It is with sincere regret that the Brackley Festival of Motorcycling committee has decided to cancel our wonderful summer Festival for another year.
We were so looking forward to putting on another spectacular event for us all in August. However looking at the logistics of planning and then running the Festival, we have had to accept that the risks to health, wellbeing and our reputation, and of course the financial risks, are not ones that are realistic to take.
Whilst we are all hoping that Covid 19 lockdown restrictions will have been fully lifted by the summer, it is likely that some restrictions on social distancing will still be in place. Those of you who have attended the Festival in previous years, will understand that the intimate nature of the Festival makes this issue a serious concern for visitor’s health on the day and for the townspeople of Brackley. We have had to ask ourselves whether we would be able to safely manage our local residents attending the town centre and the possible 20,000 visiting Brackley on the day. Regretfully, the answer is no.
From a financial perspective after each or our previous Festivals, we have set aside a contingency reserve to put towards running the following year’s Festival. All money’s raised over and above this reserved amount, are shared amongst our recipient charities. As trustees of the money raised at previous events, the committee is duty-bound to ensure that these funds are used responsibly. Now is the time of year when we normally start reserving, booking and paying for infrastructure and services for the Festival. If we are unable to guarantee recouping at least the costs for these outgoings, then as a committee we will be acting irresponsibly in our duties to safeguard the charitable money.
Given the uncertainties we all face in the near future we do hope that you understand the rationale behind taking this difficult decision.
The Committee would like to express our gratitude to all those who have assisted in our planning to date and sincerely hope that they will join us again in the future to help organise this and other special events.
- BFoM Team
We are delighted to announce, that we are forging ahead with planning and organisation for our 2021 event, so please put the date, Sunday 15th August, in your diaries! We are really excited and hope that you will be able to join us.
COVID-19 - The welcome news regarding the imminent vaccination programme, means that we are reasonably optimistic that we will be able to hold the event. By August 2021 a large proportion of the population will have had the opportunity of getting vaccinated and the rules and regulations surrounding social distancing will hopefully have been relaxed. We will know more as we move into the New Year and Spring.
In the meantime, keep an eye on our web site and social media for news.
The BFoM Team
The continuing threat of COVID-19, and the timescale of only limited easing of restrictions over the next few months, has left BFoM with no choice but to postpone the 2020 Festival until August 2021 (date to be confirmed).
It is the responsible decision in light of the environment we now find ourselves in. We do feel the inevitable disappointment that postponing this unique and much enjoyed feature of the motorcycling year will bring to motorbike enthusiasts, our supporters and the local people of Brackley.
The Committee would like to express our gratitude to all those who have assisted in our planning to date and sincerely hope that they will join us again in the future to help organise this special event.
Dominic Copas - BFoM Chairman
BFoM has been monitoring the developments, advice and directives very carefully. It is clear that in the short term an event of our magnitude is not tenable. The longer term outlook for an event in August is less clear. At this point we continue to make preparations for the event to go ahead.
However our monitoring of developments will continue and when necessary, in the near future, we will make a responsible decision in consideration of BFoM, personal and the National interest.
Dominic Copas - BFoM Chairman
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