Car­ni­val has a new look – with­out the tra­di­tional pa­rade

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by James Scott js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk

ASH­FORD Car­ni­val will be tak­ing a dif­fer­ent shape this year in the form of a static street fes­ti­val rather than the tra­di­tional pro­ces­sion.

The team from the Kent Chil­dren’s Fund Net­work (KCFN), which is tak­ing over from the Sin­gle­ton Gi­ant As­so­ci­a­tion, is plan­ning to or­gan­ise stalls, games and ac­tiv­i­ties in­volv­ing the com­mu­nity in the town cen­tre on Sun­day, July 11.

But the door is still open for peo­ple who want a tra­di­tional car­ni­val pro­ces­sion to come for­ward and or­gan­ise one.

The KCFN is or­gan­is­ing the fes­ti­val through a project called Go4Play in part­ner­ship with Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil and with fund­ing from the Big Lot­tery.

Co-or­di­na­tor Joel Rosz­mann said: “We’re go­ing to be get­ting all of the com­mu­nity groups to hold var­i­ous stalls along the High Street. There will be a food area, a drum­ming work­shop, ac­tiv­i­ties with mu­sic at the band­stand, a street dance work­shop and ar­eas where lo­cal busi­nesses can con­trib­ute.

“The main theme is for street play – to get peo­ple out on to the street and hav­ing fun.”

Other planned ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude grafitti art, street art, face­paint- ing and an as­sault course.

A small group was set up on Face­book which has raised con­cerns about the tra­di­tional pro­ces­sion with floats from Stan­hope to Tan­nery Lane not go­ing ahead.

The co-or­di­na­tors do not want to or­gan­ise a pro­ces­sion and have no fund­ing for one, but Mr Rosz­mann said: “If any­one in the com­mu­nity wants to step up and run a car­ni­val pro­ces­sion we’ll hap­pily work with those vol­un­teers, but it’s not our busi­ness to run it.

“Our busi­ness is cre­at­ing play op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in run­ning a stall or who would like to vol­un­teer to or­gan­ise the pro­ces­sion can call the team on 01233 632957.

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, 34-36 North Street, Ash­ford, Kent TN24 8JR or email ken­tish­ex­press@t hek­m­group.co.uk

Pic­ture: Dave Downey PD1598183

Eger­ton and Pluck­ley foot­ball team on last year’s float

Joel Rosz­mann

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