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Post by bobsbeer » Sat Apr 01, 2017 1:17 pm

I think there are a few things regarding the festival which will need to be looked at. Should it be longer? An extra day will allow more lectures/seminars and also make it more worthwhile travelling. Possibly Thursday to Sunday or maybe Wednesday to Saturday? We need to be in a more public transport accessible location. Market Bosworth has been good, but poor direct transport links and somewhat limited facilities on site. Should we go all hotel based, ie hold it in a hotel type conference centre? Camping is fine, but probably most homebrewers don't camp or don't want to camp. Up to now things have been done to keep costs down. Would people be prepared to pay more to get more lectures, better facilities? These are the things people need to comment about. Throw in ideas and suggestions.

But don't forget to book yourself in for this years event. Time is ticking. :D

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Post by Dennis King » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:38 pm

I think camping but with B&B accommodation near, staggering distance if possible. :wink:

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Your Festival Needs YOU!

Post by Crastney » Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:53 am

There are spaces available on the organising committee for The Home Brew Festival.

If you have time free to volunteer to help organise this fantastic annual event please do get in touch, especially if you have project management and/or marketing experience we would love to hear from you.

The festival only happens through the dedication and hard work of the committee and volunteers, and for it to continue to run, and be a success we need more of you to get involved.

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One point that will be brought up in the AGM

Post by Robsta » Mon May 08, 2017 5:11 pm

Re: Agenda for AGM
Postby Robsta » May 7th, 2017, 5:51 pm

As i will be stepping down as chairman we will need to advise people of what will happen to the funds that are left over and equipment that is used for the festival..if it does actually Fold..

Bar Equipment,
Walkie Talkies
Pa System
Electric Extension

This is the worst Scenario.
We can either Sell them off and donate the money to Charities or donate the equipment or funds to other homebrew Competition Groups.

What the Festival will need to succeed....

plus a great committee behind them to help out in various areas.

Sponsorship Co-ordinator at least 2 people
Marketing/Social Media at least 2 people
Bar Crew at least 4 people.
Committee/Set up Crew at least 8 people.

If you have anything you would like us to get answers to please post them here we have a month to collate and find the answer for you...

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Re: One point that will be brought up in the AGM

Post by bobsbeer » Mon May 08, 2017 5:58 pm

Yes we do have some real issues to discuss at the AGM. The way forward is going to be somewhat rocky I think. One of the main issues is the lack of people coming forwards to help organise the festival. As has been said on other threads the festival has relied on a few dedicated individuals doing a lot of work behind the scenes, so that the majority can have a great time. The problem is that because of the lack of numbers, they are getting burnt out. Rob has done a great job and deserves our thanks, he has worked tirelessly all year to make the festival happen. This is leaving a major organisational hole, and to add to the issues, Ryan is stepping down as Treasurer for personal and family reasons. So two of the most important members are leaving the committee.

As Rob has outlined above, for the festival to continue it needs dedicated, enthusiastic and committed people to organise it, not just at the weekend, where the members are more than willing to help out, but all year. Planning for this years festival started before the one before, so it does take a bit of organising.

There have been suggestions we change the festival, and return to the more basic event of the past, with more of a social feel. To have it as a weekend get together with the bar and a competition. Drop the lectures and entertainment. Maybe even return to Hixon, and go back to the May dates?

Then there is the suggestion that the festival be extended to two full days, starting on the Thursday and have all day Friday and Saturday. This would allow more time for lectures, competition and other activities, without the rush to get everything in that occurs now. The schedule is pretty full on on the Saturday. This option needs a full and committed team to organise.

These are just some of the current suggestions flying around, and we need more input if the festival is going to continue. We need your ideas so please comment or if you are at the festival please attend the AGM and come armed with ideas and suggestions.

Those that have been involved in the organising do this for no personal gain, but give their time and energy freely for the benefit of others. But they can only do so much, so please step forwards and be counted if you want the festival to continue.

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