The year 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the airing of the wondrous series of Catweazle. We as a club had naturally already been thinking about doing something to recognise this magical landmark. Then when sadly Geoffrey passed away, there was such an outpouring of love and affection from outside the club as well as inside that we thought why not make it public so that everyone could join in?
There was much to think about of course, when where, how, what!! We decided to encompass if we could both sides of Catweazle's life i.e. the medieval and 20th century periods. This has resulted in a medieval festival with a huge slant of course to Catweazle. There will be a very large Catweazle marquee or mobile building that will house anything and everything we can find to do with Catweazle from all over the world if we can get people to contribute. Hopefully we will also evoke the things we did, saw, heard, ate, drank and played at this time.
We would VERY much appreciate people's input with this, which we will discuss a little later.
Because this is important to us we will be updating the posts as often as we can. Let me start by giving the link to our "go fund me" donations paid for this event - ALL donations large and small are very welcome and WILL make a difference to how big an event we can make this.
Great News! - We have now broken the £5000 barrier in our push to get a minimum of £10,000 by 2020. I can't thank all our wonderful donators enough. We must not rest on our laurels though. To create an event worthy of a memorial to our wonderful writer and cast of Catweazle we must keep going. As this will be a public event for all Catweazle fans, we urge all fans to donate to the cause regardless of whether you are a club member or not. Every pound counts, it really does.
Unfortunately, Knowsley Hall have said that they think our event would be to big for what they would hire the grounds out for. So we have moved on to our next in line, which is Bolesworth Castle. This is where they hold a lot of big events, such as international horse shows, carfest and concerts. They seem to be happy to entertain our event BUT they want big bucks to hire it, so at this point we are discussing if this is at all possible with marketing, sponsorship etc. or whether we move on to another venue. We do have other venues, but it's the time factor we have to watch out for. We need to have this in place by the end of the year. I will be having another meeting to see what the possibilities are for this, so please keep watching. I hope that after the Catweazle weekend the donation page will go up to nearer the £6,000 mark, which will be great!
On the 31t of July I go up to Liverpool for an important meeting about the 50th anniversary event. The cost of finding and hiring a suitable venue has been excruciating and to be honest unviable for us. We are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Bolesworth Castle which is a wonderful venue and has many events there have asked for a very large sum indeed to hold it there which quite frankly was ridiculous. However Mark has had another meeting with them since that initial one and hopefully a more manageable solution has been discussed. This meeting will present me with a set of options for going forward. Hopefully this will be achieved, but I have to also say, that if I feel that it is not acceptable or that we would be in danger of not achieving the tribute we wish for then I will not be afraid to find another way of doing the tribute. I will of course be in touch with all the donators if I have their contact details and discuss the options with them should this occur.
Please come back on here after my meeting and read about what is happening.
Well a discussion has been had and we have come to a decision, but a decision that I believe will be a far better option IF we can get it commissioned. We have come to the conclusion that getting an appropriate venue is going to be beyond our means. The last venue approached wanted £20,000 just to hire it. That would mean we would have to raise a massive £36,000 at least to carry out our plans, and time is getting short to start hiring displays etc. I personally was getting worried that having been told I would need a committee of about 7 people to get things done, and having no volunteers, that I could not possibly do it all on my own. It would be physically, mentally and logistically impossible. The support I have received financially from several members has been fantastic and it has been very much appreciated. But what we have decided to do WILL include I hope a medieval day still but not as the be all and end all. What we have discussed is the documentary part. We feel that if we can get a special documentary made, if will include and produce a far far better tribute to the series which at the end of the day is what we want. A documentary can and would provide so much more. It would have a lasting memorial to Catweazle, we can say a lot more in a documentary, we can include celebrity fans and the fan club. It can be shown here and abroad - thus including all fans and members without having to travel. It can highlight the club and maybe introduce a lot more potential members. We can (subject to permission) hold a medieval event at the farm which can be filmed. There is so much potential in this that I really hope we can do it. Now we have to put a plan together and submit it to get a commission to get it on tv - THIS is of course VITAL to the whole thing. There is no point doing it if its not going to be seen. So at the moment I am working on a plan with Philip and his brothers (who have done documentaries before) to get a proposal together to get it commissioned. This would be a brilliant achievement I feel and we can focus on a proper and lasting tribute to our beloved series. Now on the "Go Fund Me" page I promised that if the big medieval/70's event didn't come off, then I would be quite happy to send peoples donations back if they so wished. I will naturally keep my word on this and if anyone reading this has donated and wishes to reclaim their donation please email me. Having said that if you are happy to leave your donation to pay for the documentary (this will only go ahead if we get a contract saying we have a slot) then we would very much welcome that. We would also need to pay for the smaller medieval event too.
If anyone has any ideas that would look good on the documentary please come forward and let them be known. I have a list of ideas and will include the clubs plans for a possible animation with Geoffrey's image. You never know - someone may watch and back it! Chris - I need your school teacher friends information if you can let me have it please. This would also be a wonderful advert for Catweazle and what kids think of it today, - which from what I hear is just as magical as it was for us. Personally, for me, this will be (I hope) less stressful and problematic, physically mentally and logistically. It will tick a lot of boxes that we would wish to tick as a tribute and members will be involved. I have already created a list of things that can be included and a list of personalities that loved Catweazle as kids that we could potentially film if they agree to. All our members would also be able to have a lasting memory of what they helped to achieve with their donations etc. I hope you agree. xx
Post by greyweazle1066 on Aug 11, 2018 10:30:47 GMT
Hi Carol,having read though your latest plans on the 50th event there maybe one or two concerns, the idea in theory of making a documentary is a good idea.
Again a time frame needs to be set and more importantly the cost factor needs to be evaluated quite early on before you commit, unfortunately I have very little faith in the Ettinger Brothers obtaining a commission to go ahead with a Catweazle documentary, judging on the track record of Catweazlethemovie being made, hollow promises are all we seem to get especially from Philip.
However that is not to say I back your plans and have always tried to support every venture you have gone with, to this end I am quite happy for the money I donated to be used for the 50th event, but not to be released to the Ettinger Brothers for a documentary, unless you obtain a written guarantee from them that the money won't be squandered!!.
I appreciate your dedication to the club and the tribute you wish to achieve, you do have a small team like Mike, Sue and myself who try and support you, over many of the past years we have designed, made and even shouldered the cost in the advancement of the club, and we will continue to do so.
Please don't think I am being negative, I am mearly stating my opinion, hopefully we can get some responses from other members??? thats not to say my brain is working on ideas for a documentary and will ring you when I have some,this is a special event and should be made to be a lasting legacy in the name of Catweazle.
Hi Graham! Thanks for replying. Well don't forget, that we have only just made this decision, and there are many, many questions that have to be asked and discussed. I have mentioned that a contract/commission has to be promised or contracted before anything can be done. So I think I covered that - I DO NOT want to squander my money let alone all the generous members money as well. I would share this concern with you (but as I mention later, I hope that the majority of the finance would be taken care of)
The question of physical support for the 50th was asked for at the beginning as it is not a project that can be done single handed. I asked for members to volunteer to form a committee for the event, which would mean attending the meetings and getting involved directly. This unfortunately has not happened. Your support for the Catweazle Weekends is and has always been much appreciated. But if I put things a different way, for example what if I was ill and couldn't attend the weekend or the 50th, would there be someone who could say "No problem, we can organise, make the phone calls and do it." This is no one's fault. It is not mandatory for any member to help in any shape or form. They are members not workers - which is quite right, they should not have to do anything other than enjoy the fruits of membership. But from my point of view though, it is increasingly hard to be able to keep up with it.
With regard to your view of the Ettinger Brothers, I am sure you are not alone in your opinion, but as I have no other contact with people who have already produced documentaries on tv, and the fact that they are Catweazle fans and that I know them, and if it ever happens they will make the film, then I have no other contacts. By all means if someone else out there does have contacts with documentary makers and can also put together a proposal for one, then I am all ears, but again even then I couldn't be sure that they would come up trumps as they may not even know who Catweazle is to capture it.
At the end of the day, I am trying my best to do a fitting and lasting tribute, that will promote, honour and pay tribute to Catweazle and the people involved in the series in a way that can be far reaching to all fans, can be shared with hopefully new ones and prove what a wonderful and magical series it was. I can only hope that The Ettinger Brothers do what they have stated which is that they really want to do it and get this done. There is no guarantee at this stage as it is a proposal and will only become reality once a commission from a tv company is in place.
I thank you for your positive view on doing a documentary and I would honour your wish with your donation which I also thank you very much for. You are and always have been a great backer and generous supporter. We will indeed need funds for our smaller medieval day - again that's IF I get agreement from Neil at the farm. Certain things have to be done in order and the proposal and acceptance is obviously key from which all the hard work will start. I share your concerns on some of the questions but as I say, I can only say that hopefully these will be brought up and dealt with as they arise and as the ball starts rolling. Lastly I believe that if we do get a commission then I think that a grant or funding would accompany that commission. So I hope that may help the financial side of it. Should we not get commission then that will be that. Money will be refunded (if it hasn't already) I hope to be able to get some sort of timeline, in order that people can be held responsible for their promises and actions, and that we aren't kept dangling. Again this is a question among many that I will be speaking with Philip about so any questions anyone may have do fire away.
At this moment I have sent my own lists, ideas and offerings to Philip, David and Robert but would welcome any further ideas for interviews, statistics, people etc. that would be good viewing.
Post by exmoordougweazle on Aug 11, 2018 16:21:42 GMT
The documentary sounds like an excellent idea....I'll start wracking my brain for things that might be of interest to include...such as a small bit on existing props and vehicles ? I tried to track down "Lulu" a few years ago but without any luck.....I'll have another go ! I also think that it would be great to hold a small medieval event at the farm in connection with the documentary....subject of course to Neil's approval.....perhaps sounding him out at this early stage would be a good idea so you know where you stand on this part of the 50th Celebrations. Keep up the great work Carol, Grey, Mike, Sue and all those that help make things happen ! Dougxxxxxxxxx
Thank you so much for replying Doug and your support. Thanks for the ideas about Lulu etc. It has reminded me that I must get a photo of Groome's lawn mower too. To be able to find and locate any of these things would be great for a documentary. It sows the tenacity and desire of the members and indeed none members to have as many links with the series as possible.
I will test the waters with Neil. But it's not quite so straight forward as asking. I need to know via discussion with people the answer to one or two questions myself first - for example do we charge for tickets, this would need discussing because of the donators would have already done their bit I feel. (I think we would invite the village folk as we would natural want it to look well attended especially if we are filming it. Will we have enough room there for potential displays? and what displays will they be. How do we deal with health and safety? Will we need St Johns ambulance etc etc etcThis is why I ask the members to speak. Would we want all "have a go items, would we want stalls to buy things, would we want all displays? Do we need food and drinks on sale, how many portaloos would we need? and where would they go? So once I have some clear ideas of what is wanted then I can answer potential questions that Neil might ask us. As I said discussion and participation is welcome on it's content. If members think to themselves "what would I like to see at this event" what could I bring to this event? what would make it stand out? AND if it is something that would look good but needs building or making "how could we do it and get it there" All these are things that go through my head all the time every year. This of course will be different as it will not be on the same day as the fete, so it will be all ours. If I can still get Mark to take care of most of these questions then of course things would be easier and it may be that I can leave all the complicated stuff to his company if he feels it is a big enough event for his associations to come down to. I am hoping that he will, because he has a vast amount of experience with these things. If you can give me a couple of weeks, then I hope to get some responses from the people involved and we can have a few meetings to iron out the content and then put our own proposal to Neil and Bug.
Post by greyweazle1066 on Aug 11, 2018 20:35:33 GMT
Hi again Carol, I've just had a chat with Doug and he came with the idea, what if you were to contact ITV direct, outlining we are planning a tribute to Catweazle which was a LWT production in 2020 maybe they would have some imput or give some suggestions, they may even welcome a plan for the documentary.
It was also suggested Network may help as they got involved with the 50 th of the Prisoner a while back, I also suggested that the chap that filmed Geoffrey a couple years back maybe able to do the documentary, or have some contacts, you could as I suggested approach a university if someone is studying media studies, I live near a university so will try and make some enquiries.
On the note of holding the 50th at the farm both Doug and myself fully back the idea, and yes involve the villagers, however we both feel a definitive answer if it is possible to stage it there needs to be sorted sooner than later.There maybe the possibility of using the field that is used to park in for the fete being used camp etc, how about I help you put a proposal together a I accompany you and visit Neil and Bug to disscuss the envent?? Hope these ideas help.
Well it would be easy to write to several companies and do as you suggest BUT I have no knowledge of doing documentaries and an approach by someone who has done documentaries on tv before and who are much more qualified than I am would be more worthy. It has to be professional otherwise they wont entertain the idea. As I mentioned in the other post, it does really need to be someone who knows Catweazle and as a connection with what we want to achieve, rather than just someone who can film. There would also be a lot of pressure on us to do all the work and then just give them the job of filming. We will also need a narrator which I hope will also be sorted at source. Having said that if we do not feel like we are going to get any joy with the present associates, then that may be may be an option although asking is one thing, after that and doing it is something else. By all means put down and let's discuss the proposal of ideas and what you would consider a good content, that would be good thanks. What I will do as a starter is email Neil and Bug and give a rough outline of what we would like to do if all goes to plan. Then, if he gives me a positive response, yes it would be a good idea to go and see him and Bug and do some measuring out as well. I have another idea in my mind for the field, which I wont mention at the moment, but it depends on it's size flatness and condition for displays etc. As a field it might not be good for say jousting, it might not be good for horses legs or people fighting etc. if it is all holes and undulating. But we can look into that. If it is bigger than the paddock then it is worth considering - although where would we all park and have access. The display artists may have to camp there over night. So again lots of questions to consider first to make sure we have all basis covered. I do appreciate the comments and suggestions and am pleased that both of you are putting your thinking caps on for the cause. I would not rule out asking Martin (the film chap you mentioned) if things don't go according to plan, but again there would be a lot of work from a club point of view to do, which would worry me, but I will speak to David about it and see what he thinks. Cheers
The idea of a documentary is a good one and, if I'm honest, more achievable than the original idea, which always struck me as overambitious (but if you're going to be ambitious, it's better than being under ambitious!) and my concern was that Catweazle would be a small sideshow at an event designed to celebrate it, due to the sad fact that so few series contributors are still with us - and because there was so much organised to entertain people on the day which was only tenuously linked to Catweazle. I worried that people would come away saying they enjoyed 'the medieval event' without really picking up the real reason for the day being put together.
I'm not sure a documentary with "celebrity fans" sharing their memories is necessarily a good focus, though. TV is full of nostalgia fests cluttered with talking heads who never say anything particularly worthwhile or memorable. They are ten a penny and it'd be nice if the Catweazle documentary could be more of a lasting memorial to the series that people would want to rewatch.
What I'd like to see is a documentary that celebrates Catweazle through a mix archive clips and interviews with Geoffrey, Kip and others, and maybe some new material filmed on location at Catweazle filming venues with the Carpenter family, TV professionals who worked with Kip etc, and Catweazle fans talking about what made the series, Geoffrey, Robin, Kip's work etc, special to them, discuss the impact it had on children and their families, and its lasting legacy.
It would also be worth investigating whether there are any items in the ITV archive concerning Catweazle that could be licensed to be included (such as personal appearances by Geoffrey on TV programmes to publicise the show - Magpie, perhaps?).
Hi, Carol its a great idea to regenerate Catweazle & what better a place than Home farm (Hexwood) . I think Graham's idea of approaching ITV direct is good & as there's been no film made since first planned , mayhap it'll stir interest by other more reliable parties! It is a lot of planning , I can help with transportation , there's still time if prospects are good & more people get involved . Good to see you posting Doug j regards to all . ..
I don't think there will be many celebrities, but that side of it is really just for the viewers and the fact that they (if they do) consider Catweazle worthy of speaking about by being on it. It would mean that it does have a bit of kudos I suppose and it would only be a small part of the documentary. I wholeheartedly agree that it IS a tribute to the writer cast and sheer magic of the series. After all that is why we are here and we want to spread the word so that those who haven't seen it, can get an idea of why it was loved and therefore want to immediately go out and buy the dvd! It also gives the ones that did watch it a nice feeling of "Ah yes I remember this so well and what a nice tribute to it"
I have always considered Kip to have been very much under valued and it will be nice to put that right. Likewise, the actors of course and even the time and effort taken in it's production. I also agree about clips and documents and photos etc. So once again any ideas as to exactly what clips and why or any views on what made it worth watching and why etc. d write it down and then we can put it all together. Some people have very emotional memories etc and it would be good to hear peoples views of it and why - in fact it is vital really as its the reason behind it!
Some people are very good at putting things in to words and some are very eloquent, so get writing, describing and produce something that would make all those we have lost, feel proud and to know that we still love it and them even though they have left us in body but not in spirit!
What I particularly meant about clips - and should have been clearer about it, really - was whether there was anything in the Club archive, maybe video interviews with Geoffrey and Kip, perhaps recorded at Catweazle weekends. I have my own interview with Geoffrey, recorded in 1987, and would be happy to donate this for use in the documentary, though it is sound only, so would need some sort of illustration with photos or the like.
Oh yes Alan, we have those sorts of things on the list of "things for the documentary" Jeff used to video the weekends and I think that if there is a section for example on the fan club, these will be useful, particularly the 40th when everyone was there at the question and answer session. I suspect we will have to go through lots of things.
Thank you for your offer of using your documentary, I am sure it would be very useful. We also have photos of Geoffrey going into the "pod" at the studio when we had him 3d photographed for the animation etc.
I am sure that if we can all work together on this we could put together a really good selection of photos, speeches, anecdotes and such like.
Post by exmoordougweazle on Aug 15, 2018 10:03:17 GMT
Good to read that there's lots of great ideas for the contents of the documentary and I wholly agree with the comments in the above messages that it should concentrate on the magic of the show, those how made it so magical (in front of and behind the camera...i.e "Q") and why it is still magic today and means so much to all us Weazlers for whatever reason. Once the way forward on all fronts has been established it might be an idea to send out an old style Catweazle Newsletter to all current members email addresses so that if they no longer look on the Forum on a regular basis they will know what is going on and hopefully contribute ideas and their own reasons for loving the show. This was just a thought...which you've probably already thunk !!
Referring back to something Carol said on Bernard Hepton RIP thread with regard to the sadly dwindling number of surviving cast members.....I did an IMBD search on Catweazle, which includes everyone who appeared in both series and clicked on them all to see who is still with us......Gary Warren of course (and who perhaps should have something to say in any documentary), Zulema Dene who played Maud in "The Magic Face", John Tordoff - Charley the policeman in "The Flying Broomsticks", Freddie Foote - Arthur Skinner in "Wisdom Of Solomon", Eileen Moore - Dr Jean Mathews in "The Trickery Lantern", Tony Selby - Sergeant Jones in "The Walking Trees", Tony Caunter - Richardson in "The Wogle Stone", Jonathan Elsom - Dr Hawkins in "The Black Wheels" and Terry Mountain - our unnamed Norman knight in the first episode. The majority of these are all in their 70's/80's. There are perhaps a dozen others who had very minor roles with limited screen time or dialogue ...these include the likes of "Doris" and "Audrey" from our favourite hairdressers in "The Witching Hour". Sorry to have gone on a bit but thought it was a useful exercise.
Thanks for the list and it will be useful to see if any are willing to take part. The only problem is finding contact details for them. I think Sue has been trying to find Freddie for sometime and she thinks he no longer lives here. However all these ideas are very welcome. Unfortunately, due to that new data act, I am no longer able to keep emails without people's permission, which was why we sent out emails to everyone at the beginning of the new forum asking them to get back to me to give me permission to keep their contact details. It is very frustrating when people ignore my plea to them, but I cannot force people to respond. So I have to accept that not everyone wants to become any more involved than they are. I am quite sure though, that with those people who ARE interested and do keep up with the forum and news etc. we will have enough input to do a very good tribute.
I have heard from Philip and he is approaching a director to do it and also going to make a pitch to several tv companies. So as soon as I hear any advance on this I will let everyone know.
I have emailed the farm about having permission to hold a special medieval day on our own there with the whole village invited, but as yet I have received no reply. Once again as soon as I do I will let people know on here.
Post by exmoordougweazle on Aug 16, 2018 22:46:50 GMT
Drat !!....my cunning email plan is thwarted ! The new DPA is there to protect us all so can't really complain. Glad the list of surviving cast members may be of some use.....it would be good to have people who were actually involved in the show featured in some way in any documentary rather than a stream of, as Alan put it, "Celebrity fans"....but finding them, as you said, will be the hard part. A couple more thoughts for the Medieval Fair........strolling musicians playing instruments of the time ?......a "viewing tent" where perhaps clips from the show could be shown on a loop or maybe a few episodes on repeat where the farm is heavily featured so that those, young and old, can see what it's all about or have old memories rekindled ? ...not sure how we stand with it being a public showing of copyright material owned by someone else ? I might have poured cold watter all over that idea by myself !! Regarding existing interviews....whilst transferring an old video tape I'd recorded off the telly to dvdr I found a half hour programme called "That Was The Week We Watched" from 2003/4...a short BBC series looking back at significant weeks in recent history and what was on the telly at the time....the episode I had was for the week 11-17th April 1970......that was when Apollo 13 was headed for the Moon and things went badly wrong.....right towards the end of the programme all of a sudden the opening titles of Catweazle popped up on screen followed by a few clips from that weeks episode ("The Demi Devil") and 2 incredibly short contributions by dear Geoffrey. I expect you've all seen this already but if not, attached below is a link to have a look on YouTube.....the bit we're interested in runs from 24m 48secs to 26m 05secs.....I told you it was short !
Post by greyweazle1066 on Aug 17, 2018 17:55:35 GMT
Some brilliant suggestions Doug and enjoyed watching the post, it would be good to have that running on a loop at the 50th permission received, however probably not a good idea to have Rolf Harris included, I have about 7 old film cassettes which I want to convert into DVD any ideas?
Post by greyweazle1066 on Aug 17, 2018 18:34:02 GMT
Again Carol, a Catweazle documentary fantastic idea, don't want to burst your bubble but just been doing some research on the internet, the potential cost could run into thousands, you've always said you want it to be professional and again this reflects the cost, and no guarantees of a TV slot, and you need to weigh up copyright implecations, ie the time frame you would need to surrender an application and receive a reply back. The BFI and the National Lottery offer grant but you have to meet certain criteria,just trying to be realistic.
Post by exmoordougweazle on Aug 17, 2018 21:40:10 GMT
Hi Grey.....glad you enjoyed the YouTube clip and also thought that there might be some mileage in my suggestions. I didn't necessarily mean for us to play this particular half hour programme (if we did Harris would have to be edited out) in the "Medieval Telly Tent" but a compilation of clips, or a few key episodes, from the first series so people could relate what they'd seen on screen to their surroundings on the farm. That's some pretty heavy duty research you've been doing Grey.....but it's vital we know as much about the process, likely cost and the full range of pitfalls that may rear their ugly heads at an early stage. There are a great many documentaries made all the time so it's obviously not an impossibility but I guess it all comes down to "How much will it cost to produce ?". We may have a better idea of the cost and process once Carol has heard from Philip. Cheers Doug
That's why we need the help of professionals not me. I did mention in my previous posts that if you get a commission, the chances are that a certain amount of funding comes with that commission by the tv company. This has been discussed with the Ettingers, but we really just have to wait to see whether we get a commission because without that everything else is irrelevant. I am hopefully meeting up with David at some point because e has offered his help so has Vince (with locations etc) and so has Simon and our new member Phil. So already there is more interest in the project. So again as I said there will probably be more discussion in the pipeline from more members than I have had before in practical terms which is great.
I am under no illusions as to the costs as is the case with EVERYTHING. All we can do it to get the commission, and then work out the plans and logistics and costs involved. Remember the Ettingers have done documentaries before and I hope that therefore they will know what is involved and the costs involved. I suppose it just depends on doing a documentary to a budget rather than the other way around. At the end of the day we will know if it is possible and worthy or not after ii has all been worked out production and finance wise. It a case of one thing at a time. The first is working out the pitch to the companies, the second is getting a favourable come back in a commission and funds and then production. At a pinch you could feasibly do a documentary entirely of interviews clips and photos, which wouldn't be costly. We would just need to get permission from certain people. Hopefully though it will be a bit more emotive and nostalgic, visual and atmospheric than that - BUT it would be possible. We have lots of clips etc from past Catweazle Weekends thanks to Jeff and his videos which is fairly up to date with regard the main cast.
So at the moment it is early days and we must walk before we can run.
Post by exmoordougweazle on Aug 18, 2018 20:53:59 GMT
I feel the only reason that concerns are raised at this early stage about the way forward are because we ALL really want the 50th Anniversary celebrations (in whatever form they take) to be successful, memorable and a worthy tribute to the show and those that made it. I'm sure we all hope that the "pitch" gets a positive response at which time we'll have a clearer idea of just what is achievable.
On a slightly lighter, more rural note, I contacted the Ferguson Club with regard to help tracking down "Lulu"....I had a near immediate response saying that they often got requests to trace old tractors and that "Lulu's" details and the scant info I had found would be circulated to their quite extensive membership in the hope that someone somewhere might know more. If they hear anything they'll get in touch with me. I thanked the chap concerned for this most helpful gesture and that I hoped to hear from him again in the not too distant future. This is a real long shot I know but it might turn up trumps ? Cheers Doug
Post by greyweazle1066 on Aug 18, 2018 22:24:08 GMT
Couldn't agree more Doug, I'm sure I speak for all the dedicated fans, all we want is a fitting tribute and to celebrate the 50th year milestone,however not dwelling on a negative note we need more imput from other members and those who plan to attend, constructive feedback can be healthy especially when the club is planning on engaging into an unknown adventure.
A documentary would be the icing on the cake,however again this venture is going to take alot of planning, time and expertise,and although we have till 2020 it's still working in a limited time frame, if Philip Ettinger has had prior experience of making documentories then we should know very shortly what it entails and possible cost!!
Welldone for trying to chase LuLu even if she is only a tractor, hope you have success, cheers Doug for your imput.
Post by Carol Barnes on Sept 10, 2018 13:22:38 GMT
Greetings to all,
The latest update for the hoped for documentary is this. The "pitch" for the documentary that will be sent out to the tv companies is nearly ready and will be sent out within the next week or two. We will then obviously have to wait and pray that at least one will pick up on it and want to commission it. This is why it is taking a little while to get the pitch looking as attractive as possible. Philip seems to think that a reply could take anywhere between a couple of days to a couple of weeks to get any come back. So if all goes well we could or should know by the end of November at the latest as to whether we have the go ahead to do the documentary.
I have also enquired into the costs etc. as this was a concern that was raised in earlier posts. I have been assured that the money we have raised is safe for us to put into the 50th event that we are hoping to do and that we would not be expected to have to put anything toward the cost of the documentary. This is of course great news. In fact if he possibly can he will try to see if they can help out with the event too.
This brings me on to "our event" and where it stands at the moment. I have been in contact with Neil and Bug at the farm about hiring the paddock for our event. A lot has to be discussed but the main thing is that they are not against the idea. This of course is our first major hurdle which hopefully has been accepted with assurances that we will endeavour to honour.
I have also contacted Mark the medieval events co-ordinator, who is also a member of the club and who was going to organise the big one for us. I am hoping that he will do the same down South and that it is not too far away from the people and traders on his books. Once I have the answer to this, I will then get back to the farm and hopefully start to allay any fears they have about insurance, health and safety, numbers etc. We will also of course need to make sure that the area is big enough for what we would like to do and indeed if the farm is willing to put up with horses etc and the like thundering down their paddock. Once these things have been established we will be able to go ahead and plan the day with gusto! Our day will probably be the finale of the documentary so we naturally would like it to be fun, colourful, fully supported and a fitting tribute from Catweazle fans. Having said that, there will have to be a cap on numbers, this is a request from Neil, but hopefully this won't have too much effect on proceeding. Naturally all donators will be first on the list to attend and then tickets will go ahead after that. First though I will need to know if the donators are happy for me to go ahead or whether they would like their money back.
We will still need to keep raising money for it throughout next year, because there would be a lot to save for. The hire, the content of events, trade stands (if we can get them there) food maybe, fencing, loos etc etc. tents, screen. Whatever we decide will make a good day.
So please do still keep donating if you possibly can. Also do keep making suggestions as to what you think would be a good thing to see or have there.
We hope to see people from other countries there because we would hope that they could be interviewed to show that Catweazle is not just a British thing and that it is loved the world over.
So as you can see once we get the ok from Mark, then the final ok from the farm, we will be arranging our special day in 2020. Regardless of the documentary BUT of course the documentary will be the REAL tribute and we sincerely hope that they will all come together and that "Everything Works" in 2019 and 2020! I will update as soon as I get word from Mark.
As you have seen, we have scrapped the idea of the big event due to lack of funds and a question over its venue. Instead, we are really hoping that we will get a documentary commissioned now as a tribute AND have a day at Hexwood. Now whilst we hope this is still going to happen. Unfortunately communication between myself and the people we hoped would do the displays etc. haven't responded and therefore I have to assume that they cannot travel that far south to perform to a much smaller audience.
So we are thinking of doing our own thing at Hexwood - maybe hire a large marquee and a large tv screen to show Catweazle etc. We would have food and drink maybe a barbeque or something and hopefully include some other entertainment as well. We are open to all suggestions that members may have to add to this or even a completely different suggestion. We do need your communication either on here or email one of us please.
Because of this, we will now stop the donations page on Go Fund Me and return donations to all the people that wish me to do so. I promised that donations would be returned if things changed which of course they have. Now since the data protection act change, I no longer have the email addresses of many of the people who donated. So in order to return donations I need the donators to contact me via email please or you can write and answer on this page and let me know how to contact you.
If you would like to leave the donations with the club to cover the Hexwood day, we would naturally be very pleased and all those people would naturally be invited to the day free of charge, but returning your donation is no problem as long as I know who you are and how you would like it returned to you. I will email those who have given me permission to but as I say many people did not answer my request to allow me to keep you details for contact and I DO need to hear from you in order to return your donations.
Thank you Graham, you are a very generous supporter both financially and otherwise. I have been so heartened to hear back immediately from many members saying the same thing, with regards to their donations. It is so nice to know that people STILL wish the club well and want to help towards a celebration day. Thank you so far to...
Graham Mike Andrew and Jacqui Alan and Alys Jeff and Cathy Yorkie (Jeff) Parry Russ Julie and girls Sermon Chris Phil Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement and desire to keep going.