Writercon UK 2020 -- confirmation of cancellation

First, I apologise for not having posted this sooner.

A few weeks ago, the committee took the decision to cancel this year's Writercon event. We are now tentatively planning to hold an event on the same weekend next year, 6th - 8th August 2021, but nothing is yet confirmed, and we can make firmer plans, discuss dates and decide other details early next year, when we should have a clearer picture of what is possible.

I hope that everyone is staying safe and is in good spirits, and making the difficult transition from Lockdown to whatever this is!
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Getting to the Ramada by car

lilachigh asked me about the route to the hotel round the back streets to avoid the dreaded Inner Ring Road. Just in case anyone else is driving and doesn't know the trick, here it is:

From the M1 - take M45, which becomes the A45. Stay on that road till you reach the roundabout in Coventry next to a big BP garage. Turn right here, by a big car showroom. You are now on the Leamington Road,

Follow this road to the end, then bear right at the traffic lights but join the left lane. A couple of hundred yards further on there is a large Victorian mock-Tudor school on the left. Turn left just before it, onto Spencer Avenue.

At the end of Spencer Avenue turn right onto Albany Road. Continue downhill until you go under the railway bridge.

Take the next right onto Bedford St (elderly terraced houses), then at the end, turn left onto Gordon St.

At the end of that street the Ramada is directly ahead of you, so turn right to get to the car park.

If you are relying on a SatNav and feel this is too complicated, put "Albany Road, Earlsdon" or CV5 6JU in, which will get you to the road leading to the way round the back.

Hope this helps!

Just over a week to go...

Some details!

The Lebanese restaurant. A table for 13 has been booked for 8.00 on Friday night :-)

Programme Here is this year's programme, with a craft session, talks and discussions:

Saturday Lunchtime. Because we're fewer in number than usual, the hotel is happy for us to choose lunch from the regular menus, so there will be a very wide choice.

The Buffet. We've agreed on the following menu at £25.00 per person:

Curried Cauliflower Soup with Onion Cream on the side allergens: dairy
Salad Station with Mixed Leaves, Peppers, Red Onion, Pomegranate
Meat & Cheese Board with Ham, Peppered Pastrami, Salami, Cheese, Tapenade allergens: dairy

Chicken Breast with a separate Arrabiatta Sauce allergens: none
Tilapia Fillets with a separate sauce of Sautee Leeks, Fennel & Mustard allergens: dairy, mustard
Courgette and Mushroom Strogonoff (v) allergens: dairy, mustard
Roasted Mediterranean Veg
Roast Potatoes

Chocolate Torte allergens: dairy, trace of nuts
Mixed Fruit Eton Mess allergens: dairy
Fresh Fruit Salad (with no apple)

There will also be wine and soft drinks provided.

Cocktails. Since most/all of us cancelled our Saturday night cocktail last year, this year we've arranged just two cocktail sessions, on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, and this is the menu:

Alcoholic Cocktails - £7.50 each
Bacardi, mint leaves, lime, Sugar, soda water

Tequila Blanco, Grand Marnier, lime

Cherry Brandy, Orange juice, cranberry juice

Aperol Spritz
Aperol, prosecco, soda water

Sicilian sunset
Absolut vodka, passionfruit syrup, grenadine, lime

Non-alcoholic Mocktails - £5.50 each
Virgin Mojito
Mint Leaves, Lime, Soda, Sugar

Orange & Lime Relaxer
Lime, Orange, Lemonade

Shirly Temple
Lemonade, Grenadine

Raffle. One of the highlights of the weekend is the free raffle, which we hold on the Sunday morning as part of our AGM. Everybody gets to choose a prize, and sometimes, thanks to the generosity of their fellow attendees, everybody gets to choose two!

In the past, we've had books, dvds, stationery, action figures and other fandom toys, wine, chocolates, offers of original artwork (including custom-made story banners), and beautiful knitted items, all donated by our generous attendees.

So, when you pack your suitcase, please don't forget to bring one or two items for the raffle!

Travel immoral_crow has pointed out that 13-15 September is welcome weekend for Coventry University so please be aware that the roads may be extra busy.

Checkout The hotel has asked me to remind everyone that checkout on Sunday is at 11 am.
  • hils

Hotel Bookings

Just to save everyone else some time don't call to book your hotel room at the weekend. I just spent 20 mins getting transferred around until they eventually told me that they couldn't take a booking for an event and that I'd have to call back during the week when the dedicated reservations team is in (only from 9-4 so don't try calling after work either).

Writercon UK 2019 is going ahead!

Technically, we are still two people short but, thanks to a generous offer of support, should it be needed, from Pixie, and another person, and with the surplus we have built up over the years, we have decided we can go ahead.

If you've already signed up but have not yet paid your membership fee, bogwitch will be chasing you, and if you're still thinking about joining us, there is lots of room!

Also, our contact at the Ramada has asked me to advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible, because rooms are going fast.

A Quick Reminder

As Treasurer, can I just remind everyone that has not paid yet (or made an arrangement to), that we will starting to pay for things soon and we will need your memberships paid in order for the event to go ahead.

If you are unsure of how you can pay, or if you have any other query related to the membership please just let me know or check the sign up page here.

Also, you can still sign up here! Come on, you know you want to!

Writercon UK 2019 -- Another reminder!!

We have fourteen people signed up so far but we need TWO more before 10 August so that we can contact the hotel and confirm that we are going ahead*, so if you are planning to come to Writercon UK 2019 (details below), please sign up NOW!!

This year's meeting will take place on Friday 13th September to Sunday 15th September at Ramada Hotel, The Butts, Coventry, CV1 3GG. The Membership Cost is £49 (to cover room hire, wine, goody bags, and a small contribution towards the craft materials).

* If we cancel on 10 August, we'll have to pay a token cancellation fee but anyone who has already paid their membership fee will be refunded in full. If we leave it any later, we'll have to pay whopping £300+, so we are being strict about this deadline!!

Once we have 16 people we are good to go but, obviously, the more the merrier!