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#1 OFFLINE   dollywobbler

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 12:43 PM

CHANGE OF PLAN

 

As seen earlier, the Fred Dibnah Heritage Centre (ie his last house) is going to close at the end of November. I much fancy the idea of a visit, so we can see some demonsterations and such like. The cost is £12 per head and I'll confirm arrival time once we've got some numbers in. For those of us travelling some way, I'm sure we can arrange an evening meal the night before or something. We can probably coordinate transport as well, as I'm not sure how generous the parking situation is. EDIT - parking is fine. Located: https://www.google.c...223!4d-2.413389

 

Please keep discussion to a minimum in this 'Fred', to make it easier to keep track of numbers. Any grumbling about price would be best kept in the News thread. If 4th is no good, 18th is a possibility. Some random info here. http://www.freddibna...tagecentre.com/

 

 


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 12:50 PM

Nahh-then, So what's happening with the place? (Didn't know about it being open t'public until reading this thread) Assume it's still got the big, steam powered workshop and mineshaft headgear in the back yard as seen on the numerous TV programmes he did? Is it being sold off or just closed so family etc can live there in peace?



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 12:53 PM

So what's happening with the place? (Didn't know about it being open t'public until reading this thread) Assume it's still got the big, steam powered workshop and mineshaft headgear in the back yard as seen on the numerous TV programmes he did? Is it being sold off or just closed so family etc can live there in peace?

 

http://www.freddibna...tagecentre.com/

 

Chap who runs it is 70, but has failed to find a buyer, so he's closing it down. There were fundraising attempts to get it all working, but I'm not sure what actually works at the moment. Probably nothing. It's just a chance to see the house and grounds.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 01:01 PM

I'd imagine getting it all working with all the steam safety certification and all manner of H&S bullshit would be a huge nightmare not to mention an expensive and time-consuming task. All that would be needed before having any chance of opening it to the public as a working museum/entity/shrine etc.

 

This is something I'd prefer to see some national lottery money spent on to preserve but I'd imagine it's not trendy or 'cool' and has no modern tech angle to latch on to so the lottery people wouldn't be interested. 


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:05 PM


1. Dollywobbler.

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Do we know if dogs are allowed? I'll check the website in a bit but it's not always clear on such things.

 

ETA: Can't see 'owt about it on t'website, if you're in contact with them DW could you ask please?


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:21 PM

Do we know if dogs are allowed? I'll check the website in a bit but it's not always clear on such things.

 

Dogs are welcome, but apparently not if they're driving. They should have plenty of parking space too. For cars. Not dogs.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:21 PM

Great, she's not old enough to drive anyway.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:25 PM

Sorry I can't make the 4th.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:27 PM

Bolton?

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:40 PM

Aye. S'pose that's a reasonable detail to include!


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 02:51 PM

After reading the reviews and photos on Trip Advisor I decided to go.

But checked the calender and can't make it that day, racing.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:08 PM

  1. Dollywobbler (4th or 18th)
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Thanks for not saying the 11th - that's the day after my birthday so I don't know what state in, and if I'll be at home or not.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:09 PM

After reading the reviews and photos on Trip Advisor I decided to go.

But checked the calender and can't make it that day, racing.

 

Now updated with alternative date.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:18 PM

3) Ultrawomble


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:22 PM

Now updated with alternative date.

Can do 18th.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:24 PM

 

  1. Dollywobbler (4th or 18th)
  2. Hooli and Lucky
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  5. Mally (18th only)

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 03:54 PM

Can't make either, both coincide with Mrs_Pillock competing in strongwoman competitions
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 05:07 PM

I wouldn't mind going to this and can do either dates. So tha can put thee name down please



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:28 PM

In view of the latest revelations in the news post.

I'm out.



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:28 PM

 

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  5. Richard (4th or 18th)

 



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 07:40 PM

I'm feeling like jumping ship as well, but I'll sleep on it. 


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:17 PM

Just so y'all know,there is no steam,no engines,no roller or traction engine,no landrover,no living van.The owner bought it originally to make a quick Buck,advertising it for sale only as year or so after buying it,but couldn't sell,so was pushed into making it a heritage centre.Clearly its not been making him enough,as he's now selling it all off for half a million more than he bought it for.His family have wanted nothing to do with the man from day one,and although a lifelong fan (big prized collection of dibnahbilia) I've never been.What made it special was Fred and his engines,they've long gone.
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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:49 PM

I'm on the fence, but within an hours' drive so not too arsed.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:52 PM

Aye, I have done a fair dose more looking into this. He was trying to flog it all for £1.25 million about five years ago. Now I believe the price is down to £400k. I'm feeling less enthusiastic. 


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:53 PM

What I will say, if folk want to go, the chap seems quite approachable via email. There is a group visiting on the 4th, so wouldn't be difficult to talk folk onto the back of that. It all seems rather ad-hoc really.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:56 PM

Yeah after the news thread I'm not as interested either.


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:59 PM

He just bought it to make a fast buck, and it has blown up in his face, esp as he was renting Fred's old bedroom out at one point as a pricey B&B


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 10:02 PM

Ok, plan abandoned. Bolton Steam Museum sounds like a good plan, but better to go on one of their steam days I guess - bank holidays only. I'll have to think of another excuse to go for a drive!


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:20 PM

Its going...


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Posted 20 October 2017 - 11:22 PM

I went round one afternoon when Fred was up and running, he was the very best sort. Heavily biased since my Dad's a Horwich/Rivington lad with mucho engineering in the genes.
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