ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

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ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Wed Jun 22, 2016 8:56 pm

FULLY BOOKED <<<<<

If you haven't paid already can you send payment as PayPal gift to alex_wilson2@me.com in the notes please state your name and days that you'll be attending , ALSO if I haven't updated the list below , or if it's wrong in some way , please PM me.

PLEASE check I've got all your details correct and the days you intend to attend.
Especially check that if you've paid already I've marked you as such. :)


Hi everyone

Since I posted some feelers about an Acorn meetup in the East Midlands back in March, I've attended both Wakefield and the Halifax ABug. I loved every minute of Halifax and after receiving encouragement from Simon (sydney), Dave (Arcadian) and other members, I've taken the plunge and booked a venue in Leicestershire for the first-ever East Midlands ABug.

The meet will take place from Friday 27th - Sunday 29th January 2017 in the Charnwood Suite at the Fieldhead Hotel, Markfield Lane, Markfield, Leicestershire LE67 9PS.

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It is a country hotel with bar, restaurant and free parking - so hopefully we'll be able to replicate the atmosphere and setup that worked so well in Halifax. The venue is a short distance from J22 of the M1 and is about 7-8 miles north-west of Leicester city centre. If anybody is planning to travel by rail to the city centre, I'm sure we can arrange a pickup or two (please leave a message in the thread).

The room will be available at the following times:
Friday 27th: 4pm - Midnight
Saturday 28th: 7am - Midnight
Sunday 29th: 7am - 10pm (not that I expect anybody to stay that late!)

Costs: 20 places are available and an advance contribution of £15 is requested from each attending member, payable preferably by Paypal 'Friends and Family' (which won't incur fees). Each attendee can expect to be allocated half-a-table (or equivalent space) to set up their Acorn gear and/or laptops etc.

The room is costing £250 to hire - if all 20 places are taken, that will result in a surplus of £50, which will be used to buy drinks and snacks. I'll also bring a kettle and teabags/coffee (please bring a mug!).

N.B. If you are also attending ABug Bolton (November), please don't feel obliged to send payment until after Bolton has passed.

If you wish to stay at the hotel, the prices I've been quoted are £55 for the Friday night, £75 for the Saturday night or £125 for both nights. Rooms can be booked direct with the hotel on 01530 245454.

Thinking we use the hotel restaurant on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon, leaving the option of heading into Markfield on the Saturday evening for a curry. Let me know what you guys want to do!

Finally, the Retro Computer Museum is nearby in Leicester and is open on Sundays (until 5pm) so we could also opt to pay a visit there in the afternoon. It's likely we'll make a decision on the Saturday, but feel free to post your thoughts in this thread.

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Ok, that's the specifics out of the way - here's the standard blurb for those not already familiar with the ABug events:

Acorn & BBC Micro User Group (ABug) meetups are open to enthusiasts of the BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Atom and Archimedes/RISC OS machines. Attendees will typically stay for two if not all three days. The meets are always very informal and can involve:

  • members bringing their own hardware to set up and show off**
  • time spent working on hardware and programming/games projects
  • exchange of ideas/knowledge
  • upgrade and repair of poorly Acorn machines
  • collaborative work on community projects, such as software preservation, preparation/planning for displays at other events etc.
  • sale of items by members (not guaranteed, but there are often opportunities to buy bits)
  • general socialising, food/drink and the odd hi-score competition!
** = Important! Ensure that any hardware you bring that features the RIFA/Paper-type capacitors with a tendency to go POP (e.g. Beebs) have had the caps changed! We can't risk setting any smoke alarms off as that may incur charges!


Please post in this thread to reserve your place then send me a PM to confirm payment information and to have your name added to the list (20 places available).

Hopefully this will be a big success and will result in the East Midlands becoming a regular fixture on the ABug calendar! I've already drummed up some interest amongst the members of the Acorn & BBC Micro Facebook group and will be pointing them towards this thread! :)

Thanks
Alex


CONFIRMED
  1. Sixxdog_uk (Alex) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  2. Arcadian (Dave) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  3. JonC (Jon) PAID Arriving Saturday , leaving Sunday(ish)
  4. MattyJ (Matt) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  5. Flaxcottage (John) PAID Arriving Saturday , leaving Saturday?
  6. LazarusR (Robert) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  7. Prime (Phill)PAID Arriving Friday Afternoon, leaving Sunday
  8. JMS2 (John) PAID Arriving Saturday , leaving Saturday
  9. SarahWalker (Sarah) PAID Arriving Sometime , leaving Whenever
  10. FlynnJS (flynnjs) PAID Arriving Sometime , leaving Whenever
  11. Flibble (Peter) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  12. RetroClinic (Mark H) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  13. Andy Birch (Andy) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  14. nudelooney (Kris) PAID Saturday Only
  15. Simon Morris (Simon) Arriving Friday Afternoon, leaving Sunday
  16. 1024MAK (Mark)PAID Arriving Friday Afternoon, leaving Sunday
  17. IanS (Ian) PAID Arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday
  18. JG Harston (Jonathan) PAIDArriving Friday Afternoon, leaving Sunday
  19. Tricky (Richard) PAID Arriving Saturday, leaving Sunday


NO KITTERS

  1. BigED (ED) PAID Arriving Sunday, leaving Sunday
  2. Revaldinho (Rich) PAID Arriving Sunday, leaving Sunday
  3. Paul V (Paul) Saturday Only
  4. Kieranhj (kieran) Fri/Sat/Sun
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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby JonC » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:13 pm

I'm in, I can make this one! :lol:

Not sure what I'll be doing or bring but I'll be there. :mrgreen:

Edit: Saturday is definite, Sunday TBC! also confirmed!
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Postby mattyj » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:22 pm

Count me in!

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Postby flaxcottage » Wed Jun 22, 2016 9:32 pm

Count me in for Saturday, please. :D
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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby lazarusr » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:03 pm

Please count me in for all 3 days.

Thanks for organising this.

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby Arcadian » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:11 pm

Well done on organising this Alex - have just paypal'd you the fifteen quid.

Hopefully we'll see some new members from around the Midlands at this one! :)
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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:19 pm

Thanks Dave , received that.

Should be a great event , it's a brilliant venue in a lovely location.

Arcadian wrote:Well done on organising this Alex - have just paypal'd you the fifteen quid.

Hopefully we'll see some new members from around the Midlands at this one! :)

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:30 pm

lazarusr wrote:Please count me in for all 3 days.

Thanks for organising this.



Thanks Robert , payment Received :-)

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby lazarusr » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:35 pm

Just had a look at the hotel's main website. They only have 28 rooms in the hotel. I would suggest, therefore, that those who are planning to stay in the hotel should not be tardy in booking.

Also, the link provided by sixxdog_uk is to a third party booking service which seems to give very slightly better rates than are being quoted by the hotel direct. You can get both nights for £112.50 including breakfast. This seems to be part of a promotional sale. Note that there are two deals quoting this rate. One involves payment in advance, the other doesn't.

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:52 pm

lazarusr wrote:Just had a look at the hotel's main website. They only have 28 rooms in the hotel. I would suggest, therefore, that those who are planning to stay in the hotel should not be tardy in booking.

Also, the link provided by sixxdog_uk is to a third party booking service which seems to give very slightly better rates than are being quoted by the hotel direct. You can get both nights for £112.50 including breakfast. This seems to be part of a promotional sale. Note that there are two deals quoting this rate. One involves payment in advance, the other doesn't.



Good spot Robert , I guess the online booking agent get a bulk discount or something , every penny counts :-)

They had all 28 rooms free when I checked , also it's the same price if two people want to share a room (twin) .

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Postby Arcadian » Thu Jun 23, 2016 12:43 am

Aye, very good spot Robert! There are indeed two sets of room options: "Advance Purchase Prepaid Sale" and "Great Sale Rate" (which doesn't require pre-payment) and both are at the same rate. This link (for a two day booking) should work.

Might only be a few rooms available on this offer, so I echo Robert's words and advise anybody intending to stay to get their room booked on the Great Sale Rate offer pronto! :)
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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby Prime » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:22 am

Would be silly of me to miss this one as it's only 30 milesup the road from me....

Yeah I'll be there, friday-sunday.

Cheers.

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby JonC » Thu Jun 23, 2016 2:37 pm

Now booked in Sat night at the hotel, so Sunday is a definite too! :)
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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Thu Jun 23, 2016 10:02 pm

JonC wrote:Now booked in Sat night at the hotel, so Sunday is a definite too! :)



Cool :) should be a great meet , its a really nice spot and sizeable room.

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby jbnbeeb » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:01 am

Hi Alex,
Nicely done on organising a midlands ABUG meet up!

Wish I could go. Unfortunately I can't cos it's the weekend of my wife's birthday (as she's just sternly reminded me [-X )

Best of luck with it; looking forward to the photos and any write ups :)
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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby tricky » Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:36 pm

Please put me on the tentative list, probably sat and sun.

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:17 am

tricky wrote:Please put me on the tentative list, probably sat and sun.



Added matey , look forward to seeing you there.

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby daveejhitchins » Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:16 am

I'm good to go, however, to try and keep costs down (need to start saving the pennies now!) I 'may' bring the caravan, if I can find a nearby site that's open in January!!

PM on its way

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Postby paulv » Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:14 pm

I'd love to come seeing as it's only 20 mins down a country lane but even this far ahead I'm still not sure what my circumstances will be in Jan. Maybe I could drop in on the Saturday for a few hours and just say hi to everyone.

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Postby jgharston » Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:06 pm

I'm working in Derby on Friday morning. I'm tempted to pop down the road to the Retro Computing Museum in the afternoon. :)

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Postby IanS » Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:25 pm

jgharston wrote:I'm working in Derby on Friday morning. I'm tempted to pop down the road to the Retro Computing Museum in the afternoon. :)

The one only open on Sundays? - http://retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/

The Retro Computer Museum is open to the public on most Sundays between 11.00am and 5.30pm

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby jgharston » Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:37 pm

IanS wrote:
jgharston wrote:I'm working in Derby on Friday morning. I'm tempted to pop down the road to the Retro Computing Museum in the afternoon. :)

The one only open on Sundays? - http://retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/
The Retro Computer Museum is open to the public on most Sundays between 11.00am and 5.30pm

Ah bugger, I didn't notice that line. :(

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:46 am

paulv wrote:I'd love to come seeing as it's only 20 mins down a country lane but even this far ahead I'm still not sure what my circumstances will be in Jan. Maybe I could drop in on the Saturday for a few hours and just say hi to everyone.

Paul




Spot with your name on it buddy if you want to drop by. :)

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Fri Jul 22, 2016 10:49 am

daveejhitchins wrote:I'm good to go, however, to try and keep costs down (need to start saving the pennies now!) I 'may' bring the caravan, if I can find a nearby site that's open in January!!

PM on its way

Dave H :D




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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby kieranhj » Mon Aug 29, 2016 8:55 am

Hey Alex,

I had such a good time at the Cambridge meet this weekend, I'm sure I'll be needing my next ABug fix by January! As it's close to the M1 it doesn't look too difficult to get to from down my way. Please put me down on the Tentative list and I'll make some investigations as to what my calendar looks like at the end of January - I might have to make prioritise taking my in-laws to see their new grandchildren, understandably..

Cheers,
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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:27 am

kieranhj wrote:Hey Alex,

I had such a good time at the Cambridge meet this weekend, I'm sure I'll be needing my next ABug fix by January! As it's close to the M1 it doesn't look too difficult to get to from down my way. Please put me down on the Tentative list and I'll make some investigations as to what my calendar looks like at the end of January - I might have to make prioritise taking my in-laws to see their new grandchildren, understandably..

Cheers,
Kieran



Will add you now Kieran

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby jms2 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:47 pm

I've been wanting to go to every ABug event, but usually my family and other commitments have made it a bit tricky. However this one is so close by, and so far into the future, that I decided to seek official approval from my wife. I'm pleased to say that my attendance has been approved!

I'll probably come along just for the Saturday. I brought my son along to the Bletchley Park meeting and he loved it, do you think that would be possible this time?

John

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby sixxdog_uk » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:06 am

jms2 wrote:I've been wanting to go to every ABug event, but usually my family and other commitments have made it a bit tricky. However this one is so close by, and so far into the future, that I decided to seek official approval from my wife. I'm pleased to say that my attendance has been approved!

I'll probably come along just for the Saturday. I brought my son along to the Bletchley Park meeting and he loved it, do you think that would be possible this time?

John


More the Merrier , bring him along.

I'll add you to the list :)

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby flibble » Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:27 am

I'm going to sign up for this one. I know the place cos my parents live 4 miles away, so with free accommodation from them I can't really say no :D

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Re: ABug EAST MIDLANDS 27-29 January 2017 (Leicestershire)

Postby flynnjs » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:42 am

Sounds like I should be there. Please add my name.


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