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Came across the post below in RC groups ... Does it ever take place anymore and if not what became of it ,,,Some good pics in the 4th post down - particularly like the picture of the Fastbac 

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?445636-BARCS-soaring-market-(Oadby-England)

BARCS soaring market (Oadby, England)

It's that time of year again  Anyone on here going? It’s tomorrow (27th Nov) at Oadby, Leicester, see here

barcs soar market 2005 

If your not familiar with it, it's moulded glider mecca. Only a small venue – half a sports hall - but (usually) all the main uk moulded glider importers are there. Just hope the bad weather down south doesn’t stop any of them coming this year.

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Hi taggrc

The "Bring and Buy" part of the day used to be in a sports hall in Oadby you then walked or drove over to the AGM venue at 1.0 PM for the afternoon

The models or bits for sale were mostly competition planes, they could be moulded, but they were usually damaged and repaired if they were

The market stopped when the venue of the AGM changed

I've got loads of photos of the Oadby venue but no digital ones.....most pics came out slightly yellow because of the neon strip lighting in the sports hall

Not all the moulded glider importers had stands, although you could rely on Austin (NAN model/Acemodel) to support the market each year.......several people collected their new models from Austin at the B&B/AGM.........

It was indeed an Aladdin's cave......I once bought back a pair of "Hi-Phase" wings with my "colours" of red/orange/yellow tip stripes, for a fiver, from a chap who'd wrecked the glass fuselage of a plane I'd sold him years before.......memories!:):thumbsup:

Regards

Pete

BARCS1702

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Ah shame it's gone - glad you enjoyed the memories !  Cant believe I came across it where I did.

 Where is the AGM held these days ?

Conrad 

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It has been at the BMFA National Flying Centre, Buckminster, recently, in conjunction with the BARCS Radioglide meeting on the late May Bank Holiday Weekend,

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Hi mikef

But between the two venues - (Oadby and Buckminster) - a couple of AGM's were held at Marsh Gibbon, the field used for Radioglide, no?

Hi taggarc

Yes, it is a shame that the Bring and Buy stopped but that was probably aggravated by the much smaller entries in National competitions today.....what do they call it these days, ah yes - footfall......now you get either a comp or an AGM but not a B&B.....a real sign of the times!

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Pete

BARCS1702

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Pete,

Do you think there is a market for the the AGM and Bring and Buy being held together. It used to be in December and the turn out was good. Over the years this faded away.  Having it at Buckminster during Radioglide has not seen an improvement in people attending the AGM or the strength of the Bring and Buy. Members thoughts are always welcome.

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Hi Baldyslapnut

When the AGM and the Bring'nBuy were held on the same day at Oadby (B&B in the morning/AGM in the afternoon) it turned a chore (attending the AGM) into a "Grand Day Out" as Gromit would say. It was more than the sum of its parts. It was the once-a-year meeting of soarers from all over the country and was a very good venue for socialising, meeting old friends from the north, south-west, south-east and midlands, and even Scotland who would not normally meet in the rest of the year as the flew in different geographical leagues, For me, the accent was on meeting old friends/competitors who you wouldn't normally see, not the B&B........

Times have changed now, petrol prices limit long journeys, many people now work weekends and past their normal retirement date just to make financial ends meet, they keep in touch on Social Media, by text and e-mail and have now accepted that face-to-face conversations are now rarities - the computer has taken over from letters, skype has begun to take over from the landline phone - and so on

I remember the annual day out at Oadby fondly and as the high point of the year for BARCS members but more as a social event than as an AGM, or a B&B, or Swapmeet, I am resigned to the fact that social interaction has moved on......nostalgia really ain't what it used to be:(........

Personally, I think the memories are enough for me, I certainly wouldn't take the job of organising one i I was asked, no, ISA Nostalgia Day is the high point of the year for me now, and that's quite enough for me:yes::)

Regards

Pete

BARCS1702 

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I would ask Graham James for the facts on the demise of the bring and buy but it did not stop because the venue of the AGM changed.

It would have been minuted and I'm sure was in one of the hard copy BARCS bulletins.

The hire cost of the leisure centre increased by an unaffordable amount (doubled?).

Support from traders dwindled, for the last potential bring and buy at Oadby I believe Graham pinged something like 30 traders and only five replied, it was just not worth their while getting out of bed for.  I can't remember if they also had to pay table fees to BARCS.

Lack of traders equalled lack of BARCS members attending the bring and buy and therefore the AGM.

There was then no reason to hire the football club next door for an AGM.

I have suggested in the past a bring and buy and possibly the AGM at Gaydon on the day of the LMA show (end of October). It is centrally placed on the M40, has ample space and might encourage traders to appear as  there  would be a good footfall of people with cash in their pockets.

   Gary

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Hi GaryB

I'm sorry but I wouldn't want to bother Graham regarding the "real" reason(s) for the demise of the Oadby venue

Whatever it was it's academic now, it's gone and that's all that matters for me

Personally, Gaydon  as an alternative venue would be too far for me to travel either, Buckminster is  200 mile round trip for me, Gaydon is 170

I think you'd have to do a lot more to attract traders to any venue these days too, we've proved that we didn't want model shops, so they're gone, traders are happy dealing online now, why should they have to appear in person to sell their wares? No, we've made our choices, now we've got to learn to live with what we've got, not what we used to have..........

Regards

Pete

BARCS1702 

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