The aim of the rally is to make the positive case for our place in the European Union, to enthuse local pro European groups in the East Midlands, to celebrate our European identity and to inform discussions about Brexit.
You can sign up to the event on Facebook or on our website .
As Brexit lurches on towards a potential cliff edge of no agreement with the European Union we say it is time to bring a halt to path that our country is heading along and take stock as to whether Brexit is the solution to the issues that concern ordinary people across the East Midlands.
The Lincolnshire branch of the European Movement is supporting this mini rally which will be one of a number of similar events to take place across the UK on Saturday 14th October 2017. From north to south and from east to west, grassroots groups across the country have formed with the aim of opposing the direction that our country is heading along. The Lincolnshire branch of the European Movement is one of many groups founded since 23rd June 2016. We are a grassroots run organisation founded on 14th February 2017 and are affiliated with European Movement UK .
A mini rally does not just happen. It needs money. We need to fund a PA system and a stage. We need to fund leaflets and publicity. Initial estimates of costs were as follows:-
- PA system £200
- Publicity (Leaflets, posters, social media) £300 - £400
- Flags & banners £300
- Stewarding £100
However on 29 August 2017 our lead organiser received an email from Nottingham City Council with the following pertinant sentence:-
"Infrastructure may only be sourced from a council supplier and a fee will be charged to cover the cost of the equipment hire, power and coordination of the demo/rally"
A response was sent by return that included the following request:-
"Can you please provide an itemised breakdown of costs, terms of payment etc. as soon as possible so that we can do the costings. It would be helpful if this could be on Nottingham City Council headed paper (scanned preferably) so that I have something to show would be donors, in case they ask so that they can see that I have not just conjured up a figure out of the air. It would be really appreciated if you could provide this in the next few days, as I want to get the crowdfunder up as soon as possible"
Reminders were sent on 7 September and 11 September which resulted in the response:-
"I have asked another colleague to pull together the costs/quote and as soon as they get back to me I will notify you of the costings associated with your rally"
As of 19 September costings have not been received. Therefore we are at this stage where we know we must raise funding for the rally, but do not know how much we need to raise as we are obliged to source the main equipment from Nottingham City Council.
As soon as we know the costings the crowdfunder will be updated and the target changed to reflect a more accurate projection of costs.
We have now heard from Nottingham City Council and now have a more reliable forecast of costings. The revised figure is now as follows:-
- Stage Hire from Nottingham City Council £120
- PA Hire from Nottingham City Council £144
- Stage & PA Crew from Nottingham City Council £168.48
- Marquee Hire from Nottingham City Council £25
- Transport & erection costs £28.08
- Security £120
- Crowd Control Barriers & set up £109.75
- Total Stage costs £715.31
Whilst the initial target of £1,000 has nearly been achieved (Thank you to all donors to date) , this additional costing therefore means that our provision for Publicity and Flags/Banners totalling £600 - £700 is now underfunded - therefore in order to meet this shortfall we are increasing our budget to £1,500.
This will be reflected in an increased stretch target in due course.
Any unspent donations will be retained in the East Midlands and shared equally between the four European Movement branches in the East Midlands namely Lincolnshire , Leicestershire , Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire to fund local campaigning activities going forward.
A full statement of donations received and expenditure incurred will be available to donors following their preparation after the rally.
A donation of £10 will earn one randomly selected donor a "Don't blame me I voted Remain" Shoulder bag
A donation of £20 will earn one randomly selected donor a signed copy of the of the book
"Brexit, What the hell happens now?" by Ian Dunt.
A donation of £40 will earn a randomly selected donor a copy of the book "Understanding EU Decision Making" by Edward Best, Head of Unit at the European Institute of Public Adminstration (EIPA) Maastricht and honorary senior fellow at Maastricht University.