bring the village together on this day for an afternoon of entertainment on The Common.
“This was especially important this year, having had to cancel last year’s carnival and postpone this year’s from June. The village came out in force and showed its appreciation for an event to bring everyone together.”
Blessed by a fantastic day of sunshine, Carol added that despite a few hiccups the event was a fantastic success with local musician Chris Clark stepping in at the last minute after a positive COVID test.
She said: “This year there were a few surprises, including the requirement to be COVID aware, but I am delighted that local people came along to support this fantastic village event. I am also particularly grateful to all our sponsors who made sure this event could return to the Kings Langley’s social calendar.”
Carol also wanted to add a special mention to the Midshires Search and Rescue group who assisted in everything from erecting the stage, collections in their van, manning the gate, assisting the stallholders, putting up gazebos and moving barriers.
The carnival committee wanted to say a big thank you to their sponsors old and new; Taylors Tools, MYLOCALNEWS, The Grove Hotel, Wilden Services Ltd, Proffitt & Holt, County Councillor Richard Roberts, A & C Tadman, National Federation of Demolition Contractors, Kings Langley Parish Council, Furnells Transport, Miller Homes, Kingsfest, Kings House Management, The Kitchen at Inspired, IPS Fencing and Midshires Search & Rescue.
Plans for next year’s carnival are already underway, with the event pencilled in for June 25, 2022.
If you are part of or know of a local charity or group that could benefit from some additional funds contact the email below by mid-November.
The carnival committee would welcome any and all suggestions from the community by email email@example.com