Generous parting gift to safeguard event
THIS year’s May Charter Fair in Wells was more poignant than usual.
Richard Green, who has organised the Civic Opening of the Fair for 30 years, announced that this was to be his last year of doing so as he has now moved from Wells. And as a parting gift, he handed over a cheque for £25,000 to Wells City Council to ensure that the event can continue.
“This is my 30th year of organising the Civic Opening of the Fair, as a way of bringing the communities of Wells together,” he told guests at the buffet lunch held at the Swan Hotel after this year’s opening ceremony.
“We originally started at the November Carnival Charter Fair but by popular demand we moved to the May Charter Fair and it has grown successfully ever since.
“Sadly, this will be my last year in organising the event as I have moved away from Wells, but talking to the Mayor and the Town Clerk, the event will go on.
“As a parting gift, I am donating a cheque for £25,000 to ensure the event is held in years to come.”
The Civic Opening is attended by Wells City councillors and staff, fair operator Shaun Rogers and his family, other members of the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain – of which Richard is an honorary member – and other important figures in the local community.
The 821st Wells May Charter Fair took place in Market Place on May 6 and 7, returning after a two-year absence due to restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic. During this period the Charter Rights and Privileges were legally kept intact.
Philip Welch, Mayor of Wells at the time of the Civic Opening, who received the cheque on behalf of the city council, said: “Richard deserves enormous credit for his tireless work supporting the Wells May Charter Fair for 30 years.
“I knew he was generous with his time, but now Richard has shown astounding generosity with his money.”