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MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« : 08.11.04 at 20:55 »

Hi there!
 
That Leslie Moss and I have been speaking together (and with others at PoD04) and have decided to ask for expressions of interest in the concept of a meeting for MVs around and about Herts, Beds, Bucks and Mddx.
 
(We invite others in other parts of the country/planet to do the same, of course).
 
Some time ago now, we did actually manage such a meeting.  I believe it was in Wheathampsted (but that is not important).
 
The proposed meeting would conform to the following suggested rules:
 
1.  No one talks about the meeting.
2.  Ignore Rule 1 when appropriate.
3.  Attendence at the meeting is entirely optional.
4.  We'd meet somewhere where alcohol, soft drinks and beverages were all available.
5.  The location of the meeting would be roughly central to those coming.
6.  We can talk about anything we like at the meeting.
     (Particularly the people that don't come Smiley)
 
If we need an excuse:  Let it be Christmas.
If we need a timescale:  Let it be before then.
 
Any takers?
 
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #1: 08.11.04 at 22:57 »

on 08.11.04 at 20:55, JtJ wrote:
Any takers?

 
Aye, JtJ, count me in. May I request the chosen venue has real ale? Tongue
 
Cheers
 
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #2: 09.11.04 at 11:00 »

Count me in Julian.
 
I second Paul's comment about real ale.
 
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #3: 09.11.04 at 12:11 »

Hi Chorus
 
And me, please, Sclonchmaster!
 
Some may remember that we had a go at creating regional 'sclonches' (Carole's word) three or four years back.  In the light of evidence from PoD, it would be good to hear of any similar initiatives in the Midlands, North or South West.
 
Cheers
 
Andy
(no longer with PoD blues in Milton Keynes, MK!)
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #4: 09.11.04 at 19:42 »

Interested, though I'll be away from 14th December till 12th January.
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #5: 09.11.04 at 22:56 »

As one of the original Herts/Beds/Bucks schlonchees, and given that a leaking water cylinder kept me away from PoD last week  Cry, I'd be grateful for any MV fix that I can get.  So count me in.  
 
Anyone know which particular area of this site deals with refunds?  Wink
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #6: 11.11.04 at 18:20 »

Hi there!
 
Well....there we are.
We have 6 expresions of interest.
Quite enough for a sclonch.
(Not sure I've spelt that rite).  Yes! I have!
 
And if anyone else wants to come....that's Ok too.
 
I'll do some triangulations and get back soon about a possible location.
Then we'll need some local knowledge about a venue....and, of course, a date.
 
Ah....the power of the Internet once again.
 
Does anybody have any questions?  Grin
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #7: 11.11.04 at 19:40 »

Hi there!
 
Triangulations complete.
Sorry it took so long.
 
I have been checking your member profiles (including Leslie's, of course).
[ "Secret Drinker"'s is helpfully labelled:  "England" ].
 
And....
Optimum location seems to be:
 
Hemel Hempstead!  Well fancy that!
Actually, an indeterminate point just North of HH in fact.
 
If everyone is prepared to travel in that direction, perhaps I can suss out a venue?
Now....
All we need is someone from HH who has local knowledge of, er....locals.
 
Any volunteers?
 
"Yes, ME, my Captain!"
 
Thank you, Julian!
 
I'll get back to you....
But, in the meantime, any feedback at all on the above more than welcome.
 
Here comes the Smiley....
 Kiss
 
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #8: 11.11.04 at 20:32 »

Julian, Hemel or thereabouts sounds particularly good. If it's midweek, then I should be able to work out of our Hemel office for the afternoon, andf if it's a weekend then it's only a 45 minute drive from home.
 
Suggest we involve a meal in this somewhere. Speaking as a non-beer and sparing wine drinker I won't manage an entire evening limited to liquid refreshment.
 
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #9: 11.11.04 at 17:27 »

on 11.11.04 at 19:40, JtJ wrote:
I have been checking your member profiles (including Leslie's, of course).
[ "Secret Drinker"'s is helpfully labelled:  "England" ].

 
Well, it's where I live, innit? I put that there when I was trying to be Secret, but Steve blew my cover (uncoveted of course) Wink
 
(The 2005 GBG lists no pubs in HH, unfortunately. I don't know if it's near enough, but the Hollybush at Redbourn sounds a good possibility - does any of the sclonchers know it? It does food and has a restaurant area too. Further details available should they be required.)  8)
 
Cheers
 
Paul
 
No longer secret in England Sad
 
('ere, why didn't that 8) emoticon work? Looks like a bug to me  Tongue )
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #10: 11.11.04 at 18:12 »

Hi there!
 
(We'll have to wait and see what others think, of course, but....)
 
I have myself been to the Hollybush.  It has parking, loads of room and is (fairly easy) to find.  Quite pleasant inside too.  The kind of pub where a gentleman can hear himself think.  At least it was a short time ago.
 
Probably have chrome chairs and an Internet Juke Box by now?!  Wink
 
I was assuming that this would be a midweek event.
Unless (any of) you think different?
 
Stone me....if we were running the world, we'd have things sorted in no time at all.
 Cheesy
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #11: 11.11.04 at 18:32 »

Hi!
 
The White Lion in Apsley on the old A41 was in the 2003 GBG (haven't got the current edition).  There's also The Saracens Head in Kings Langley about a mile nearer the M25 on the same road.  Not been in either but The Saracens Head is more attractive from the outside.  Neither listed 'music' as a feature.
 
There's also a pub at Water End about a mile north of Hemel on the Leighton Buzzard road.
 
Can't remember what's in Hemel old town centre.
 
I could reconnoitre these if you wish.
 
Colin
 
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #12: 11.11.04 at 18:34 »

Having eructated that lot I forgot to say that Redbourn is fine.
 
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Re: MV Sclonching (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #13: 12.11.04 at 09:44 »

on 11.11.04 at 18:12, JtJ wrote:
Hi there!
 
(We'll have to wait and see what others think, of course, but....)
 
I have myself been to the Hollybush.  It has parking, loads of room and is (fairly easy) to find.  Quite pleasant inside too.  The kind of pub where a gentleman can hear himself think.  At least it was a short time ago.
 
Probably have chrome chairs and an Internet Juke Box by now?!  Wink
 
I was assuming that this would be a midweek event.
Unless (any of) you think different?

 
Midweek is fine by me, if we can agree on a date that suits everyone.
 
The Hollybush sounds very nice from the description in the GBG (I don't have it to hand now, but if anyone wants more info I can provide it later). Meanwhile, here's a nice photo of it. And here's a webpage with a bit more about it.
 
Cheers
 
Paul
 
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #14: 12.11.04 at 10:32 »

Hi HBBM Sclonch
 
Regrettably I'd probably not be able to attend a midweek Sclonch. I work until 8pm Monday to Thursday inclusive - although that may change in a couple of months' time - and am free on alternate weekends only.
 
But please don't let that influence your collective decision if a midweek meet is otherwise favourite.
 
Cheers
 
Andy
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #15: 13.11.04 at 00:01 »

Is it helpful to know that I am agreeable about almost anything.  Thursday evenings are usually filled for me otherwise almost anything goes.
 
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« Reply #16: 15.11.04 at 12:19 »

Hi there!
 
Time for a Summary then....
 
We have 8 expressions of interest, some with riders, as follows:
 
Secret Drinker
JtJ
Colin Crooks
Andy Love
(not available midweek)
El Greko  (away from 14/12/2004)
Richard Whiting
Leslie Moss
Theo Clarke

 
I think it would be a great shame if Andy Love couldn't be there.
Shall we try a Saturday or Sunday evening?
 
If we do, it would have to be....
 
Saturday 27 November
Sunday 28 November  (difficult for JtJ)
Saturday 4 December
Sunday 5 December  (difficult for JtJ)
Saturday 11 December
Sunday 12 December
 
If it's midweek, the following Wednesdays suggest themselves....
 
Wednesday 24 November 2004
Wednesday 1 December 2004
Wednesday 8 December 2004
 
I'm inclined to go for the Hollybush in Redbourne.
I'm sure there are others suitable (and thanks for the suggestions).
Perhaps we can try one of them for the NEXT meeting?
 
So....
Feedback welcome.
What do you think?
 
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Re: Sclonch Summary....
« Reply #17: 15.11.04 at 12:39 »

on 15.11.04 at 12:19, JtJ wrote:
I think it would be a great shame if Andy Love couldn't be there.
Shall we try a Saturday or Sunday evening?

 
I agree, it would be a shame if arch-scloncher Andy couldn't enjoy the sclonchmungousness of the occasion.
 
But Andy, would a Friday night be OK for you? You did say you were tied up Mon-Thursday till 8pm, but you didn't mention Friday. Perhaps Friday would be easier than Sat or Sun for other sclonchers? (It probably is for me, the way things are shaping up.)
 
Perhaps the best way forward would be for Andy to say which dates he is definitely available in Nov/Dec, and take it from there.
 
As for the dates JtJ has suggested, I'll have to check the diary which isn't to hand at present for the weekends - some weekends are better than others, but the midweek dates are all OK (I think). However, I think we should wait for Andy's response before we do anything else - over to you, Andy!
 
Cheers
 
Secret
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #18: 15.11.04 at 13:12 »

I can make Saturday 4th - and at a push, 11th - of December...
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Re: MV Meeting (Herts, Beds, Bucks, Mddx)
« Reply #19: 15.11.04 at 17:29 »

Of mooted dates, the following are OK by me:
 
Friday 26 November 2004
Wednesday 1 December 2004
Friday 3 December 2004
Wednesday 8 December 2004  
Friday 10 December 2004
Sunday 12 December 2004
 
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