It has been announced that this year’s Grand Henham Steam Rally will be staged at Trinity Park in Ipswich, home of the Suffolk Show, rather than its usual venue at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk.
This decision was taken by the Rally’s organisers after lengthy negotiations with the owners of Henham Park failed to produce a contract acceptable to both parties. Mike Powell-Evans, Chairman of the Rally’s organising committee, says he is disappointed with the outcome
"Henham Park is the spiritual home of the rally and has been its venue for most of its 40 year history, so this decision was not taken lightly." he said. But he added "The Henham Steam Rally has become an important event, not least for the thousands who take part but also for the many charities that use it to raise thousands of pounds each year. It’s therefore very important that it continues and this change of venue will allow it to do so."
As the rally is due to take place on the 19th and 20th September, the organisers felt they had no choice but to make this decision now and were pleased that Trinity Park were able to accommodate them.
Over the years, for a number of reasons, the Henham rally has been forced to move to new locations and on each occasion it has proved very successful. The organisers are confident that this move to Trinity Park, on the edge of Ipswich, the county town, will prove to be the same as it offers new facilities and an opportunity to reach a new audience.
We have a new venue! This year, the rally is going to be held at Trinity Park, near Ipswich. Trinity Park is the home of the Suffolk Show and we're honoured to be holding the rally in the same venue as such a special event.
More details coming soon!
A 'thank you' party was held recently by the organisers of the Grand Henham Steam Rally for all those who helped in staging last year's very successful event. The party, which was held at the Southwold Golf Club, was attended by over 70 people.
During the evening the chairman of the organising committee, Mike Powell-Evans, thanked all those involved in helping to make the very special 40th Anniversary Rally such a success. He then presented cheques worth, in total, over £30,000 to the three main charities supported by the rally, plus a donation to the local RNLI, a charity chosen by the organising committee as their additional 'good cause' for 2014.
In thanking all those present, the chairman made particular reference to the many people who put so much time and effort into helping make the rally such a success even though they are not directly involved with the main sponsoring organisations.
This year's Grand Henham Steam Rally, on 19th and 20th September, will be paying a special tribute to Garretts of Leiston in addition to the extensive display of vintage machinery and a full programme of family entertainment. It's a formula that has established the rally as such a major event in the area.
We're getting the website ready for this year's rally - if you'd like to enter an exhibit or have a stall, please read through the information on the Exhibitors & Stallholders page. Make sure you follow us on Facebook & Twitter too!
1 January 2015:
Happy new year - we're already looking forward to the 2015 rally!
28 September 2014:
We've have some programmes from this year's rally for sale in our online shop. Maybe you'd like one as a souvenir of a great day out or to add to your collection? Postage is free & we only have a limited number.
26 September 2014:
Great coverage in the Lowestoft Journal this week:
Lowestoft Journal 26/9/14