Kings Langley Parish Council (KLPC) has revealed where funds raised by the village carnival in September have gone.
The 2021 Kings Langley Carnival was deferred from June until September because of the pandemic, which meant it was harder to schedule the usual celebratory evening to present grants to local groups and organisations.
Instead, £3,500 raised by the event was distributed in response to invitations from the organisers via posts on Facebook group, Kings Langley Matters, and in KINGSnews.
These included two special seasonal grants to Kings Langley Good Neighbours Association and Kings Langley Charities (KLC) to support their festive activities.
This carnival provided a ‘top up’ to the KLC towards grants for foodstuffs traditionally made to young families and some of their more deserving village residents.
KLC trustee Alan Johnson said: “KLC have been lending a hand in the village for 400 years, currently with the support of a small grant made annually by the Henry Smith Foundation.
“We are very grateful to have been chosen by the carnival this year for some additional financial support for our activities.”
For Good Neighbours, this involved donating 20 Christmas hampers to their Lunch Club clients (pictured), also recognising the 50 years the Club has been running in the village.
The diners meet every Tuesday at the Baptist Church Hall and are always happy to welcome new friends. Further details can be found at www.klgna.org
Carnival chair Carol Chandler said: “We wanted to do something that acknowledged some difficult times this year, but we also wanted to celebrate the special time of year and give Santa a helping hand.”
More than a dozen other grants were made to various local groups, including Kings Langley and District Residents Association, the Kings Langley Puffaten and the Midshires Search & Rescue.
Plans for next year’s event on June 25, 2022, are being formulated and the committee would welcome any offers to help. Email [email protected] hotmail.com for more information.