Is the gathering happening next year, 2017 and if so has a date been fixed? Last year I missed out so hoping to plan it in to my diary so it doesn’t clash with other events.
I know this question should perhaps be in the events section but as I always look here first I assume others may too.
Hi, I’ve not heard anything from the committee as to Shuttleworth 2017 happening again or not, but after speaking to Lewis Onions at last years event it was decided that I could contact Abbotsholme school and see what the position is to going there again in 2017 as long as it wasn’t the third weekend of August which is the normal gathering weekend. This I have done and I have provisionally booked the 11th to the 13th of August 2017. This will allow those who do not want to travel too far from up north to attend Abbotsholme and if Shuttleworth does go ahead then those down south do not have to travel all the way to Abbotsholme. No it will not please everyone if there are two events but you cannot please everyone and the biggest moan I’ve heard is the travelling. It may work having possiably two events but it may not, who knows unless we try it. The next Yowl will have more details, cost etc. Or if someone else has a better idea please feel free to voice your opinion. The second biggest moan that has been voiced several times is the lateness of advising on events so I tried to get an answer for the October Yowl but didn’t receive confirmation until the end of October, it is in the December edition.
Now you have the dates to plan for Abbotsholme 11th 12th and 13th August 2017 if this is where you would like to go. I hope to see most of you there.
Glad you are on the case Kevin, looks as if I might need to pencil in two weekends!
Many thanks Kev, I’ve put it into an already busy 2017 biking calendar so no excuse form me not to attend.
Appreciate all the effort that goes into organising events.
I look forward to the Gathering returning to Abbotsholme in 2017. Would alternate years between Abbotsholme & Shuttleworth/Old Warden be a popular idea? What was the general feeling about Shuttleworth 2016? I have had feedback from very few attendees.
Hi David and all, I’m open to any ideas. Maybe I’ll put something in the Yowl asking that question.
The most important thing is that we get enough interest in our events as it has been pointed out to me that the attendance has been dropping year by year. I’ve been told that Richard Martin struggled to fill 40 beds and only 37 bikes on display at Shuttleworth, I would feel like I’d been kicked in the teeth if after all the hard work to organise this and had that response, I feel it was a poor response after Richard and his team spent so much time and effort organising the event, is it worth it???.
Interestingly I’ve not long received an email from the Vincent owners club asking if we and other clubs could support their event next year (details maybe next Yowl depending on room) is this the way forward, I hope not as we have well over 500 members and I would have thought we could expect at least 50 bikes out of that, even so it’s not very good percentage wise, or do we go that way and invite Vintage post Vintage machines of all makes, would that create more interest and attendance.
Maybe before the next committee meeting someone involved could post a questionnaire on this site asking for everyone’s input which could then be discussed when they meet and post the results.
Also just to make it clear to everyone, the Abbotsholme event is not in competition with anyone else or Shuttleworth, it’s just to give a choice in distance to travel, that’s if Shuttleworth runs again, I’ve had no notification to confirm either way.
This event was discussed last year by myself and Lewis Onions and was at that time going to be as a trial with two events, Abbotsholme and Shuttleworth. Now I do not know, but hopefully someone will make that decision and let us all know.
I’m also running the Scott stand at Ingliston in March and so far I’ve got eight Scotts or Silks attending, if I can get that amount in Scotland with the number of members here, surly we can get a large turnout down south???
As for the cost, well most of us will spend that for one night in a hotel, here you get two nights and fed, very good value, plus if vendors can make it you get a chance of some parts you need, plenty of help with your project or general chat, what else would you be doing with your time.
I’m also going to email relevant companies to see if I can get any items for raffle prizes, any items that anyone brings for a prize will be gratefully received.
Enough from me for now, it’s up to you all to make our Scott events the best there is.
😀 😀 😀 😀 Spot on Kevin… You have hit the nail on the head… All the committee have to do is make a decision. Maybe I can get some sponsorship for Ingleston from our whisky companies? Will let you know mate! 😀 😀 😀 😀
I have only missed one Abbotsholme event since it started, due to circumstances beyond my control. They have been, in my opinion, the best thing that has happened to the Club in its history, and I joined soon after it was founded in 1958. Shuttleworth was just as good, but the idea of running events at both venues in one season seems flawed to me. Numbers for these excellent weekends have dropped from 100 to about 40 and I understand that is barely enough to make it viable. A few, myself and Richard Norris included, would probably attend both, but there must be considerable doubt about the wisdom of splitting the attendees in this way. It might make both events non-viable. I support the better idea of alternating the venue.
I 100% agree with Mike, it’s one or the other. Otherwise we may well be short of numbers at both events.
I know of three people who missed shuttleworth because of late announcements one is organiser of local vmcc and I am member of Vincent owners early announcements are vital I have already booked Manx week in September and penciled in a Greek tour in july