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Ringing Roadshow

6th September 2014

Newbury Racecourse

“Everything for the ringer you are and the ringer you want to be”

Unbelievably planning for the Roadshow has now been in progress for just over twelve months! However, more importantly, there are now less than 140 days to go to the big day! A great deal has happened, albeit mainly on paper in the last year, so it’s an appropriate time to review progress and tell Ringing World readers about some of the key stages the planning has reached.

New enquiries for exhibition space have now dried up, which is just as well because we are very close to capacity. This is, incidentally, a subtle way of saying that if you are intending to exhibit and haven’t got around to booking space yet, you’re leaving it very late! We have recently sent all exhibitors who registered an interest some vital information about space, charges and facilities and a requirements form which will be used to inform the jigsaw puzzle of optimum stand layout on the three floors of the Grandstand.

There is still an extraordinary range of things to be sorted out with the Racecourse including catering, access and parking arrangements, and, most importantly, beer. We will report on final arrangements when we have completed our negotiations.

We are making arrangements for ordering and paying for tickets through the website. We have decided to keep it simple and there is one price of £10 for all tickets (except for those aged six and under who get free entry). By comparison with previous Roadshows and other all day events we think this is a bargain.

The Seminar and Handbell Performance programme, compiled by Steve Coleman, is well into its final planning stage. The programme will run throughout the day with a number of handbell performances fitted in between seminars on the ground floor of the Berkshire Stand which will seat 250, and wall-to-wall seminars in a smaller room upstairs. There’ll be something for everyone in the programme, the outline of which will be published on the website as it is confirmed.

The Handbell Ringers of Great Britain (HRGB) have agreed to provide have-a-go sessions and demonstrations. A number of mini-rings have accepted our invitation to be present, and there will be ample opportunity to have a go on a variety of little bell installations.

We will be arranging a number of open towers available for those coming to and leaving the Roadshow. If you are planning to bring a coachload of people and want to ring do get in touch and we will try and help you make arrangements for your ringers.

Finally, dust off your teddy bears. We have decided to demonstrate this fun fund-raising activity by launching teddies off the second floor balcony of the Grandstand. The best teddy and parachute combo will win a prize!

We will be writing a series of updates between now and Ringing Roadshow date, 6th September. Watch this space (and the website at www.ringingroadshow.co.uk) – and see you at Newbury Racecourse!

 

JACKIE ROBERTS
Ringing Roadshow Organiser
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