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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Thu Dec 04, 2014 7:30 pm

Anyone up for a @Freeman get together on the Thames next year?

The event on the Broads seems to have gone very well last year, so much so that I considered taking Anne to the broads for the next one Smile
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Post by ken cattell on Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:43 am

Yes. I have plans to cruise down to Oxford next year leaving Inglesham on the 23rd of May and returning on the31st. there is a bank holiday on the25th So a meet up somewhere would be good.

In August starting on the 15th or 22nd (not sure yet)I will be doing 2 weeks again along the Thames but instead of getting beyond Windsor I fancy turning right at Reading and doing a bit of the Kennet and Avon Canal. Again if that incorperates a meet and a few beers, I,m in.

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Post by Dermot on Sat Dec 06, 2014 12:54 am

Count me in too please Smile

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:57 am

Hopefully we'll be at the Rewind festival in Henley again this year. It finishes on Aug 23rd and we are in no rush to get back so that might fit in with your plans Ken
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Post by Liberty on Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:15 am

Sounds great! Not sure I'll be able to get the boat there..... but may pop down in the car.
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:17 am

Dermot wrote:Count me in too please Smile

Liberty wrote:Sounds great!  Not sure I'll be able to get the boat there..... but may pop down in the car.

The more the merrier Very Happy
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Post by RichK on Sat Dec 06, 2014 3:51 pm

I'd like to come down, too far on the boat but could find a Premier Inn for the night, any excuse for a weekend away Very Happy
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Post by Simritdave on Sat Dec 06, 2014 6:43 pm

Depending on date, we may come - possibly share a car with Deano?
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Post by sneddie on Sat Dec 13, 2014 5:38 pm

Count us in, would be good to meet as many as possible.

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:23 pm

I was thinking that Beale park might be a good place for us to meet up.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Beale+Park/@51.5029575,-1.1085189,2202m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0xc18a935a847d8000
There always seems to have been plenty of mooring there when we've been passed (unless anyone knows better) There are rail stations close by (willing to be a river taxi) and good road access.

The downside is that there are no pubs/hotels that are really close
Anyone else have a suggestion?
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Post by ken cattell on Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:07 am

Never having attended a boaty meet I dont know what attendees expect. Good thought with Beele Park it is I think more central for those intending to come by boat from lower down stream.

Osney Bridge is the barrier for some of the bigger boats that may want to attend and the venue is up stream of it.

Potential venues with mooring and a pub? Just on the southern outskirts of Oxford there it a pub beside the lock with moorings upstream but I cant remember it is Iffley or Sandford.

Of course moorings are public so we couldnt prebook them just early arivals take up lots of space and shuffle up as the fleet arives. he he. An meet early in the season may assist with this.

However if you are suggesting the area around Beale park why not opt for early season at Pangbourne fields below Whitchurch lock? Local shops, good road and rail connections, good local parking, a load of mooring space AND Pangbourne Working Mans Club. Good real ale, nice decor. I might, might, as an ex comitteee person and long time member, be able to persuade them to book some entertainment on a Saturday night if enough of us are attending. Just thoughts not wanting to upset anyones plans.

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:29 pm

I've never attended one either, but I figured bank space to set up some chairs and BBQ's would be a reasonable start, alcohol is transportable, and we always have plenty onboard wine

Pangbourne isn't a bad shout Ken Smile and as yet there are no plans to upset Wink
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Dec 14, 2014 5:44 pm

Awesome offer from Tony Tugboats on the Facebook group

Tony Tugboats wrote:Also happy to run at cost that week running any freemans who want to get to the thames down there. Once a location is set hopefully find a slipway nearby that we can use and somewhere I can park my car and trailer for the weekend, week or whatever!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/36807066957/10152564893556958/?notif_t=group_comment
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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:09 pm

I did wonder about approaching a guy I know via another forum who has a large enough mooring area within spitting distance of Moulsford (Sheridan). Wrong side of the river, but we'll have some boats Wink

The Beatle and Wedge is close (again wrong side of the river) I'd be happy to run as river taxi Smile
http://www.beetleandwedge.co.uk/index.htm
The Perch and Pike is staggering distance
http://www.perchandpike.co.uk/
but I'm afraid neither are a cheap option. I'm afraid Oxfordshire doesn't really do reasonable Sad
Having said that Wallingford is close enough, it has B&B's and campsites close to the river and again I'm sure that a river taxi could be arranged Smile

I haven't asked the guy...just a thought Smile
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Post by ken cattell on Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:48 am

I wonder if this could be a case of we are not going to please all the people all the time!
Should a date and venue just be anounced and hope the majority can make it if we anounce it early enough?
Alternatively are there dates next year when people who have expressed an interest cant make it and that will provide a frame work to pull something together.

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Post by ken cattell on Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:05 am

Just seen the input from Tonys Tugboats. A lovely offer.

There is a slipway at Scours Lane Reading. ( A mile or so downstream of Mapleduram lock) I believe it is a public one but for Health and Safety reasons is locked with the key kept in the chandlery shop. I will check this out if I'm working in the area next week. Also there is a slip we used to use years ago for launching a 6.5M RIB to flush the engines out in Pangbourne involves reversing off the main road 75 yds to reach it though.

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Post by Dermot on Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:09 am

So, is it a May bank holiday weekend or the August bank holiday weekend, or both? Smile

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Mon Dec 15, 2014 1:44 am

ken cattell wrote: I wonder if this could be a case of we are not going to please all the people all the time!
Should  a date and venue just be anounced and hope the majority can make it if we anounce it early enough?
Alternatively are there dates next year when people who have expressed an interest cant make it  and that will provide a frame work to pull something together.

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Probably.

Iirc Dave set up a poll with some dates for last year's Broads meet, the highest vote set the date Smile
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Post by Simritdave on Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:53 pm

It wasn't really a poll, moreover a general question then I set it in stone. I could imagine 20 pages of reasons to set a date Very Happy
When planning this, it might be worth remembering (as I and possibly others, would try to make the Thames meet by road), that we have already proposed Saturday August 01st for a meet and CinC from Salhouse Broad, Norfolk. - Allcomers welcome.
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Post by AstonLady on Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:56 pm

Hi everyone I'm new here and would be keen to join in
the key for me would be the date to be set by early spring so as to get the time off work . I also have two young children and an energetic dog, is that ok?

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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:32 pm

Absolutely fine Andy, the more the merrier Very Happy

I would hope that we'll have everything sorted in plenty of time

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Post by sneddie on Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:33 pm

Pangbourne as mentioned gets busy at the height of the season but I guess we could moor 2 or 3 abreast if needed. Beale Park has much more space and again as mentioned alcohol travels well. Also happy to act as taxi if required. Confident that both are down stream of Osney. Another possibility would be Henley but £8 night keenly collected. Lots of space after the regatta and not at Rewind time. Really happy to meet anywhere however. Count us in for sure.

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Post by sneddie on Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:43 pm

Sorry, my response was only based on page 1, just realised page 2. I agree a firm date soon would help people formulate plans. Great offer from Tony Tugboats, apart from the Broads are any other get togethers proposed?
PS Andy, our dog is always up for some Tom Foolery!


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Post by Prof Pat Pending on Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:57 pm

@Ken Cattell has kindly offered to do the coordination on this, its silly season for me now
I do owe him a meeting and a pint to discuss details, (I hope to get around to this shortly Ken) we’ll then put some stakes in the ground.
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Post by sneddie on Thu Jan 08, 2015 12:43 pm

Excellent, well done gents. If there is anything I can do to help please let me know.

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