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Sidmouth 2010- who's going?

Girl Friday 05 Mar 10 - 11:10 AM
Pierre Le Chapeau 05 Mar 10 - 12:32 PM
John MacKenzie 05 Mar 10 - 12:35 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 05 Mar 10 - 03:06 PM
Herga Kitty 05 Mar 10 - 03:10 PM
Ruth Archer 05 Mar 10 - 03:17 PM
Bonecruncher 05 Mar 10 - 05:07 PM
VirginiaTam 05 Mar 10 - 05:39 PM
Tattie Bogle 05 Mar 10 - 07:32 PM
Herga Kitty 06 Mar 10 - 12:23 PM
Girl Friday 06 Mar 10 - 02:26 PM
Morticia 06 Mar 10 - 03:47 PM
bubblyrat 06 Mar 10 - 04:05 PM
vectis 06 Mar 10 - 05:12 PM
The Barden of England 07 Mar 10 - 04:30 AM
VirginiaTam 07 Mar 10 - 06:21 AM
Kev The Clogs 07 Mar 10 - 06:37 AM
Acorn4 07 Mar 10 - 07:37 AM
VirginiaTam 07 Mar 10 - 07:43 AM
VirginiaTam 07 Mar 10 - 08:01 AM
GUEST,Girl Friday 07 Mar 10 - 08:23 AM
Ruth Archer 07 Mar 10 - 08:47 AM
The Barden of England 07 Mar 10 - 08:56 AM
Kev The Clogs 07 Mar 10 - 09:19 AM
VirginiaTam 07 Mar 10 - 09:47 AM
naughtyforty 07 Mar 10 - 12:45 PM
Ruth Archer 07 Mar 10 - 01:12 PM
VirginiaTam 07 Mar 10 - 01:47 PM
Ruth Archer 07 Mar 10 - 02:30 PM
The Barden of England 07 Mar 10 - 02:43 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 08 Mar 10 - 05:51 AM
VirginiaTam 30 Mar 10 - 04:57 PM
the lemonade lady 30 Mar 10 - 05:21 PM
VirginiaTam 30 Mar 10 - 05:41 PM
Tattie Bogle 30 Mar 10 - 08:47 PM
Kev The Clogs 31 Mar 10 - 07:26 AM
Ruth Archer 31 Mar 10 - 07:28 AM
mattkeen 31 Mar 10 - 07:34 AM
GUEST 31 Mar 10 - 02:25 PM
VirginiaTam 31 Mar 10 - 02:44 PM
Tattie Bogle 31 Mar 10 - 07:24 PM
Ruth Archer 01 Apr 10 - 05:42 AM
Tattie Bogle 08 Apr 10 - 08:51 PM
Leadfingers 14 Apr 10 - 04:00 PM
Ruth Archer 14 Apr 10 - 06:03 PM
Leadfingers 14 Apr 10 - 06:54 PM
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Subject: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 11:10 AM

The Leopards are off to Sidmouth for the first time this year. Who else is going?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Pierre Le Chapeau
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 12:32 PM

I hope to go having secured the time off at work to attend but I will be stewarding the event and having submitted application I am awaiting a reply which I have been told could take a while.
Regards to my spotted friends Pierre.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 12:35 PM

I'm afraid I can't afford it any more. It costs me so much in fuel, if I take my caravan. If I go by coach, it costs so much for accommodation.
It's a shame, as I love Sidmouth dearly.

JM


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:06 PM

I'm in much the same boat, John.

My car's been U/S since August last, and the pension won't supply the cost of repairs in time.

This will be the third I've missed, and I'm totally PO'd

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:10 PM

I'll be there, but mainly on the fringe since we lost our Manor Pavilion festival singaround venue.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 03:17 PM

Kitty, the Manor are still reluctant to have events in the bar - but PM me and let's see if we can think of an alternative.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:07 PM

Hope to be there, but only if I get accepted as a steward, otherwise LOF.
Colyn


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 05:39 PM

If we go, it will probably be only for the weekend. Still thinking about it.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 05 Mar 10 - 07:32 PM

Hoping we will again, but depends on father-in-law's state of health.
Seriously missed it last year, while having a great time in Lorient (why do they have to be same dates??!)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 12:23 PM

Ruth - will PM you when I've spoken to Tim Edwards!

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 02:26 PM

It is because of the hike of £45.00 per person, plus adult ticket will be required for Ben, that we aren't going to Broadstairs. Even with the petrol it will still be cheaper. We'll be on the fringe too, but I have bought evening concert tickets.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Morticia
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 03:47 PM

Don, whats up with the car? I'm up in the Cambridgeshire area now, so if I can help with twirling a spanner or two let me know.

Wassail!! Chris   (On Morti's puter!)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: bubblyrat
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 04:05 PM

Maybe-----it's up to you-know -who !! We have already been this year.We are going to STACKS of other festivals, so it is probably doubtful.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: vectis
Date: 06 Mar 10 - 05:12 PM

I'll be there on the fringe. Parking at the Rugby Club booked & paid for.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: The Barden of England
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 04:30 AM

Girl Friday - Ben will love the youth part of the Festival, and I know they'll love him!
I'll be there, in my usual haunts, although we'll be taking the caravan for the first time this year as by the time the festival starts I'll be a pensioner, and hotel as no longer an option, but beer still is :-)

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 06:21 AM

I need some more information. Just found out that we cannot caravan there on a weekend ticket.

So now we are looking at full week. But from what I can determine the full week adult pass does not include the Ham season. So we pay £148 per adult for any shows happening outside the Ham?

Blast... this is going to be so expensive. It will mean we have to give other festivals a miss.

I have been told I should become a steward (up to 5 hours work a day) but I don't think I have that much energy to give to both stewarding and having fun.

Sigh.... I don't know what to do.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 06:37 AM

Tam - volunteer for the Manor Pavillion with Val and I. It would be a gentle intro into stewarding. Trust me - you will have enough energy to do both - Sidmouth is like a drug! You work AND play and it just goes SO quick. You will meet loads of old friends and make many others!

Val and I have our accomodation already booked. Val has confermation that she is stewarding and I am waiting for mine.

Can't wait to get back to the best festival of the year!!!

Kev


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Acorn4
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 07:37 AM

Looks likely we''l be able to do it this year as, in all probability we won't have family with us.

We missed you all last year.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 07:43 AM

Hi Kev

How many stewards do they need at one time? Are there any activities for kids on the camp ground? I would love to work with kids on crafting projects in the mornings, if there is anything like that going. Certainly have enough experience at it. Just don't know what is on offer as far as stewarding goes.

Well... I tried to submit the steward applications several times and it keeps generating database errors.

any suggestions?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 08:01 AM

bloody google chrome is what buggered the apps. I did them no problem in IE. So now we have steward apps in.

Fingers crossed. I hope there are arts and craft activities wif the youngsters.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST,Girl Friday
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 08:23 AM

Tam... As far as I am aware you can camp as long as you join the supporters club. I understand that caravan pitches are few, so quite understand why you can't stay for weekeend only. The Barden is the expert on the subject.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 08:47 AM

Tam, the season ticket includes all events except the evening concerts in the Ham. You can get into the other Ham events (two concerts per day), and lots of other evening events, on the regular season ticket. You can also buy discounted individual Ham evening concert tickets for specific events if you buy a season ticket.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: The Barden of England
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 08:56 AM

Tam - see my PM

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 09:19 AM

Looks like we have a new Sidmouth Virgin! Welcome to the fold Tam and TSO :-)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 09:47 AM

Yikes

sacrificed to the festival gods....

I think we have decided that based on all the costs, we can only do this if we can steward. The alternate camp site with season tickets and random evening Ham concerts is just too expensive.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: naughtyforty
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 12:45 PM

Tam - there are crafty type workshops for the kids on most days - my friends always take their children there. Look forward to seeing both you and TSO at Sidmouth this year x


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 01:12 PM

Re the season ticket cost: Sidmouth has over 600 events to choose from, but we do our best keep the season ticket price as competitive as possible. It compares very favourably with other festivals when you consider they only run for the weekend (and check out our very competitive weekend tickets!). But Tam, we always need more stewards, so if that's an option which means you can enjoy the festival for the first time, we'll look forward to seeing you! There are craft activities for kids every day. Philippa, who runs the children's festival, has specific stewards who are CRB checked, so if this is something you'd be interested in, it's best to put the request in asap.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 01:47 PM

I had a CRB check in 2008 when I was still a Governor and working for Governor Services. I think they have to be re-upped every year to 18 months though. At £65 a pop it can get expensive. Can't wait for the International Safeguarding Authority to get its finger out. The CRB check won't need to be done yearly any more.

All is not lost... Just found out if we don't get steward jobs that we can still go and do stuff. Maybe a weekend pass with camping at alternate site.

Mostly I want to do sessions and a few concerts which maybe I can pay for separately with Supporters pass. Lots of options.

We will be there at some point and in some capacity. Thanks all.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 02:30 PM

The festival has CRBs carried out as required - but it doesn't cost us that much because there is a substantially reduced charge for non-paid members of staff.

There are lots of ways to enjoy the festival: individual event tickets, weekend tickets, day tickets, and a workshop series pass that gives 5 for the price of 4. If you buy a day or a weekend pass, you can stay on the festival campsite on those days - or the Supporter's Club also lets you buy passes for the official campsite (there's a bus service from the campsite into town, which is handy).

Have fun!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: The Barden of England
Date: 07 Mar 10 - 02:43 PM

CRB checks now last for 3 years, so I suspect a 2008 one will last through to 2011.

John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 08 Mar 10 - 05:51 AM

""Don, whats up with the car? I'm up in the Cambridgeshire area now, so if I can help with twirling a spanner or two let me know.""

The offer's much apopreciated Chris, but basically the car is fine.

Ford Scorpios are as rare as hens' teeth now, and some stupid twerp i n Tesco's car park took out the left headlamp, and crushed the glassfibre bumper.

New Headlamp from Ford £196.50
New bumper from Ford (special order) £600 or thereabouts
Plus one tyre, rated for 146mph top speed (I never do more than about 80, but they won't allow lower spec in MOT) £75 approx
Plus MOT £53.50 ast time. God knows what next time.

Takes more than a year to save that kind of dosh, so I'm looking for second hand parts. Back to the Hen's teeth.

Ho Hum.

The upside is they only sold 50,000, so anytime soon the survivors will start to appreciate in value. Qualifies as a classic after this April.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 04:57 PM

Has anyone heard back re steward applications, yet?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 05:21 PM

Pierre Le Chapeau: you're not the only waiting to hear. Every year they leave it SO long to tell me if I can trade, by the time I do hear it's too late to book somewhere else if the answer's no. It's not been NO for a few years but it could happen.
Come on Sidmouth, am I or am I not?    Sal


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 05:41 PM

I should say that Sidmouth is only too expensive for us this year (we had my daughter over at Christmas so money to play with is scarce). Cost won't be a problem in future if we find we like Sidmouth. We will save for it specifically. And by all accounts from my Kentish friends, it is one that is NOT to be missed.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 30 Mar 10 - 08:47 PM

Less than 24 hrs to decide if I want a season ticket or not: better look at the programme again, but may opt for PAYG, as I also enjoy the Middle Bar and other sessions.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:26 AM

P le C, VT and LL, Dilligaf and I applied online within 30 seconds of each other (I completed the app forms side by side) - She had conformation the next morning, whilst a month later, I don't know. Oh well, fingers crossed!!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:28 AM

I am chasing the people technically managing the new system: hopefully you'll all be hearing soon.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: mattkeen
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:34 AM

Excited and will be there for the week

I appreciatethat some just can't spare the money but I think Sidmouth is not expensive for what you get


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 02:25 PM

I tried to send an email to the address for the stewards' organisers and it kept being returned undelivered. I had an automatic acknowledgement back in February but no request for a photo or any other communication.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 02:44 PM

I found that the Sidmouth site kept rejecting our applications too. Turns out it didn't like the browser I was using Google Chrome. So I went in on IE and had no problem. Received an email confirmation immediately.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 31 Mar 10 - 07:24 PM

One of the difficulties of deciding to buy season ticket or not (if you can afford it) is working out the economics of it, as they don't tell you the price of buying for individual concerts, nor the full range of events available, so you can't work out how much you might have spent as a PAYG attender.
With 10 minutes before the midnight deadline, I did eventually succumb to the offer!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 01 Apr 10 - 05:42 AM

Tattie Bogle, I bought a season ticket for my first Sidmouth a few years ago, and I was only there for four days. I still reckon I got better value than I would have done from individual tickets.

If you're going to attend a dozen or more events over the course of the week, the ticket has pretty much paid for itself.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Apr 10 - 08:51 PM

I have bought a season ticket for a good few years now, but it was still better value when there wasn't the separate evening events extra/supplement.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 04:00 PM

Well I have just had confirmation of affordable accomodation so The Newt will be as usual again , but not til Sunday ! I have to go to Brittany and Ireland first !


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 06:03 PM

"it was still better value when there wasn't the separate evening events extra/supplement."

Unfortunately, Tattie Bogle, we have to balance best value for the customer with making the festival pay for itself. This certainly seems the fairest system: we keep the season ticket as cost-effective as possible, and provide a Ham Evening Season on top, ticket which effectively cuts the cost of attending all the Ham evening concerts in half. If you don't want to attend all of the Ham evening concerts, you still get a discount on individual concerts.

It's as flexible as possible so that people can buy the combination of tickets that best suits them. To be frank, we could not offer what we offer (something like 700 events over 8 days) any more cheaply, and it seems unfair to ask people who aren't so bothered about the Ham in the evening to subsidise the people who want to attend every concert there.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 06:54 PM

Sidmouth is a classic example of something that has developed to the point that it is impossible for any one organisation to do HALF of what some people want !
And people like me who ONLY do the fringe dont really help the Festival at all , though the festival would certainly not be the same without the fringe .


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Bonecruncher
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 07:09 PM

Yes, Terry, but there are still people who work as stewards all week for a free tichet but still only do the fringe events. We do it for the camp site and to not have to use the car following an evening in The Newt!!
Colyn.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: The Barden of England
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 03:05 AM

Like Terry I'm always fringe too, but do buy tickets for the concerts I want to see and always contribute whatever I can afford on a daily basis to the collecting tins, thus in my small way helping to keep Sidmouth and, I hope, the spirit of Sidmouth alive. See you all in The Bedford and elsewhere (God willing of course)
John Barden


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 06:30 AM

Chaps, the festival LOVES the fringe! Over the past eighteen months or so, our relationship with the town has improved enormously, which translates to a more supportive atmosphere in Folkweek and year round, and more material support locally for the festival as well. One of the things which has helped to develop this relationship is that we have driven home the economic impact of the festival on the region. Whether you attend festival events or not, if you are staying in a local hotel, B&B or campsite, using the supermarkets and restaurants, going to pubs and buying things in shops, you are contributing to the festival's positive impact on Sidmouth and consequently to our good relationship with the town's business community.

Of course, we also thrive on the collections, so your donations in the many tins are equally welcome and much appreciated!

If you want to help the festival, though, please also consider supporting those businesses who support the festival (you'll find the list in the programme or on our website, and most have signs in the window) - and let them know that you're shopping there because they support FolkWeek!

Last year, there was one shop which was selling "I (heart) FolkWeek" cotton bags - of course, there was no money coming to the festival from these, and to add insult to injury, they weren't even sponsors! (I did pop in and ask if they'd like to become sponsors as they were making money from the festival, but was rebuffed). So again, if you are going to buy FolkWeek merchandise, please buy the official stuff on sale at the Ham, as all profits help to ensure the festival's future.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 06:40 AM

Oh, one more thing: at the moment the sale of season, weekend and day tickets is substantially up on last year. As a result, advance tickets for events that are likely to be very popular may be quite limited; for some events, we won't sell any at all. This is to ensure that day, weekend and season ticket-holders are not disadvantaged and have the best chance of seeing the events they are most looking forward to.

If there is something that you really, really want to see (such as the Nic Jones concert, Bagpuss, Bellowhead or Roy Bailey's solo concert in the Methodist Church), it might be wise to buy a day ticket for that day.

Of course, in the event that these events are not actually over-capacity on the day, we will sell tickets for any remaining seats on the door.


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