Autumn 2008 - Workshop/Gathering proposal

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Autumn 2008 - Workshop/Gathering proposal

Post by PAUL O » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:44 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Hello to all, hope everyone is well. I'm thinking of arranging the Autumn workshop for this year - time is creeping along at a fair old speed so need to be quick :lol:

Proposed venue - The Lake District - (Keswick)
Proposed dates - Thursday 30th October to Sunday 2nd November 2008.

Can I gauge interest from those who would SERIOUSLY consider coming along. I emphasise the word "serious" as I will try and arrange one location for accomodation/conference facilities.

Please let me know ASAP as I will need to get things rolling if it is to go ahead. It would help if you could let me know how many days you plan on coming along for too!!

If anyone who is planning on attending would like to "do a turn", demonstrate a technique/equipment during the evening sessions then please feel free to let me know and we can arrange an informal programme of evening entertainment!

Same rules as previous workshops:

No charge - everyone simply pays for their own accommodation and food.
Newbies and experienced all welcome.
Emphasis on exchanging ideas and basically having a pleasant few days in excellent company talking LF.
Attendees are welcome for all or part of the workshop.

I will approach our sponsors and try and come up with some demo gear/freebies etc! But in the current economic climate don't hold your breath for too long :cry:

So check your diaries/bank balances/better half and email me as soon as you can ... remember ... serious enquiries only please :wink:

Regards Paul

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Post by David Rees » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:27 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Paul,

I was thinknig of the Lake District in late Oct, so your suggestion is most timely. Me and my Ebony will be there! From Thu to Sunday, and perhaps a little more...

David.

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Post by PAUL O » Mon Sep 01, 2008 9:27 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Hi David ... well that makes 2 of us :lol:

I have had replies from Lynne, Joanna and Helen so things are looking promising!

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Keswick workshop

Post by rhodej00 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:52 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Hi- I would like to join you guys for all the days. Do we also bring work for critique sessions? Look forward to meeting you. Will be back from Bourges by then so may be able to report on that experience if interested. John
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Post by Nigels » Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:09 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Definately want to be there all three days. Money is tight though so if its too expensive would try and arrange my own accommadation.
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Post by masch » Tue Sep 02, 2008 8:30 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

I'm good, at least for the weekend....

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Post by Brian E » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:22 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Paul

Count me in also for the full 4 days

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Re: Keswick workshop

Post by Joanna Carter » Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:42 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

rhodej00 wrote:Do we also bring work for critique sessions?
Only if they pass my prior approval at Bourges :wink: :roll: 8)

But seriously, it is always great to see other folks work. Please feel free to bring something along.
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Post by Charles Twist » Wed Sep 03, 2008 4:13 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Hello Paul,
Yes I'll tag along - it'll remind me of the good ol' days when men were men and lenses were lenses. I'll probably book my own accommodation unless you can find cheaper than a YHA. I am not sure what I'll be doing during the day - depends a bit on the missus - but the weather will be predictably wet so if I can help with indoor activities, give me a shout.
Thanks for organising this one.
All the best,
Charles

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Post by George Hart » Wed Sep 03, 2008 6:18 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Charles Twist wrote: the weather will be predictably wet
Charles, I'm delighted that you are interested in coming, but I feel the need to write in defence of Lake District weather. Our first Workshop demonstrated what the weather can do there—I'm sure that you remember the rain at 5.30 am on our first morning, at the Keswick landing stages! After an hour of relentless precipitation one of our number, who is distinguished for his alternative printing expertise, lifted our spirits by declaring that the clouds over Causey Pike were beginning to get interesting…

To lift your spirits now, the weather in the autumn half-term week in the Lakes can be truly wonderful. For example, such was the week of 25 Oct—1 Nov 1997, when the sun shined without a break, and photography was limited by the haze on the horizon and the absence of cloud.

We can only hope!

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Post by Charles Twist » Wed Sep 03, 2008 7:35 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Hello George,
Nice to hear from you! The predictability comes from it being a UKLFPG meeting, not from any geographical location :cry: . Although the Lake District does have the wettest place in England, as I recall.
Will you be able to come along?
All the best,
Charles

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Post by George Hart » Wed Sep 03, 2008 9:47 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Charles Twist wrote:The predictability comes from it being a UKLFPG meeting, not from any geographical location.
Maybe this time, the Lakes will reverse the pattern of poor weather for the UKLFPG meetings!

I'm hoping to come, though as I wrote to Paul O, we are already booked to stay in Keswick for the whole of the preceding week. And I'll have some LF equipment with me then, no doubt!

George

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Post by David Rees » Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:01 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Paul,

Can you confirm that if possible, you will be finding accommodation for Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun nights? I may book an extra day or two in the area, in another hotel, and don't want to accidentally double-book. It's that Sunday night I'm not sure you'll be arranging, hence my request for clarification.

David.

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Post by PAUL O » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:38 pm Etc/GMT-1+01:00

Hi David. I will try and book accommodation for Thurs night through to Saturday night as usually most people return home on Sunday. However, I am finding it difficult to find a hotel that can accommodate so if I don't have any luck in the next day or two I will post a suggestion that people look for their own accommodation in and around Keswick. Paul

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Post by Charles Twist » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:08 am Etc/GMT-1+01:00

I know I have suggested this before and the die-soft troops of UKLFPG have turned their nose up at it, but what about a YHA, maybe with rent-a-hostel or the such like? I don't know if attitudes have changed towards this option.
All the best,
Charles

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