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« on: October 30, 2008, 10:39:37 AM »
It was suggested to me at a UK blues gathering last weekend that maybe as the (unspoken of) recession looms and coming over to Guernsey all adds to the bill - then why not do something in England.

I know it's not the same, but that said it would be nice to keep the UK weenie thing afloat and by conscripting young Bluehome's help I could try and find a suitable genteel venue possibly on the south coast, yet near to a motorway or similar at the begining or end of the season

I have this feeling that we could well end up having our own version of Fawlty Towers....  :-X

Now, would that grab any of you UK weenies ???  Please let me have your thoughts and I will take it on a step if there is enough enthusiasum. 
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2008, 11:31:35 AM »
Richard:

'Though I'm not from the UK, I would be more favorably disposed to attending a UKweenie event if it were on the mainland (less travel for me). I would be 80+% to attend under these circumstances.

Would you still have the event in April?

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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2008, 12:19:16 PM »
I'd certainly be up for it, other commitments (and costs!) permitting. Ideally needs to be within striking distance of air and rail links, especially for far-flung weenies...

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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2008, 12:57:25 PM »
Prof, I appreciate what you say and think that if this does come off that it should be near some decent transport links, an initial thought was towards Exeter way as it has coast, motorway and airport - suggestions please!

GR, well April is good because the hotel season has not long started whilst the hotels themselves are up and running - it's also a cheaper period with more chance of getting a 'performance' room. The other time would be the tag end of September\October but that seems harder to book since the weather could well be better - again suggestions please! 
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2008, 01:23:00 PM »
I'd be interested though as before can't really offer guarantees at this stage.

It does strike me that Exeter is basically a very long way form anywhere, and not the greatest road journey either.

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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2008, 02:22:37 AM »
I would try and get to one on the mainland next year.  I also understand that Marshcat and rick218 might be interested.

I agree with Slim - Exeter is miles from anywhere.  Blueshome suggested the New Forest.  That would be close to Southampton airport for Scratchy.  It's also near Bunker Hill, who doesn't play guitar to the best of my knowledge, but could always put in a "special guest appearance".

We really need to see who is interested and find a location that is closest to the largest contingent of hopeful attendees (if that's the right word).  It seems to me there are quite a few in the south-east/home counties.  Perhaps someone (Blueshome??) could put the potential Weenies on a map and seek out a suitable place.

Whoever organises the event (seems like Richard & Blueshome are in the chair at the moment - I'm too busy to get involved) has the unenviable task of finding a venue that is amenable to a load of old blokes playing guitars and doesn't charge the earth for a room/food, etc.
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« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2008, 03:38:16 AM »
Hehe..... I had a feeling that mentioning Exeter might rattle few chains and get some reaction   >:D

So, come on weenies keep the suggestions coming!!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2008, 05:41:21 AM »
New Forest is a fantastic place- but Im arguably being somewhat selfish on that one, given that my parents live 6 miles out of bournemouth...

If there was interest in that sort of area, I could certainly make some enquiries as to venues.

edited to say that, in fact, the coast might be better in that area- given that there are far more hotels and, probably, in April cheap rates / deals to be had.  Maybe somewhere like Lymington which is also on the very edge of the forest as well?
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« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2008, 07:34:43 AM »
That's it settled then.  We can all stay with Slim's parents....   ;D

If we do go for that area, maybe I could tempt Angelina & JC Grimshaw over from the Isle of Wight.  JC could give a workshop in guitar, lap slide guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and probably lots of other things as well and Angelina could do a blues vocal workshop.  Don't suppose we could afford that kind of thing though.
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« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2008, 09:11:46 AM »
That's great Slim, thanks for the invite, now will you be telling your mummy to get the beds rady or is she a weenie and be avidly following this thread 8)  Now if she can't manage all those breakfasts I guess you had better put your accomodation hat on and give it some thought, as I could be tempted to go over and do some groundwork.

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Don't suppose we could afford that kind of thing though.

Eerrrrr..... PP have you stopped taking your pills as somehow the idea of payment has crept in here! I had a google :P and found A J&C,  would they be bit high powered for us mere weenies  ;D

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« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2008, 09:30:38 AM »
Ill give my dad a call tonight- see if he can recommend / think of anywhere ideal.

I could be really cheeky and suggest places in my home town- but its not nearly as nice as the Forest, or even come to that somewhere like Southborne just east of bournemouth where we'd have a sea view.

Ill drop you a PM with any thoughts later richard

I should say that if we do it somewhere around this area id be pretty much nailed on as I can convert it into a family holiday- leave Mrs and Slim Jnr at the parents for a couple of days.

I dont want to push it too hard and put other people out though- so if others have ideas for venues and locations, keep em coming.

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« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2008, 11:36:06 AM »
 Torquay perhaps?
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« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2008, 12:37:14 PM »
Torquay I supect is a bit too far south for this, I wouldn't mind but it makes the journey a pain if say you are coming from London or somewhere east.

NS, I wouldn't mind the New Forest as it's near to Southampton airport and I think being close to an airporto is a good idea if you think of the Prof as well and you have also got to remember unless somebody else wants to take it all on, being close to an airport makes it a lot easier for me!!!
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« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2008, 04:28:34 AM »
Near S'hampton sounds good to me as there are direct flights...

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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2008, 04:37:38 AM »
My dad is having a think about potential places- Ill let you know when that process is over!

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« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2008, 05:09:35 AM »
Not wishing to put a downer on this, but I had a firkle around the net in search of hotel type places in that area for April-ish and frankly didn't have lot of luck in seeing anywhere that could offer say 10 bedrooms. Even the 'bigger' hotels could only only offer a couple of rooms - or is that just a marketing ploy and they are holding rooms till the season ???

Now, to be realistic, it makes me wonder if we are going to find anywhere large enough that is willing to put aside 'n' rooms without a deposit whilst people slowly make up their minds whether to attend or not? That was the great advantage of the Guernsey arrangement in that the hotel was very accomodating (pun) and I'm not sure we are going to find it so easy in a reasonably pretty locality... dunno  :-X That said don't let me dampen your enthusiasm, keep on looking and suggesting  :)

Unless, we try the only place that I know would do it, that being the dreaded Swindon motel\club place which some of us know and is, to be honest petty crappy on all fronts!

 
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2008, 01:03:44 PM »
Thanks NS, will you also convey that to your father for his great effort as well.

I suppose the next step before I make any further enquiries is the dreaded number question and what I will certainly be asked first - so how many rooms are we likely to require ??? I suggest to sign up on this thread if you think you are able to register a serious interest in attending? Timing is the other factor and ot looks to me as though the hotels get into the swing of thing end April begining of May so lets work on that.

If I can get an idea of numbers then I will take it further as naturally I do not want to get lumbered with putting a deposit on 'n' roooms !!! So maybe if I can approch the hotels with firm-ish number they would make a provisional room allocation and expect some prompt bookings to follow.

Naturally all suggestions etc welcome.
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« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2008, 01:13:22 PM »
Righto- in that neck of the woods i can say Im pretty much a certain. 

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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2008, 02:04:31 PM »
And I'd be 75% certain...

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« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2008, 12:53:59 AM »
I'll hopefully be there if I don't spend all my money on guitars...
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2008, 05:53:07 AM »
I've already spent all my money on guitars   :D , but could easily be tempted - it's only a couple of hours away from me. Might be able to tempt the respective other halves of Delta Echoes/National Steel to come too...

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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2008, 10:41:44 AM »
...now that would be good....!

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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2008, 12:40:19 PM »
Now things are looking hopeful ... any more of you who could be interested ???
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« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2008, 01:50:25 AM »
1 otherpossibly silly thought...  If numbers are fairly limited, then maybe we could consider hiring a really big holiday cottage for the weekend rather than a hotel.  If the living area was big enough it might provide a decent gathering / performance space?

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« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2008, 01:56:48 AM »
Good thinking Slim - there are a few such around but we may have to cast the geographical net wider than the South coast, while still bearing in mind accessibility. I'll do a few searches this weekend and report back.
Re hotels, surely some of the larger resorts will have beds etc?

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« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2008, 02:58:38 AM »
Places like Bournemouth will undoubtedly have stacks of beds available that time of year.  I guess its really a question of balancing location, and persuading a hotel that we have enough people to make it worth their while throwing in a function room of some kind.

A nice country cottge with a nearby pub sounds like a nice alternative though. 

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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2008, 03:14:42 AM »
Another idea, to get around the notion of block booking a hotel well in advance might be to nominate a  preferred hotel (so people can commit to go there nearer the time on an individual basis), then find a friendly real ale pub nearby with function room they'd let us have for free! There must be pubs that host folk clubs or other live music events in most localities?

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« Reply #28 on: November 08, 2008, 04:54:06 AM »
Ummm... thinks  :-\ I understand the commitment thing, but on the other hand from my forays around the hotel net it seems unlikely that somewhere with even say 6 rooms is likely to available for booking on demand. The idea of a performance room pub or something is a good possible alternative to somewhere that only has the beds only.

I have to be honest and say that I'm not that enamoured with the rented cottage idea, EBA is bad enough where you theoretically can shut it all, so just imagine there would be just no escape from the dreaded nocturnal I IV V   :-X
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« Reply #29 on: November 09, 2008, 02:08:03 AM »
Richard, you should know better! Weenies don't do that thing. Cottage/house might be the only answer though.

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« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2008, 02:17:14 AM »
I've just been thinking again???????

Easter 2009 is 12th April, it would be easier all round trying to find somewhere if we set a firmish date for the event.What about 3,4,5th April? If this is not achievable then the last weekend in March.

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« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2008, 01:24:54 AM »
I'm with Richard on that one, Phil - speaking as a boring old fart who likes to get to bed on time and get a decent night's sleep to avoid feeling rough the next day...  And those National guitars have such a penetrating tone....  :)
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« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2008, 02:17:58 AM »
PP, glad it's just not me, I really do have to switch off from it and have some space as much as I love the musac.

Phil  3-5 April, as far as I know at this stage that should be OKeh, I would imagine for Easter and after the hotels etc will be taking some real bookings... let's work on that, so the next step is  ::)
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« Reply #33 on: November 18, 2008, 07:21:14 AM »
Probably should chime in here..... For obvious reasons, I am up for the new forest and would recommend Brockenhurst  >:D(I could walk and bring a few more guitars....), the Cloud Hotel might be suitable. Easter might not be such a good idea though as the traffic can be horrendous.

Couldn't make the w/e of 3-5 of April though as I am teaching people to survey for newts (you could always join me I guess...)
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« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2008, 08:02:35 AM »
Holy sugar, I've always wanted to go on newt (inebriated as) groping survey :P

Well then, can i suggest that we all book in with you or maybe sweet talk you into visiting the aforsaid Clouds hostelery and enquiring..... you know the sort of thing we are after and see wot dates they could do, if any....!

You put yer wellie right that in that one, eh  :D and  anyway, is chime the right word, surely it should be croak?
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« Reply #35 on: November 19, 2008, 04:21:53 AM »
Several of my Dad's suggestions are, I think, in or around Brockenhurst.  Natterjack may be able to have a peek at those too?

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« Reply #36 on: December 08, 2008, 02:15:46 PM »
Hi all:

Been talking this over with a friend, and there's a 90% chance of my being in attendance. If this comes off.

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« Reply #37 on: December 09, 2008, 02:31:43 AM »
That reminds me....

I did check out the cloud hotel in Brockenhurst but it's possibly a bit genteel.... :o
Have a couple of other places to investigate although it's all looking a bit expensive, plus I will have moved to Winchester by then...

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« Reply #38 on: December 11, 2008, 11:56:25 AM »
Fear not this may have gone a little quiet as things move slowly in the cold weather.

Due to the problems in finding somewhere as ameniable as the Cobo Bay hotel, the latest thought is maybe to hire a  decent-ish room somewhere for say the Friday\Satnight and leave the accommmodation up to individuals.

And to repeat... all suggestions welcome  :D

GR be good to see you - in the flesh even  :)
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« Reply #39 on: January 11, 2009, 08:23:17 AM »
Just a quickie to say this is just resting not mort, when I saw young Blueshome at the delightful Gatwick to collect my guitar the other day we had further words about it.

Our conclusion was as before! In that the best option will be for weenies to find their own accomodation close to a suitable venue (which we are working on and is of course the problem) which we hope will be in a pretty area so if you do have to travel at least there will some sightseeing or something to do other than get weenie-ised or possibly inebriated... imagine you could all bring your women folk, now wouldn't that be fun  :-X.

Natterjack.... what about a place where we could just use the function room or whatever.... any hotels fit that bill?
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« Reply #40 on: January 11, 2009, 09:11:37 AM »
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Natterjack.... what about a place where we could just use the function room or whatever.... any hotels fit that bill?/quote]

...or real ale pubs with good food..??? There's got to be a pub that hosts a folk club and would have a nice wee room up a  back stair???

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« Reply #41 on: January 11, 2009, 09:28:41 AM »
Didnt Bob Long used to be involved with something like that in Lymington?

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« Reply #42 on: January 11, 2009, 10:20:44 AM »
Looks like we are all on the same songsheet now, collectively we might get there in the end!

Ah, NS yes... that there young Bob-a-Long we have beat you to it as we actually tried to get him from Gatwick!! But I don't know if he and Phil have since spoken ??? 
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