All-day November Meeting
13 November @ 10:30 - 17:00Free
We are asking all those who attend this meeting to display, on their mobile telephone, a photograph of a NEGATIVE Covid-19 Self Test (Rapid Antigen Test) which has been carried out within the
last forty eight hours prior to the meeting. These test kits can be obtained from any local
pharmacy and the tests are carried out at home. A pack of tests will be taken to the venue for
any member attending who has not carried out a test prior to their arrival.
For further information about covid-19 rapid lateral flow test kits and how to obtain them see here:
Click for NHS web page about rapid lateral flow Covid-19 test kits
At the time of writing these test kits are available free of charge and you can have them sent to your home as an alternative to collecting them from a pharmacy.
We hope that those attending our meeting will be happy to comply with this plan and that we will all feel (and be) safer at the meeting knowing that the other people present have tested negative.
A whole day of chat and presentations about members’ projects and new developments in sailing!
Although this is an ‘all-day’ meeting you can arrive and leave as you wish. Bring your pictures/video/posters/hardware to show other members. If you have a more formal presentation you could let the chairman (email@example.com) know in advance to be sure we can fit you in, but that is not essential. Presentations by members about their projects has been the main content of these meetings but presentations about sailing holidays or general discussion of boating topics or development of the AYRS are also welcome.
Note that we are holding this meeting at a new venue this year. The Basingstoke Canal Centre is not actually at Basingstoke – it is at Mytchet near Farnborough. I think this should be a reasonably accessible location for a large part of our membership – driving, it is a few minutes off the M3 and for public transport Farnborough has two stations with quite fast services from Waterloo.
In the past many members have brought along models, books and bits of equipment to display at these meetings and should you want to show us a whole (road transportable) boat, that should be possible at this venue since there is space on the canal bank right outside the meeting room where a boat on a road trailer could be displayed. Indeed, if you buy a day canal licence from the BCC it should even be possible to demonstrate small boats afloat on the canal but it may be a bit chilly for that at this time of year.
Tea & coffee will be available through the day. Bring your packed lunch or as an alternative I think the on-site cafe will be open, I will check and confirm here nearer the time. Maybe the cafe will even be open for breakfast if you arrive early. If any members would like to meet for a meal after the meeting then Potters Steakhouse is right next door to the BCC, they also have rooms available which could be an option if you need overnight accommodation. For alternative accommodation (for the hardy I think) the BCC has its own camping field and according to their website this is available all the year round!
All welcome to this meeting. Donations will be invited to pay for the meeting room and a supply of tea and coffee.
We will aim to gather from 10:30 to start our meeting proper at 11:00am.
Holding this meeting at the BCC does not necessarily mean that we will never again hold meetings at Thorpe Village Hall (TVH), but this year we would like to try holding part of the ‘all-day’ meeting as a ‘hybrid’ meeting so that it is available by Zoom to members not in the southern part of the UK. To do this we need broardband which we understand is available at the BCC but not at TVH. A hybrid meeting will be an experiment for the AYRS but if it is successful we intend to also hold our AGM in January as a hybrid meeting and we thought it would be sensible to use this November meeting to find out how practical this is and to iron out any technical snags.