MID CHESHIRE RALLY TO RETURN
The charity rally that ran from 2013 to 2016 at Blakemere Village in Cheshire is to return to the calendar in 2020. Organised by the Rotary club of Northwich Vale Royal, the event raised over £52,000 for various charities including North West Air Ambulance, Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support, the RNLI and The Children’s Society, Teenage Cancer Trust, to name but a few. The rally was forced to close after Blakemere Village applied for planning permission for housing, on what was our camping field, they were fantastic hosts and were sad to see the demise of the annual event.
Since 2016 a search has been on to find a suitable site not too far away, and that search has ended in success! The new venue is Lady Heyes Holiday Park near Frodsham in Cheshire, just a few miles down the road from the Rally’s first home and only 15 minutes from the M56 motorway. The rally will be held on Friday and Saturday 1st & 2nd of May 2020 and will continue to be known as ‘The Mid Cheshire Charity Scooter Rally & Beer Festival’. However, the event will be organised by the local Rotary Club of Frodsham & Helsby. Tim Henshall, whose idea it was originally, has moved to the club to head the organising team. Tim intends to continue with the theme of the festival being one of the most family friendly events in the scooter calendar. Lady Heyes offers great facilities, a large caravan and motorhome site, a well located camping field next to the show ground and for those looking for a treat, 36 glamping pods each with their own hot tub. There are two shower blocks, one for the ladies and one for the lads, and a large club house, the Vintage Teapot Family Room & Bar, serving breakfast in the morning, and hot and cold food and drinks all weekend.
The Rotary club will continue to provide a good array of cooled beers, ales and ciders at sensible prices at the much improved bar, the usual wide choice of food will be available in the showground itself. Saturday will have its usual scooter show and trade stands and the organisers are to revive the Michelin Cup tug ‘o’ war and roll-a-dice competition that always proved so popular. Ska Wars, who performed at the inaugural event in 2013, will appear on Friday night, on Saturday, The Godfathers of soul will perform their first slot late afternoon and then again early evening. And then after proving so popular at Southport and Weston, headlining on Saturday will be Marquis Drive. Unfortunately the rally has lost its original domain name so the new website address is www.heartfest.co.uk
As the rally is a few months earlier than previous years, an aditional marquee, similar size to the one in the picture, will be added to provide extra cover in case of inclement weather.
The Facebook page will remain Mid Cheshire Charity Scooter Rally and Tim will be posting updates throughout the year. The Rotary Club of Frodsham & Helsby are excited about meeting you all next year at what will be their first experience of this fantastic rally.
If you are staying off site, please don’t drink and drive, think ahead and book a taxi: