Chickerell Steam and Vintage Show organisers chuffed with best event yet

Dorset Echo: STEAM WORK: One of the engines on show STEAM WORK: One of the engines on show

IT WAS full steam ahead as huge crowds flocked to a summer show near Weymouth at the weekend.

Organisers of the two-day Chickerell Steam and Vintage Show held at Moor Farm, Knights in the Bottom, said it was the best year ever.

Families enjoyed displays of steam engines, vintage bikes and scooters, old fire engines and military vehicles.

This year saw a host of new events including live graffiti art demonstrations, chainsaw wood-carving and a demonstration of lawn-mower racing.

Young and old enjoyed live music and entertainment on the stage from the likes of Frantic Atlantic and Jolly Boys Outing.

There was a craft tent featuring jams and preserves, photography and handmade soaps.

Crowds were entertained by the antics of Portsmouth Wild West Association in their own ‘Wild West town.’ The Amberlights majorettes got the crowds dancing along to their routines on Sunday afternoon.

Andy Spracklen, show co-ordinator, thanked the volunteers and everyone that turned out to support them, all the businesses in Chickerell for their sponsorship and support and landowners the Vine and Hollins families.

He said: “It’s a record year. People have come along and supported us really well. We have had a lot of new attractions this year.”

Mr Spracklen said the event had more of a village show feel this year, he said the highlight of the show had been the support and turn-out they had.

He said: “We only have a small band of volunteers and they have been working all week.

“Everyone’s had a great time.”

Frank Edmonds and his uncle Nick Edmonds had come from Cheshire to visit relatives.

Frank said he had enjoyed it. He said: “Everyone’s very friendly and the weather’s cracking.”

He added that the highlight for him was the old Bedford wagons on display.

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1:28pm Mon 7 Jul 14

islandman says...

It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?.

On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure.

They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing.
It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?. On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure. They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing. islandman
  • Score: -2

3:27pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Mrs Grumps says...

islandman wrote:
It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?.

On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure.

They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing.
The Jurassic Coast bus X53 goes every hour
[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?. On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure. They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing.[/p][/quote]The Jurassic Coast bus X53 goes every hour Mrs Grumps
  • Score: 4

3:30pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Mrs Grumps says...

The Jurassic Coast Bus, the X53 runs every hour in the summer from 8.20am from Weymouth. It stops at the Victoria Inn very close to the entrance to the fair. Check this link for a timetable.:
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The Jurassic Coast Bus, the X53 runs every hour in the summer from 8.20am from Weymouth. It stops at the Victoria Inn very close to the entrance to the fair. Check this link for a timetable.: http://www.traveline sw.com/swe/XSLT_TTB_ REQUEST?language=en& dateDay=20140611&com mand=direct&net=swe& line=42X53&sup=%20&p roject=y10&outputFor mat=0&itdLPxx_displa yHeader=false&itdLPx x_operatorCodeForTTB =FD Mrs Grumps
  • Score: 2

3:52pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Get a grip says...

Why is it that so many islanders appear so feed up?
Why is it that so many islanders appear so feed up? Get a grip
  • Score: 4

5:13pm Mon 7 Jul 14

islandman says...

Mrs Grump, thank you for that information, not about the the x53 service, but that it passes the location of the site of the Steam Fair. This is something I and many others I have spoken to, didn't know. It might be VERY useful for those who create the annual poster, to include this information on the poster each year. Even if payment were required, to be able to get there, is great. thanks again.
Mrs Grump, thank you for that information, not about the the x53 service, but that it passes the location of the site of the Steam Fair. This is something I and many others I have spoken to, didn't know. It might be VERY useful for those who create the annual poster, to include this information on the poster each year. Even if payment were required, to be able to get there, is great. thanks again. islandman
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Mon 7 Jul 14

islandman says...

PS. All they need add is :- Foot visitors, use X53 and alight at Victoria Inn and turn Rt/Lt for ?five minutes. (whatever the case may be).
PS. All they need add is :- Foot visitors, use X53 and alight at Victoria Inn and turn Rt/Lt for ?five minutes. (whatever the case may be). islandman
  • Score: 0

7:06pm Mon 7 Jul 14

ShowAdmin says...

islandman wrote:
It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?.

On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure.

They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing.
Islandman....thank you for your comments, its always good to receive feedback. When we first moved the show to Weymouth in 2011 we did indeed provide a dedicated bus service to the show inconjuction with a local bus company. This however did not prove popular nor financially viable which is why we withdrew the service for subsequent shows. Whilst we are aware that the X53 bus stops at the Victoria Inn we are somewhat reluctant to advise our visitors to use this method of transport to the show because the B3157 is a very busy, fast road & alighting the bus at Victoria Inn would mean that pedestrians would be walking along this road to access the show site. Not the safest of places to be walking.
With regards to our website, you are quite correct we don't have an email address as we prefer all enquiries to go direct to the section leaders rather than to a central email inbox. You will however find on there a complete list of the names, addresses & telephone numbers of the committee members including the main show co-ordinator. Anyone of us would be happy to help you.
Quite what you mean by our 'failing' i'm not sure.....as a committee we are statisfied and extremely pleased with how this years show turned out, as did, it seems, the 3500+ visitors who came to see us.
[quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?. On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure. They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing.[/p][/quote]Islandman....thank you for your comments, its always good to receive feedback. When we first moved the show to Weymouth in 2011 we did indeed provide a dedicated bus service to the show inconjuction with a local bus company. This however did not prove popular nor financially viable which is why we withdrew the service for subsequent shows. Whilst we are aware that the X53 bus stops at the Victoria Inn we are somewhat reluctant to advise our visitors to use this method of transport to the show because the B3157 is a very busy, fast road & alighting the bus at Victoria Inn would mean that pedestrians would be walking along this road to access the show site. Not the safest of places to be walking. With regards to our website, you are quite correct we don't have an email address as we prefer all enquiries to go direct to the section leaders rather than to a central email inbox. You will however find on there a complete list of the names, addresses & telephone numbers of the committee members including the main show co-ordinator. Anyone of us would be happy to help you. Quite what you mean by our 'failing' i'm not sure.....as a committee we are statisfied and extremely pleased with how this years show turned out, as did, it seems, the 3500+ visitors who came to see us. ShowAdmin
  • Score: 4

7:17pm Mon 7 Jul 14

Kingeraak says...

To the organisers...

What a brilliant show this year, you should all be very proud!

I'd been to and enjoyed many whilst on the island, but this was my first visit to the "Chickerell version", my family and I all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Mini-Great Dorset :D
Thanks for a great day out
To the organisers... What a brilliant show this year, you should all be very proud! I'd been to and enjoyed many whilst on the island, but this was my first visit to the "Chickerell version", my family and I all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Mini-Great Dorset :D Thanks for a great day out Kingeraak
  • Score: 2

7:31pm Mon 7 Jul 14

ShowAdmin says...

Kingeraak wrote:
To the organisers...

What a brilliant show this year, you should all be very proud!

I'd been to and enjoyed many whilst on the island, but this was my first visit to the "Chickerell version", my family and I all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Mini-Great Dorset :D
Thanks for a great day out
Thank you for your lovely comments, we are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Being referred to as the 'Mini-Great Dorset is an honor. We are all very pleased with how this years show turned out and most of us are still very much on a high from it.....but we have to come down soon...we need to start planning for 2015! See you there!
[quote][p][bold]Kingeraak[/bold] wrote: To the organisers... What a brilliant show this year, you should all be very proud! I'd been to and enjoyed many whilst on the island, but this was my first visit to the "Chickerell version", my family and I all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Mini-Great Dorset :D Thanks for a great day out[/p][/quote]Thank you for your lovely comments, we are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves. Being referred to as the 'Mini-Great Dorset is an honor. We are all very pleased with how this years show turned out and most of us are still very much on a high from it.....but we have to come down soon...we need to start planning for 2015! See you there! ShowAdmin
  • Score: 2

6:27am Tue 8 Jul 14

islandman says...

Showadmin. I am mindful of an ill chosen word. In hindsight my phrasing could have been better. Maybe when you sit and address this years event and pencil in next years, you could raise the comment of how non drivers could attend, safely. Thanks.
Showadmin. I am mindful of an ill chosen word. In hindsight my phrasing could have been better. Maybe when you sit and address this years event and pencil in next years, you could raise the comment of how non drivers could attend, safely. Thanks. islandman
  • Score: 0

8:13am Tue 8 Jul 14

arlbergbahn says...

Mrs Grumps wrote:
islandman wrote:
It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?.

On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure.

They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing.
The Jurassic Coast bus X53 goes every hour
Assuming it doesn't break down. (One towed in again on Sunday.)
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Grumps[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]islandman[/bold] wrote: It's all very well them saying they are "chuffed", but what about the many people without cars that once again have been unable to support this event?. On Portland it was easy. Then they moved to Weymouth and provided a bus, but now nothing. One can only wonder why not?. Anyone would willingly pay I am sure. They have a website, but no email address to contact the committee. Yes there are phone numbers, but try ringing, they all said last year, you need to ask so & so, no-one seemed prepared to acknowledge their failing.[/p][/quote]The Jurassic Coast bus X53 goes every hour[/p][/quote]Assuming it doesn't break down. (One towed in again on Sunday.) arlbergbahn
  • Score: 0

11:36am Tue 8 Jul 14

elloello1980 says...

great job, well done. thoroughly enjoyed
great job, well done. thoroughly enjoyed elloello1980
  • Score: 2
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