Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Christmas fair gets bigger and better

THE Watlington Christmas fair will take place tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to 2pm.

The fair, now in its 12th year, will feature a record number of stalls in High Street, including a local food market, an indoor craft fair, games and children’s activities and music from the Watlington Concert Band, the Preformanze Dance & Singing group, Casual Sax and Benson Choral Society.

Father Christmas will be in his Narnia-themed grotto at the squash courts and children will be able to have a ride on Smartie the Pony.

The fair was started by the Watlington Business Association and is now run by Sam Swanson, who runs Chiltern Pet Partners with her husband Adam.

It is designed to encourage people to do their Christmas shopping locally.

It helps raise money for the Christmas trees and lights in the town.

Profits are donated to the town’s youth groups which help out on the day. Last year, the total was £800.

Mrs Swanson said: “We look forward to welcoming you to the fair this year.”

For more information or offers of help or stallholder requests, call Mrs Swanson on (01491) 613256 or email sam@chilternpetparters.co.uk

Meanwhile, more than 30 businesses in Watlington have joined together to produce a booklet showcasing their products in the run-up to Christmas.

Called Discover Watlington, it will be sent out to 12,000 houses in the town and surrounding area.

The project was led by Tom Calnan, owner of Calnan Bros butchers.

Thirty-one shops chipped in to cover the cost of producing the booklet.

He said: “We have got a great town here and a lot of people don’t necessarily know what we have to offer.

“I came up with the idea of getting everyone together and having a booklet to show off what we do.

“It gives people the incentive to shop on the high street rather than online, especially before Christmas.”

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