Farmer to set aside land for village show
Relief for organisers who feared having to cancel
A POPULAR event has been saved from cancellation by a land owner who has agreed that it can be held on his field.
The usual site for the annual Chalfont St Giles Show – Stone and Silsden Meadows – has not fully recovered from the heavy rain during the winter and spring.
The ground is still waterlogged, so it would have been impossible for the show to take place there this year.
Organisers feared they would have to cancel the annual event, this year on Saturday, September 6, which regularly attracts thousands of people.
However, they have now come to an arrangement with Michael Tucker, who owns Cameron Farm, in Narcot Lane.
Rob Fowler, chairman of the show’s organising committee, said: “We are very grateful for the use of the field. The usual site is still waterlogged – there are ducks on it.
“It’s drying out, but there’s no way we could hold the event there and have so many people walking around, plus all of the events.
“It wouldn’t have been safe.”
The new site will allow the entire event to take place in one field rather than the usual two. There will also be parking for at least 2,000 cars, so organisers are hoping it will prove as successful as ever.
Among this year’s attractions will be rides in a tethered balloon, falconry displays, a sheep show, and a kite display.
People will also be able to enjoy stalls and other events throughout the day.
Mr Fowler added: “The show has been going for 100 years, and so it would have been a disaster to cancel it.
“It’s not a decision which we’ve taken lightly at all, but we would have had to cancel it if we hadn’t done this.
“We think it will be just as successful as it always is, and we’re hoping to see loads of people on the day.”
Tickets are £5 for adults in advance and £6 on the day. Senior citizens and juniors pay £3 each and under-fives go free.
Tickets will be available in village shops from the beginning of August.
SWEET TREATS: Chalfont St Giles girl guides on their stall last year – (from left) Lizzie Bree, Sarah Bishop and Jane Grant