Fair revellers put off by rain
REVELLERS took to social media to document this year’s annual Beaconsfield Charter Fair.
Held on May 10 every year since 1269, it is the biggest event in the town’s calender but heavy rain did put a dampner on people flocking to the town to enjoy the attractions this year.
The Beaconsfield Society Tweeted on May 11: “#Beaconsfield Charter Fair over for another year. Weather was not kind again.
“Our youngsters didn’t seem to mind, must have put off oldies.”
The long running event is said to have been originally held for the trading of goods and livestock, but in years since has become more well known for its fairground rides.
John Riding, steward on behalf of the Hall Barn Estate, which brings various committees together to organise the huge town event, said that numbers were down because of the weather: “The weather was very poor unfortunately, which was a shame.
“It doesn’t bring out as many people as it does when it’s a sunny day. It was bad weather.”
He added: “If there’s poor weather you expect numbers to be down. It’s inevitable, it’s one of those things.
“Unfortunately we have no way of stopping the weather, it’s a shame it wasn’t a few days earlier.
“It has to happen on a certain day every year and we have to stick to that.
“Also the showmen have an itinerary we stick to. Hopefully next year we will have good weather.”
No reports have come back yet from those who were running the rides, and because a tally is not taken it is unknown how many revellers came to enjoy the day, he added.
Despite the poor weather, the town was still busy enough for the fair to heavily affect traffic and people criticised it on Twitter.
Nicki Edwards Tweeted: “@tfbalerts Mark Shaw – Wattleton Road is carnage today. Beaconsfield Charter Fair is on and all A40 traffic is on Wattleton Road!!! No Cones.”
Amersham held its Information Michael’s Saturday.
The event, which was attended by Amersham’s mayor Amanda Lamont and deputy mayor Mark Vivis, included face painting, the painting of mini bird boxes and wind chimes, a plant sale and the Men in Sheds group selling bird boxes and bug hotels.
The Rotary Club of Amersham distributed more than 150 sunflower seedlings to the event, all of which were sown by volunteers.
The seedlings giveaway was to promote and encourage children to enter the group’s tallest sunflower competition
Children were able to purchase sunflower seedlings while being entertained with songs and dancing from Disney characters Ariel from the Little Mermaid, Anna from Frozen, Rapunzel from Tangled and Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.
The event also saw two competitions take place – Garden in a Shoebox and Bloom annual Day, in St Square, on in Plant a Wellie.
The winner of the Garden in a Shoebox competition was William Rodman of Elangeni School, with second prize going to Tessa Boyd-Hall of Chestnut Lance School.
In third place was Peggy Heath of Chestnut Lane School.
The winner of the Plant a Wellie competition was Emily Cespedes, also from Chestnut Lane School.
Each of the winners were presented with book tokens.
Action from Beaconsfield Charter Fair