Santa’s sleigh is back on the fundrais­ing run

The Ro­tary club will once again be mak­ing the rounds in Chesham

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FESTIVE EVENTS -

Fa­ther Christ­mas will visit hun­dreds of chil­dren in dozens of streets in Chesham next month, thanks to The Ro­tary Club of Chesham once again or­gan­is­ing the Chesham Christ­mas Float.

Var­i­ous groups from the town will col­lect money for good causes while as­sist­ing Santa and his sleigh.

The Chesham An­nual Christ­mas Float Ap­peal sus­pended the pop­u­lar an­nual float, which had been run­ning for more than 40 years, in 2013 for safety rea­sons.

The Ro­tary Club of Chesham did not want to see the float can­celled again so it took over the run­ning of it and re-built the float, which made its de­but last year.

Due to it be­ing the first year the club or­gan­ised the float, mem­bers said they may have been a lit­tle ‘op­ti­mistic’ about the length of the routes and to­gether with poor weather, it meant Fa­ther Christ­mas was not able to visit ev­ery­where he was hop­ing to.

Ro­tar­ian Pe­ter Squire said: “Be­ing our first year or­gan­is­ing the route we may some­times have been a lit­tle op­ti­mistic with their length and if this to­gether with poor weather de­layed the sleigh last year so that a route could not be com­plete be­fore our dead­line of 9pm we’re sorry and we’ll try harder this year.

“We’ll work to im­prove on what we be­lieve was a great suc­cess last year and hope­fully it’ll run for an­other 40 years.”

Last year, fraud­sters posed as vol­un­teers from The Ro­tary Club of Chesham and at­tempted to col­lect money by telling peo­ple that the Chesham Christ­mas Float will be along shortly.

To com­bat this hap­pen­ing again, iden­tity cards will be is­sues to all col­lec­tors dated for a sin­gle day and po­lice have been no­ti­fied of the route sched­ule, which will also be printed in the Ex­am­iner and on­line at www. get­bucks.co.uk.

Mr Squire added: “Un­for­tu­nately it’s pos­si­ble that weather will in­ter­rupt, de­lay or even can­cel col­lec­tions, so please be alert to the pos­si­bil­ity of scam­mers.”

Santa will start his tour of the streets on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 2 and he will be out al­most ev­ery evening af­ter un­til Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 17.

The sleigh will also make ap­pear­ances in the town cen­tre and other places dur­ing De­cem­ber.

How­ever, the float’s de­but this year will be at Christ­mas in Chesham on Fri­day, Novem­ber 27 when Fa­ther Christ­mas heads to his grotto, also or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club of Chesham, for one night only at Costa Cof­fee in High Street from 6.30pm.

There will be a De­sign­ers’ and Mak­ers’ fair on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 5 from 9am un­til 6pm at St Michael and All An­gels Church, Sy­camore Road as part of the at­trac­tions of the Amer­sham Christ­mas Show­case. The fair will be help­ing to cel­e­brate Small Busi­ness Satur­day by pro­mot­ing the self em­ployed ar­ti­sans from the area. The 25 ar­ti­sans will dis­play paint­ings, sculp­tures, weav­ing, leather­work, con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­phy, ce­ram­ics, tex­tile pic­tures, bags and laser cut­work.

In the run up to the fair, the Amer­sham Ar­ti­sans have teamed up with Harris and Hoole, who will be host­ing two or three of the artists each Wed­nes­day be­tween 10am and 2pm. The artists will be demon­strat­ing their craft and will have some items for sale.

Full de­tails about the ar­ti­sans, along with ex­am­ples of their work, can be found on the Amer­sham Ar­ti­sans’ Face­book page www. face­book.com/ amer­shamar­ti­sans.

The ar­ti­sans will have an event on Satur­day, Novem­ber 14 at Rowan Gar­den Cen­tre, Gore­lands Road in Chal­font St Pe­ter be­tween 10am and 4pm.

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