Vil­lage fes­ti­val with all crea­ture com­forts

Sheep show, dou­ble wheel of death and ex­treme stunt team

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

A POP­U­LAR vil­lage fes­ti­val is once again ex­pected to draw thou­sands of rev­ellers through its gates.

The Chal­font St Giles Show – which has been de­light­ing peo­ple for more than a cen­tury – takes place on Satur­day Septem­ber 3. And it will be re­turn­ing to its ‘spir­i­tual home’ on Stone Meadow, in the heart of the vil­lage, af­ter it was re­lo­cated to Nar­cot Lane for the past two years.

Billed as a fab­u­lous day out for all of the fam­ily, it is the big­gest event in the vil­lage’s cal­en­dar and sees peo­ple from all over the county visit.

This year’s theme is ‘All Crea­tures Great and Small’ and the list of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a sheep show, a dou­ble wheel of death, a fal­conry cen­tre and an ex­treme stunt team.

Along with this vis­i­tors can ex­pect to be en­ter­tained by a trailer cave – where you can repli­cate a cav­ing ad­ven­ture while in a safe and con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment – bal­ance bike ad­ven­ture zone, which helps chil­dren learn how to ride a bike, chain saw carv­ing and a go­rilla show which high­lights the threat of ex­tinc­tion the an­i­mals face.

Com­pe­ti­tions in­clude fruit and veg­eta­bles, flow­ers and plants, crafts, cook­ery, cre­ative writ­ing, and pho­tog­ra­phy for the adults.

Ju­niors can take part in cook­ery, craft, cre­ative writ­ing, gar­den­ing and tech­nol­ogy com­pe­ti­tions.

Garry Brown, one of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said prepa­ra­tions were go­ing well: “Last night (Wed­nes­day Au­gust 10) I was at it un­til 10 o’clock do­ing the site lay­out.

“We’ve got some great acts. There’s lots to do.”

Mr Brown said the com­mit­tee had ‘tried our hard­est to make it af­ford­able’ and added ev­ery­one had been work­ing ‘re­ally hard’ to make sure it will be a suc­cess.

He added: “It’s all pro­gress­ing re­ally well. We’re back on Stone Meadow and hope­fully the weather holds out.”

The show has raised thou­sands of pounds over the years for lo­cal good causes, and it is some­thing Mr Brown is ‘re­ally look­ing for­ward to’, de­spite ad­mit­ting it was hard work to or­gan­ise.

And he said the thing he looks for­ward to the most is catch­ing up with peo­ple and old friends and added: “I love the nuts and bolts of it.

“Ev­ery time the show fin­ishes I just come back so re­freshed, I re­boot.

“It’s recharg­ing my bat­ter­ies but ex­haust­ing at the same time.”

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