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Old 06 September 2010, 06:46   #1
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As quite a few of you are aware, over the last few years we’ve had a Christmas ‘do’ for rib.net members to get together, have a meal, a laugh, and hand out some daft awards.

They have always been a good night out, and been very well attended with people coming from all over the UK and overseas to join in the fun.

I’ll be doing one for this festive season, possibly at the lightship floating restaurant again, but the purpose of this thread is to discuss timing.

Up until last year it was always arranged for just before Christmas, which meant some who wanted to attend couldn’t, or had to decide to attend instead of other commitments such as works events or family commitments, and although not outrageously expensive at under £30 a head it’s an extra expense at an already expensive time of year.

The last one for various reasons was not held until late February this year, and most comments I received suggested it was a much better time to hold it. Comments such as:-
“It doesn’t clash with other Christmas commitments.”
“The silly season is over.”
“Most have recovered from Christmas physically and financially.”
“Something to look forward to in a ‘dead’ part of the year.”

So, before Christmas, or mid to late February?
Some comments please from those that might want to attend.

Personally I agree that the mid to late February timing worked well, but I’m happy to arrange it for whenever the majority want it.
I am only asking now as a pre-Christmas event needs some effort putting in relatively soon.

Let me know.

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Old 06 September 2010, 07:59   #2
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Thanks for having a go at this task again. I/we would prefer the same timing as last year. Could I be bold and suggest not the Light ship (sorry). The dinning arrangement was not the best, although we did enjoy the food. Somewhere more confortable. There are lots of places in and between Portsmouth and Southampton (or even Poole) that have waterside views.

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Old 06 September 2010, 08:56   #3
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Steve hi, hope you are well.

That’s One vote, apart from mine, for February then.

Thanks for the comment, I'm getting a bit bored with the Lightship myself and as you say it's not the best seating arrangement.

The benefit, apart from it’s quirky nature, was that they stick us up in the bow where we can’t disturb other diners and to give us our own private area, but of course the Bow area is normally a lounge so the seats and tables are not meant for dining.

I do have a couple of other ideas which I’m looking in to and will post soon, but I’d like the venue to have something different about it.


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Steve hi, hope you are well.

That’s One vote, apart from mine, for February then.

Thanks for the comment, I'm getting a bit bored with the Lightship myself and as you say it's not the best seating arrangement.

The benefit, apart from it’s quirky nature, was that they stick us up in the bow where we can’t disturb other diners and to give us our own private area, but of course the Bow area is normally a lounge so the seats and tables are not meant for dining.

I do have a couple of other ideas which I’m looking in to and will post soon, but I’d like the venue to have something different about it.


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Hi Nasher

As Steve has said, thanks for taking this on again, it's really good of you

I really enjoyed last year, having it in Feb made a nice change and was something to look forward to after Christmas

As for venue, I agree quirky/different is good. I'm happy to pitch up wherever is decided on, possibly even before dessert arrives .

Thanks again, if you need a hand with anything let me know - I'm often around the Hamble so can check out possible venues if that helps.

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Old 06 September 2010, 09:41   #5
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Differnet venue?

If you are looking for something different, hows about a mobile venue with twin "propellers" of pitch zero?

Well, not quite, Waverley & Balmoral are available as a whole or part ship to hire, and appear to do catering.

http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/groups.htm

Balmoral might be more suitable for you guys down south?
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i'm in, as i've always said, you don't need an excuse to have a bash, just some mates, there is some good venue's in southampton, down on the waterfront
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If you are looking for something different, hows about a mobile venue with twin "propellers" of pitch zero?

Well, not quite, Waverley & Balmoral are available as a whole or part ship to hire, and appear to do catering.

http://www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk/groups.htm

Balmoral might be more suitable for you guys down south?
I have been looking a something very similar, but need some more details as I don't want to go with anything too expensive and put people off.

I also have the possibility of a live band this year as a favour for next to nothing.

I'll give it a few days for more to comment, but it looks like February at the moment, and I'll post something about venues when I have some options.

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Another vote for Februrary, and this time I will try not to be ill Don't care where, provided there is room under the tables
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Will try to get there!

We enjoyed the Christmas run last year,so will endevour to make it whenever! With our very own ''F.C.''- ['Avocett'] Shhhh, it would'nt Bode well to miss it!: Good of Nasher to organise it!
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Hi Nasher,

February would be good - Try and avoid school holiday if possible, 'Her indoors' go mad if I go walkabout at half term!.

Anywhere around Portsmouth/Southampton good for me as my family still live in Fareham and digs for the night easy to arrange!

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