The 46th Grand Henham Steam Rally
25 July 2021 – Statement on the 2021 Rally
Sadly, following careful consideration, the organising committee of the Grand Henham Steam Rally has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19.
The 46th Grand Henham Steam Rally was scheduled to take place on 18 and 19 September 2021 at Henham Park, near Southwold. However, although the Government restrictions have been lifted, the current and rising number of cases give us all cause for concern and the situation could change very rapidly.
Since the start of the pandemic, the organising committee have been considering all the options available to make the rally as safe as possible. This included cashless payments, increased cleansing, and one-way, wider aisles to allow social distancing. It was hoped the rally would take place this year, but it has become clear over the past few weeks that the ongoing uncertainty and the short period of time left in which to organise the event, makes the situation impossible for us. As always, the safety of visitors, exhibitors, volunteers and the organising committee is paramount and the decision not to go ahead is taken with everyone’s best interests at heart.
Chair Helen Walker said: “The decision to cancel the rally for a second year in a row has been incredibly hard. We have been working tirelessly to find ways to make the event possible, however we have had to face the reality that putting on the rally, with the rapidly rising case numbers, is simply not feasible. We know our visitors, exhibitors and volunteers will be disappointed, and we are disappointed too, however we can only look forward towards welcoming everyone back next year. As always, thank you for your support during these uncertain times.”
The 46th Grand Henham Steam Rally takes place on 17 and 18 September 2022.