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Sheffield and Licensing Act Bizarre

Folkiedave 14 May 06 - 06:32 AM
Folkiedave 14 May 06 - 09:51 AM
JulieF 14 May 06 - 02:26 PM
Geoff the Duck 14 May 06 - 04:25 PM
Folkiedave 14 May 06 - 05:01 PM
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Subject: Sheffield and Licensing Act Bizarre
From: Folkiedave
Date: 14 May 06 - 06:32 AM

Yesterday (Saturday May 13th) Sheffield City Council via its Cultural Events Team organisd "Chance to Dance" a showcase for numerous dance groups through the city.

The Chief Licensing Officer confirmed that no license for some parts of the outdoor events had not been applied for and that he intended to use "the morris dance exemption" to allow the event to go ahead.

Most of the dance groups in fact used amplified music and thus this exemption does not apply. Speaking personally as a retired morris dancer I find it great that we are regarded as similar to break dancing - which was attracting good crowds of young people, salsa and sequence dancing (large crowds of old people). I am delighted that the Council has managed to stretch the definition of morris dancing that far.

This is the same council that refused to regard the traditional Lion Dance as of a similar kind to morris dancing.

The act is so confusing that even the Councils themselves, responsible for Licensing, don't understand it!!!

I have been in touch with local media and I hope they will cover it.

The Act was taken through Parliament on fianl reading by Richard Caborn - MP for Sheffield Central.

http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/index.asp?pgid=1912 did link to the event.


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Subject: RE: Sheffield and Licensing Act Bizarre
From: Folkiedave
Date: 14 May 06 - 09:51 AM

Let me try that second paragraph again!!

The Chief Licensing Officer confirmed that no licence or Temporary Event notice had been applied for to cover the outdoor events and he intended to use the Morris Dance Exemption to allow the event to go ahead.


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Subject: RE: Sheffield and Licensing Act Bizarre
From: JulieF
Date: 14 May 06 - 02:26 PM

Its hard to see the logic in any of it Dave. Surely Sheffield isn't the only place running these mixed events. Are the councils talking to each other to try and get a grasp.

Still seemed to be a good turn out, despite the rain and drew the crowds and I have now Mollied in Barker's pool which was a new experience ( but need to go back to the exercise routine and invest in stronger underwear elastic before I try anything like that again)

J


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Subject: RE: Sheffield and Licensing Act Bizarre
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 14 May 06 - 04:25 PM

Let's face it Dave, when the organisation enforcing regulations is the organisation in charge of the event, you can't really expect them do stick to the rules they would impose on anybody else.
Quack!
Geoff.


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Subject: RE: Sheffield and Licensing Act Bizarre
From: Folkiedave
Date: 14 May 06 - 05:01 PM

Actually Geoff I would and will be saying so on Radio Sheffield tomorrow morning at 8.00 am.

The fact is the Act is so confusing the Councils themselves didn't understand it!!


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