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ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:17 pm
by JudgeBeeb
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Booking is now open for the next ABUG South.

The meet will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th January 2019 at The Ely, London Road, Blackwater, CAMBERLEY, Hampshire, GU17 9LJ .
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It is a combined hotel and pub/restaurant. It is part of the same group as The Fieldhead Hotel in Leicestershire and is run by the same guy who was the manager at The Fieldhead when we first went there in January 2017. The set up is very much the same. The meeting room is just off the bar. The menu is the same as The Fieldhead. They have a spiffing carvery for Sunday lunch (which I treated myself to when I went to look round and again at the last ABUG South). :-D :-D

The venue is a short distance from J4a of the M3 and pretty close to the M4 too. There is a reasonable amount of parking on site. There is a nearby station at Blackwater which is 8 minutes by car (and, as usual, I am sure that there will be volunteers to do pick-ups). It is just a branch line but is only 20 minutes by train from Reading and less than an hour from London Paddington. It is about a half hour drive from Heathrow Airport.

Now the big news :!: : The meeting room is much bigger than anywhere else we have been in recent years. The official capacity is 110 (although I think that is perhaps a bit sporting). At the last ABUG South, we were comfortably able to accommodate everyone who attended with a full table each and plenty of room to pass between tables. Having said that, it will still be of assistance, when booking, for you confirm what days you intend to come and whether you will be bringing kit or not.

The room also contains a large projector screen. So, if anyone has a Beeb compatible projector and cable they can bring along, I am sure there will be much fun to have with that.
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Places will be subject to the usual charge of £15 per head (although I am not planning on taking any money until much closer to the time).

If you wish to stay at the hotel, you can book direct through the hotel website or you can phone them on 01252 860444. At the moment, they have rooms available for a total of £135 for the two nights. (UPDATE: thanks to sbadger for finding a promo code for the hotel - Win18Break - which takes the price down to £63.90 for the two nights. I don't know how long this code is good for I have found the terms and conditions online and the code appears to be valid for stays up to 31 March 2019, with no particular limit on when the booking needs to be made. Also, note that the discounted booking is, perhaps unsurprisingly, non-refundable. A (much) more expensive refundable rate is available.) They have twin rooms available so two people could share, albeit at the slightly increased cost of £87.80. As at 16.1.2019, the hotel has only one room left.

As usual, here is the standard information about the meetups.

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!

The £15 charge covers the cost of the meeting room together with as much tea, coffee, fizzy pop and unhealthy snacks as you can consume.

There are very few rules:
  • no hot food is to be consumed at the venue other than that which is purchased from the bar/restaurant
  • no alcoholic drinks to be consumed at the venue other than that which is purchased from the bar/restaurant
  • see below regarding children

Children
ABUG meetings are not child friendly venues because of the following:
  • there is not often a lot to engage the interest of very young children
  • people working with hot soldering stations
  • people working with potential toxic substances (lead, IPA)
  • people working with exposed mains voltages
  • large amounts of electrical cabling representing potential trip hazards
  • lots of fragile, expensive and sometimes rare equipment

Having said that, we do encourage well behaved/adequately supervised children who may be interested in an insight into computers (and, obviously, computer games) of days gone-by. In particular, there will almost certainly, be opportunities for gaming.

If, however, children become a risk to themselves or others, they will have to leave.

Please post in this thread or send me a PM (either on the forum or via Facebook) to let me know if you want to come and what days you are likely to attend.

CONFIRMED
  1. JudgeBeeb (Robert) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  2. sixxdog_uk (Alex) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  3. z0m8ied0g (Stephen) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  4. markdryan (Mark) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  5. kieranhj (Kieran) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  6. 1024MAK (Mark) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  7. sbadger (Stew) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon PAID
  8. cmorley (Chris) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  9. VectorEyes (Adrian) - arriving Friday very late or Saturday morning, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  10. chrisn (Chris) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  11. RobC (Rob) - Saturday only PAID
  12. hoglet (Dave) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  13. flibble (Peter) - Saturday and Sunday (maybe Friday) PAID
  14. Prime (Phil) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  15. BigEd (Ed) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  16. mattyj (Matt) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  17. BeebMaster (Ian) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  18. tom_seddon (Tom) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  19. IanS (Ian) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  20. tricky (Richard) PAID
  21. jbnbeeb (Jason) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  22. jubber (Robin) - Saturday and Sunday PAID
  23. MattH (Matt) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  24. helpful (Bryan) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  25. oss003 (Kees) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening PAID
  26. daveejhitchins (Dave) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon PAID
  27. thearttrooper (Chris) - Saturday only
  28. jgharston (Jonathan) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon PAID
  29. Arcadian (Dave) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday afternoon PAID
  30. Hinotori (Alex) - Saturday only PAID

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:29 pm
by sixxdog_uk
Yes please mate Fri to Sunday - full table if possible
Please matey.

I intend to actually do something this time 😂

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:39 pm
by kieranhj
Yay! Please put me down for a table for the full weekend Friday through Sunday. Thanks for organising this again.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:41 pm
by z0m8ied0g
Please put me down for the entire weekend. (Full table)

Cheers

Stephen

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:48 pm
by 1024MAK
For me, a table for Friday to Sunday please :wink:

Mark

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:54 pm
by sbadger
ooh yes please, full kit full weekend please.

thanks

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:20 pm
by cmorley
Yes please, full weekend.
Chris

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:24 pm
by VectorEyes
Table for Saturday and Sunday please. I'll be arriving either Friday very late or Saturday morning.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:34 pm
by chrisn
Can you put my name down, please... with kit, Friday to Sunday. Thank you for organising! :D

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:38 pm
by RobC
Can I put my name down just for the Saturday please? I'd like to bring a small amount of kit (Beeb + monitor).

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:42 pm
by sbadger
:!: :!: :!: :!:

I just found a promocode for this hotel. Takes it down to £64 for the two nights

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Win18Break
stew

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:53 pm
by JudgeBeeb
sbadger wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:42 pm
:!: :!: :!: :!:

I just found a promocode for this hotel. Takes it down to £64 for the two nights

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Win18Break
stew
Thanks! That's great!

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:30 pm
by hoglet
Please put me down for Friday to Sunday, full kit.

Dave

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 3:43 pm
by flibble
Me please, Saturday to Sunday (maybe Friday)

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:37 pm
by 1024MAK
sbadger wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:42 pm
:!: :!: :!: :!:

I just found a promocode for this hotel. Takes it down to £64 for the two nights

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Win18Break
stew
Thank you =D>

The code worked for me :D

Mark

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:51 pm
by BigEd
I'm in - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - thanks for the promo code.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:24 pm
by Prime
Put me down please,

Arriving Friday, Leaving Sunday, with normal kit :)

Cheers.

Phill.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:02 pm
by mattyj
Put me down for Friday to Sunday please! :)

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:08 pm
by BeebMaster
Yes please for the full weekend probably with kit.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:47 pm
by tom_seddon
I'd like a table for the full weekend please.

--Tom

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:36 pm
by IanS
Thanks for organising this again. Please put me down for all 3 days, Thanks.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:05 pm
by sydney
I'd love to come but won't know if it's possible until much nearer the time so stick me down as number 30 and knock me off if you need the space.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:44 pm
by tricky
Me please, with kit.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:47 pm
by JudgeBeeb
sydney wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:05 pm
I'd love to come but won't know if it's possible until much nearer the time so stick me down as number 30 and knock me off if you need the space.
I've put you down as tentative. I doubt there will be a problem accommodating you and it would be really good to see you there.

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:01 pm
by mattyj
Room is booked, cost £87.80 for Emma & I with promo code.
Excellent!

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:03 pm
by mattyj
sixxdog_uk wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 12:29 pm
Yes please mate Fri to Sunday - full table if possible
Please matey.

I intend to actually do something this time 😂

Bring your soldering iron! :D

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:23 pm
by jbnbeeb
Please put me down for the entire weekend
Full table with kit if possible
Thanks
Jason

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:39 pm
by 1024MAK
sydney wrote:
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:05 pm
I'd love to come but won't know if it's possible until much nearer the time so stick me down as number 30 and knock me off if you need the space.
Oi! No invitations for hit men [-X

:lol:

Mark

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:19 am
by jbnbeeb
The room also contains a large projector screen. So, if anyone has a Beeb compatible projector and cable they can bring along, I am sure there will be much fun to have with that.
I have a fancy display converter thingy called an Extron DV204, which can take Beeb input and output to VGA, which most projectors can work with. ...So does anyone have a projector :) ?

Re: ABUG SOUTH 18 to 20 January 2019 (Hampshire) BOOKING THREAD

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:41 am
by Elminster
Put me down for Saturday and Sunday, with kit please.

Once down on list I shall break news to family, after putting nobody armour.

Thanks