The Friendly Societies’ Fete and Flower and Poultry Show

Announcement Date: 27th August 1898

Amersham wore quite a holiday appearance on Thursday as that was the day set apart for the annual summer festival, promoted by the local lodge of Oddfellows and the local Court of Foresters’. The business establishments in the town closed at noon, and soon afterwards the members of the two societies assembled in the Market Square, and formed into processional order. Headed by the Amersham Brass Band, the streets were paraded, and the members marched into a meadow kindly lent for these occasions by Captain Drake. Here various amusements were provided, the height of them being a variety entertainment by professional artistes, the arrangements for which were in the hands of Mr W F Jury of London. Early in the evening the prizes gained by the successful exhibitors at the flower and poultry shows, which were held, in spacious marquees in the meadow, were distributed by Mrs Geo, Weller. The band afterwards played some dance music and many of the visitors partook in this favourite exercise.