ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020: NOW FULL

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ABUG SOUTH 24 to 26 January 2020: NOW FULL

Post by JudgeBeeb » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:35 am

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ABUG South
I am pleased to announce that booking is now open for the next ABUG South.

Venue
The event will take place from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th January 2020 at The Ely, London Road, Blackwater, CAMBERLEY, Hampshire, GU17 9LJ.

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It is a combined hotel and pub/restaurant. We have been there a number of times now and to another hotel in the same chain in Leicestershire. The feedback for this venue has been very positive. The meeting room is just off the bar. They have a great selection of food which they will happily bring to us in the meeting room. They have a spiffing carvery for Sunday lunch which is very popular with fans of over-indulgence.

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 previous ABUG South events, we have been comfortably able to accommodate everyone who attended with a full table each and plenty of room to pass between tables. This is, however, somewhat contingent on people being kind enough to bring a few extra tables, as the hotel has a limited number of rectangular tables and round tables do not work very well for our setup.

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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.

Travel
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 are nearby stations at Blackwater and Fleet which are less than 10 minutes by car (and, as usual, I am sure that there will be volunteers to do pick-ups). They are just branch line stations but are easily accessible from Reading, London Paddington and London Waterloo. It is about a half hour drive from Heathrow Airport.

How to book a place
Places will be subject to a reduced charge of £10 per head (although I am not planning on taking any money until much closer to the time). The £10 charge covers the cost of the meeting room together with as much tea, coffee, fizzy pop and unhealthy snacks as you can consume.

If you wish to reserve a place, please post in the thread below or send me a PM, either through the forum or via Facebook. (I can be found in the Acorn Computer and BBC Micro Enthusiasts section as 'Justin Nathan')

If you do not take one of the above steps, you will not have a place. In particular, it is not sufficient to click 'going' in the Facebook event page.

How to book a hotel room
As at 23 January 2020, the hotel has 1 room available for the Friday night and 1 (different) room for the Saturday night.

If you wish to stay at the hotel, you can book direct through the hotel website or by phone on 0345 608 6040.

Make sure that you quote the discount code TWIXMAS WIN19SALE. With the code, the cost of a room on a single or double occupancy basis with breakfast is £58 £70. (To be clear, that is £58 £70 in total for the whole weekend - i.e. £29 £35 per night).

In the run up to the last event, as the hotel reached capacity, the discount code stopped working. You are therefore strongly advised to book as early as possible. At present, we have not yet been able to negotiate a more permanent arrangement with the hotel.


What happens at ABUG
Acorn & BBC Micro User Group (ABUG) events 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 events 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!

Rules
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 are to be consumed at the venue other than that which is purchased from the bar/restaurant
  • see below regarding children
  • the hotel is a snake-free venue; please do not bring any snakes to the event
Children
ABUG meetings are not child friendly events 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.

New members
We are particularly keen for new members of the forum to attend these events. You do not need to be working on developing a Cray 1 second processor for the Beeb or porting Crysis to the Acorn Atom. You just need to be interested in Acorn computers. People often come just to enjoy a beer and a chat. Indeed, you don't necessarily have to be specifically interested in Acorn computers. We have certainly seen Dragons, Apples, Sinclairs and Commodores (and other more obscure machines) making an appearance.

We are a friendly bunch and we will make sure you feel welcome. If you have any questions or uncertainty about the event, please feel free to PM me (either on this forum or using Facebook Messenger - I can be found in the Acorn Computer and BBC Micro Enthusiasts section as 'Justin Nathan').

Confirmed
  1. JudgeBeeb (Robert) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  2. Zarchos (Xavier) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  3. MattH (Matt) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  4. mattyj (Matt) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  5. kieranhj (Kieran) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  6. flibble (Peter) - arriving Saturday (or maybe Friday afternoon), leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  7. tom_seddon (Tom) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  8. markdryan (Mark) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  9. sbadger (Stewart) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  10. cmorley (Chris) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  11. Dave Footitt (Dave) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  12. VectorEyes (Adrian) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  13. Prime (Phill) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  14. chrisn (Chris) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  15. hoglet (Dave) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  16. 1024MAK (Mark) - arriving Friday (possibly quite late), leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  17. Arcadian (Dave) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  18. tricky (Richard) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  19. BigEd (Ed) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  20. helpful (Bryan) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  21. BeebMaster (Ian) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  22. IanS (Ian) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  23. z0m8ied0g (Stephen) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  24. gidandridge (Gavin) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  25. daveejhitchins (Dave) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  26. loudscotsbloke (Roy) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  27. oss003 (Kees) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  28. SimonSideburns (Simon) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  29. trevorg (Trevor) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  30. 0xC0DE (Kelvin) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  31. sPhilMainwaring (Phil) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  32. flynnjs (Jason) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  33. Paul (Paul) - arriving Friday afternoon, leaving Sunday evening - Paid
  34. j6wbs (Jeremy) - Saturday afternoon only - Paid
  35. sixxdog_uk (Alex) - Ariving Friday afternoon, leaving Saturday afternoon - Paid
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Post by MattH » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:46 am

Many thanks for organising this again.

Please put me down for the whole weekend.

I shall only be bringing a small amount of kit, so half a table would suffice if that matters.

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Post by mattyj » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:50 am

Count me in please. Friday to Sunday, full table please.

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Post by kieranhj » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:08 am

So soon! Oh go on then, yes, please put me down for a table from Friday through Sunday. Thanks again for organising. :)
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Post by flibble » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:10 am

I would like a table please, Saturday and Sunday (maybe Friday)

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Post by tom_seddon » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:19 am

Full table for all 3 days please. Thanks for organising this.

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Post by markdryan » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:48 am

Could you put me down for the whole weekend please? I’ll probably just be bringing a laptop. Thanks

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Post by sbadger » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:31 am

Yes please, full table for the full weekend please.

Thank you for organising.
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Post by cmorley » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:58 am

Put me down for the full weekend please JudgeBeeb. :)

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Post by Elminster » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:42 am

I have had confirmation I can go, so put me down for sat and Sunday please.

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Post by Dave Footitt » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:18 am

Friday until Sunday for me please! I’ll probably bring a laptop and possibly a beeb too :D

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Post by VectorEyes » Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:36 am

Full table for me please, Friday to Sunday. Very much looking forward to it!

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Post by chrisn » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:22 am

Thank you for organising this. Please put me down for a full table, Friday to Sunday.

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Post by Prime » Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:51 am

sign me up please, as norma full table friday to sunday please.

Cheers,

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:34 am

sbadger has done it again and found an even better code: TWIXMAS19. With this code the cost for staying for two nights reduces to a total of £58 on a single or double occupancy basis.
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Post by hoglet » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:42 am

Please put me down for the whole weekend.

Many thanks,

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Post by 1024MAK » Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:58 am

Hi Robert

Please put me down for Friday to Sunday.

Although I don’t yet know what time I will arrive on Friday (it could well be fairly late).

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Post by Arcadian » Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:04 pm

I've booked a room and will be there regardless of the state of my crocked back! (Table, Fri-Sun please). Was gutted to miss the last one ...! :(
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Post by tricky » Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:27 pm

Book me a table please.

PS You might want to accept the 20% off food offer when you book direct.

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Post by BigEd » Sat Nov 30, 2019 7:03 pm

At these prices please put me down for the whole weekend too !

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Post by jgharston » Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:09 pm

I may have used up all my holiday allowance for an unexpected event in the middle of December :( I'll know in about a week if I can manage it.

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Post by helpful » Sun Dec 01, 2019 3:22 am

Hotel booked (what a bargain!), please can I have half a table for all three days.

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Post by z0m8ied0g » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:00 am

Please put me down for the entire weekend.
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Post by IanS » Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:30 pm

All three days for me, Thanks.

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Post by BeebMaster » Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:06 pm

Thanks again for organising another one, please put me down for Friday-Sunday with a table.
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Post by Matt.price » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:37 pm

Sounds fun. Do you do these in the midlands or up north? Bit far for me, hope to make one in the future.

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:54 pm

Matt.price wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:37 pm
Sounds fun. Do you do these in the midlands or up north? Bit far for me, hope to make one in the future.
We used to do them all the time in the North and in the Midlands. For one reason or another, sadly, there isn't anyone actively organising these events other than at this venue in Hampshire and in the spring/summer at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge.

There are some thoughts about some venues in Derbyshire and in Lancashire. So watch this space.

BTW, quite a few people who come to ABUG South do travel considerable distances.
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Post by helpful » Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:22 am

It was only a couple of years ago that there were lots of requests on here for some ABUGs in the south because they were all up north!

As JudgeBeeb said, it just needs someone to find a venue and organise it. (personal request, try to make it near a station!)

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Post by gidandridge » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:02 pm

Hey a newbie here to ABUG. Can you put me down for Fri, Sat and Sun please!

I would love to bring my Electron, Beeb and A3010. So presume I need a table (not sure how big a full table is)?

I would bring a table with me, but not sure the better half will let me take the coffee table! Sadly I don't have anything else.

Hope that's all okay and really looking forward to meeting you all.

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Post by JudgeBeeb » Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:09 pm

gidandridge wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:02 pm
Hey a newbie here to ABUG. Can you put me down for Fri, Sat and Sun please!

I would love to bring my Electron, Beeb and A3010. So presume I need a table (not sure how big a full table is)?
Great to see a new face. The hotel tables are 6ft long, so should be enough room for your kit. We have 26 of those tables. Last time, most of the additional tables that z0m8ied0g kindly brought along where almost as big. So, hopefully, there should be plenty of space for everyone once again.
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