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Ruth Archer Mumford & Sons - Brits Performance Live (102* d) RE: Mumford & Sons - Brits Performance Live 18 Feb 11


"And I have that 'officially' from the BBC team themselves."

Rubbish. Re-writing the past does not make your version of the past true. The BBC actually threatened you with legal action if you did not stop harrassing their staff - you put the bloody e-mail on line, so we all saw it (you seemed to find it hilarious at the time, but your sense of humour has always eluded me). Even now they shudder when they talk about you.

You got yourself banned from the BBC board for being obsessive about bands, attacking other members, and generally being a holy nuisance.

Similarly, you have never been anything to do with Sidmouth FolkWeek, and your ex-husband used to run some open mic sessions. You know absolutely nothing about the inner workings of the festival, and nothing you say about it comes with any authority. As with everything else in your strange little world, you have made up a lot of destructive lies with the intent of doing as much damage as possible. You really need to get some professional help. But just to set the record straight once and for all:

No one wanted Sidmouth FolkWeek to fail. No one was waiting in the wings to swoop and take over. The truth is that after 3 years of being run by a team of volunteers (including your husband), the festival was many tens of thousands of pounds in the red. The current board stepped up to the plate and bailed out the festival, which at that point really WAS in danger of dying, managed to convert some loans from local councils to grants and reducing (yes, reducing) the standing debt to 60k - which the current 3 directors covered from their *own pockets*.

I personally took a pay cut of two-thirds from my previous position in order to come on board and work for the festival in 2009 (so you can chuck your conspiracy theories about how I was plotting to take over the festival right out the window - the sale of my house actually subsidised me working for Sidmouth in my first year). Our technical partners, Stage Electrics, also did their best to help us through a difficult financial year. But we changed a lot of how things had been run previously - developing programming, and most important putting much-needed budgetary controls in place. The upshot is that, in my first year of the festival (2009), we made a surplus revenue of 20k. In 2008 the festival had LOST 20k. Last year, 2010, we made a surplus of 30k. The debts (run up during your ex-husband's time) are being paid off, we have new partnerships with nationally significant venues to tour shows we are originating, and the future looks pretty good. But in these difficult financial times, nothing can be taken for granted, so anyone continuously slinging lies and willful misinformation at the festival could still cause it substantial harm.

Nothing I have said is not already in the public domain. It has been explained to the businesses and the people of Sidmouth, who are completely on side - because EVERYONE wants the festival to survive and thrive, as it's good for the folk world and good for Sidmouth. Everyone, of course, except for a sad and embittered woman somewhere in Devon, who has decided that she must overthrow her "enemies" no matter how much damage she does or who else gets hurt. Mudcat have already removed three posts by her about Sidmouth from this thread and twice identified her as a troll, so I am sorry if this seems irrelevant, but I will not cower in a corner any more while she feels free to sling mud all over an event whose only sin is to be doing okay, no thanks to her.

So Lisa/Lizzie, please take your vivid imagination and your conspiracy theories elsewhere. Put your considerable energies into something - anything - constructive. But leave me and Sidmouth FolkWeek out of your nasty campaign. Again, I would be grateful if you do not speak to me or refer to me, or the organisation I work for, in future. I want nothing to do with you.




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