Royston Kite Festival, Sunday 2nd August 2015, 10:30 to 4:30pm Therfield Heath, Royston. SG8 5BG
Each year the Essex Kite Group gets an invite to fly and promote our club at the Royston Kite Festival, a charity event in aid of Willow, who arrange 'special days for seriously ill young adults'.
The event is usually very well supported, fairly easy to get to and makes a great day out. We are urging members to come along and support the event. Alongside the main area there's a large field where kites can be flown all day and the Essex Kite Group will be expected to display a selection of kites in the arena.. about 15 minutes of standing around with a kite on a short line - that's all. There's also an altitude sprint competition if you'd like to take part, it can't be too hard because even I won it a couple of years back!
Throughout the day there are kite displays, stalls and other attractions going on, food wagons and off course ice-cream vans.
If you would like to attend, please register your interest here or on Facebook. Enthusiastic EKG helpers and flyers will get a contribution towards their fuel costs.
"We have requested that you set up your stalls between 9.00 a.m. and 10.00 a.m. If you wish to arrive a bit earlier that will be fine, but not too early as we need time to do a certain amount of work in the arena field first. You can bring cars, vans etc. onto the arena field for unloading things and setting up, but we ask that vehicles be removed from the arena field by 10.00 a.m. and there is no movement of vehicles after 10.00 a.m. in the arena field. There is a large parking area (free) adjacent to the arena field. The nearest postcode is SG8 5BG.
You will be met on arrival at the entrance to the arena field by a Rotarian who will give you the number of your pitch and give directions to it."
It will be good to see you there. Please remember your club membership card to show at the gate if there is any problem about entrance - although I am told there is normally no trouble.
I will post my mobile number closer to the day if you need to contact either me or Daphne.
Last year EKG members were allowed to park up on the field because we have a large amount of kites. If this is not possible then there will be no flying because I would not carry that lot up the hill. But dont think there is going to be a problem as they seem to be very accommodating to us. There is also the problem with security if we have to dump and run then pick up at the end of the day we will have to have someone on guard all day. Is the club tent going to be there. Does Ernie still have it. Plus will the club kite be there to fly.
John, are you not going to bite on my earlier comment "In the mean time - do you require directions?"
I remember last year someone went to the wrong place
Each time I've been, parking has not been a problem, someone can always assist carry your gear if needed.
Yes, we plan on using the shelter, in itself it's advertising for our club!
Another consideration is it would be nice to get hold of the club banners & poles.
Not sure about the club kites, we can enquire and report back on that one. I see no reason why not, it's more a case of who has space for them... shelter included, it's a pretty big bag.
I have sent an email to the organiser of the festival just to check we will be given the same parking privileges as in previous years. - played the large amount of heavy kit, constant kite changes, age of our members blah blah... card, which is all valid IMHO :)
I have also emailed Ernie about collecting the club tent and banners etc from him before the event.
I will get back when I receive a reply from either of them :)
What a fantastic day the sun was out for most of the day and when it wasn't it was still hot the wind did play around a bit but it was mainly a good flying day with lots and lots of stuff in the air. Great company plus a great day out. Royston lived up to a fabulous kite festival. Long may it continue to go on year in year out.