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FOC 71st Post-War Annual Dinner


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WHEN:              Saturday 21st September, 2019

WHERE:            Holiday Inn, Egerton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XZ, United Kingdom



ROOMS:            

Book your room online at https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/gb/en/guildford/guisu/hoteldetail, or telephone the hotel on 01483 784413.

Hint: Deals and offers can also be found on www.booking.com and other intermediaries! Any notable offers will be mentioned on the FOC reflector, but this is a popular hotel destination so booking early is advisable.

DIRECTIONS:    

Here is a Google Map link showing the location of the Holiday Inn: https://goo.gl/maps/dLUbFB1hiAJ2.

The hotel is very easy to reach by car, being just off the A3. Access from the M25 is convenient, and for international visitors, London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports are both just 20 miles away.


PARKING:          

Parking at the hotel is free, but requires your number plate to be entered into a ParkingEye machine at the hotel reception. If you forget, you may well receive a parking fine, so a reminder will be sent around before the event!

PRICE:

The cost of the evening dinner is £39.50 per head. Any member can attend the AGM free of charge. Please be aware that the cost of the dinner ticket does not include any accommodation or other private bills incurred at the hotel bar, etc.

DRESS CODE:

The dress code for the dinner is smart casual. There are no formal requirements for this event.


DINNER MENU:
  • A choice of starter, main and dessert is offered in the booking system, with options to suit all tastes
  • Tea and coffee will be served after dinner

FOC will also provide wine for each table.

A vegetarian option is available for each course. You can select your choice when you register for the event on this website, however, if you have any special dietary requirements then please could you let Michael, G7VJR know after registering.

SPECIAL GUESTS:

FOC is delighted to announce that our special guests of honour at the dinner will be Piero, I2RTF and his daughter Bruna, the team from Begali Paddles. Please look forward to meeting a master craftsman, and friend of FOC, in person. We will also enjoy a display of Begali paddles at the event!



DINNER BOOKING:

The easiest way to register and pay for the dinner is to click the purple button below.  Don't worry, it's really quick and easy.



If you prefer not to use our online payment process, please still register online, above (there is an option to pay later). Then, fill-out the form below and email it to: michael@g7vjr.org and don.field@gmail.com. 

If you have not paid online, you will need to pay by BACS:


                                                Sort-code: 40-08-02, Account Number: 91369407

                                                Reference: your callsign and ‘Dinner’


If you prefer not to register or pay online, please fill out the form below, print it and send it with a sterling cheque, payable to First Class CW Operators’ Club, to:

Don Field G3XTT, Daisy Cottage, Henton, Wells. BA5 1PD England

   

               Call-sign: __________

               Membership number: _____

               Dinner tickets _____ x £39.50 =    £_________

               (# of Vegetarian meals, if desired _____)

                               

               PAYMENT METHOD (tick): BACS: ________ or Cheque: ________

To avoid the administrative overhead involved, it would be greatly appreciated if you could register and pay online if reasonably able to do so. Many thanks!

                       

SUGGESTED PROGRAMME:

Friday 20th September: Check-in at the Holiday Inn for two nights. Meet at the bar at 6.45pm. An informal FOC dinner will be coordinated in Guildford at the Weyside Pub (https://www.theweyside.co.uk).

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Booking in advance will be needed, via Bob, G4HZV. More details will follow.

Saturday 21st September: Afternoon tours of the local area (see below). The hotel also has a very comfortable lounge with a bar, which is a popular area for chatting and catching up with friends during the day.

The FOC AGM will begin at 5.30pm, with time for an open discussion immediately afterwards.

Once the meeting has concluded we will adjourn and reconvene at 7.30pm for 8pm - Dinner.

During the dinner, a number of awards will be presented and there will be a few short speeches.

AROUND AND ABOUT GUILDFORD:

On the 2017 weekend, many FOC members visited the Brooklands Museum https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/. This is sure to be a popular choice again. The museum offers a chance to look at classic cars, motorcycles, aircraft (including Concord), jet engines, and the famous Brooklands banked track. Former member Don G2BB, now SK, used to race there. Members who can offer help with car transport will be especially in demand!

Guildford is an historic and beautiful town with many possibilities for all weather. An article on Guildford and the local area will be published in FOCUS shortly, and you may find this local web site gives an excellent set of photos and ideas for what's on offer: http://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/seeanddo

Brooklands Museum

https://www.brooklandsmuseum.com/

Farnborough Air Sciences Trust

https://www.airsciences.org.uk/

Watt's Gallery

https://www.wattsgallery.org.uk/

Leith Hill Place

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/leith-hill-place

A PDF Destination Guide (15MB, with many photos) is available to download, here:

http://www.guildford.gov.uk/visitguildford/reasonstovisit


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