Calne's popular motorbike meet in doubt

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Last year's Calne motorbike meet attracted hundreds of bikers from all over the world Last year's Calne motorbike meet attracted hundreds of bikers from all over the world

The future of the Calne Motorcycle Meet, which attracts thousands of people to the town each year, is in doubt because of a lack of volunteers to run it.

In January it was announced that the Calne Lions would join forces with the Calne Rotary Club to organise this year’s event.

They were exploring the option of hosting it at Lord Lansdowne’s Bowood Estate rather than the town centre, but after facing criticism for this, they have decided they cannot go ahead with the event.

Town councillor Howard Marshall said today: “I have been involved in a leading role with this event for the last eight years. I have seen it grow year on year to the point that it has now outgrown the centre of the town.

"There is no doubt that the format of the meet must change if it is to survive. It now needs new blood with fresh ideas to carry it forward.

“The workload involved in organising this event is huge and it is impossible without a committed comittee of at least five people working from January to July every year.

“The event was started in 2000 by Calne people for the benefit of Calne. It has certainly achieved its aim of putting Calne on the map.

"Now it suffers from a lack of sponsorship, it costs in the region of £5,000 to organise this event and at least 50 marshals are required on the day, all of which are in short supply.

“The health and safety requirements have become more and more of a problem as the years have passed, so much so that it feels like being in the ring with Frank Bruno with one hand tied behind your back.

“All of the above are difficulties that can be overcome with the right team, so if you can help in any way please contact me by e-mail at howardrobinmarshall@hotmail.co.uk.”

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7:29am Sun 25 Nov 12

well oill beef hooked says...

The meet is fantastic for whole of calne.people of calne,visitors and most important the shops.It is a victim of its own success but if Calne worked together it can happen.Calne is bigger than the center why not use some of the space at the rec.beeverbrook,john bentley,bremhill view,half os thepublic car parks.There is always ways and means and if there not found calne will lose it.
The meet is fantastic for whole of calne.people of calne,visitors and most important the shops.It is a victim of its own success but if Calne worked together it can happen.Calne is bigger than the center why not use some of the space at the rec.beeverbrook,john bentley,bremhill view,half os thepublic car parks.There is always ways and means and if there not found calne will lose it. well oill beef hooked
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12:36am Mon 26 Nov 12

Fed up of Calne says...

It is NOT fantastic for the whole of Calne! We have a town centre buisness and lose money every year. Our normal buyers stay away like the plague when this is on. I am sure those who sell booze or fast food do well, but very few others do. I have friends who deliberately go away to avoid the noise and disruption this meet causes. Is this really what Calne wants to be known for?
It is NOT fantastic for the whole of Calne! We have a town centre buisness and lose money every year. Our normal buyers stay away like the plague when this is on. I am sure those who sell booze or fast food do well, but very few others do. I have friends who deliberately go away to avoid the noise and disruption this meet causes. Is this really what Calne wants to be known for? Fed up of Calne
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8:00pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Grumpy of Calne. says...

have you ever tried standing up a large motormike on grass it falls over(health and safety)
have you ever tried standing up a large motormike on grass it falls over(health and safety) Grumpy of Calne.
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11:46am Thu 29 Nov 12

thelittlemorgan says...

it did feel a bit too busy this year.....
it did feel a bit too busy this year..... thelittlemorgan
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2:41pm Thu 29 Nov 12

Old retired bloke says...

Grumpy of Calne. wrote:
have you ever tried standing up a large motormike on grass it falls over(health and safety)
Never had a motormike. Had a few bikes, though!!!
Seriously, I thought this has been a really good event and it would be a shame if it stopped. Clearly it causes disruption to some, but you can't make an omlette......
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy of Calne.[/bold] wrote: have you ever tried standing up a large motormike on grass it falls over(health and safety)[/p][/quote]Never had a motormike. Had a few bikes, though!!! Seriously, I thought this has been a really good event and it would be a shame if it stopped. Clearly it causes disruption to some, but you can't make an omlette...... Old retired bloke
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9:27am Fri 14 Dec 12

Himaro says...

While i agree that it has almost outgrown Calne, It provides a vital boost to the local economy.
i live literally just up the road from the fire station and i love the calne bike show. but when space had run out by 1pm and there were still hundreds of bike showing up, it just shows that its becoming a victim of its own success. if i could give the time to help i would.
Would moving it to Chippenham help? probably but it would be a very unpopular move.
While i agree that it has almost outgrown Calne, It provides a vital boost to the local economy. i live literally just up the road from the fire station and i love the calne bike show. but when space had run out by 1pm and there were still hundreds of bike showing up, it just shows that its becoming a victim of its own success. if i could give the time to help i would. Would moving it to Chippenham help? probably but it would be a very unpopular move. Himaro
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