As you might be aware, things are a bit up in the air in my world at the moment, and other things are slipping by the wayside. A couple of contributory factors, namely that I currently don't have the time or energy to organise a Winter Ball this year.
ABF isn't available on the weekend I currently still have on hold (last weekend in November) and Wilderhope have upped their prices for full party packages, a combination of this rise plus the fact I would need to be hiring in DJ and/or entertainment for a whole evening would mean prices would have to rise, which I think could be a struggle/issue for people.
However, I do have the suggestion that, if people were up for it, we could still have a Winter gathering at Wilderhope - to chill, chat, drink, eat and gossip - but needed to know if there was any interest.
I have been quoted £24 for b&b at Wilderhope p.p.p.n. and quoted between £15-20 p.p. for a hot evening meal (main and dessert). They have also upped the minimum to keep it exclusive (for b&b basis) to 50 - however two things strike me on this: 1. if we aren't having a big function, then there isn't any need to guarantee it be just us and 2. there have never been anyone outside of our group staying on the Friday night, so see no reason as to why people would book in on the Saturday anyway.
So, this thread is pretty much to see if anyone would be insterested in a Winter meet up regardless - I won't take any offence if people aren't.
If people are, I would also wonder how people would feel about making it "family friendly" gathering (obviously shutting all children into one dorm room with goodies later in the night)?
Obviously I'd love to catch up with everyone who normally attends the Ball (as well as any others who want to come along), but as things are so up in the air, although I would commit to a gathering, we cannot say 100% we would be there as it depends how things go with Metz in the next few months.
Anyhoo, just throwing it out there. Feedback welcomed. Poll coming along shortly...