THE old charter fair in Chulmleigh, that has taken place every year since 1253, was forced to run in a reduced version for the last two years.

Everyone enjoyed as many activities as possible but all of them had to be held in the open air.

One of the event organisers, Bride Knight, said: “At last we can return to the proper format for our Fair, which will be happening between July 26 and July 31 in a variety of venues, inside and out, around Chulmleigh.”

Bride explained that programmes will be available from various shops in Chulmleigh and in the town will be put through residents’ letterboxes.

She continued: “We’d be grateful for as much enthusiastic participation as possible this year!”

She explained: “There will be a  Scarecrow Competition and trail; the Dog Show; Horse Show; the Country Fair and Sheep show; a junior Sports Day; a Clay Pigeon Shoot; a Fancy Dress competition – these are just a few of the activities on offer plus plenty of fun and games in Fore Street.

“If you’re interested in Chulmleigh history, there will be an opportunity to view the Chulmleigh Archive in the Town Hall and a fascinating history walk around the town. Beautiful flowers will be shown off in the Congregational Church.

“Sports fans are well catered for with Junior football, Tennis and Sports Day and for adults, plus the Open Road Race on Saturday.

“For the party lovers there are several chances to let your hair down and dance to live bands during the week.  There will be plenty of food and drink available during the Fair – hopefully varied enough to please all tastes.”

The 2022 theme is “The 1950s” with opportunities to dress up and imagine yourself back in the era of the Queen’s coronation.

Bride added that the theme runs across the whole of the week - but is particularly important on the Wednesday at the Craft Market where stall holders compete for the Best Presented Stall and on the Saturday when there are the Fancy Dress competitions and Parade.

She concluded: “The committee is looking forward to seeing everyone back in force – meeting up with old friends and having fun in the blazing sunshine!”