Christmas Carnival hits jackpot thanks to grant

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SANTA Claus has come early to bring a big boost to the 2012 Christmas Carnival.

Hucknall Area Committee has given a grant of £2,000 to the town’s Rotary Club towards the cost of organising the prestigious event.

The total needed to run the carnival is estimated to be £3,500, which is spent mainly on the stage for the opening ceremony and entertainment plus the lighting systems.

At a meeting of the committee, Coun John Wilmott (Lab), deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, said he had been involved with the carnival since its inception in 1995.

He added: “Father Christmas comes on his sleigh and kids look forward to it. The event brings tears of joy to a lot of people’s eyes and it is a ‘must’ for this area.”

The committee also granted a total of £5.569 to replace lights for the civic Christmas tree at the junction of Market Place and Baker Street and for smaller trees on High Street.

Hucknall’s Rolls-Royce Bowmen of Sherwood archery club hit its target by winning a grant of £300 from the committee to train two club members as level-one coaches.

This year the club had seen a big increase of interest from the local community wishing to ‘have a go’ at archery, the committee was told.

A further grant was £1,500 for Hucknall St John’s Day Centre to help with running costs.

The day centre is a registered charity based at St John’s Community Centre on the town’s Nottingham Road, offering services on Fridays.

Membership is open to elderly Hucknall residents or those suffering ill health or disability. Currently, it has 32 members aged between 65 and 94.

A request from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) for a £300 grant to fund its Nottingham Pet Hospital was deferred. The committee chairman, Coun Jim Grundy (Lab), was delegated to make the decision, depending on whether the hospital benefits pet owners in Hucknall.