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Sidmouth 2010- who's going?

Tattie Bogle 17 Jun 11 - 02:35 PM
Girl Friday 17 Jun 11 - 01:39 PM
freda underhill 17 Jun 11 - 09:57 AM
Tattie Bogle 09 Jun 10 - 07:59 AM
Leadfingers 09 Jun 10 - 06:53 AM
GUEST,AllFolkedUp 09 Jun 10 - 06:34 AM
Ruth Archer 09 Jun 10 - 04:02 AM
Herga Kitty 09 Jun 10 - 02:39 AM
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Don(Wyziwyg)T 08 Jun 10 - 08:26 PM
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PercyBysshe 08 Jun 10 - 02:34 PM
Tattie Bogle 08 Jun 10 - 02:26 PM
VirginiaTam 08 Jun 10 - 02:24 PM
PercyBysshe 08 Jun 10 - 01:44 PM
Kev The Clogs 08 Jun 10 - 01:40 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 08 Jun 10 - 05:07 AM
Richard Bridge 08 Jun 10 - 04:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 17 Jun 11 - 02:35 PM

No, unless you want to clog up the works! there's already one in operation:

thread.cfm?threadid=138409


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Girl Friday
Date: 17 Jun 11 - 01:39 PM

Hello. We're going. Shall I start a new thread ?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: freda underhill
Date: 17 Jun 11 - 09:57 AM

I haven't found a thread about this year's Sidmouth - but I've just bought my ticket! anyone going?

freda


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 09 Jun 10 - 07:59 AM

As Don says the Bedford has a very mixed session in the main bar: there was one afternoon a couple of years ago when it turned into "Concertinas Rule OK", and most of the rest voted with their feet! After many years of going to the Bedford I eventually discovered the late night "inner sanctum" where the serious singers go! And there's the small dining room where the professional players usually end up.
Smokers seem to head for the Swan as there's the outdoor bit at the back, albeit under a canopy, where they make up for the smoking ban elsewhere!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 09 Jun 10 - 06:53 AM

Sorry to hear the manor is no longer welcoming , and I'd forgotten Tudor !! The problem with being stuck in The Newt most of the week !


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST,AllFolkedUp
Date: 09 Jun 10 - 06:34 AM

You will also find sessions in Tudors (next to what used to be woolworths) I think the term previously used for those who attend are the "young crowd" allthough all are welcome to come drink and play some tunes. Does revolve around when they are using the space to serve food though.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 09 Jun 10 - 04:02 AM

George Frampton is also putting together a great lineup of festival guests to drop into the Volunteer, as usual.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Jun 10 - 02:39 AM

I am doubtful that there are any fringe events in the Manor Pavilion this year - in any case, the management didn't want singarounds in the bar, which was why we had to move.

The Faulkner = the Faulkner bar of the Royal York & Faulkner hotel. The morning singarounds run from 10.30am to 12.30pm Sunday to Friday and Rosy's evening sessions Friday to Friday (as far as I know).

The Ashby de la Zouch folk club reunion (open to all) will take place in the Volunteer garden on the first Friday evening.

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 08:34 PM

Sorry Don - There was supposed to be a 'LOL' at the end of that !
And glad to know you are going to be there


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 08:26 PM

""The Bedford - Massed Melodeons and other Morris orientated music session more or less ALL week""

Come on Terry, play fair. The main bar at the Bedford is, and always has been, a mixed session.

Five minute sets of tunes interspersed with plenty of opportunity for singers. I spend most of my days there, and I am absolutely not an aficionado of the Melodeon and Morris set.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 08:23 PM

Ooops ! Jumped the gun again !

Manor Pavillion - Sing Around ??

Yacht Club - Mixed Session

The Black Horse - ?? Not Sure !

The Ship - Looks like the Young Crowd have taken that one - And bloody good they are

Any additions , please add them on ! But I DID say that was a basic list and I may have missed some !


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 08:18 PM

For those that dont know Sidmouth Fringe , a basic starter list is something like :-

The Bedford - Massed Melodeons and other Morris orientated music session more or less ALL week

The Bedford (Other Bar) Old Timey session

The Faulkner - Song Circle twice a day

The Swan - Mixed session

The Radway - The English Tune ALL Day All week ! LOL

The Anchor - The Middle Bar (Upstairs twice a day)

The Anchor - The Irish Tune (Downstairs All Day All week)

The Volunteer - Traditional music and song

The Newt - Mixed session twice a day with who ever wants to fill in between 3 pm and 8 pm


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 08:04 PM

""Don: Of what relevence is the specification of your computer?""

Quite simply that if any PC is going to find this site unuseable, one might expect it to be an up to date high spec machine, and it simply is not.

Answer to your problem is:- Don't like Mudcat? Don't use it! Seemples!

WE like it just fine as it is, and before you ask, this has been openly discussed on several occasions.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: PercyBysshe
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 02:34 PM

Percy is being patient - just relieved that my application was accepted!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 02:26 PM

What does Mudcat have that some others don't (including a Scottish one I use regularly)?
The facility to follow threads that interest you, by tracing to your personal page.
The facility to PM other users off forum if there is an issue you think is only relevant to them.
The DT, lyrics and midis galore.
I think it's a great forum!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 02:24 PM

have patience Percy... it will come. Now I hope we can get this thread back on track.

So we have a few who have posted they are going... what next?

I suppose we stewards wait for assignments before we can plan the fun stuff.

Is there a list (including descriptions) of fringe activities and events? Will there be a mini mudcat gather anywhere?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: PercyBysshe
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 01:44 PM

I'll be stewarding for the first time. Photo submitted some time ago, and application accepted. No other news yet though.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 01:40 PM

Yep. I'm all sorted. I'm in the Manor as well. Anne phoned me personally and reassured me. Seems my emails kept bouncing back to them. I know that that was a typing error at their end as I have "dd" in my email address and people somestimes only use one! SIMPLES! ALL SORTED :-))))

Looking forward to seeing ALL of "Team Sidmouth" - not long now!

Regards
Kev

ps - thanks for your help Anne. I'll email photo to you at the weekend. Cheers. Kev


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 05:07 AM

Jack Campin wrote:
If the Sidmouth admins can't figure out how to become a member of Mudcat it doesn't speak very well for their technical competence.
I would also expect anybody doing a job like that to have known about Mudcat and joined it ten years ago - it's always been the world's most active forum for the kind of music Sidmouth promotes.

I can assure you, Jack, that the Sidmouth organisers know all about Mudcat, use it and monitor comments about the festival.

It is not clear that "All Folked Up" is anything to do with the festival. In any case, the following messages indicated that the problem was at Mudcat's end.

Derek Schofield


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 04:23 AM

Getting beyond the realms of my competence now but the amount of data here is totally huge and might well be beyond some free forum software. For example here I have nearly 1,000 incoming messages stored, and on most Joomla systems I've seen total mailbox size (incoming and outgoing) is limited to 100 messages.

Also at least one of the Volvo forums had a total loss of data due to (I think) a software problem and that would be most annoying: here there have been glitches but usually eventually stuff has finished up back where it ought to be.

I would personally say that a sub-forum system would be counter-productive. There is a significant merit in easy cross-fertilisation, and in may sub-forum systems things get posted several times in separate sub-forums so as to find thiere "audience". Also actually finding something is much harder if you have to burrow through sub-forums.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST,AllFolkedUp
Date: 08 Jun 10 - 03:32 AM

This has gone way off topic but hey, I'll continue. There are many many ghood free forum softwares out there with easy to use management tools.

I'd just like to see a little more structure to it, sub-forums and such to make it easier to find topics on a particular subject in stead of a long list. Perhaps the ability to set up email notifications (this may already be a feature but the registration pags seems to be broken so I dont know!). Call it constructive criticism!

Don: Of what relevence is the specification of your computer?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 07:37 PM

""Apologies I dont check mudcat often as the layout is so prehistoric it's unuseable!""

The rest of us here don't have a useability problem, and I'm using a high end gaming PC, so what's the problem?

Missing the pictures?

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 07:24 PM

All Folked Up - this is a free forum, run for love not money and available to all without subscription or payment. And your complaint about quality is?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST,AllFolkedUp
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 07:04 PM

Apologies for not posting my registration troubles in the help forum, aparently this section is unavailable! That's quality for you.
    Sorry about the registration problem. Our normal registration page is not working right, but it works fine on our "dev" (developmental) site. This link (click) should work just fine for you.
    We shut down our Help forum a couple of years ago because it got flooded with Spam and other nastiness.
    If you still have problems with registration, send me an e-mail.
    -Joe Offer, Forum Moderator-
    joe@mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 06:37 PM

Richard, I would be registered if the site didnt spit error codes in ym face!

See here:

"Error Occurred While Processing Request

Error Diagnostic Information

ODBC Error Code = 37000 (Syntax error or access violation)

[Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Procedure 'MemberDataEntry' expects parameter '@as_ProfileLink', which was not supplied.

SQL = "EXEC memberDataEntry 'INSERT','sdfsf','sfsdfsdf','AllFolkedUp','blahblahblah@hotmail.com', 'password','password','','','','','', '','','','No','No'"

Data Source = "MUDCAT"

The error occurred while processing an element with a general identifier of (CFQUERY), occupying document position (53:1) to (53:59) in the template file C:\!WEBSERVER\MUDCAT\HTDOCS\MEMBER\DATAENTRY.CFM.

Date/Time: 06/07/10 18:35:06
Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-GB; rv:1.9.2.3) Gecko/20100401 Firefox/3.6.3
Remote Address: 94.169.126.105
HTTP Referrer: http://mudcat.org/member/EntryForm.cfm"

Even I can code better than that with my shoddy sidmouth system ;-)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 06:12 PM

If said admin from Sidders wants anonymity I recommend sharpmail.co.uk. If an old fart of over 60 can do it it ain't rocket science.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Jane Bird
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 03:38 PM

I'll be at Sidmouth - looking forward to it :-)


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 01:57 PM

If the Sidmouth admins can't figure out how to become a member of Mudcat it doesn't speak very well for their technical competence.

I would also expect anybody doing a job like that to have known about Mudcat and joined it ten years ago - it's always been the world's most active forum for the kind of music Sidmouth promotes.

This is rather like going along to your financial adviser with a clipping about your pension scheme from the Financial Times and finding the adviser has never read it.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 01:38 PM

IMHO the format of the Mudcat is easier to use than any other forum I have yet found on the internet.

As to the River Sid - I am gratified to say that last week I met my hosts from last year at another thing, and they kindly invited me to stay again, with no arm twisting. So once again I will aim to appear about Freddy lunchtime and vanish some time Sunday, time in between spent in fringes.

I'll use the twin cam this year, not the turbo - unless the twin-cam-turbo is finished by then but I don't expect it to be.   

Has anyone got a subscription to met-check so we can start early wevva predictions?


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 11:25 AM

All Folked Up - quite true there has been some griping. At least it means people really care about this festival.... a lot. And as is quite normal with all humans, change is often met with some negative feedback.

Please don't take it to heart. I should think the new system for steward application will run more smoothly next year. My only problem with it, was the photo upload didn't like the browser I used. So I switched from google chrome to internet explorer and it worked a treat. Sometimes it is something so simple as you mentioned with emails being dumped into junk folders or my browser prob. So if we discuss here, we can sort each other's technical issues out.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST,AllFolkedUp
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 11:06 AM

Sorry you find my comments a little off, but I've read a lot of complaining and whining on this thread with regards my system for stewards at sidmouth. So I put forward my opinion of the mudcat "forum".

Glad to hear Kev is sorted. I'll leave you all to it.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 11:01 AM

Mudcat is not unusable at all. It is easily usable if you sign up with a legitimate email address. I don't understand what your problem is. You evidently found the thread easily enough to be able to leave a post on it.

As to prehistoric, that is a bit exaggerative.   What Mudcat is, is....... traditional. It has not yet formally undergone the folk process. I quite like its current format.

Sorry for the aside, but last post was a bit.... off-putting.

I understand that Kev is now all sorted re stewarding.
I am looking forward to meeting a whole new group of mud catters there.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: GUEST,AllFolkedUp
Date: 07 Jun 10 - 10:35 AM

Kev: I am unable to register on mudcat because the site is so poorly coded and doesnt use a proper forum. Rant over...

However if you email stewards@sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk regards your "missing" emails perhaps you would get a response.

I would suggest checking your junk email folder for any you may have missed as I know the photo upload reminder has gone out at least 3 times already.

Apologies I dont check mudcat often as the layout is so prehistoric it's unuseable!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 07:14 PM

nice one Tam. That's where Val and I usually are. I've still not heard a thing!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 02 Jun 10 - 05:34 PM

email and bell from Sidmouth steward organisers. tings ticking along nicely. We will be in the Manor Pavilion.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 01 Jun 10 - 05:51 PM

Thank you Kev. I hope your dealings with Sidmouth are trauma free from now on. I shall be popping over from South Zeal to have a sing in the Middle Bar and a stroll along the front.
Sal


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 29 May 10 - 05:45 PM

Kev

Can you reply to the email you received? Did it possibly have a number or does the website have a number?

I emailed last week to ask if the photos uploaded, what we need to do to book a space for caravan as we can not attend without it and to explain my sometimes physical limitations regards steward duties. But that was only last week.

Certain they are extremely busy so I will wait another 3 to 4 weeks before I contact again.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 29 May 10 - 03:26 PM

Forgot to say - Sal, you will be greatly missed by many! Especially me if I finally find out what is going on and I actually get there!


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Kev The Clogs
Date: 29 May 10 - 03:22 PM

After pushing with emails, I was informed in mid April by a one line email that Val and I were definately accepted and both wanted.

Val had her stewards number and photo request soon after.

I on the other hand, have had nothing!! No official acceptance form, no stewards number and no request to upload a photo!

Does ANYBODY know what is going on please?

Some people have already been told where they will be stewarding!

It is eight weeks until the start of the festival!

An answer for someone who is trying to volunteer their time would be much appreciated.

Kev


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 29 May 10 - 12:18 PM

I'm at soggy Chippenham fest taking the sept of the afternoon off because of the rain. I must say many people are telling me about their experiences with dealing with Sidmouth fest this year. I have also heard who's not going! Many of you will be surprised.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 26 May 10 - 02:31 AM

I deleted a number of nasty messages posted by an anonymous Guest. We do let some no-name posts slip by in the music section, but not if they have even a hint of animosity. If you have something negative to say, then have the courage to sign your name to it.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 25 May 10 - 06:43 PM

Re the Big Band posts

I know that it's painful to lose an event that you've enjoyed for many years, because the singarounds we ran in the Theatre Bar for many years were discontinued when the new management of the Manor Pavilion took over and didn't want them.

We were lucky enough to find another venue for singarounds, though on fewer days and for less time, and on the fringe.

Anonymously slagging off the current festival organisers for scheduling a different workshop this year isn't very constructive. If you can find another venue, I'd guess it would be advertised in the programme..?

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 25 May 10 - 04:56 AM

Joan:

I have PM'd you because I am now naming the people who have been corresponding with me.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 25 May 10 - 02:19 AM

Guest: you have been aggressive and confrontational towards me since your first post on this thread. If you think that is the way to effectively persuade people to your point of view, I'm afraid you're mistaken. If it makes you feel clever to think you've "rattled my cage", knock yourself out. Life's too short.

Sal, I don't know who "offered" you 15% from our "committee", but we have one person dealing with catering and she is the only person who had the authority to make any sort of offer on behalf of the festival. We are not run by "committee". You may find "a sniff of disorganisation" off-putting, but many festivals would also find traders who regularly slag them off in public forums (because this is not the first time) equally off-putting. If you are not happy with the terms you were offered, that is unfortunate.

I have come into this thread on several occasions to try to be helpful and answer questions, but I think it's time I stepped back to focus on doping what I do best, which is programming the festival. Have I mentioned that ticket sales are up by 21% this year? Hurrah! So there are clearly a few people out there who are looking forward to coming along. We have lots of brand new caterers this year who will be offering a great range of food and drink to festival-goers across all of our sites, and lots of exciting new events for them to enjoy.

For those of you coming to Sidmouth - see you there! For those of you who aren't, enjoy whatever you'll be doing instead.

Bye!

Joan


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 25 May 10 - 02:03 AM

Thank you for your comment Don. It goes much further for my trade at this venue. Activities don't get going in the Blackmoor Gardens till mid day and usually empties around 5.00. Other caterers at the Ham sell a variety of products and have passing trade till gone mid night. For an odd reason I've been compared with them. Weather wise it can be very unstable, not actually opening for one day last year because of the rain; rain for me means no customers. This is the risk I take. Hey, life's too short to get upset about losing this one. I also received an email from the venue organiser who had omitted to delete the previous email he'd had from a collegue about me being there. It wasn't nice. I don't think they want me there and i'm wondering if the pitch's already gone to my competition. We'll see. I really don't mind and will pop over anyway for a good sing in the Middle Bar.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 24 May 10 - 07:47 PM

I have to say that 15% sounds a lot more reasonable than a flat £500, and if I were producing a product for sale at a festival with unpredictable weather, I would run a mile from the latter.

You will be seriously missed though, Sal.

There comes a point where commercial efficiency overrides common sense, and it's arguable that this is that point. There are always some facilities which have a disproportionately positive effect, and we discard them at our risk.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 24 May 10 - 06:56 PM

It also appears that there are too many people making decisions and not consulting their collegues on the committee. I was offered 15% of my turnover, which I agreed, only to have it changed to £500. I'm sorry but you're the 2nd festival to do that to me this season. Once I sniff disorganisation, i'm out.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: the lemonade lady
Date: 24 May 10 - 06:08 PM

I'm just sorry that my friend Mary Kennaway {Church House was renamed after her father} won't get her annual cup of lemonade. I'll have to pop over before Dartmoor for a visit to her at home.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 24 May 10 - 04:55 PM

"New" participants doesn't necessarily mean younger. This decision has nothing to do with age, it's to do with creating a workshop that fulfils the brief of a ceilidh workshop. Changing the focus of one workshop series in a festival containing around 600 events is hardly "chasing youth at the expense of more mature festival-goers". The festival as a whole covers a wider range of activities and interests than any other festival in England, and will continue to do so - and at the same time it will continue to grow, and develop, and change.

It is not about stifling discussion. The decision has been made and I have explained why, so there is really no point going round in circles.

And given some of your other (quite personal) remarks, including one in your opening post, I'm afraid I don't believe you when you say you're not a regular Mudcat member, "Guest". Not that it particularly matters as I don't intend to discuss this matter any further with you.


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Subject: RE: Sidmouth 2010- who's going?
From: Ruth Archer
Date: 24 May 10 - 04:17 PM

As I say, this isn't my area. I do know that the festival is gradually moving from a position of debt (accrued over several years) to one of financial stability, and there will be many factors which contribute to the new stability. Increased pitch fees are clearly one of them. I am sorry you're unable to come under the current offer, Sal, but I hope you realise that these decisions are not made out of greed, but because the festival has had to change the way it does business in many respects simply in order to survive.

Joan


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