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A Warm Welcome

I am delighted to announce that the Kings Langley Carnival will take place on the 21st June on The Common. The Carnival this year is again organised by members of the Hemel Hempstead Rotary Club assisted by the usual representatives from the Parish Council and a number of volunteers from the village. Without everyone’s help and contribution we would not be able to put on this event. Despite the weather it was great to see how many people turned out last year. Funds raised at the Carnival are donated to local good causes and it was a bumper year with over £4000 distributed. On page 14 of the programme is an article on how the monies were distributed. As usual local charities and societies will have stalls on the common and Greyhound Rescue West of England will again be running a dog show so bring those dogs along. We have arranged a variety of entertainment for you as detailed in the programme of events as well as a number of side-shows. This year we have gone for a Sport and Games theme. Come and visit our “Just for Fun” arena (see page 28), battle with your friends on Pillow Wars and Elite Laser Tag, have a go at Beat the Goalie and Tennis. Something for everyone. We also have some fabulous prizes available in our Grand Raffle with tickets available around the common on the day and in some of the shops before hand. Thank you to all our advertisers, sponsors, stallholders and raffle prize donors for their continued support. Congratulations to Hannah Collier from Kings Langley Primary School for winning the competition to design the front cover this year and thanks to all the other entrants. If you feel you could help with the organisation of the Carnival in the future please come and talk to us or contact us at “info@”. Enjoy the day. Beverley Funnell Chairman, Kings Langley Carnival Committee 3

Texas Rangers Last seen at the Kings Langley Carnival in 2000 the Texas Rangers return to entertain us at the carnival this year with their Wild West Show. The Texas Rangers were formed 25 years ago and were joined about 20 years ago by the Watford Outlaws. The group has an age range between 9 - 70 and consist of males and females. Come and see them on the day where there will be two enactments, 1.45pm and again at 3.30pm, and the opportunity to look round the general store which is fitted out inside to replicate a store from the 1880’s.


The Rose & Crown in Kings Langley is a fabulous village pub and restaurant serving up tasty, top-notch food alongside an eclectic range of wines and cask ales in cosy, stylish surroundings. Jansen Curry has been landlord for 3 years now and looks forward to welcoming new and old guests alike. Why not pop in to meet him and enjoy: • A fixed price lunch menu or sandwiches available Monday - Saturday 12.00 - 18.00 • A La Carte menu all week with specials Wed-Sat nights • Mouth-watering Sunday Roast available from 11.30 - late The Rose & Crown specialises in unpretentious pub-food that makes the most of fresh, quality produce.

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Coming to the Carnival by Car?


Mon-Fri 9am - 4pm Sat 9.30am - 1pm IRONING SERVICE 24 HOUR TURNAROUND

We are pleased to announce that Kings Langley Secondary School is once again kindly providing the Carnival with the car parking facilities this year. Very convenient with just a short walk to the Common!

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Elite Laser Tag Come and have a go at Elite Laser Tag an inflatable laser tag arena complete with laser guns for hours of entertainment. Have a go on your own or get a group of friend together and come along (maximum of 10 people in the dome at any one time).


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Enjoy your day at the carnival This is an opportunity where organisations within the village community get together and demonstrate what a wonderful place it is to live. For the last few years this has been a successful and well attended event attracting people from all over the area.

Have fun and give something12back to your local community.

Always at the heart of the community in Kings Langley Why not pop in and check out our fresh new menu

WHEN FOUR DINE FROM THE MAIN MENU OR CARVERY Terms and conditions: Simply complete your details above to receive a free bottle of house wine when ordering four main meals or carveries, offer available to over 18’s only. Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Voucher valid Monday to Saturday until Tuesday 15th July. The manager reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time without prior notice.

What Happens to the Profits from the Carnival? Last year was a bumper year and in spite of the inclement weather, we made a larger profit from the carnival than we had ever done in the past. Consequently we were able to distribute the monies to more causes than ever before – a dozen or more in total. The way in which the money was distributed was, broadly speaking, split into four main groups. 1. Those who entertained us on the day. 2. Those who helped with the organisation and running of the Carnival. 3. Groups in the village which help others, mainly the young or elderly. 4. Larger charities within the area which also offer assistance to those in need. Examples in the first category included the Kings Langley Primary School Choir and the Community Choir who regularly entertain us. The second included the KL Cubs and the Scout Troops from Apsley who helped with the distribution of the programmes – a task which is both time consuming and tiring but which they undertake with enthusiasm! Under the third heading were the Kings Langley Good Neighbours Association and the Evergreen Club. ‘Good Neighbours’ are, as the name suggests, villagers who are willing to give up their time to help others less fortunate than themselves by, for example, giving lifts to medical appointments. The Evergreen Club is also run by volunteers, many of whom are also ‘Good Neighbours’, which runs a fortnightly afternoon meeting for the elderly. Our donation made it possible for them to organise an outing for their members. In the last category were Westfield School, to help towards the cost of a badly needed new hydro-therapy pool, the Hospice of St. Francis and Dacorum Community Trust. We have all heard of the excellent facilities and work of the hospice which has to find more than £4million each year to cover their costs. Possibly less well known is the excellent work undertaken by D.C.T. who offer assistance to anyone in Dacorum in need. The above are just a few examples of how your money was spent. This does not include the money made by all the non-profit making organisations which run a stall on the day such as the Waterside Centre and the Baptist Church. Please support us again this year by coming along on the day and by purchasing a draw ticket or two [the top prizes are amazing!]. Look forward to seeing you there! Kind Regards, Rotarian Margaret Rogers 14

Free Entertainment all afternoon! Kings Langley Primary School Choir We would like to welcome back the Kings Langley Primary School Choir. The Choir has gone from strength to strength and was very well received at the Kings Langley Christmas Lights event with some stunning solo performances. If you would like to invite the Choir to your event, please contact Mrs Harris, Headteacher at the School on 01923 263321.

Kings Langley Community Choir Kings Langley Community Choir was formed in September 2008. Membership is open to all regardless of any previous musical experience. Musical Director Ben Crawley joined the choir in September 2012 has built on the choir’s reputation for three and four part harmony. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings during term time, at Kings Langley Senior School, from 7:30 to 9:00pm. Anyone with an interest in joining is welcome to come along; alternatively, contact details are available on

Kings Langley School Jazz Band Kings Langley School Jazz Band - A return of the popular Kings Langley School Jazz Band who will be back on the common to entertain us. Do come along and see the great young musical talent on your own doorstep.



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Programme of Events All timings are approximate and subject to change 9.00am

Stall vehicles may enter the grounds and start setting up

(no entry before 9am for health and safety reasons)


Cars must leave the stalls area


Fun Fair opens, Stalls open


Kings Langley Brownies (on stage)


Formal Opening Ceremony by the

Mayor Of Dacorum and Miss Hertfordshire (on stage)


Vivo D’Arte (on stage)


Texas Rangers Wild West Show


Kings Langley Primary School Choir (on stage)


Skehill Academy of Irish Dancing (on stage)


Kings Langley Community Choir(on stage)


Texas Rangers Wild West Show


Kings Langley School Jazz Band (on stage)


Raffle Draw/Announcements (on stage)


Cars may return to the stalls area Dog show classes will be held throughout the afternoon

A licensed bar in the Cricket Club will be open throughout the Carnival Funfair will stay open late into the evening


The Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead I cannot believe that it is almost a year since I was typing my last piece for the Kings Langley Carnival and, at that time, I was quite unprepared for what was going to greet me when I arrived on the Common at 7:30am on the day itself. When so much time and effort has been expended on any open-air project one hopes for a decent day but that has not happened in either of the Carnivals with which I have been involved. Last year the rain was literally coming in horizontally when I arrived and it didn’t really brighten up much until lunchtime. Needless to say, my fellow Rotarians put a very brave face on proceedings and I am happy to report that our efforts were really well supported by the local Community. So a very big thanks to all of you: it is always heartening to know that the Community is there – even on the wettest of days! Rotary has always offered the opportunity to give service to the Community through a variety of channels. To continue to do this, however, we do need people to step forward with more direct help. We are very active in supporting young people, whether it be by way of organising activities for schools such as our local Youth Speaks or Young Chef competitions, our Technology Tournament or simply by helping those who are either disabled or disadvantaged by way of our annual “Kids Out“ visit to Whipsnade. During the course of my year the Hemel Hempstead Club has also been able to fund the climbing of the walls of the XC Centre in Hemel Hempstead by Blind children – a revelation. Our service projects provide support for both the disadvantaged and older members of our local community as well as encouraging international initiatives. On the social side, we continue to hold our weekly Tuesday evening meetings at the Holiday Inn with dinner and usually a speaker. We have, for many years, organised an overseas winter trip to a European centre (this year it was Nantes) and other social trips are arranged on an ad hoc basis - we had a guided daytime visit to state-of-the-art Newsprint facility at Broxbourne in January. In addition to this, we have also had a Hog Roast, a Wine & Cheese evening, a Quiz evening, a Dinner hosted by John Bly and a Scottish themed luncheon over the past year. We are an active Club! You may think that 36 is a more than adequate number for a Club but we have a busy programme and we are always looking for new members. Membership of the Hemel Hempstead Club offers you the opportunity to get you out of the house, make new friends, expand your local contacts, use your expertise, get involved with the Community and have a bit of fun. It can make you a better person. Please give it some thought and if you would like to come along to one of our meetings you can contact me at the email address shown below. I do hope that you enjoy(ed) the Carnival.

Gavin Rody, President The Rotary Club of Hemel Hempstead Email: 22


Kings Langley Community Choir Kings Langley Community Choir is enjoying another successful and varied summer. Today’s performance at Kings Langley Carnival will follow an appearance on the main stage at the Rickmansworth Festival on 18th May, and then a concert performance on 2nd June at St John’s, Boxmoor to support the 20th anniversary of Hope for Children. On 18th June, the choir is performing to an audience of Members of Parliament in the atrium of Portcullis House, Westminster following an invitation by the Rt.Hon. Mike Penning MP, Today, Musical Director Ben Crawley will lead the choir in a selection of new and established favourite songs - pop to swing, doo wop to soul, folk and traditional - all guaranteed to have the Carnival audience swaying and tapping. With membership at an all-time high, the popularity of the choir is stronger than ever. Visit the choir’s website, for more information and live recording links.

Kings Langley Community Choir Performing at the Rickmansworth Festival - photo by Philip China



Vivo D’Arte Vivo D’Arte Ltd is a Theatre Arts Training organisation with its main Saturday Theatre School, Holiday Theatre Workshops and Summer productions taking place at the Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley. Through musical theatre, opera and classical singing they offer a range of different stage experiences, including on-stage and behind the scenes training workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one lessons. They can also provide highly talented performers for corporate events, weddings and parties. They aim to encourage young people and adults from all backgrounds and experience to achieve their full potential and to excel by instilling and expecting PASSION, COMMITMENT and EXCELLENCE in their performance. They create a secure, family environment where you feel safe and confident to be yourself. This summer there are two exciting projects at Rudolf Steiner School, Kings Langley: • ‘Hoodwinked’, a musical theatre workshop of the Legend of Robin Hood for young people aged 7 to 13 years old. Running from 4th to 8th August 2014 10am to 2:30pm with a performance on Friday 8th. Fees £100. • ‘Hairspray’ the Broadway Musical our main Summer production for young people aged 14 to 25 years old. Two weeks of intensive rehearsals 4th to 16th August 10am to 5pm with performances on 14th to 16th August. Fees £130. (Workshop 22nd June and Auditions 6th July). Fees £130. Tickets for performances can be ordered by emailing To find out more please email or visit the website at


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GRAND RAFFLE Tickets for the Carnival Raffle will be available from the Rotary stand and from Rotary members on the day of the carnival. Each ticket is £1. Prizes include:

1st Prize:

Meal for four at The Stables, The Grove with a complimentary bottle of house wine

2nd Prize:

Petrol Lawn Mower kindly donated byTaylor’s Tools

3rd Prize:

£150 worth of Harlequin Vouchers donated by RBS Group And many more prizes donated by local businesses


Local Food Market

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Following the success of the local Food Market at last year`s Kings Langley Carnival, Transition in Kings is organising a bigger and better Market this year. When you come to enjoy the Carnival on the 21st June, be sure to stop by the market to see for yourself what fabulous local food is available and to support those giving us a choice in what we can buy.

Tel: 01923 263823 / 262405 18 High Street, Kings Langley, WD4 8BH

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