We visited Chesham on Saturday, there were no trains running so we went on the rail replacement bus. A man told us that it was due to the Chesham Carnival that was on today. We managed to see the carnival and I am including some videos and photos of the event. This once again shows how England and the UK villages have special events for their inhabitants, and others who may chose to attend from outside that area.
Chesham is a small but thriving market town in Buckinghamshire, England.
In its current form, Chesham Carnival (also known as Schools of Chesham Carnival) began in 1973. It was run then, as now, by a small committee of local people. Some are representatives from Chesham’s schools, or local businesspeople, or simply those who want to give something back to their community.
It takes place every year, usually in June. The parade usually begins in Ashridge Road and ends in Chesham’s beautiful Lowndes Park with stalls, games and fun for all the family.
The Carnival was first mooted to raise money for Chesham’s schools, and this tradition has continued today, with all profits being divided up between the primary and secondary schools which take part. Schools are encouraged to create their own floats to a theme given by the Committee, and there is a prize for the best effort. They also run their own stalls in Lowndes Park.
For the last five years the Carnival has been generously sponsored by Newtown Garage, Chesham, and also raises funds by selling advertising from local businesses.
The local radio station provided the music and commentary at the event and to find out more about them visit their website http://www.mix96.co.uk/