Sami Guard writes: “On Bank Holiday Monday Ninfield Village hosted its now traditional karts and pram race.
Competitors created some fab vehicles of varying shapes, sizes, donned some great fancy dress and gathered in the car park of the Blacksmiths Inn on Bank Holiday Monday.
The sun was shining at midday for the first race, the under-10 juniors event.
After a hectic scramble, first over the finish line was The Fluffies with The Terrible Telfords second and The Golden Foxes a very close third.
The seniors took up the gauntlet and lined up next.
A confident group of 11-17-year-old racers set off for the full length of Manchester Road and back.
The winners were Straight Out Of Hospital, with Mikey Squire and Oby Logan Rawlinson flying through the finishing line in their adapted outpatients wheelchair. second were Little Treasures, and third were Fluffy Hamster.
Next came the supposedly sedate walking race and two of the entrants were immediately disqualified for running!
The fun/mixed Race featured any combination of young and old, family and friends.
The intriguingly named Cheese Puffs came in first with ease, second were the Cheeky Monkeys and probably the most appropriate named kart Mums don’t Run was a comfortable third.
Ninfield Parish Council, who sponsored the event, also provided the key to the last event: the speed challenge, where contestants could drive their karts as fast as possible at the S.I.D (Speed Identification Device).
The winners were Fred and Fanny - Warren Scotford Smith and his step-son Owen showing their prowess in kart racing with a speed of 14mph.
Second were The Cheeky Monkeys at 13mph, and in third place Morgan 4x4 – Tim Scotford Smith and step-grandson Morgan – 12mph.
Through all the races, the placed teams received cash prizes and certificates, with the winners receiving Conrad Cups. The best over-all fancy dress cup was given to The May Madhatters - Madeleine and Annabel Sargent, with the Terrible Telfords, in second place and and the prize for best homemade kart also went to May Madhatters.
During the racing there was a short interval when the 2015 Ninfield Carnival Court was introduced to the crowds.
Pretty Princesses Matilda Mathews and Tegan Potter accompanied beautiful Nancy
Barrelli, who was crowned carnival queen by chairman Sami Guard.
As there is no carnival in Ninfield this year, due to the demolition and subsequent reconstruction of Sparke Pavilion, the village’s carnival court will be representing Ninfield in Bexhill Carnival at the end of July. The carnival committee again ran a treasure hunt alongside the pram race and 18 participants around the village ‘hid’ toy or homemade cars in their front gardens. Some were well-hidden, some obvious, and unfortunately nobody found all 18 cars.
With 17 finds the adult /family first prize went to The Wadmores, joint child winners were Hanna Cruse and Georgina Ralph.
Their cash prizes were very kindly donated by the Ninfield Bonfire Society.
The carnival committee was very pleased at the turnout for the event and would like to thank Ian and Kathy at the Blacksmiths Inn for all their help, support and kind sponsorship of the food for the BBQ.
Huge thanks are also due to Eastbourne Theatres for their donation of theatre tickets for raffle prizes, The Farm Shop for the beautiful hamper, K&P Eastbourne, Warehouse Light and Sound, Haffenden Roofing and to all helpers who marshalled and generally supported the small and very exhausted committee!
All profits go to helping various village projects and local charities, the next big event is Ninfield’s Got Talent on Saturday July 4 at NInfield Memorial Hall .
If anyone is interested in joining the committee or giving some much-needed help, please contact Sami or Robin on 893699, Lorna on 893644 or Steve on 892161 or just turn up at a meeting on the second Wednesday of the month at the Working Men’s Club.”