I am super pleased to announce that as of yesterday, the Forest of Dean Radio Controlled Car Club has a new place they can call their base!

Thanks to the efforts of the local community and a lot of sharing on social media, the Cinderford Miners Welfare Hall has come on board to allow us to have a place to race going forward into 2022.

The Miners Welfare Hall is based right in the centre of Cinderford, and has been in place since 1929. We have been offered storage for most of the club kit that we need to run a race night, as well as exclusive access on Tuesday evenings.

For directions to save for the new place, see this link… https://goo.gl/maps/mZHAaSsGqZuf9jMn9

In terms of track setup, we will sadly no longer have the permanent circuit that we have all grown to know and love and will have to revert to a “put down and pick up” routine at the beginning and end of every night we race. This does also mean, for now, there will only be Tuesday racing sessions, but we are hoping to work with the Hall and its trustees to bring more evenings in the future when we can race.

Due to the above dropping of sessions, and the higher rate of rent that we are going to have to outlay each week, we will sadly have to slightly increase our race fees and our membership fees to allow the club to be sustainable and solvent for years to come. The committee is working on the price structure and will release this to you all asap.

Back to the venue itself. There is ample parking for the club nights, as well as a massive hall we can put down and pick up the carpet in. A stage will become the drivers rostrum, and there is ramps to make life easier for wheeling hauler bags up. The bad news for the venue is we will have to ask drivers to bring their own tables, as the tables and chairs in the current hall at the Miners club are owned and used by another group. We are bringing across ALL the chairs from the current raceway venue, so you’ll at least have something to perch on! Our planned move will happen in early march, and we will be hoping for members help to facilitate this. Keep an eye on the social media feeds for dates and times.

On a personal level, I’d just like to thank the rest of the committee for helping out and dealing with the stresses that we ended up with due to the news from Vantage Point. As well as to everyone who commented, liked, shared and got in contact about helping us look for a new venue. I was completely overwhelmed with the support from far and wide that myself and the other committee members have had, so thank you to all.

Mark

Chairman