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Design a Cheam Charter Competition

Can you design a Cheam Charter?

The Friends of Cheam Library are running a competition and invite you to design and submit your idea for a Cheam Charter.  The competition is open to youngsters between the ages of 4 and 16 years and is to celebrate Cheam Charter Fair week.

All entries submitted will be displayed in Cheam Library, and there will be a prize for the best and most imaginative charter.  The rules are:

  • For ages 4 to 16
  • poster charter to be no bigger than A4
  • Black and white or colour are acceptable
  • Please print your contact details on the reverse side
  • Hand your masterpiece to one of the Library staff or volunteers by Saturday 20th May 2017

A quick look around the library or on the internet will help you to see what some Charters looked like.

So design hats on and let’s see what you can come up with!

Cheam Charter Fair 2017

Cheam Charter Fair 2017 is almost upon us – Saturday 20th May from 9am to 1.00pm in Park Road Cheam

This will be the 758th Annual Fair.  The fair is thought to date back to 1259 when Henry III granted Cheam a charter making it a town. Firm historical records of Cheam Charter Fair date back to the 1800s when a fairground accompanied the market.

Friends of Cheam Park will be having a stall at the Fair.  Come along, support us and other stall holders and enjoy the fun.

All sorts of stalls and events planned for the day – and the whole of Cheam Charter Fair week, which runs from Saturday 13th May to Sunday 21st May.

If you would like to display a poster, to download, click fair poster

Visit the official Cheam Charter Fair websiteCheam Charter Fair


Plans to install blanket coverage for Tennis Courts

Users of the tennis courts in Cheam Park (Recreation) area will know only too well how wet and soggy the playing surface can become in inclement weather.  After some 12 months of research, the Council has hit upon an idea that is used extensively in regions of South America – the alpaco-blanket.  The fiber from the alpaca, of similar appearance to the llama has long been known to be weather resistant and is used in scarves, jumpers, ponchos and in some villages and towns in South America where the summer rains often turn fields and play areas into quagmires, the local residents band together to knit large blankets that are then used to cover their important recreation areas.  The wool is also given a final spray of a water-proofing agent.

So a band of knitting enthusiasts has come together in Cheam to “knit” their own version of the alpaco-blanket and are well into providing cover for at least one tennis court.  Said one knitter, “it’s fun, we are working together, we can have a good chat and gossip and know that we are doing something that will be useful for the future”.  Traditional covers for tennis courts are often made of a rubber silicon and are unwieldy and difficult to store.  Alpaco-blankets can be used all year round, including for picnics and group gatherings and also look very colourful.

A Council spokesman confirmed that the idea “was still in its first stages and being closely monitored”.  Commenting further he said “the difficult part of the process is securing sufficient quantities of the fiber (wool) which currently is imported from Peru”  He continued “we do have an idea to create our own alpaca herd in the local area which would reduce our costs and allow us to develop the idea for use elsewhere in the community”.

Alpacas are normally kept in herds that graze on the level heights of the Andes of southern Peru, northern Bolivia, Ecuador, and northern Chile at an altitude of 3,500 m (11,500 ft) to 5,000 m (16,000 ft) above sea level, throughout the year, but a number of European countries including the UK have started to develop their own herds,  Amazingly, one such herd resides on the Romney Marshes in Kent, but it is currently unable to provide the quantity of fiber (wool) required by this project.

The knitting group is keen to recruit more helpers so if you are into challenges, enjoy knitting and wish to assist please contact April in the first instance on the number above.  She also hopes to be running an alpaco stall at the Cheam Charter Fair on Saturday 20th May 2017.


wantedWe thought some of our readers might like to know about this bit of breaking news from local shepherds in Cheam.

A small flock of sheep, part of the “Flock in the Wool” Gang have managed to escape from their paddock and have gone into hiding in Cheam Village.

Details are sketchy at present but local shepherds are about to issue photo images of the main gang leaders.  It is understood that a smaller flock has also managed to avoid security and is loose in the area but currently there are no photographs of them yet.

You can read more here – More details

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