Fair rev­ellers put off by rain

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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

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