Waterlogged park forces organisers to cancel village fair

The very wet spring and early summer has claimed a casualty in Old Coulsdon, where this Saturday’s Village Fair has had to be postponed because Grange Park is waterlogged.

Old Coulsdon signThe event is organised by The Rotary Club of Coulsdon Manor and 2016 would have been the 20th annual fair. Without any insurance against bad weather, the charity fund-raisers in the local Rotary Club will incur some costs, though they hope to have a chance to recoup those losses later this year.

“It is hoped to reschedule the fair at a date in September,” David Caddick, from the Rotary Club’s organisers, said.

“Up to 100 charities attend the event and raise varying amounts of money, and between 2,000 and 3,000 members of the public support the event. Over the last 19 years we calculate that somewhere between £200,000 and £300,000 has been raised for charity at this event.

“Sadly this year the park is too waterlogged, with more rain forecast for this week. We have waited as long as we reasonably could before taking the decision to cancel.”

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