Great new benches, a fun annual pram race but no 2015 carnival

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This last month has seen the refurbishment of the children’s playground in Ninfield come to fruition with the last touch being new picnic tables installed.

The parish council had set funds aside over the last few years to upgrade the facilities for the youngsters – including a popular zip-wire - and the carnival committee then donated money from its year of fundraising to buy the sturdy wooden tables and benches.

Parish council chairman, Kaye Crittell, was pleased to see that a local business had been chosen for the finishing touch, and that the benches were also wheelchair and buggy-friendly. on site for a chat about the next big event in Ninfield – the annual pram/kart wacky races on bank holiday Monday May 4.

It’s the big event for the carnival committee this year because there is no carnival procession and celebration due to the upcoming demolition and rebuild of Sparke Pavilion on the recreation ground.

The parish council sponsor some of the wacky races and provide the Fancy Dress Cup, and it is hoped by all that this year will bring even more entrants onto Manchester Road.

There will be the usual barbecue, with Ian and Kathy at the Blacksmiths sponsoring the food.

A tote will keep everyone guessing, there will be a grand raffle, and racers will again be able to pit their vehicles against the S.I.D ( Speed Identification Device) – last year’s top speed was 14mph by Kart ‘Insert Name Here’.

Following on from the success of last year, there will be another treasure hunt running from 9am–1pm where people are encouraged to walk round the centre of the village and find the hidden ‘cars’ in front gardens.

It promises to be a great day with prizes of trophies and cash for race winners, fancy dress and the best homemade Kart – so you’re invited to get your wheels out and costumes on - and come to Ninfeld on May 4.

For more information please contact Sami Guard on 07970650321 or samanthaguard@btinternet.com.