Save the date:
Be sure to block off the weekend of Friday October 7 to Monday October 10 and join other members and guests for what promises to be a really exciting weekend.
A full day messing about in a boat is among activities that members will be able to enjoy at the Guild’s Big Weekend, in October.
Booking now open
Formal booking for the event, including the AGM, is now open and members can also help shape activities by indicating their preferences.
Anyone who has already advised organiser Stan Abbott that they intend to be there should by now have received from Stan a formal booking confirmation and deposit request. Any other member (or member’s partner) wanting to go can also download the booking form, along with the activities preferences form.
A deposit of £60 is payable for each member and guest – £50 if paid before July 31. This should be sent to the same account that you pay subs to (ends 868) – if you have forgotten the details please apply to our Treasurer. If paying by cheque, please send this to our Treasurer with a note to say it’s a deposit for the Big Weekend.
AGM and Awards
The Guild’s AGM will take place on Saturday October 8, at 4pm, followed by our annual awards ceremony and Guild dinner. We’re doing things a little differently this year, with the Awards ceremony coming straight after the welcome drinks and nibbles, sponsored once again by Cicerone as part the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Our base for the Big Weekend is the Waveney River Centre, which is on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, not far from Lowestoft. The Centre offers a range of different types of accommodation, from camping, yurts and pods at one end of the scale up to top quality hotel rooms at the other.
Our main accommodation is in three very well appointed apartments, housing a total of 18 guests in a combination of double and twin rooms. The cost per guest per night is £30 if sharing a room or £40 per night for single occupancy. As this accommodation is primarily for members who will be staying for all three nights, there is a modest supplement for two-night stays.
Among facilities at the venue are an indoor swimming pool, hot tubs, and cycle and kayak hire, as well as the chance to explore the miles of scenic Broads and their rich wildlife. Trains serve nearby Oulton Broad, as well as Beccles and Hadiscoe.
This year, we’ll be building the activities programme around members’ stated preferences. At present, we are committed to hiring the River Centre’s 12-seat motor cruiser for a full day on Saturday at a cost per member of £20 on a first-booked basis. If demand exceeds supply, it may be possible to hire one the Centre’s smaller boats in addition.
Kayaks and canoes are also available from £20 for three hours.
Other activities have yet to be finalised and the final programme will be based on member preferences, which is why it’s important not just to complete the event booking form, but also the activities form.
Should be sent to the Big Weekend organiser, Stan Abbott, as soon as possible.
The Waveney Centre
More about the Waveney River Centre at www.waveneyrivercentre.co.uk
There is no dress code