Jeremy Pursehouse

By Jeremy Pursehouse, chairman of Warlingham Fair

This is one of the hardest announcements I have ever had to make. One of the last things I ever wanted to do was be the first Warlingham Fair chairman in three decades to cancel the event, but the committee has, after thorough consideration, decided that it has no alternative.

The Fair date of June 20 is now only 13 weeks away and it looks unlikely that the current situation will be anywhere near resolved by then. Even if it was, the problems for the committee and participant groups and organisations of getting everything back on track in time would be insurmountable; particularly as no-one would be able to have proper committee meetings before the end of social isolation.

We considered postponing to later in the summer or early autumn, but there is no certainty about when we could postpone it to. If the all clear was given for later in the summer, we would also be up against hastily rescheduled local and national community and sporting events.

So, reluctantly, we have decided to cancel the 2020 event and vow to come back bigger and better in 2021. This will mean we have to pay some cancellation charges, but, we have, from the early days of the fair, had a disaster recovery plan, which ensures we have the resources to cancel two fairs and still be able to stage the event the following year. We are now re-booking the suppliers we had booked for this year for the 2021 date, Saturday June 19.

We hope you all understand, and we will see you next year.