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  1. while there is lots of Trade Union Groups there is at least 60 Community Groups such as Amnesty International - CND - Oxfam - The Food Chain - WaterAid etc. when I first started a allocation at Glastonbury was about 25 volunteers but over the years with more Groups the allocation goes down ' but if there is a group that needs extra funding they will get a higher allocation. ## big note - Not every year does the WBC make a trading Profit ' but they will make certain all the volunteer Groups are Fully paid ' ## Below is a cheque paid to Banana Link - Banana Link is a not-for-profit co-operative campaign for fair and sustainable banana and pineapple trades. They raise awareness of the poor living and working conditions faced by plantation workers and small producers in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean. and they have a large team at Glastonbury Emily Eavis, Michael Eavis, Jacqui Mackay, Melvin Benn and Bert { WBC }
  2. its a bit more complicated than that and GFL is not donating any money to Shelter { for the people working in the bars } Avalon { run by ex WBC workers } have a 'current deal' with GFL and part of that deal is their Volunteers have to be supplied Shelter - all the donations come from Avalon from the profits from their bars. The WBC runs the same system although ' they have many Volunteer groups ' and each group will get paid for the amount of hours worked by their Volunteer Team ' # there is No reduction for ticket price # I have only worked with Oxfam at two events but I did learn they were getting paid ' per Volunteer ' rather than ' per hour ' as shifts do vary from day to day.
  3. I know the cup you mean - its a small stumpy cup { less than half a 1/2 pint cup } I suspect there must have been a cup shortage as its not common to use that for coke. + the price should have been adjusted but I know in a busy bar pricing mistakes do happen { by the tent Manager }
  4. so you were with Avalon {shelter} and I am sure they would have had the prices on display on a Big board so really they cant Complain - sure they don't have a clue how much the actual production costs are but they could have gone down to the CO-OP Shop and bought the Coke there. Ice has always been a problem as it cost money to store it and to keep it cold 24/7 I used to stop people by pointing them to a local shop in Shepton Mallet - that soon shut them up. Actually most of the time Punters are not a problem at Glastonbury compared to some other festivals I have worked at - Reading used to be a right cracker but they tend to chance their arm with young female servers and would then get a shock when I would replace the server to take their order - I think it was the Glaswegian accent that would upset them but they soon stopped their messing about. The Stonebridge bar used to be run by the WBC - never worked it but did work in The Park Bar the first year it was open - smaller but No stage.
  5. it sounds like something Emily Eavis would have wanted but I could be wrong. it took time but I found it - the main problem is I know after 1987 I never bought a ticket again so I always had a crew pass { or passes } so if below is correct they had plastic weekend ticket holder wristbands up to 1998. going by https://www.idcband.com/about-us/ I quote ' ID&C stands for Identification & Control, which is the core of our business. In 1999 we introduced the UK's first fabric festival wristband at Glastonbury a product which is now widely used at festivals and events around the world. ' I have a feeling they kept issuing the plastic crew wristbands for some years after 1999 but at some stage they switched to fabric crew wristbands { they are different and they are a different colour } I moved to my current flat nearly 4 years ago and all my passes and wristbands - hundreds of them from many festivals are stored in a box but I have not found the correct box { it will surface at some point in time }
  6. Sorry but that claim is wrong as I was a ticket holder from 1979 to 1987 and although I cant find them all ' these were issued when you drove in or walked in ' now what happened from 1989 to ticket holders I would not have a clue as I never bought a ticket as I always had a crew pass I still have these and the paper tickets and I know 100% I was not working.
  7. I would not have a clue but ' if you spot any plastic style wristbands ' - some are not Ticket holders. A crew cloth ones is always a different colour to the ticket holder cloth one but if a person has to work say backstage they will be issued with a second plastic wristband ' and I know some people who end up with three.' For many years they did not issue a crew ticket but recently they have started handing them out { note there is no photo on that ticket } - but the more important pass is the bottom one - the WBC employ their own crew camp security and without that pass a person cant enter the crew camping area.
  8. I suspect you were not the only one to miss it as it was in the area the traders used to park in { so not in the collection of trader stalls } but ' what really stood out was the two Enormous doorman ' - trust me if I was not a Glaswegian I would not have entered as well - I have mentioned the rastafarian cafe before and someone did mention they came from Bristol - what I found very funny was ' no one was drinking tea or Coffee ' - in Scotland and certain parts of London ' they would be called a Shebeen ' - no way would they be allowed to trade now but a way back then there was not much checking as to what each trader was up to.
  9. yes I know - perhaps its the Boy Scout in me but ' no way would I go to a festival without full camping gear '. re ' punters wrapping a carrier bag around them ' - yes that was Very common and ' they were making it worse not better ' as they would slid all over the shop. Re ' Old market ' - did you spot the rastafarian cafe ? in a huge marquee tent 'near the top of the hill ' ## You could buy anything in there ## run by people from Bristol with a enormous sound system . they got a way with it for so many years but then GFL would not let them back on site sometime later in the 80's I used to drive down from London so found it handy being able to park beside our group of tents although I cant recall the year they stopped people doing that. Re Fires - one year two idiots who were well out of it ' dragged their own tent into their own fire ' - Not a second hand story - I was standing there watching them ' making sure they did not touch any of my friends tents ' anyway ' we survived 85 '
  10. not bad at all - Well so far I have been to 32 although each time I am asked face to face I struggle as its not easy to work out due to the gap years + if we go by https://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/history/ the total would be 35 and not 36 - there was a year in the 70's where people showed up but GFL { right or wrong } do not count that. I know I was not aware of it in 1970 or 1971 and would not have had a clue about 1979 if it was not for a festival band booker who booked a folk band in the Half Moon in Putney that I was connected to - Pilton was not even showing on a AA Car Atlas ' but we were giving a rough map on a beer mat. 1979 was the first ' 3 day event ' weekend ticket was £5 - I kid you not all the people who went with me in 1979 just dropped out in the 80's - most after 1985 { A very wet and muddy year } - turning point for me was in 1988 when I was able to join the WBC so the last actual ticket I have is 1987 { I kept all the tickets but cant find all the wrist bands }
  11. sorry about that - its a situation out of your control. I know you have been staying over with your Mother for most days of the week # every week # looking after her - A task that many would not do. My Parents ended up with Dementia but they were under the care of a Hospital and by that stage I doubt they could understand much. I know from your e-mails that your Mother has some ' Good Days ' and really its best to focus on those days. Just keep on doing what your doing.
  12. Last time I was there was in 1985 an Anti-Heroin benefit concert organised by Pete Townshend with Hawkwind and ' wait for this ' Dame Vera Lynn !!! - I kid you not. http://www.fatreg.com/picsantiheroin/CPalace.html and by the way ' many did stay for Vera Lynn ' I had mates who lived very local and they knew the layout so some of them stayed outside - we walked in and went to a tree near the wall and after so many minutes { before mobile phones } they tossed over the bevy. ------------- shame about the old stage and we did not mind the lake. a very bizarre concert seeing it was a Anti-Heroin benefit concert and I would estimate that a good 70% was out their face on this that and the other. I think there was 8 of us at it - have not been back at a concert but lots of us used to attend the firework show on Bonfire night which used to be held in the same park.
  13. sorry did not spot your post sooner - Well that is a new way to do trading - at least you wont have to pay any tax on profits !!! glad you had a good time.
  14. Did you two make it ? and is the weather holding up ?
  15. well spotted but I did note ## Purchase from a bar outlet where Barclaycard credit card payment is accepted and offer signage is present and Advise the cashier that you are a Barclaycard credit card customer, present your card at till and pay with your personal Barclaycard(s) or Barclaycard Business card (MasterCard) ## ------------ as far as I am aware they are using many Agency bar staff so they may not be aware about this so its best to store that link on your phone. it will be interesting to find out if people were able to get the discount without hassle
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