Wedgwood Weekend 2013
Thanks to everyone who was so good as to reply to my pleas for Feedback about this year's Prammie weekend at Wedgwood. I am sorry that it has taken me so long to start putting the feedback onto the site for you all to see, but I can finally make a start today.
If you would like to add your thoughts please email me on [email protected] and I will add it for you. I would like to have a lot more Feedback please folks - Sandra
My 15 year old daughter Grace and myself attended the weekend and loved it. We sadly didn't bring any of our prams with us as we were not sure what to expect - when I have seen photos of other get togethers, the prams have all seemed very grand and as I am new (only started in Feb of this year) I felt like the poor relation! I was itching to have a push at ALL of the prams there!! What beautiful prams there were and I am glad to say in all stages of restoration so I really cannot wait to wheel out mine at the next one.
It was wonderful to speak to the experienced ladies. Their advice and help with identifying my prams was so much appreciated. To be able to see their own prams was fantastic, I cannot thank them enough. I spoke to a lady who had come all the way from Australia!!
Grace only came to keep me company, she isn't interested in prams! (As if) That's why she has one of her own, a 1957/59 Leeway she grabbed it and clung on when I said I was going to sell it on. She said that it went with her poodle skirt!! We especially liked the reborn dolls, it was lovely to be able to hold them, they are so realistic. Grace was thrilled as she had never been lucky enough to hold a real baby. A lovely lady called Christine allowed Grace to nurse a baby for a long while. We are both saving our pocket money in the hope that she will be there next year to buy one from.
Another lady - Rachel - has named one of her babes Tommy as we both said at the same time that it looked like my husband, Rachel's Dad. When we showed her a photo she agreed and so Tommy was christened.
The only negative comment I have is the content of the talks, although they were both very interesting it's a pity they were repeated on the second day. It would have been good to have had different talks on each day for those who had bought tickets for both days. An experienced collector taking about their favourite pram or most disasterous buy they had ever made etc. I understand it must be difficult to find people to give up their time.
All in all it was a lovely weekend it was nice to share it with my daughter too. An added bonus was that I even managed to buy a golden wedding gift from the Wedgwood shop. I met some really lovely people and I really hope there will be another next year.
Hazel and Grace.
Unfortunately Sandra, people were peeved about not being able to take their prams around with them, but to be fair I don't see how this would have been possible (during busy times at any rate) without someone being injured or prams getting damaged. Would have been really difficult around the stalls, for sure if everyone in there had their prams with them. It was bad enough as it was with the few people who did bring them in, standing chatting in front of the stalls - from a purely selfish point of view, people couldn't get to the stalls to look on them or buy from them. Last year, 2012, people were spread out because so many people were sitting outside!
Maybe the way forward would be to have a large marquee with some seating and plenty of pram room. As far as I can see that would be the only way in that kind of weather, folks could have seating and keep their prams with them.
I didn't have a pram with me so I suppose it's a bit unfair of me to comment and also I'm more used to things like Steam Rallies and leaving my pram on show and not having seating unless at my caravan - or taking a seat with me! I for one had a brilliant weekend, think I talked myself hoarse One thing is for sure, you will never ever please everyone, fingers crossed for better weather next year.
this year only four ladies from our Felixstowe Group were able to make the trip to Barlaston. It was a terrible shame that the weather was against us, from the time we left home until we got back on Sunday night. Unfortunately the majority of the time was spent, chatting away in the café with our prams tucked safely away in the 'pram store'. It was such a pity as the weather prevented everyone from displaying their beloved prams to their best advantage.
Although I believe most of us, after the last event, thought it would be wonderful to have a pram weekend held over two days, we now believe that this may not be the case after all. Reason being, many people were only able to attend on one of the days and therefore there was not the impact that we had had with all of the prams assembled together all at once. Our 'expedition' also had two very long days as we had to travel up early Saturday morning and back home again Sunday afternoon, having to return the lorry (pram transporter) that night.
The talk given by the ex Norland Nanny was wonderful. Sorry I cannot remember her name. Exactly what we ladies wanted to hear. She fulfilled the brief perfectly. We all loved everything about it including the photos and personal items she had to show. Unfortunately I think that the gentleman who gave the earlier talk may have misunderstood and although he had put a lot of work into his presentation, I do not think he had enough knowledge of the various models and makes of coachbuilt prams. In fact I and others had the impression he did not even hold any affection for them, which is not what we ladies like to hear. Yes, they may have been difficult to manufacture but there must have been some lovely stories around of them being assembled and of characters working on the shop floor. I presume that there are very few of the original Wilson or Silver Cross work force left now to reminisce which is such a pity.
One thing I would like to say is that the Staff at Wedgwood were so wonderfully accommodating and did everything they could to make our time with them enjoyable. Of course they had no control over the weather, but they kept cheerful and helpful from beginning to end. It must have been a nightmare for them.
I have attached a few photos I have of the Wedgwood 2013 event which I hope you might like to see and possibly use on your website. One of the photographs I love is of Kath taking delivery of her Wilson La Dauphine which Nathalie brought over for her from France. It was the first time she had seen it and you can see by her face just how thrilled she is with it.
Love too the one of Gaye, the Director of Wedgwood, cuddling Dee's teddy whilst chatting away in the 'pram store' and also the one of Annemarie (also of Wedgwood) trying to get us ladies into position for the pram parade, always a practically impossible job as you can imagine!
Penny's pics are to follow folks, sorry I can't do them today - Sandra
I have also done steam rallies and found my time at Wedgwood brilliant, I enjoyed it. I do think a room or space for people to sit with their prams so they can be seen would be a good idea. The security in the store area was very good though, but there again, I have since heard of some damage to prams. The selling room I though should be bigger and prams with real babies in them should be allowed in, I had my grandson this year and couldn't get in there.
I like the idea of showing how to do a hood and apron just to show it's not a s easy as people think, also how to take spokes out and put back in. I for one had a great time met lots of lovely ladies and will go again.
(This lady asked for her name to be with-held - Sandra)
My feedback on Wedgwood, first I really enjoyed last year and this year and still did not get around all of the talks or the museum itself! Keep it two day if possible, I would love longer, maybe over a bank Holiday weekend, would that cost too much perhaps?
I thought it was good to walk around the stalls without prams, more room. The weather had a bit impact on this year, which was a shame.
One thing that would help me personally and maybe others who travel a long distance is pram storage. It would help to take prams straight to Wedgwood to that store room they had available during the day. It would save me having to dismantle and reassemble every time we went back to the hotel and vice versa. Although there was lots of help around and laughs and we all helped each other. But this may not be feasible and insurance would be necessary etc but it is a thought.
The Pram Store during the day was a great idea.
Loved the one talk I got to with the Norland Nanny.
Could demonstrations of hood and apron making take place? Pram lining and 'stuffing' could be included maybe? Wheels re-spoking etc
Is there a choreographer amongst us who can organise the pram parade? Maybe prams parading grouped according to make/age/ model?
Maybe just leave it as it is and be grateful that Wedgwood will continue to host this event in future, not sure if they make anything out of it? Hassle factor comes into it I would think too.
My thoughts for what they are worth, Linda
Hi Sandra, I am so glad the photographs arrived, I am not very good at sending them.
I don't mind at all if you put my name on the write up , I am not sure I am any good at it but here goes.
We arrived at the Wedgwood Pram event on the Friday evening and were greeted with a glass of bubbly and a beautiful cake. The cake was a beautiful baby blue with a pram in icing on the top of it.
I was excited and amazed at all of the different makes and models of prams I think there must have been around 60 and not one model seemed to be duplicated, there were Marmets, Royales, Silver Cross etc. Modern prams, Victorian prams and some in between.
The cafe and the Wedgwood shop were lovely and the food very good value for money. Although it was raining cats and dogs, I still managed to have my picture taken with my pram in front of a Bentley, just like the famous advertising poster all those years ago.
The stalls were amazing, I came home with a 1990 Silver Cross pushchair purchased from a very nice lady and ordered a miniature pram, a replica of my daughter's pram in the 70's from Robertson Miniatures, his prams are superb.
I have always wanted a Silver Cross coachbuilt pram since my children were small. I had a blue twin pram and a single green lover's knot pram for my daughter, I purchased one from London for my birthday this year and have it in the hallway so I can look at it everytime I come in. It was such a joy to be able to push it around the Museum and not feel self conscious because I didn't have a baby in there. Since then I have taken my Grandaughter to Exbury Gardens in the New Forest in it. Heavenly.
I hope to go back next year and hope I can meet you there too. It was a shame that you couldn't attend this year. It was a joy to see all of those lovely prams and chat to the owners.
I hope that this is ok Sandra, feel free to edit it if you need to.
Kind Regards, Gillian,
(aged 66 and in my second childhood!)
Gillian sent photographs which will follow.