Bingham Town Fair 2014 could be set in the medieval times to celebrate the town’s 700th anniversary.
The town council are set to work alongside Bingham Heritage Trails Association on the best way to mark the anniversary. In 1314, Bingham was granted a market charter, meaning it could call itself a town.
Peter Allen, the association chairman, said in a letter to the council “I’m sure you realise that 2014 is the 700th anniversary of the market charter of Bingham. This is an important event as it is the year that Bingham came to call itself a town.”
George Davidson suggested that the celebrations should be tied in with the town fair, which could have a medieval theme and suggested that people dress in period costume for the occasion.
It was also suggested that Peter Allen attends a future meeting of the community committee and works with the council on how to mark the occasion.
The 2013 town fair came in at almost £1,000 under budget, the town council has revealed. The council spent £5,703 on the event which was held in June, including £1,795 on a marquee. The fair made a total of £3,607, meaning their total expenditure was £2,095. This means they were £905 under the £3,000 budget.
These figures were discussed at a meeting of the council’s community committee. Alan Harvey applauded the council and said the fair was very good value for money and that it looks healthy from a financial point of view.
This years fair included, two baking competitions set up by the Women’s Institute group, Bingham Belles. The Newark Town Band and Shan Jones Dance School performed and Newton Air Training corps gave a marching display.
There was also the Starlight Dance School and the magnificent flypast by the Red Arrows and a Dakota.
According to Alan Harvey, the council has received some good and bad feedback. Lynn Holland, the Town Clerk, said she held a debrief with the staff on how the fair went.
Staff had to wait for a long period of time to pack way their stalls after the fair had finished. Apparently the toilet were not maintained regularly enough throughout the day and there was a lack of baby changing facilities.
Stallholders were allowed to drive into the fair to unload their goods and equipment, but some had kept the vehicles with them throughout the day.