We are getting a number of requests via our website asking about the status of Amersham Charter Fair this year. Below is the leaflet delivered to the local residents which clarifies the situation:
Following careful consultation between Mr William Tyrwhitt-Drake (The Charter Holder), Buckinghamshire Council, the Showmen, local businesses and residents of Old Amersham, the difficult decision has been taken to cancel the Old Amersham Charter Fair. This takes place every year on the 19th and 20th September.
Given concerns about Covid-19 and trying to work within the Government guidelines, Mr Tyrwhitt-Drake felt this was the best way to proceed and the right course of action based on the information currently available.
The showmen were able to demonstrate the social distancing rules could be applied to the rides and other attractions. It is the difficulty of social distancing of those attending the fair that caused the greatest concern.
The Charter Fair has always taken place, even during the two World Wars. So to keep with tradition, there will be a small presence of side shows (off road) over the course of the 19th and 20th September.
It will be very disappointing to many people that the Charter Fair has been cancelled but we look forward to a return in 2021.