Sod­den fields put paid to an­nual steam fair

Or­gan­is­ers an­nounce can­cel­la­tion af­ter risk is deemed to be too high

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Chiltern Trac­tion En­gine Club’s Chiltern Steam Rally, which was due to take place in Honor End Lane, Prest­wood, on Satur­day, July 2 and Sun­day, July 3 has been can­celled due to wa­ter­logged fields.

The event was last can­celled in 2012 for the same rea­son.

In a state­ment on the club’s web­site, the Chiltern Trac­tion En­gine Club’s com­mit­tee said: “It is with great re­gret to an­nounce that this year’s Chiltern Trac­tion En­gine Club’s rally is to be can­celled.

“Af­ter a long dis­cus­sions be­tween the com­mit­tee and land own­ers, it was felt that the risk was too high due to the site be­ing to­tally sat­u­rated with all of the rain we have had here in the Chilterns over the past few months.

“The tough de­ci­sion was made as a re­sult of the last can­celled rally four years ago when the site was wrecked when ve­hi­cles and en­gines had to be re­cov­ered and this took many months for na­ture and con­trac­tors to repair it back to graz­ing land.”

“We would like to apol­o­gise again for this in­con­ve­nience and thank you all for your sup­port and look for­ward to see you again at next year’s rally on the Satur­day, July 1 and Sun­day, July 2 2017.”

The com­mit­tee has asked peo­ple to spread the word about this year’s event be­ing can­celled.

The Chiltern Trac­tion En­gine Club was founded in 1961, to bring peo­ple to­gether in­ter­ested in preser­va­tion of his­toric ve­hi­cles and many more.

The first event Chiltern Steam Rally was held in Char­tridge End Farm, Che­sham, on the June 30, 1962.

Af­ter spend­ing three years in Char­tridge, it was held at Tring Park in 1966, then Bell Lane in Lit­tle Chalfont from 1967 to 1968, Leather Lane in Great Mis­senden from 1968 to 1977, Lit­tle Mis­senden in 1978, Coleshill near Amer­sham from 1979 to 1984.

In 1985 it moved to Prest­wood where it has taken place each year since.

The event fea­tures about 260 ex­hibits and dis­plays to en­ter­tain the whole fam­ily as well as mar­ket stalls, craft stalls, food stands, a fun fair and more.

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