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Bill Edwards    263
Bill Edwards

Dear All

 

With immediate effect I am stepping down as Owner/Administrator of All The Fun Of The Fair.

 

The reasons are many and varied, but come down to the fact that work, family and other interests are competing for my time. I am unable to give sufficient time to the forum which has removed all the enjoyment that I used get from running it.

 

I have discussed where we go from here with the Admins, Moderators and the Forum Panel. Obviously one option was to close the forum once all the current donations have expired. The Admin/Moderators/Forum Panel (which I shall refer to as “The Team”) have decided that they will, as a collective, keep the forum open and running, but changes to the Forum will be inevitable.

 

For the time being, I will still be shown as an Administrator. I will be assisting whilst “The Team” take control of the forum, however I will not be involved in any day to day Admin work or Moderating. I will have no further input to the Forum Panel. Once “The Team” are fully operational and confident, I will drop My Administrator and Moderator status and become an ordinary “Member”. I will be a member, with the same member access and rights as every other member. I will have no further say on rules, policy, membership etc.

 

Those that have supported the forum financially, I wish to sincerely thank you from the bottom of my heart and assure you that you will NOT lose out financially by these changes. I have no further input on forum policy, but I have made it very plain that however “The Team” run the forum NO MEMBER WHO HAS CONTRIBUTED WILL BE FINANCIALLY DISADVANTAGED. You will continue to receive the benefits you’ve paid for till the end of your current subscription.

 

I thank every member who has supported the forum over the years - whether financially or with content - those that have supported me both personally when the forum has been a thorn in my side and those that have, mostly silently and unthanked, assisted with Admin, Moderating, Policy & Ideas.

 

A great BIG THANK YOU ALL!

 

All the best

 

Bill

 

NB: With immediate effect I am not in a position to help with technical inquiries, access problems, changes of email address, donations etc. Please post all such inquiries in the Forum Help / Announcements forum

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Katherine Birkett    143
Katherine Birkett

Thanks for everything you've done for this place, Bill - much appreciated. If you ever end up at the Boston May Fair, perhaps we'll meet? 

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Alan Colyer    380
Alan Colyer

Well done bill for all you have done for me and probably every other member on this site by  creating such a great website good luck in the future 

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harry monk    529
harry monk

Thanks Bill for creating the site and forum all those years ago, then keeping it going, even when you had to use your own money at times to ensure it's survival.

 

I hope you make good use of your extra time away from the helm.

All the Best

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Mike Cowey    103
Mike Cowey

Thanks Bill. I have always enjoyed the Forum with its informative content and interesting features unlike many of the FB pages. All the best for the future.

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DingRawD    505
DingRawD

Been a pleasure Bill. It was a bit of a shock to see that you are leaving, and it is a shame as you've helped this forum and community grow.

 

Best luck for you in the future, pal.

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J.Buchwald    276
J.Buchwald

Shame your leaving Bill.this is a fantastic site.wish you all the best for the future.Adie

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Huw Foxhall    1,184
Huw Foxhall

Thank you Bill for everything you done without you there might not be a great funfair website.Hope this website be here for many years.Thank you and have a great retirement good luck in the future.Best Regards Huw.

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Craig Strachan    22
Craig Strachan

Thanks to Bill, as he finally lays down the burden of running the forum, and to the team who have agreed to take it up.

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Jonathan Oakman    246
Jonathan Oakman

Thank you bill sorry I've made some mistakes in the past good luck though 

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Scott Turner    486
Scott Turner

Many Thanks Bill.

 

I first found ATFOFT when I was supposed to doing work in my IT lessons way back in 99?. I am sure I Got sent out of class for looking at it! 

 

I didn't know much about fairs then but with the forum my interest grew and I lean't a lot. Without the forum we wouldn't have all the info we have now.

 

I hope it continues to run under the new team, good luck Bill.

 

 

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Jay Foulkes    478
Jay Foulkes

Many thanks for all your hard work over the years Bill. As a relative latecomer, I can't even begin to imagine all the effort that's got this site to this point. All the best, and hope you get more time to do the things you want to do!

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Paul Needham    770
Paul Needham

what a shock reading this, all the best to you bill, hope the site lives on,

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Dizzy Gosnell    574
Dizzy Gosnell
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Bill, As a States livin', fair lovin' ex pat Limey who logs onto this site most days from 6500 miles away. I have to say a massive thank you and all the very best. Your work these past decades has been nothing short of Herculean, running alongside that little thing we call 'life'

 

You have shown the patience of a Saint and the wisdom of a Judge (a smart one) dealing with huge amounts of queries, bleats, rants and technical issues just to keep the people, fairs and fun fair hardware up front and centre on a truly global stage.

 

You have earned your life back Bill, thank you so very much.

 

Diz

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