The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Jon Rosten » 16 Jan 2016, 17:16

word of warning if you are expecting the fair to go ahead.
I have made enquiries with venues and so far I am looking at least £90 hire charge.
therefore the chances of covering costs don't look good so unless I can find a venue where the cost is about £50 - £75 then the event wont be going ahead

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Vecchiaguardia1972 » 16 Jan 2016, 18:39

I don't think so....
Hw long boxes

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Sabre » 20 Jan 2016, 13:18

I don't think so,at least for the majority of Subby players that came last year, maybe there just wasn't enough attention around it...maybe with some more attention,next year we can reply the good tournaments of the past years! ;)

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Sabre » 20 Jan 2016, 13:18

I don't think so,at least for the majority of Subby players that came last year, maybe there just wasn't enough attention around it...maybe with some more attention,next year we can reply the good tournaments of the past years! ;)

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Jon Rosten » 20 Jan 2016, 13:30

when you say "more attention" what do you mean precisely?
i mean we had enough players and the tournament went quite smoothly i thought - certainly the smoothest operationally so far.

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Sabre » 21 Jan 2016, 20:59

when you say "more attention" what do you mean precisely?
i mean we had enough players and the tournament went quite smoothly i thought - certainly the smoothest operationally so far.
I mean a presentation, or just 2 words, about the tournament on the Italian forum, like you did in the past. Or maybe a few words on Facebook. Could have been helpful to gather some curiosity or hype on people who never attended it!!

Remember this:
http://oldsubbuteo.forumfree.it/?t=46839435

http://oldsubbuteo.forumfree.it/?t=60688641

Since this is my 4th time, I have a soft spot for this tournament, so I am quite sad for this year...

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Jon Rosten » 22 Jan 2016, 10:34

I am sad too but I must admit I never dreamt it would last for seven years.
the venue have this week told me they want me to move all the tables out. as there are 12 of them I don't have anywhere to store but Rudi is to take them for his harrow tournament.
sadly this probably means the end of maidenhead tournaments as the cost of moving and storing tables makes it prohibitive economically.

the fair looks a non starter this year I am afraid.

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Gullseye » 22 Jan 2016, 11:30

Jon, I think you have done really well to maintain the event for seven years, bearing in mind the lack of UK players willing to travel in any great numbers.
Obviously the enthusiasm of the Italian players has made it feasible to run in previous years. As you say nothing lasts for ever. Probably the way to go now is to run a fair at a smaller venue and have a few tables where games can be played if anyone fancies it.

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Jon Rosten » 22 Jan 2016, 12:45

cheers steve.

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Subbuteogreg » 23 Jan 2016, 23:13

hiya jon,don't often post on here to be honest,but have been reading your post on trying to keep the Maidenhead fair running.I've never been,but seems very sad that it won't be running this year despite your valliant efforts.i have a website that primarily sells Subbuteo and i have had more than one Italian complaining about the poor Euro / sterling exchange rate,so that could be one reason for sure.If your still contemplating running at a smaller venue,and need traders i don't mind coming up as i have more than enough H/W,L/W teams plus boxed sets & accessories to be shifting.it's just a thought anyway.if it turns out to be a 'non-runner',then maybe next year.Good luck anyways ~ greg.

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Jon Rosten » 23 Jan 2016, 23:47

Thanks Greg I appreciate the support
Will try my hardest to find a venue but not proving easy

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby springer_spaniels » 24 Jan 2016, 12:59

Jon. As stated on a previous mail, and for the benefit of other collectors being able to see my views. As a buyer (and occasional seller of teams) I like this fair for being able to pick up unexpected items. I don't play in the tournament so thats not of concern to me. Insofar as anyone wants to hold a fair for buying and selling I would be happy to pay and entrance fee (£10 per person) to cover costs. Doesn't seem fair to me the dealers pay all the costs. I cannot speak for the amount of collectible items for sale. Is the supply of Subbuteo material getting harder now as us collectors horde more? Don't know. In any event to be able to meet other collectors, and buy knowing more of the authenticity of these things, the happier I am. I am sure the €/£ exchange rate doesn't help the visiting Italians. But with airfares falling and a location somewhere in the south east I am sure they will continue to come.

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Jon Rosten » 24 Jan 2016, 13:26

cheers for that.
maybe I can charge £1 entry fee to help cover the hire costs.
I will investigate venues a bit more and see what I can get and for how much.
might have to abandon the local paper ads I have been doing as that adds about £100 to the cost.
might just do ebay ads - sell something that no one wants with a high BIN prices as a smokescreen for the ads

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby Jon Rosten » 28 Jan 2016, 15:13

I have now abandoned attempts to hold the fair also.
it was proving difficult as I couldn't find a venue at a decent price

also I was contacted by the andy (via another forum member) as he wanted to hold the stoke fair the same day and it seemed sensible to let him go ahead and to avoid any date clashes . I hope the stoke event goes well

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Re: The Maidenhead old Subbuteo Festival 19th/20th March 2016

Postby raider » 29 Jan 2016, 15:33

JR,

Really sorry to hear this. It used to be a great weekend break for me and many others. I'm sure the forum members on here would join me in thanking you for your efforts in organising this event over the past seven years.

I hope it does find its way back onto the calendar in the future, however remote it may seem at this current moment in time.


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