A primary school Christmas fair has been cancelled after a burst water pipe. 

Excitement for the much-waited Christmas fair at the Robertswood School turned into disappointment after a water leak near the school on Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter on Friday, November 24. 

The school’s PTA had planned the fair with lots of festive fun, including Santa’s Grotto, market, food and tombola among others.

However, the festival had to be cancelled with “zero warning” from Affinity, an angry resident said on social media.

Robertswood School’s headteacher Emmeline Davison said the school was “disappointed that the Christmas Fair was unable to go ahead as planned on Friday, November 24 due to the closure of the school as a result of the emergency works.”

She said the school was “fortunate” to have a team of “hardworking and willing volunteers” to support the school with fundraising events that are popular not just with families and staff but also the wider community.

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A spokesperson from Affinity Water said: “A burst main was raised by our leakage team advising this was a high-volume leak.

“Tackling leakage is one of Affinity Water’s top priorities and reducing leakage is incredibly important to us. Keeping customers happy with an ongoing water supply is as equally important but there may be times that they have low pressure or no water due to the adjustments and restoration in the area.

“We will always notify our customers of the works and potential disruption as far in advance as we can but sometimes, due to the nature of the work, may be the day before or on the day of.

“We appreciate that we had to take the decision to complete the work so close to the school event. When we identify leaks on our mains network, we need to carry out repairs urgently as they may cause loss of water to the local area. We could not take a chance on the possibility of a further burst causing damage, particularly close to the school.

“Affinity Water were notified that this was a high priority job due to the nature of loss of water and gave customers in the area and Robertswood School Headmaster notice explaining the situation. The normal enabling process was followed, and the works were completed by 4.15pm on Friday, November 24.

“The reinstatement has now been completed and all traffic management collected and site clear.”