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Wicksteed Organisers - 2014
« on: November 10, 2013, 08:35:42 pm »


Here we go!

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Html  - Brian ( chairman )
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Steamboatphil
raflaunches - Nick ( Wicksteed MBC )
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Again thanks everyone for helping out with this!
 Martin   :-)

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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2013, 08:46:06 pm »

With those members I am now certain that not only will it go ahead but go well.


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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2013, 08:47:39 pm »

I will do what I can to keep mayhem going for another year.
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2013, 09:13:00 pm »

once Phil gets on here and writes the notes up we can start
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2013, 09:23:45 pm »

He could still be in shock it sounds like he spent some money {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2013, 03:50:44 pm »

Last time I saw Phil he was loading up his big tug saying that I had turned up too late to carry it for him!!!  {-)
Hope he enjoys his new toy donated to him by Wickies, I hear that Steph heard about it before she saw it, think Phil wanted to keep it secret for his new straight running machine next year! :-))


Looking forward to working with you all- should be fun.


Just a quick one, since I wasn't available on the Friday at Warwick (too busy talking or sailing I think!) at the new committee meeting, was Paul Millers (Chuffy) helping with the running of Mayhem next year? I know he was talking to you all during the meeting but I don't know if he is involved with the actual running of the Mayhem side of the show.
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2013, 05:23:01 pm »

Hi Nick
Welcome aboard,
When Paul spoke to us in our huddle he said let him know what we want him to do and he would do it, he had said to me earlier that he was looking forward to next year.
Sorry you could not make the huddle, I think your job was to get a Tornado to tow you down the lake on a surf board, though I can not be sure  %% %% %% %% %% %% %% %% %% %% %% %%
 
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2013, 07:13:45 pm »

Thanks Brian for clearing that up for me. :-))


The funny thing is that I've been temporarily attached to 9 Squadron to help out with preparations for the North American exercise where they will be based next to a very nice beach, but I'm not going, I'm staying at home whilst they enjoy themselves.  <:(  So no tornado surfing towing I'm afraid! %%


Obviously I'll keep you all up-to date with the new park regeneration scheme that Wickies is undergoing at the moment. It should look very impressive when they have finished.
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2013, 08:46:05 pm »

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When the regeneration around the lake is complete, any chance of a couple of photos to give us an idea what the new layout around the lake is like. It will give us a heads up as to where the traders can go
 
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2013, 09:34:09 pm »

I was looking around at the old Mayhem weekends posts, this event started in 2007, if it was a marriage it would be our Woollen Anniversary next year :o :o :o :o

I can only think of two years when it has not rained, BUT we still want to come back the next year, this just goes to show how good this event has become. It started out as will anyone come, now people are annoyed if they can not make it.
 
This is not a pep talk, I was just finishing some excel sheets for work when it came to me how long ago Wicksteed started
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2013, 07:33:58 am »

Years gone by we used to have a theme for the Saturday night entertainment, how about wool next year. Like hats, scarves, no dad jumpers etc
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2013, 08:38:43 pm »

Hi Brian


I'm going down to the lake this weekend with Paul and Steve to remove our barley straw bales in preparation for next years lake maintenance, I'll take some pictures of the lake and annotate what is supposed to be removed and what is staying so you have some idea of the new changes.


Judging by how many positive responses on the latest thread set up by Pete I think we're on to a good thing for next year and I think the theme is a good idea, might need them depending on the weather if it turns wet!  :D  Hopefully not. :-))

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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #12 on: November 13, 2013, 09:47:54 pm »

Have been talking to the association of model submariners and they have a half dozen members keen to come along some even camping.
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2013, 01:41:02 am »

Also why not do an open competition to design a flyer that csn be downloaded off the site to promote at club level!
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2013, 10:58:54 am »

It is a good idea Klunk but I am not sure about an open competition, that might turn into a bun fight. Why not this group design one?
 
 
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2013, 12:46:30 pm »


Phil still has the notes from Warwick doesn't he?
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2013, 01:27:09 pm »

think he has gummed them to death

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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #17 on: November 17, 2013, 03:50:23 pm »

Right then, I took some pictures of the lake yesterday and found out some information about the known changes to the lake area.


Looking towards the flag pole or entrance end of the lake, the path leading from the grass car park along side the railway track is staying. The hedge row either side of the current wooden gate is being removed. In the background where the digger is sitting is becoming an amphitheatre with a hard standing area around it, which we have been told we can use in the possible future for model boat needs. (not the amphitheatre, the hard standing area!).





We at WPMBC have been informed not to rebuild or replace our shelter for the moment, or until the finish of the work around the lake, we are not sure what they mean by this, whether the park intend to replace it for us or to ensure that nobody builds anything too close to us?!!
The concrete edging lining the model boat lake is also going to be repaired where needed.




The metal fence separating the railway track from the lake is staying, and assumedly the little hedge that it goes into will remain too, however, the hedge next to the campsite end of the lake is being removed from what we have been informed.




In the picture below is the other end of the lake closest to the campsite. We have been told two different things regarding the willow trees which separate the two lakes.
The first being that they are all going to get cut down (not very likely since they seem to have removed all the trees that have been marked for the moment), the second being that they are going to be pruned back extensively to prevent the tendrils touching the roofs of any tents or gazebos placed there (more likely!).
From the concept drawings for the park regeneration a second path is being considered which will extend into the big lake on wooden walkways leading out to one of the islands. At the moment there isn't any signs of them starting to build this new path.





The only willow tree that has been removed from the boating lake edge has been the one behind WPMBC's shelter because the branch was over hanging it rather dangerously!
To the right of the picture is the big lake edge, the concrete edge is staying and from there extending out into the big lake to about 5-6ft will be a reed bed to prevent any geese walking out of the big lake into our lake.





And finally the view across the big lake, the lake is being dug out, removing something like 55,000 tons of silt from the lake bed and moving some of it to form new reed beds, the rest being used to spray farmer's fields for fertiliser!
Instead of being only 18 inches to 2ft deep it will be closer to 4-5ft deep in the centre of the lake, they have a Mississippi style paddle steamer which has been in storage for years that they are planning to use on the lake once again.








Any questions? :-))  If I find anything else out I'll inform you.
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2013, 05:42:17 pm »

no mention of bacon butties!!!
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2013, 10:31:36 am »

Thanks for that Nick, pity about the willow tree I would have thought that they could prune it, if the hardstand is finished by the time of Mayhem we could put traders there
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #20 on: November 19, 2013, 09:47:33 am »


Great report Nick, thanks for your time and effort.   :-))

1. The far field ( opposite end to the gate ) is that ever used for anything?
    I ask as they are taking out the hedge, I wonder if they have anything in mind?

2. Do you think they are planning to have the amphitheater in place by May 2014?

3. Do we have May 24, 25 penciled in with Wicksteed Park yet
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #21 on: November 19, 2013, 10:21:56 am »


Phil, do we have your notes from Warwick yet?
  ( BTW: How's the new teeth? )

I can remembered some points, perhaps you can fill in the missing bits:

1.   Mayhem at Wicksteed Chairman Brian ( HTML / Chingdevil )
2.   Set up this board - Done.
3.   Confirm date with Wicksteed Park & MBC - May 24, 25
4.   Entrance discount?
5.   Camping discount?
6.   Publicity. TV, newspapers, Model boat mags, Youtube!
7.   Video of event.
8.   Advertising banner on outer park railings?
9.   Promote “it’s a 2 day event but we actually start on Friday!”
10.   Martin's Marquee damaged - Phil said he can provide a replacement.
11.   Martin Happy to do Bacon Rolls again for the Sunday early risers.
12.   Martin and family happy to provide Coffee, Tea, cups, etc. and serve both days as before.
13.   Single Donation to Mayhem in tent ( as three last year ).
14.   Set up an additional donations on other stalls eg, RNLI, Help for Heroes.
15.   Have a go boats. ( eg. 50p a go.)
16.   Segregated area top end of lake for small boats?
17.   Steering course 'event', £1 a go?
18.   Ask Denise if he will set up Steering course?
19.   Straight runner 'single class' - eg. 36 x 12 x 12" ( must have external engine cut-off ).
20.   Invite the traders. – organiser?
21.   Invite the clubs. – organiser?
22.   RC Tank group and area?
23.   RC Truckers?
24.   Hovercraft clubs?
25.   Trade stand layout.


..... what have I missed?




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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2013, 10:55:56 am »

You missed arranging the good weather again  {-) {-) {-) {-)
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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #23 on: November 19, 2013, 10:37:18 pm »

Hi Martin and all,


Regarding the dates, that is all confirmed for the 24/25 May 2014 and the park has been informed by Nigel Marriott (Wickies Lake Manager and retired WP employee). The dates have been placed on WPMBC's website and we will ask the park to put it on their events website. They seem very happy, a member of the Wicksteed Park board of trustees has made the parks intention of supporting WPMBC and anything hosted at the boating lake very clear, they think that the Mayhem is very good. :-))


The park management are doing mini projects around the park grounds, the amphitheatre has been started, the foundations have gone in already! So it should be finished sooner than expected.


We are not sure what they have planned for the end field, we've heard rumours that it might become the car park for WPMBC, but there might be a path starting somewhere near that location which extends out into the big lake on wooden walkways like Wicken Fen in the Fens.


My Dad and the WPMBC committee are looking into the event discounts for both entrance and camping, other events such as the Japanese Car a Owners Club have discounts so we are going to push for a proper discount for the Mayhem.


We have last years advertising banner that Martin had made, my Dad mentioned that WPMBC should keep it and stick on the new dates and put it up in the New Year for the Mayhemers.


Finally regarding the steering course set up by Dennis last year, he is not on talking terms with the club anymore after a falling out earlier this year, it was over some personal reasons and I can say no more!
However, if you do want a steering course we do have about 40 buoys available for use on the water, they are the ones you can see in the photos.



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Re: Mayhem at Wicksteed - 2014
« Reply #24 on: November 22, 2013, 05:24:58 pm »

Was Phil going to get a list of clubs from Warwick along with a list of traders. I was going to send an invite out to the clubs, but I m not sure which ones
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