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9Which event would be your preference for a forum meet?

  • Abingdon Summer Fireworks Festival, early August

    Votes: 4 18.2%
  • Festival of Fireworks, Catton Hall, Sat 5th September

    Votes: 11 50.0%
  • Firework Champions, Ragley Hall, Sat 12th September

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Firework Champions, Stanford Hall, Sat 1st August

    Votes: 1 4.5%
  • I want to come but none of these are suitable

    Votes: 4 18.2%
  • Blackpool World Championships

    Votes: 7 31.8%
  • Southport BMFC

    Votes: 1 4.5%

  • Total voters
    22

Somersetpyro

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So as promised after some interest the other day, i've had a look at how we could do a meet up in a different way, by going as a forum to one of the organised firework festivals. I've selected 4 events I think would work, of which we have dates already for 3. There's the Abingdon summer fireworks festival in Oxfordshire, Ragley Hall firework champions just south of Birmingham, Stanford hall firework champions near Rugby/M1 J19, and Jubilee's Festival of Fireworks just north of Birmingham. I've started a poll above, so i'd be grateful if people could reply with their preference so I can concentrate on that 1 option :) dates of each event are included above, except Abingdon, which was held on the first weekend of August this year. I've set it to allow up to 3 options, but if you can only attend 1 then just vote for 1 :)
 
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AnthonyUKpyro

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I quite liked the idea of meeting in Blackpool for the fireworks in September...it's an ideal place to have a meet up and watch the pyro on a Friday night and we'd be able to enjoy all that a weekend in Blackpool brings (y)
Blackpool would be great for me as I only live in East Lancashire, and can come across on the train, and I'd book a cheap b&b for the weekend we do it.

If it was Blackpool then we'd have to meet up somewhere and have a meal and or a drink earlier on in the day then stake out a suitable spot early in the evening to view the display before it starts ;)
 
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Vladster

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Blackpool would be great for me as I only live in East Lancashire, and can come across on the train, and I'd book a cheap b&b for the weekend we do it.

If it was Blackpool then we'd have to meet up somewhere and have a meal and or a drink earlier on in the day then stake out a suitable spot early in the evening to view the display before it starts ;)
I’d be happy to do the same Anthony, i’d probably go for a long weekend with my wife. I just think it would be an ideal scenario for us all to meet up and as you say, have a meal and a few drinks before watching the pyro then take it from there (y)
 
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Somersetpyro

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We can do more than one meet, I'd be happy to come to Blackpool (or Southport BMFC) for a weekend assuming I could take it off work. Obviously it's a rather large country so it's fair that people based further north can't make it down to Birmingham and vice versa :) I'll add Blackpool and BMFC to the poll options
 

Somersetpyro

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What about the rest of us? lol

Why not have a Scottish meet and we can all donate to the cause :cool:
Think flybe might have something to say when I rock up at Exeter Airport with my 3 cases of cakes lol

Having multiple locations is fine, I imagine we will be doing more than 1 to ensure everyone who wants to is able to attend, I'd suggest currently it'll be Catton Hall and Southport/Blackpool next year :)
 
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AnthonyUKpyro

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https://www.landhire.co.uk/properties/spin-cottage/

Have you ever thought about hiring land and doing fireworks there. Could be a good forum meet.
Sounds good but costs would have to be shared between us all and whether it could be attended with people living in different parts of the UK.

There would also be a need to be some arrangements made for those contributing and setting off fireworks, hire of a toilet block for those who need to answer the call of nature and the final clear up disposal of plastics from cardboard food containers / plastic drink containers, spent firework cases / packaging afterward i.e getting them into a pile pouring a gallon of diesel over them and blazing them to burn them up so we keep our site clean afterward.

Some may want to hotel it than camp it rough ie myself included.
 

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I picked that one on Land Hire. Because toilets and he said he had Bonfire Parties, would need to hire for 2 days for clean up next day.
 

Somersetpyro

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https://www.landhire.co.uk/properties/spin-cottage/

Have you ever thought about hiring land and doing fireworks there. Could be a good forum meet.
Trust me when I say @Gaz and I looked at every possible way of holding a private meet. Our options was bear the cost between the admin and mod team for the land (as I'm sure everyone can appreciate, the 3 of us don't have £2k knocking around), or expect everyone to chip in, meaning once you include hotels, food, drink, pyro and the land + facilities, you'd be looking at £150 each member, and that's before you include travelling. For some context, it would cost me around £50 to travel from Somerset to somewhere like Derby in the centre of the country. Imagine how much it would be for our Scottish members. As a result our only conclusion is it's not viable, unless we get a member turn up who lives somewhere between Birmingham and Manchester who happens to have a field :)

That's why I thought about 'Hijacking' an existing event and holding a meet there. Not only is it much easier to organise (ie I have to do very little other than select the event), it's far cheaper, and we'll likely see far better pyro that way too lol
 

AnthonyUKpyro

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Trust me when I say @Gaz and I looked at every possible way of holding a private meet. Our options was bear the cost between the admin and mod team for the land (as I'm sure everyone can appreciate, the 3 of us don't have £2k knocking around), or expect everyone to chip in, meaning once you include hotels, food, drink, pyro and the land + facilities, you'd be looking at £150 each member, and that's before you include travelling. For some context, it would cost me around £50 to travel from Somerset to somewhere like Derby in the centre of the country. Imagine how much it would be for our Scottish members. As a result our only conclusion is it's not viable, unless we get a member turn up who lives somewhere between Birmingham and Manchester who happens to have a field :)

That's why I thought about 'Hijacking' an existing event and holding a meet there. Not only is it much easier to organise (ie I have to do very little other than select the event), it's far cheaper, and we'll likely see far better pyro that way too lol
Well said, cost is everything.