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Title: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on May 31, 2019, 09:32:52 AM
No sooner have we finished a very successful Melodeons in Wensleydale 2019 than we are planning for 2020! The dates are fixed (24-26 April 2020) and the line-up of tutors has been finalised. We have John Kirkpatrick, Hazel Askew, Steve Dumpleton and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, all of whom are virtuoso players and very good tutors, so we are looking forward eagerly to next year. Good weather has also been booked, although it cannot be guaranteed - what are the odds on glorious weather for three Melodeons in Wensleydale weekends in a row?

As usual, bookings won't open until 1 November, but people might like to start booking their accommodation earlier. We have reserved all the rooms in the Fountain Hotel, so please mention if you book there that you are booking for Melodeons in Wensleydale. We need to take all the rooms there to ensure that the evening sessions can take place without disturbing other guests. If you are staying on for Sunday night as well, the hotel will book you into the rooms directly above the session room so that we can have a Sunday night session, as we did this year.

Please spread the word and we look forward to seeing many of you in Hawes in 2020.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on May 31, 2019, 10:43:34 AM
Good heavens, that's a stunning line up of tutors.
Congratulations Bob and team...…
Might have to dust off my passport  ::)
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Julian S on May 31, 2019, 11:59:04 AM
Sounds like another trip to Wensleydale is obligatory for me ! Excellent tutors...

J

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on May 31, 2019, 02:21:49 PM
Yes, hoping to come back. Just got a resurgence of my mystery throat reaction, too much playing probably. But I'll hope to put that to rest, and as I so much enjoyed this year's one I wouldn't want to miss it next year.
Can't wait to see the intended workshops. Doesn't sound like there'll be a GC one from the line up.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Phil Howard on June 01, 2019, 09:32:14 AM
Doesn't sound like there'll be a GC one from the line up.

With the weather already booked (thanks Bob!), we can have an unofficial G/C session outside at the end of Saturday afternoon without even imposing on one of the "spaces" ;-)

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Julian S on June 01, 2019, 11:28:46 AM
Yay - booked Hotel already. Must remember to pack the sun tan cream as the heatwave has been organised   >:E

J
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Winston Smith on June 01, 2019, 11:40:48 AM
This sounds like a truly wonderful weekend, and the line-up of tutors must surely be unsurpassed!
Please Bob, could you tell me (as my feeble brain cannot recall what happened this year) will attending the Saturday evening Tutor's Concert be restricted to paying participants in MIW?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Nigel on June 01, 2019, 01:00:47 PM
Another great bunch of Tutors. We booked our flat before we left Hawes! Get in there.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 01, 2019, 01:23:13 PM
Right..... presume this is the pub recommended in Bob's first post?
http://www.fountainhawes.co.uk/

Also, please can someone give me a rough timescale of the event...….
i.e. start Friday, a 'meet' or session? ….end sunday evening?
etc. etc.
Just so I have a rough plan of it all.
ta
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Nigel on June 01, 2019, 01:34:39 PM
please can someone give me a rough timescale of the event...….
Friday afternoon-informal session in pub
Friday evening - informal session in venue followed by informal session in pub
Saturday day - workshops
Saturday evening - Tutor Concert followed by informal session in pub
Sunday day - workshops
Sunday evening - informal session in pub
In spare time, have a play on boxes from Acorn, Wesson, Gibb stores and buy one!
We arrived on Thursday to soak up the atmosphere of this lovely village. We left on Monday - knackered.     
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 01, 2019, 01:38:13 PM
Great, thanks Nigel.
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on June 01, 2019, 02:13:13 PM
This sounds like a truly wonderful weekend, and the line-up of tutors must surely be unsurpassed!
Please Bob, could you tell me (as my feeble brain cannot recall what happened this year) will attending the Saturday evening Tutor's Concert be restricted to paying participants in MIW?

Concert is part of the weekend fee - you can purchase extra tickets for partners etc.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on June 01, 2019, 02:14:19 PM
Right..... presume this is the pub recommended in Bob's first post?
http://www.fountainhawes.co.uk/

yes.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on June 01, 2019, 02:16:17 PM
thanks Brian.....
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 01, 2019, 11:40:59 PM
This sounds like a truly wonderful weekend, and the line-up of tutors must surely be unsurpassed!
Please Bob, could you tell me (as my feeble brain cannot recall what happened this year) will attending the Saturday evening Tutor's Concert be restricted to paying participants in MIW?

It would be lovely to be able to open up the Saturday evening concert to a wider audience, but the concert hall only holds around 100 people and is filled to capacity with course members and their partners plus a few members of the museum staff and the local community who contribute to the event. There just isn't room for anybody else. Sorry!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on June 01, 2019, 11:47:40 PM
Can't wait to see the intended workshops. Doesn't sound like there'll be a GC one from the line up.

Although the workshop topics have not yet been agreed, it is unlikely, as you surmised, that there will be a G/C workshop on offer from any of the main tutors. However, it is quite likely that one of the mini-workshops (80-minute sessions late on Saturday afternoon with different tutors) will cater for G/C aficionados. We did this in 2018 and it seemed to be well received. Watch this space or sign up to the mailing list on our website to be kept informed of further details.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on June 08, 2019, 10:28:55 PM
Thanks to the courage gained at Wensleydale I found myself playing in public last night. I was accompanying students for the early evening (on piano) but they needed a break (we were supporting an art opening). It was quite noisy, so I sat down and played about a dozen tunes, even having to talk to guests while playing - couldn't they see I was concentrating? Of course I had music there, and most things were in A minor, but still. Thanks Wensleydale (and Pascale especially).
Looking forward to playing with Heartshaped next week. Still hankering after that Castagnari 1914 that I tried from Pete of Acorn of course. But I'd have to sell everything else first.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on June 29, 2019, 10:03:33 AM
Hi
Calling all lady melodeon players.  I have provisionally booked the last remaining room at Fountain Hotel for 2020.  It is a twin bed room, and I would like to ask if another lady player would like to share with me,  to go halves with.   :|||:  They will hold the room until they get the next booking, so if anyone is interested please get in touch or message me
Lin

This is now sorted  :|||:  The room is booked  :|||:
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Phil Howard on October 18, 2019, 09:43:41 AM
Although the workshop topics have not yet been agreed, it is unlikely, as you surmised, that there will be a G/C workshop on offer from any of the main tutors. However, it is quite likely that one of the mini-workshops (80-minute sessions late on Saturday afternoon with different tutors) will cater for G/C aficionados. We did this in 2018 and it seemed to be well received. Watch this space or sign up to the mailing list on our website to be kept informed of further details.

Just took a look and lo! there are workshop details up on the website (https://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/workshops-2020/)

And Bob has done it again: I want to go to all of them!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on October 18, 2019, 11:50:26 AM
ooooh some juicy workshops there!
I've never been before, so am not sure of the etiquette.
Do I sign up somewhere now or make choices on arrival?
Q
looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Phil Howard on October 18, 2019, 02:20:50 PM
Bookings open at the start of November and you apply for your preferences when you book.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on October 18, 2019, 03:55:02 PM
Ah right, thanks Phil
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Andy Next Tune on October 18, 2019, 03:57:35 PM
There were still a couple of larger rooms available at the Fountain when I called to book earlier today.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Julian S on November 01, 2019, 07:37:13 AM
And I note that bookings are now open !
Looking forward to some great workshops and meeting up with old (and new) friends, at a wonderful Spring event.

Julian
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on November 01, 2019, 07:54:06 AM
Please note that the early bookers may have got an email which mentions "May 2019" in the subject.  Sorry about that, my mistake, corrected now. Your booking is secure. >:( >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Tufty on November 01, 2019, 08:02:13 AM
Just booked!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 01, 2019, 08:05:15 AM
Yep, just booked as well.
My confirmatory email says April.
Wow, a trip Ooop North for me then  (:)
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Alan Morley on November 01, 2019, 09:30:09 AM
Surprised that no-one posted a link to the event...

https://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/

By the way - the website give the dates as Friday 24th April - Saturday 26th April - Sunday 26th April
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on November 01, 2019, 10:15:56 AM
Surprised that no-one posted a link to the event...

https://melodeonsinwensleydale.org.uk/

By the way - the website give the dates as Friday 24th April - Saturday 26th April - Sunday 26th April

Thanks for posting the link, I like to give the ones who are on our mailing list a small advantage before making it public, although it usually leaks out in a few hours!

Also thanks for the heads up on the dates - you can look at these things for hours and still not spot the obvious blunders!!
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 01, 2019, 10:40:28 AM
We have already received a flurry of bookings and the most popular workshops are filling up fast, so don't leave it too long before booking if you want to be sure of obtaining places on your first choice workshops.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Daz Barry on November 01, 2019, 02:14:19 PM
All booked and so looking forward to the weekend.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 01, 2019, 09:48:31 PM
53 people have booked places so far and three of the workshops now have only a couple of places left on them, so you'll need to be quick if you want to guarantee places on your first choice workshops. Those who have booked today should receive confirmation of their choices in the next few days.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on November 01, 2019, 10:55:01 PM
Signed up now too. Hoping to get first choices of course. Really enjoyed it this year - sparkling stuff from some of my heros.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: David A on November 02, 2019, 09:31:13 AM
Booked.
Now I need to decide whether to stay at the CMC caravan site that is only a short walk away or at Bainbridge Ings that is less crowded, has glorious views but is further away.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on November 05, 2019, 11:18:23 AM
Hi  This is my first time at Melodeons in Wensleydale.  Having paid for a place, should we receive an acknowledgement??? 
 :|||:  ???
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Rob Lands on November 05, 2019, 12:25:27 PM
I got an email back with instructions of how to pay on the cheque/bank transfer route.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on November 05, 2019, 03:09:00 PM
I got an email back with instructions of how to pay on the cheque/bank transfer route.

thanks for replying.  I already did pay via Paypal and received an acknowledgment from them, just not from Melodeons in Wensleydale.  Being ultra cautious I spose  ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Tufty on November 05, 2019, 04:28:44 PM
I did the same (Paypal) and understand that we will get confirmations of places on workshops soon(ish), next week?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on November 06, 2019, 12:01:40 AM
Sorry for the delay. A couple of workshops are proving very popular, so I have contacted the relevant tutors to ask the maximum numbers they are comfortable about taking in their workshops. I am awaiting a response from one of them, after which we will be able to confirm workshop choices.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on November 06, 2019, 08:07:23 AM
Thanks for the update Bob.
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on November 06, 2019, 07:37:02 PM
yes, thanks for the update
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on March 04, 2020, 12:19:44 PM
It's just over seven weeks to Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020. There are a small number of places still available, so don't delay if you would like to spend a weekend learning from John Kirkpatrick, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne, Hazel Askew, and Steve Dumpleton.

A twin room has also become available at the Fountain Hotel. It would be good if somebody on the course could take it because that would eliminate the risk of anybody upstairs complaining about the noise during the late evening sessions. Please let me know if you are interested in the room.

Sheet music and audio files have now been received from all the tutors and will be posted on our website (password protected) during the next few days.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on March 04, 2020, 05:17:34 PM
Thanks Bob - looking forward to it
Lin
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Daz Barry on March 07, 2020, 02:47:48 PM
Hiya Bob looking forward to the weekend it sounds day Daz😎
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Chris Rayner on March 09, 2020, 11:57:31 AM
Covid-19:  I know, I know, cheerful bastard etc. etc.  But I’m just wondering what thoughts have been entertained among the Hawes musical powers that be on the subject.  It seems that the current expectation among experts in epidemiolology is that case numbers will double each 5 days.  Putting my spreadsheet to use, and taking 275 cases today (9/Mar) by the time Wensleydale Melodeons start (24/Apr) we’ll be enjoying a national case total of around 150,000. 🤔😕🤯

A retreat to Hawes, provided that the weather controls have been set to the positions used at the preceding occasions, looks increasingly attractive.  There is, however, a possibility that controls on movement may have been instituted by then.  It is, arguably, a bit soon to start action <LanceCorporalJones> DON’T PANIC! DON’T PANIC!! </LanceCorporalJones> but given today’s COBRA meeting (somehow the image of venomous reptiles in Downing Street seems attractive) and the restrictions in force in Lombardy and Veneto, perhaps thought should be given to a rescheduling in the Autumn when the dust (inshAllah) has settled.

I shall probably come, but I fear there may be strong advisory recommendations from government for close social gatherings to be cancelled by then.  I do hope not. 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 09, 2020, 12:31:29 PM
A friend who is quite senior in the UK Border Force has dropped a hint that there will be a government announcement about corona virus sometime this week beginning 9th March. Possibly Wednesday?
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on March 09, 2020, 12:57:35 PM
Chris, you are just being sensible and asking a question.

I am part of a group organising a major Morris birthday in early July. At practice last week I asked a similar question from an organising viewpoint. I want to know how much we are liable for if we are obliged to cancel. With hall, coaches, pub lunches and celebration meal booked for ~ 350 people there is a massive outlay..... and I don't want to bankrupt our Morris side.
We are in totally uncharted waters, any organisers of anything at present are feeling nervous.
I am.
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Chris Rayner on March 09, 2020, 01:22:19 PM
Deep joy!  A nexpert on the radio just now said the doubling time is four days now.  This puts the score at just over a million by the time we’re off to Hawes.  😳😩
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on March 10, 2020, 09:47:16 AM
All of the thoughts raised in recent posts to this thread about coronavirus are constantly in the minds of the organisers and we are monitoring the situation closely. On the one hand, we don't want to over-react, while on the other hand we want to act responsibly. If we have to cancel, then it will have financial implications for me personally, but I will not let that influence the decision, which will be made solely in the interests of protecting those people booked on the course and the residents of Hawes. I think it is too soon to make a decision yet, but the situation will be kept under constant review. The opinions of people posting here will also be given careful consideration.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on March 10, 2020, 10:11:49 AM
Thank you Bob for keeping us updated and for a very sensible approach.
Best wishes.
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Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: brianread on March 10, 2020, 12:03:05 PM
I've just sent out the email with the details for downloading the tunes for the workshops.

If anyone who has booked does not get the email, then please post here or email us direct.

Remember to look in your junkmail folder!

Cheers Brian
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Tufty on March 10, 2020, 04:12:35 PM
Looks like I have lots of prep. to do. In a hazmat suit if needs be ::)
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on March 10, 2020, 04:22:00 PM
I do hope this goes ahead. It's a weekend I'd like to go to, but I'm not a good enough player, and a by-ear player only, so it's not going to happen for me.
Regarding the Corona scare, I am staying home, and haven't booked anything before Whitby, with no intentions of going to any of my usual weekends before then.
I don't mind admitting that as a 77 year old chap on several meds. it scares the shit out of me ;)

Sir John
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on March 10, 2020, 05:30:04 PM
agree with everything Thrupenny Bit said - thanks for the sensible approach.  Now, where do I get one of those hazmats Tufty???????

I am working hard going through the tunes for my choices, but my husband is one of those high risk oldies with underlying health issues, so will have to monitor the situation very carefully as I don't want to bring anything back to him.  Already decided the best thing to do is to avoid as many situations as possible before Wensleydale so not going  to a session at the weekend  :-[,
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 10, 2020, 05:44:06 PM
...It's a weekend I'd like to go to, but I'm not a good enough player, and a by-ear player only, so it's not going to happen for me.
All other issues aside, I've heard and watched you play a good few times in sessions at Whitby and elsewhere. You are most definitely a good enough player to attend MIW. Nothing wrong with being a 'by-ear player only'. You would not be the only one.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on March 10, 2020, 06:17:53 PM
...It's a weekend I'd like to go to, but I'm not a good enough player, and a by-ear player only, so it's not going to happen for me.
All other issues aside, I've heard and watched you play a good few times in sessions at Whitby and elsewhere. You are most definitely a good enough player to attend MIW. Nothing wrong with being a 'by-ear player only'. You would not be the only one.
I don't know your playing, but in a group I went to last year I guarantee that we, to a man (including those who weren't), thought that we were potentially going to be found out at any moment. None of us was. I know I had a frightful 30 minutes because I'd been asked to play something in a show-and-tell, and I still wish I'd said 'no' - but that aside it was the best thing I've done for years. Great people, great venue, great players, great modesty from those, great courage from those less experienced. This year will be all DG, so I've not got a bit of light relief, but still looking forward to it. If anxiety about being good enough is the only thing keeping you away, then I'll see you there.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Tufty on March 10, 2020, 10:56:44 PM
...It's a weekend I'd like to go to, but I'm not a good enough player, and a by-ear player only, so it's not going to happen for me.
All other issues aside, I've heard and watched you play a good few times in sessions at Whitby and elsewhere. You are most definitely a good enough player to attend MIW. Nothing wrong with being a 'by-ear player only'. You would not be the only one.
Could not agree more, you are well up to it but as a ear player I have learned to pick my workshops with care. By the by I am stunned that you are 77, have you a portrait in the attic
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: John MacKenzie (Cugiok) on March 11, 2020, 09:24:45 AM
"Could not agree more, you are well up to it but as a ear player I have learned to pick my workshops with care. By the by I am stunned that you are 77, have you a portrait in the attic"

I try not to smile too much, it causes wrinkles .

SJ
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Chris Rayner on March 11, 2020, 09:50:26 AM
I've just sent out the email with the details for downloading the tunes for the workshops.

If anyone who has booked does not get the email, then please post here or email us direct.

Remember to look in your junkmail folder!

Cheers Brian

No email yet.  Nuffink in junk neever.  chrisrayner@doctors.net.uk
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Nigel on March 12, 2020, 09:44:26 PM
On the one hand, we don't want to over-react, while on the other hand we want to act responsibly.
Thanks, Bob.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Nigel on March 16, 2020, 10:26:59 AM
Bob. If you have to cancel, please hold onto my payment. You could call it an interest free payment which you might or might not return depending on how MIW is financed in future years.

I know that you would not let personal cost influence your decision but you shouldn’t have to cover this risk by yourself. You put so much effort into this event (along with others such as Brian, Pete, Rees, Theo and Steve). Many of us want MIW to continue for many years.

Note: Embarrassment and compulsion is not intended – each according to means! We can all appreciate Bob’s predicament. Come June, Mel Biggs and I will need to decide about running  NE Melodeon weekend but the finances are simpler. 
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on March 17, 2020, 09:51:16 AM
As everyone booked on the course should already know from emails that were sent out yesterday, we have had to cancel Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020. With the predicted further spread of Covid-19 and the fact that quite a few of the course participants are in the high risk category, we really had no choice. It would have been irresponsible to go ahead with the event.

I am currently in the process of dealing with the consequences of cancellation and will be sending out refunds to those who have requested them in the next couple of weeks. Many people have decided to carry forward their booking to next year, which will reduce considerably the cash flow consequences of cancellation, so a big thank you to all of you.

As many of you will know, the publication of my book on Yorkshire Dales tunes and dances is tied financially to the Melodeons in Wensleydale event and cancellation has put publication in jeopardy. However, it is looking increasingly likely that publication will be able to go ahead as planned because the majority of people I have heard from so far are carrying forward their booking for Melodeons in Wensleydale to next year. A decision will be made about publication of the book once I have heard from and responded to everyone who was booked on Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020. I will keep people up-dated here.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Chris Ryall on March 17, 2020, 11:00:09 AM
My sympathy Bob. Got to the first one, (and should have been there for Pascale and Toon).

Massive contribution to melodeonism on your part. We owe you our thanks 😀
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 17, 2020, 11:37:55 AM
Massive contribution to melodeonism on your part. We owe you our thanks 😀
Absolutely! What Chris said.
You are a Star, Bob. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Steve Fox on March 17, 2020, 11:44:05 AM
I wasn't able to commit this year or last, but came to the inaugural MIW and thoroughly enjoyed it. Have you though of trying some crowd funding to cover any shortfall/losses? I for one would gladly contribute to help out in some small way as someone who has benefited from your vision and financial risk in the past,
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on March 17, 2020, 03:01:08 PM
I have chosen to go the middle road, and asked for half my course fee back, and half to be donated to the Dales Tunebook printing job.
However, this leaves the room at the Fountain Hotel.  I know under normal circumstances that deposits are non refundable - does anyone know if this is the case here or whether we can ask for that to be refunded???
Lin
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Steve_freereeder on March 17, 2020, 03:15:28 PM
I have chosen to go the middle road, and asked for half my course fee back, and half to be donated to the Dales Tunebook printing job.
However, this leaves the room at the Fountain Hotel.  I know under normal circumstances that deposits are non refundable - does anyone know if this is the case here or whether we can ask for that to be refunded???
Lin
The contract with The Fountain will be between the hotel and yourself, so you should contact the hotel directly. As of 16th March, with government advising that...

"Everyone should avoid gatherings with friends and family, as well as large gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres"
and
"People should avoid non-essential travel "

...you have a good case for requesting a refund of your deposit. I'm sure you won't be the only one asking.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on March 17, 2020, 03:29:31 PM
Thanks Steve I will try the hotel in that case, though I did not get a reply from them to an email I sent previously regarding the evening meal   :(
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on March 17, 2020, 04:23:43 PM
I have talked to the Fountain this morning.
My deposit will be kept and I have the option of using it during this financial year.
They are emailing and answering customers who have booked for all their holiday and weekend breaks. It's a hard time for them and anyone in hospitality.
Q
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on March 17, 2020, 04:38:12 PM
mmm maybe I will just let them keep it - after all they are going through much harder times than me  ;D
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on March 17, 2020, 04:50:31 PM
Indeed
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Geoff P. on March 17, 2020, 04:54:24 PM
I had a room booked at Herriots. They let me carry the deposit over to next year for MIW2121.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: playandteach on March 17, 2020, 06:12:07 PM
So, Bob, if I understand correctly - if we hold the payment over to next year's event, that will be the fee for attendance covered for 2021 and will help you out in terms of cash flow?

If that's the case, then I'm very happy to hold off until 2021. Does that mean you aren't liable for paying venues and such this year?
Last year's event will stay in my memory for a long time.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on March 17, 2020, 08:34:03 PM
Yes, P&T, what you say is true, and thank you for the kind words in your final sentence.

You and everyone else booked on Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020 should have received a cancellation notice offering you the choice of either a full refund or carrying over your booking to next year. Those who choose the latter option will have first choice of workshops and will be asked to make your choices sometime in late October before we open things up to new bookings from 1 November. Since you have indicated here that you would like your booking fee to be carried forward, I will email you confirming that in the next few minutes.

To answer your other questions, the museum which hosts the event has generously agreed to waive payment for the hire of its premises. However, people carrying forward their bookings will help to ease our cash flow situation. Having said that, I don't want to put pressure on anyone to carry forward their booking - we will happily refund anyone who requests us to do so, but we do need to hear from everyone so that we know and can act on their preferred option. For those who choose to carry forward their booking, the option still exists for a refund at some future date if their circumstances change and they find that they cannot make the weekend of 23-25 April 2021.

Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Lin Leighton on March 19, 2020, 04:40:13 PM
In that case Bob, please do not act on my previous email regarding a 50% refund.  Keep the whole fee for now to help your printing costs, and we can make a decision regarding next year MIW later
cheers Lin
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Bob Ellis on March 19, 2020, 07:00:41 PM
Thanks very much, Lin. Much appreciated.

There are still some people who haven't responded yet. I would be grateful if those people could let me know whether they want us to carry forward their course fee until 2021 or whether they would prefer a refund.
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Thrupenny Bit on April 24, 2020, 09:35:38 PM
Oh Bob, I was thinking about this during the week.
I was fully intending leaving God's Wonderful County and venturing 'Where Be Dragons'...… but it'll have to wait!
Take care my friend, and let me know how to grab one of your new shiny books!
…..and best not drink *all* the beer or you know how you'll feel  ;)
Q
Title: Re: Melodeons in Wensleydale 2020
Post by: Julian S on April 24, 2020, 09:52:40 PM
I was so looking forward to a weekend in my homeland and all the music and good company...but considering all that has happened...and continues to...I just hope for better things to come.

I shall have a bottle of Theakstons or two, toast old friends and those that have passed, and play some Dales tunes over the weekend and try to keep positive...stay safe all.

Julian
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