Organisers unsure if Cherry Fayre will ever be held again

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DOUBT remains over the future of a much-loved village event as organisers of the Flackwell Heath Cherry Fayre say they don’t know if it will ever be held again.

The annual event has been a village tradition for decades, but organisers say since fitness equipment was installed at the Recreation Ground in Straight Bit, it is no longer viable to run it.

Organiser Terry Darby has told the Bucks Free Press a mixture of a lack of volunteers and space issues have resulted in them cancelling the event for the foreseeable future.

Mr Darby, 70, said: “Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee if it will ever be held again. It would be difficult to run it in the way we normally do with the additional gym equipment on the Recreation Ground.

“The difficulty is we wouldn’t be able to have as many stall holders and that affects how much we could raise to fund the event.

“We would possibly have to look at holding the event elsewhere, but it wouldn’t be the same, it has always been held there.

“We also had a problem with getting people offering to help this year which was a shame. A lot of people have said to me it is a shame it’s not going ahead but they never offer to help either.”

The village is now facing the prospect of being without a Cherry Fayre for the first time in ten years.

The event was rejuvenated in 2005 as villagers looked for a community event to bring people together, 25 years since the last Cherry Fayre was held.

The Flackwell Heath Residents Association, who were involved in bringing the Cherry Fayre back to the village, say they are disappointed by the decision.

They said: “FHRA was naturally disappointed to learn that the Cherry Fayre is not taking place this year, especially as it was the body that re-introduced the Fayre to the village some years ago.

“We have heard several reasons why it isn’t going ahead this year, one of which was the addition of equipment to the Recreation Ground but we don’t think that this compromises running an event there. “Last year FHRA ran a successful picnic at the Recreation Ground and together with FHCA are bringing a bigger event to the village on Sunday, July 13, 2014."

What do you think of the cancellation of the Cherry Fayre? Will we ever see it in Flackwell Heath again? Have your say be emailing andrew.colley@london.newsquest.co.uk

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10:36am Thu 19 Jun 14

stir up says...

There are too many people that complain it is not going ahead but when asked to volunteer makes their excuses and leave. the Cherry Fayre has raised thousands of pounds for the local charities over the years and was a non profit making do to erect the various sports bits took up so much space that there was a considerable loss of ground for pitches which raised money to raise money for the village. It could easily have been sited in a better position to not take up the space needed. Of course the amount of work involved in organising the fayre was considerable, the proposed picnic means only facilitating not actually dong any real work .
There are too many people that complain it is not going ahead but when asked to volunteer makes their excuses and leave. the Cherry Fayre has raised thousands of pounds for the local charities over the years and was a non profit making do to erect the various sports bits took up so much space that there was a considerable loss of ground for pitches which raised money to raise money for the village. It could easily have been sited in a better position to not take up the space needed. Of course the amount of work involved in organising the fayre was considerable, the proposed picnic means only facilitating not actually dong any real work . stir up
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6:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

do you volunteer says...

As someone who volunteers I haven't ever noticed that "only facilitating" doesn't involve " not actually doing any real work".
As someone who volunteers I haven't ever noticed that "only facilitating" doesn't involve " not actually doing any real work". do you volunteer
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9:46pm Thu 19 Jun 14

s6blr says...

I'm sure as soon as the Travellers arrive a lot of new traditions will happen.
I'm sure as soon as the Travellers arrive a lot of new traditions will happen. s6blr
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8:13pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Thamed says...

s6blr wrote:
I'm sure as soon as the Travellers arrive a lot of new traditions will happen.
Maybe they could reinvent it as the Flackwell Heath Guinness Fayre???!! but seriously it could work as a way to integrate the new arrivals into the community and stem anti-social behaviour......
[quote][p][bold]s6blr[/bold] wrote: I'm sure as soon as the Travellers arrive a lot of new traditions will happen.[/p][/quote]Maybe they could reinvent it as the Flackwell Heath Guinness Fayre???!! but seriously it could work as a way to integrate the new arrivals into the community and stem anti-social behaviour...... Thamed
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1:29pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Hazlemere Man says...

What is the current obsession with these outdoor gyms. Anyone who has ever joined a gym knows that you have to go through an induction process to avoid incorrect use and potential injury. We have some newly installed in Hazlemere and I've only ever seen local dogs using it - and not for exercise! And such a shame if all it does is take up space. I'm sure someone somewhere is making a profit from this fad.
What is the current obsession with these outdoor gyms. Anyone who has ever joined a gym knows that you have to go through an induction process to avoid incorrect use and potential injury. We have some newly installed in Hazlemere and I've only ever seen local dogs using it - and not for exercise! And such a shame if all it does is take up space. I'm sure someone somewhere is making a profit from this fad. Hazlemere Man
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7:30am Thu 3 Jul 14

jtintinb says...

interesting that this is the same Terry Darby who will be supplying the swing boats candy floss & striker game to carrington fayre. This stinks of bad grapes that he can't make such a hefty profit from a COMMUNITY event so he pulled the plug. Maybe now it will go back to being run by the community not a company
interesting that this is the same Terry Darby who will be supplying the swing boats candy floss & striker game to carrington fayre. This stinks of bad grapes that he can't make such a hefty profit from a COMMUNITY event so he pulled the plug. Maybe now it will go back to being run by the community not a company jtintinb
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9:05am Thu 3 Jul 14

Thamed says...

jtintinb wrote:
interesting that this is the same Terry Darby who will be supplying the swing boats candy floss & striker game to carrington fayre. This stinks of bad grapes that he can't make such a hefty profit from a COMMUNITY event so he pulled the plug. Maybe now it will go back to being run by the community not a company
Carry on the old Flackwell tradition as Lord Carrington & Family did!!!! Pure gold!
[quote][p][bold]jtintinb[/bold] wrote: interesting that this is the same Terry Darby who will be supplying the swing boats candy floss & striker game to carrington fayre. This stinks of bad grapes that he can't make such a hefty profit from a COMMUNITY event so he pulled the plug. Maybe now it will go back to being run by the community not a company[/p][/quote]Carry on the old Flackwell tradition as Lord Carrington & Family did!!!! Pure gold! Thamed
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