Farmer to set aside land for vil­lage show

Relief for or­gan­is­ers who feared hav­ing to can­cel

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­

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

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