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Hi Everyone, the National HASSRA Team have informed us that we can cautiously start planning for the September Festival. How exciting!!! 

You will need to be available for 10th – 12th September.

The events are –



Contact details


Kevin Stangoe



Jason Pollard



Andrew Watson


Cycling Sportive

Michelle Hodds



Mark Sampson

Fitness Workshop

Paula Burman


GK Quiz (team of 4)

Andrew Watson



Bob Ayres


Gemma Weaver



Jason Pollard


Sports Quiz



Paula Burman


Coarse Angling

Christopher Knights


If you are interested in attending any of the above events please contact the event organiser. Some qualifiers have already taken place for this year, however you can sign up for details of the next qualifiers or ask to be a reserve. Please be aware just because you apply this does not confirm your space, the event organiser will let you know if you have a place. Please apply asap by sending your details to the organiser, deadline is 1st July.

Please be aware that anyone that fails to attend the festival at short notice, without good reason, when they have a confirmed place, will be banned from attending the following year.

All of the above is subject to change, however if any changes do take place these will be communicated to all those involved.


Paula Burman - Team Manager



I write to tell you that Warwick University will not be re-opening its conference facilities this summer and therefore cannot host our September Festival.  The scale and complexity of our events make it nigh impossible to source an alternative venue and facilities in the time remaining.  We have therefore regretfully taken the decision to cancel the September Festival. I know this will be disappointing news for our many volunteers and festival-goers, and we look forward to better times next year. In the meantime, our thanks to you and all your organisers for your patience and any preparatory work you may have already undertaken.

Best wishes,

Craig Lewis

HASSRA National Team



To all HASSRA East of England members, please be aware that we have had confirmation that the July Festival will not be going ahead this year.

We do not know if the September Festival will be going ahead yet either.

Very sad times as we will not get to see our HASSRA friends from across the UK & participate in the events that were planned.

However, the East of England Board of Management whole heartedly support this decision.

There will always be Festivals in years to come that we can participate in & enjoy the company of our friends.

We hope you & your families are safe & well.

Paula Burman – Team Manager, on behalf of the HASSRA East of England Committee

HASSRA - July Festival

National HASSRA recently wrote to Regions to update them on the latest position regarding the July Festival and to seek agreement on whether we should continue with the planning to hold the event.

Of the 12 Regions -

·                 One wants to cancel now.

·                 Two want to suspend planning (but not cancel).

·                 Nine want to continue planning.

 In discussion with the Regional Chair, Stephen Lankester and our Festival organiser, Paula Burman, our view was that we should suspend planning but not cancel.  Our preference would have been to cancel now but given a small number of contractual issues, delaying the decision to cancel for a few more weeks could mean National HASSRA would not lose the event deposit paid to Warwick University.

We are all coming to terms with the current lockdown and restrictions that are likely to continue for sometime to come and even when we reach the point that restrictions may be eased, we feel it is unlikely that these will be eased to such an extent to allow an event of between 475 - 600 people to take place.  We know that other regions don’t share this view.

With the majority of Regions wanting to continue with planning, National HASSRA has decided to continue negotiations with Warwick University in the event that the Festival does go ahead.

That said, for our Region we will not be undertaking any further canvassing of interest from our members as a participant or volunteer.  We will not be undertaking any qualifying events.  We know that people in our offices are extremely busy, many are off work to and given the uncertainties many would be reluctant to commit to attending. 

We will keep a close eye on developments and will let you know if anything changes.

 Should you have any queries on the above please send these to -

 Andrew Marzolini - HASSRA EofE Vice-Chair


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