Mudcat Café message #704437 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #47285   Message #704437
Posted By: The Shambles
04-May-02 - 06:30 PM
Thread Name: Killed by the PEL system
Subject: RE: Killed by the PEL system
This does appear in the other threads but will be of most use here.

Belper Folk Club has recently been 'raided' by the police.

We had Sensible Shoes booked who are a three people group. We have been running the club as a membership club, but we have been making people members at the door.

Two people came to the gig and I made them members, they bought tickets and stayed for about a quarter of an hour.

Paul, the landlord, had a call from the police a few days later, and he said that they wanted to meet with us, and him.

We met one of the policemen who had come to the club, and he explained that as the pub didn't have an ntertainments licence, we could run the club as membership only, but that people had to have registered as members at least 24 hours in advance, and preferably 48 hours.

A singaround session counts as more than two performers, so this applies to the singaround nights as well. Apparently Amber Valley Council are taking the matter very seriously, and we cannot afford to take any risks.

After a lot of discussion we have decided to move the club out of Belper to a new location with a PEL. But there has been a folk club at the Old King's Head for about 30 years (on and off), and it seems such a shame, but we felt that we couldn't carry on where we were.

-- Marianne Elliott