Next Year's Meet

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by kc5tpy, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Hello.  I'm glad everyone is interested in next years meet.  We did have a great time.  Let's get the discussion rolling.  I will start this now and hopefully start slowly.  FIRST, do we keep it in the Midlands?  If we move it south then our Scotland members have a problem.  If we move it north then our members down south have a problem.  SECOND, do we choose the same campsite?  Did you folks like where we had it?  Should we decide to keep it in the Midlands, should I research a couple different sites or does someone have a good alternative?  THIRD.  What do you folks think, June, July, August?  School holidays?

    We can start here and narrow things from there.  I hope I get plenty of feed back.  This is NOT my Group.  It is OUR Group.  I hope to get many more U.K. members attending next year.  Let's hear your ideas.

  2. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    From someone who had to travel 7 hours to get to the site I still think that it is in a good central location. The camp site was good and had what was needed. I think and the wardens seemed friendly enough and made us feel very welcome. I am happy to consider other locations but would also be happy to vote to return there again. Late July or early August is fine for me. Wherever we go though we need to ensure that we book the additional pitch from the beginning as it turned out to be an ideal setup.
  3. osprey2

    osprey2 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    July or early August should be fine for me as well.
  4. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Not sure what's going on with the forum in general, but just got my first Subscription update for about three weeks.

    Not getting updates either from members I follow:th_crybaby2:

    Having to look at each Members updates to see what happening!!!

    Right rant over, July August is good for me, will go anywhere, but Central is a good idea for all members?

    My problem is we start to get booked up at weekends during the Summer pretty quick for our Hog Roast, so some idea of date would be really good for me.

    Smokin Monkey
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  5. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  6. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. Wade you told me it would take Steve a couple months to get back online here  [​IMG]   AHHH! I mean, Hello Steve.  Glad to have you back!  [​IMG]

    How about this?  In the spirit of "if it ain't broke don't fix it", how about the same weekend in the same place?  August 7-8-9, 2015.  Woodhall Spa?  Minus the hurricane!  I think I can get the Lancaster from Canada and the Spitfire back but the Red Arrows can be tough to deal with so no promises.  [​IMG]

    I'll let this run until 31-08-14 and then If no objections or alternatives offered we will make a firm commitment.  Let me know what you folks think.


    As a side note:  Thanks Steve for that big gazebo and that fridge trailer, what a great thing for an outing like that.  We dodged a BULLET!  As it turned out we only had one other gazebo to move over should the weather have been bad.  I know we made do on the Friday nite and everyone seemed to have a good time but had we all had to huddle there all day Saturday in the pouring rain and then tried to eat a meal; it wouldn't have been as much fun.  I know you would think one less gazebo won't matter and who would think several folks would have the same thought, but who would have thought on THAT particular weekend the U.K. would have a tropical storm passing through?  If it were August in S. Texas I'd say we would be fine but we can't count on the U.K. weather.  Please do your best to bring 'em if you got 'em.

  8. jockaneezer

    jockaneezer Meat Mopper

    Being that this is a democracy, I’ll go with the majority vote but we usually go to a music festival that weekend ( 7-10 ) We skipped it this year for the cook off and thouroughly enjoyed the weekend but if we could do the weekend before it’d be appreciated. Happy with the site and the pitches, Woodhall Spa is a cracking little town too.
  9. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Any date up to now except August Bank is good for me.

    I agree with Danny, Woodhall Spa is a central location for all, and it's a nice site, with big pitches.

  10. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey , Danny. I've got room in my back yard for a good gathering , just pack it all up and cross the pond for the party .[​IMG]  Ohio is not a bad place and the Lake Erie is close by with all it's beautiful waters :

    And don't forget the Algae Bloom , nice green , greasy water...[​IMG]

    Glad you had fun this year. Wish I could afford to visit ya'll . My heritage is in the U.K. ,never been there though . . .

    Have fun planning and  . . .
  11. Hello Stan.  The truck and the travel trailer ain't water proof.  We could have a whale of a time on Padre Island but just can't get there.  These U.K. folks haven't seen a beach like that unless they have been overseas.  My wife loves the beach so when I go home I usually take her to Padre.  We drive about 20 miles down the beach and spend a nite or 2.  Nobody around but the coyotes, sea gulls and pelicans.  Well,  if you don't count the sharks and stuff in the water, but I don't tell her about that.  [​IMG]   Keep Smokin!

  12. Hello Graeme.  Sorry.  Yes, I forgot about that.  OK.  Now we have 3 options.  July 31, August 1-2 2015.  August 7-9, 2015.  August 14-16, 2015.  I spoke to Smoking Monkey on the phone and he is free any of those.  I can make any of those but my choice is 7-9 August.  PLEASE give me some feedback.  I want to include EVERYONE!  This is OUR Group and I want as varied opinion as possible.

  13. ewanm77

    ewanm77 Smoke Blower

    Woodhall Spa was good we would go back there again as for dates end of July or August is good
  14. waltmaca

    waltmaca Newbie

    The last option is out for me. But I would hope to get there. 
  15. osprey2

    osprey2 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Hi Danny, 7th - 9th August will do for us

  16. Hello waltmaca.  Glad to have you joining in.

  17. Hello.  As we have 2 objections it seems the weekend of July 31, August 1-2 2015 fits better into all schedules.  It's a shame we haven't had more input.  I'll leave it open to the end of August in the hopes that more will voice their opinion.

  18. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hi Danny, that's ok by me. Hope you enjoyed our traditional British Bank Holiday!!

  19. Hello Steve.  I have to work Bank holidays but you are correct.  EVERY Bank Holiday has rain included in the package.  The weather is why I moved to the U.K..  Doctors said I suffered from depression and recommended a different climate so I came here.  [​IMG]   Keep Smokin!

  20. ewanm77

    ewanm77 Smoke Blower

    Should of been up here nice and sunny all day

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