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Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:11 pm
by Elminster
Ignoring the fact they need people to organise them, do we need more events, and if we did where would they be?

Currently. Have a north, sourth, midlands and Cambridge (and Canada), and the Risco OS events.

Or do we have the right amount?

Re: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:05 pm
by 1024MAK
Elminster wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:11 pm
Ignoring the fact they need people to organise them, do we need more events, and if we did where would they be?

Currently. Have a north, sourth, midlands and Cambridge (and Canada), and the Risco OS events.

Or do we have the right amount?
Duncan, this would be better in it's own thread. Then you can have a poll :wink:

Mark

Re: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:17 pm
by Elminster
Not falling for that, before you know I would be the national organisation coordinator of events.

Re: ABUG Cambridge Sept 7th-9th 2018 BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:30 am
by flibble
Elminster wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:17 pm
I would be the national organisation coordinator of events.
Seconded! :lol:

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:50 am
by tricky
I was just trying to decide which category to vote for our new national organisation coordinator of events, then I noticed that we don't have to choose, we can vote for all four ;)
Three cheers for our new national organisation coordinator of events =D>

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:31 am
by Elminster
Hmmm. What is the compensation package. £250k a year with free travel and a pension?

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:33 am
by JudgeBeeb
Elminster wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:31 am
Hmmm. What is the compensation package. £250k a year with free travel and a pension?
Sadly not. But, based on my experience, you do get all the Frazzles you can eat.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:42 am
by Elminster
JudgeBeeb wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:33 am
Elminster wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:31 am
Hmmm. What is the compensation package. £250k a year with free travel and a pension?
Sadly not. But, based on my experience, you do get all the Frazzles you can eat.
I always wondered, where do the frazzles come from? They just seem to appear. Is there a frazzled fairy?

I could do a North Essex ABUG but I suspect now T.Banana has moved I would be the only one there. Lots of caravan sites here.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:31 am
by danielj
Jaywick?

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:16 am
by Elminster
danielj wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:31 am
Jaywick?
Now there is an idea.

http://www.jaywickmartellotower.org/Hire/

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:57 pm
by jbnbeeb
These are the Acorn events this yr I know of off top of my head (I think there a couple of RISC OS events in South West I'm missing)

Jan ABUG Manchester
Apr Wakefield RISCOS show (1 day event)
Jun ABUG Camberley
Sep ABUG Cambridge
Oct London RISCOS show (1 day event)
Nov ABUG Leicester

I guess it's the ABUGs that garner most interest on Stardot as they're more oriented to working on projects rather than being a show.

I think previously we have had 5 or 6 ABUGs in a year, whereas this year the total will have been 4. I think if we try for 6 next yr, likely using a couple of venues twice across the yr, that ought to better meet demand...

Edit: LOL re the voting options :lol: :lol: :lol:

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:23 pm
by davidb
Elminster wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:16 am
Now there is an idea.

http://www.jaywickmartellotower.org/Hire/
Or, for more exclusive events: Fort Clonque. ;)

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:27 pm
by daveejhitchins
Elminster wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:31 am
Hmmm. What is the compensation package. £250k a year with free travel and a pension?
No . . . No . . . No . . . You get that warm feeling for doing something for your fellow Star-Dotters - worth far more than money :mrgreen:

Dave H :D

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:16 pm
by Elminster
daveejhitchins wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:27 pm
Elminster wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:31 am
Hmmm. What is the compensation package. £250k a year with free travel and a pension?
No . . . No . . . No . . . You get that warm feeling for doing something for your fellow Star-Dotters - worth far more than money :mrgreen:

Dave H :D
Does the mortgage coming except feelings as repayment these days [-o< I may have missed that memo

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 10:30 am
by CMcDougall
We need something further up (saves me travelling 5hrs at 90mph!)
I stay near Edinburgh, so Newcastle is okay too, which will make it easy for Simon, & also DaveH as he stays not that far away from there either.

& if only us 3 turn up, then I can confirm Simons tea is very good (no offence beebMaster, your cups ARE better :wink: ).

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:07 pm
by sydney
Yeah. Somewhere near Newcastle would be great. I'm not volunteering. Yet.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 12:12 pm
by danielj
Howsabout York?

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:04 pm
by sydney
I could probably do York as it's only about an hour away.I could miss the Friday, work early Saturday morning, drive down for the day, stay somewhere cheap and return in time for a Sunday evening shift.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:39 pm
by Elminster
No more votes for jaywick then.

Perhaps we could create our own commune and live together in retro harmony, everyday an ABUG day.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:54 pm
by danielj
I'd fear for the fidelity of the power supply...

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:10 pm
by 1024MAK
danielj wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 3:54 pm
I'd fear for the fidelity of the power supply...
Never mind that, imagine the scene in summer: the place stacked out with warm Beebs and other retro gear, everywhere rather toasty with the heat. Hence the air conditioning going at full pelt. Then a Rifa capacitor lets go... Followed by a mass stampede as ABUGers flee the stinky smoke. As they rush out into the bright sunlight, they all cry with pain as their eyes take a while to adjust after being indoors for far too long...

Mark

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:06 pm
by Kazzie
Looking at where ABug meets have been held in the past (and speaking as one who hasn't attended one yet), I feel the parts of GB that are less well covered are Wales, Scotland and the South West of England. But perhaps there aren't any held there because there aren't enough members in those areas, which is fair enough.

ABug North meets are currently the nearest neighbour for North Wales and Scotland. For North Wales, Manchester (or anywhere in Lancashire/Cheshire) is reasonably close, but I feel Halifax would be pushing it a bit. But on the other hand, I'd hazard a guess that Halifax could be more convenient for Scotland; it surely is for the North-East of England. I'll let others who live further north than I do to speak further on that (as they already seem to be doing).

People in South Wales and the South West of England might be tempted by a meet in the Cardiff/Bristol/Gloucester/Bath area, while still being central enough for existing attendees to feel they aren't marching too far out of their way.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:49 pm
by Elminster
It just takes someone to organise it. Preferably who lives in that part of the country. I am sure Bristol would be quite a good one, plenty of people around there. But I am only volunteering to organise them near me, and no one wants to come here, so I am off the hook.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:05 pm
by JudgeBeeb
The date for ABUG South in Hampshire is now fixed for 18 to January 2019. See this post: viewtopic.php?f=25&t=15668#p215010.

As for meets in the North and/or around Bristol, as Elminster says, they need someone to organise them. Having organised one successful meet, I am happy to provide some informal support to anyone who wants to take either of these on. I am sure there are others, more experienced than, me who would be happy to do that too.

However, again as Elminster says, the actual organising does need to be taken on by someone who lives near the venue.

Re: Do we need more ABug meets? If so, where should they be?

Posted: Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:07 pm
by helpful
Elminster wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:49 pm
It just takes someone to organise it. Preferably who lives in that part of the country. I am sure Bristol would be quite a good one, plenty of people around there.
The SW Show is moving to a new venue next year, The Arnos Manor Hotel, which is closer to the centre of Bristol. From my brief visit there I think it would make a good ABUG venue too. Maybe try contacting the Bristol users group to see if they want to get involved in setting up an event?

Bryan.