THAME: ‘Children are the future of Thame Show’

Children join their families for the fun at a previous Thame Show
Children join their families for the fun at a previous Thame Show

Children who could have missed out on the Thame Show can now get the day off school thanks to the introduction of a new scheme.

In years gone by, schools in the town have allowed pupils the day off during term time to attend the annual event, which traditionally falls on the third Thursday in September.

But this year, it was announced that pupils were not being given this privilege which was a cause of concern for organisers.

Now thanks to negotiation, parents who want to take their children to the show on September 18, can fill out a form and submit it to participating schools before receiving a letter of approval.

Chris Parker, who took over the mantle of show director two years ago, said: “With these letters of approval, we still get the children involved. I think it is really important, because they are the next generation of showgoers.

“They’ll learn so much in a day – they’ll see bread being made, a glass-blowing display and a falconry show.”

Schools participating in the scheme are St Joseph’s, John Hampden, Barley Hill and Lord Williams’s Upper and Lower schools.

Chris, of Haddenham, said he has high hopes for this year and assures showgoers that their opinions have been taken on board after several date changes caused confusion.

The 56-year-old is imploring the public to come along and show their support for the event, which has been a year in the making.

When asked if it could be a case of ‘use it or lose it’, he said: “If the public don’t get behind it, then that could be the case.”

After taking on board the results of the public questionnaire, Chris and the show committee have brought back firm favourites this year including the main show ring, the public bar and the popular minibus shuttle service which will ferry visitors back and forth from the town centre all day.

Chris, who attended his first Thame Show with his grandfather at the age of four, said: “We’ve tried to do everything the public have asked for, and if the weather we’’re having at the moment carries on, I think it’s going to be a great day.

Visit the Thame Show website here for more information and ticket prices.