October revolution: Charlton’s Horn Fair moves to the autumn

Charlton House

Wondered what had happened to Charlton’s Horn Fair this year? Well, it’s moved to a new date and has been given a new look.

2015’s Horn Fair will be on Sunday 18 October – St Luke’s Day, the traditional date for the festival, which began in the reign of Henry III and whose original incarnation was so bawdy it was banned in Victorian times.

The revamped Horn Fair will be based more around Charlton House – so it’s goodbye to the dog shows and stalls that have characterised the recent June events.

Instead, according to Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust:

History buffs can discover the story of the house and its ornate décor under the expert guidance of master craftsman Philip Gaches and his team, meet master stonemasons and try your skills at the crafts that built Charlton House.

Our young visitors are invited on an architectural treasure hunt, with the opportunity to create their own one of a kind gargoyle to take home and keep.

The Horn Fair will also see the launch of an exciting new exhibition of postcards from the past and the curator will be on hand to demonstrate how these handwritten cards capture an intimate snapshot of a bygone era.

Tracy Stringfellow, Chief Executive of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, said: “We expect the day to be extremely popular and we hope that local people in particular will be interested in finding out more about this historic building.

“Visitors will also have the opportunity to meet local brewers Hop Stuff, Gosnells Mead and London Glider Cider while they enjoy music from local musicians, including fiddles, concertinas, flutes and even a song or two.”

The new-look Horn Fair runs from 10am to 4pm.

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2 Responses to October revolution: Charlton’s Horn Fair moves to the autumn

  1. mr_chas says:

    Does this Trust have a website ? I cannot seem to find one.

  2. I wish the new Trust good luck in making Charlton House more central to Charlton life in the way that Mycenae House has become for Westcombe Park. However, it did stick me after the new look Horn Fair that perhaps locals had been rather ripped off.

    Without any consultation at all, the Trust have done away with the popular Horn Fair in July and replaced it with a rather drier event in chilly October.

    The summer Horn Fair was / has been a regular date in the Charlton calendar. It seemed to be a hit with locals, beer drinkers, and parents. It gave local charities and organisations the chance to have a stall and show the SE7 public their wares. That’s vanished now. The Trust directors decided that without asking anyone as far as I can tell.

    And then they expected / invited other local groups to run their new event for them. (“room stewards” were requested from the members of the Charlton Society and Friends of Charlton House – both organisations suffering from a lack of man & woman power without running events on behalf of the Trust. Sandwiches were offered as a reward.)

    So in summary: a popular summer outdoors event which was run by the council and supported local charities and organisations has been replaced by an indoors October event which the Trust needs to pay OAPs in sandwiches to run.

    Is it just me that feels a bit ripped off?

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