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    CLA will no longer run the CLA Game Fair

    Statement on the future of the CLA Game Fair:
    The CLA regrets that it will no longer run the annual CLA Game Fair. This decision includes cancelling the planned event scheduled to be at Ragley Hall in 2016.
    The decision has been taken by the CLA Board after the event failed to generate enough income in each of the last three years.
    Director General of the CLA Helen Woolley said: “The Game Fair is an important and well loved event with a long tradition. It is a difficult decision that we deeply regret having to take.
    “We are extremely proud of the Game Fairs that we have put on in recent years and we are grateful to our Game Fair team that has delivered these high quality, professional, events.
    “Unfortunately an increasingly crowded summer calendar of outdoor events has contributed to falling attendance in each of the last three years. This has led to the event failing to generate enough income and has made the event financially unsustainable.
    “Over the last three years the Board made the decision to invest in the Game Fair because of our strong desire to turn the event around. We have been able to make this investment because of the otherwise robust financial position of the CLA. However we can no longer ask CLA members to allow their membership subscriptions to underwrite the losses the event makes.
    “We are clear that the Game Fair can no longer be run by the CLA in its current form. We will, however, begin a period of consultation in which we will invite proposals from other organisations on how the Game Fair might be able to continue.”
    “The CLA remains committed to providing industry-leading advice and support, running a busy schedule of other national and regional events and being an effective lobbying voice for rural business."
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    Damn! I haven't been able to go for a few years and was looking forward to a return to the fray and inaugural camping weekend with YPM next summer!

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    I only went once and felt it was just a commercial money spinning circus anyway.
    The best part was camping alongside like minded people.

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    Strangely, they have not mentioned their persistent price increases, which have made it unaffordable for many people.
    The price of trade stands has soared too.

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    Where do we go now !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Long drag View Post
    Where do we go now !
    With that much cash in your pocket,you can go anywhere...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Norm View Post
    Strangely, they have not mentioned their persistent price increases, which have made it unaffordable for many people.
    The price of trade stands has soared too.
    I think the reality is that it just wasn't big enough to bring in enough money. The market they're in is events like the Goodwood festivals, the huge growth in music festivals, which all use similar sorts of venues, and the tickets for which are much more expensive than the Game Fair ones. So the cost of running the thing just grew and grew, until it priced itself out of too small a market. It's a shame though, I loved going there.

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    The CLA have brought this on themselves !!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    it has been going down hill for the last 5 Years & the midland wont survive either if they don't get there act together , was there for 2 days . its full of clothes stalls , all the big names were gone .

    this used to be the best show in the diary .

    ATB Jason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Norm View Post
    Strangely, they have not mentioned their persistent price increases, which have made it unaffordable for many people.
    The price of trade stands has soared too.
    Quite right uncle norm, can't help thinking they're a victim of their own doing
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