For the first time in its 44 years, the Langley Carnival Association will have animals including snakes and eagles at this year’s event at Langley Memorial Ground on Saturday 14th July. The Shanly Foundation has given £1,500 to the committee so that it can offer something new and exciting to festival-goers.
The event, which is to be opened by the Mayor of Slough, will host up to 60 stalls from local community groups including Scouts, Guides and football clubs, allowing them to raise money for their own causes.
The festival is self-funding and any profits are donated to local groups and charities. This year’s beneficiaries will be Langley Hornets Football Club and SPICE (Special People on ICE), a volunteer-led charity based in Slough which teaches children and young adults with additional needs to ice skate.
Elizabeth Barnett joined the Langley Carnival Association over twenty years ago when she was the secretary of her son’s football club which was chosen as a beneficiary. Now helping to organise the 44th event, Elizabeth says: “For many years visitors have enjoyed tombola’s, raffles, homemade cake sales, but this year we are thrilled to be able to offer a petting farm, a falconry display and an urban safari for the first time thanks to the Shanly Foundation’s contribution.”
The carnival is free to attend and will be held on the 14th July from 12pm to 4.30pm.