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    Default Big(ish?) Meet 2019 Suggestions

    Hi All,

    Thought I'd start the convo this year, to see if anyone wanted to pick up the mantle of organising a big meet, and if not, put forward the suggestion of another Barrow-Upon-Soar Biggish meet.

    Although I'm pretty sure paddlers will keep the use of the field one way or another, at the moment I believe Colin only officially has it for this year, so there is a potential risk we may lose access laters, so if there were no takers for organising it kinda made some sense to utilise it whilst we do have its use.

    I've pinged tentative enquiries to Colin and the farmer with the adjacent field we hired in 2017 around the weekend of Aug 17-18th (the w/e before the bank hols) - both have given the thumbs-up, so ours if we want to go ahead.

    Quite a few peeps will have been to Barrow, but for those that haven't, we normally do a 11-12mile loop paddle on the Sat, with options from 2-8+ miles loops on Sun, all flat(ish) < grade 1 rivers and canals. No car shuttling, just arrive pitch and paddle as and when you want. Plenty of blogs/photos from pervious Barrow based events and there are certainly loads of photos & and few vids on the 2017 Bigish Meet Blog

    Cost would be in the 12-15 range (mostly for hire of loos & second field use) for the w/e per adult with options for 1,2,3, or more nights.

    No idea yet whether the Boathouse Pub will be open, but there is another one 50 odd yards away, as well as a couple of convenient Indian food alternatives.

    Anyway as mentioned at the beginning, this thread is really just a starter to see who and what's out there, so don't be shy, feel free to add comments, suggestions and/or volunteer to org alternatives.

    Over to you ....

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    We might be able to make this but who knows. I’ll keep my eye on the thread and our diary to see how it pans out.
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    Interested if this goes ahead.

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    I am watching with interest too. I would like to try to get to more meets this year.

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    i'm watching this, as it's just down the river. is it open to everyone ?

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    It was fun last time, if the dates suit we might bring beer coolers and release the crocodile.
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    Not quite sure on summer trip timings, so can't be sure, but will be there, or wherever, if in the country!

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    Thanks all for the quick responses :-).

    Although I'm happy to organise a Barrow meet, this thread is really to see if anyone has alternative suggestions for dates/places they fancy coordinating. I know peeps have mantioned a return to say Bala, which I would certainly endorse, as Bala was my first few Big Meets and I've great memories therefrom.

    is it open to everyone ?
    Pretty much yes, regardless of where it is held/who sets-up, the Big Meet is traditionally open to all, peeps who attend do so based on their assessment of their ability to stay upright etc. The only real limiting factor is available camping space - I think at Barrow we're limited to maybe around 60-70 people - although I think there was space for a few more people in the adjacent hired field.

    bring beer coolers and release the crocodile.
    Awsome, much fun to be had there on and in for the lighter peeps amongst us.

    Please keep thoughts, ideas, suggestions acomin'

    Ta
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    Is there room for a trailer tent? If so Mrs Rimfire and I think we might make it, Ill bring my song book.
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    Barrow sounds good again

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    I'm free that weekend. I'm sure my skipper Autumn wouldn't let me go without her.

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    Sorry Jon, but looks like you dug yourself a hole here ( sorry about the pun, I know ther will be portaloo’s here)
    i too really enjoyed the Bala meets, but if no one wants to organise, then barrow is a good choice, central for everyone!
    if it goes ahead let me know if I can help out anyway

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    Please keep me in the (Barrow) loop. Definitely interested, wherever.

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    Sorry Jon it looks like Barrow ... If 17-18 Aug weekend, book the Potty contingent in as of now, what can we do to help?
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    Hey Jon - sounds good. really enjoyed the last one, in spite of the really long paddle against gale force winds.....

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    Hi All,


    Thanks for all the positive responses and offers of help - I'll leave the door open for another week or so, just in case someone else does fancy org-ing something somewhere else.


    Possibly preempting slightly but anyone care to suggest a theme?


    Any feedback from participants in 2017 to improve for 2019 - how did you feel about numbers of peeps, camping space, number of loo's etc.


    Is there room for a trailer tent? If so Mrs Rimfire and I think we might make it, Ill bring my song book.
    yup. Plenty of space in the adjacent field we hire - with permission we take down a section the adjoining fence so peeps can drive/walk straight through.


    in spite of the really long paddle against gale force winds.....
    Alas the biggest risk in any such event is the weather - but deffo in 2017 the great peeps attending far outweighed the breeze!


    Ta
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    Hi Jon, not sure how many attended in 2017, but there was plenty of room in the top field for plenty more!
    not sure about a theme, but I think a boat/ camping jumble may be a good idea.

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    If I can't make it, I think the theme should be Teatotal Veganism

    If I do make it, perhaps just random fancy dress, including canoes of course.


    If I'm not in Scandinavia, I would be happy to go back to what I did for some previous Bala Big Meets, and do a communal meal one evening, for up to about 25 (with an assistant and as many borrowed pots and stoves as we can get!). Spag Bol, Chinese or similar. On a not-for-profit payment basis.

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    will keep an eye on this not much paddling last couple of years time to play catch up I think
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    Well done Mr Cankay, I'm sure it's a largely thankless task, but you do have a habit of organising such good dos...

    Will definitely attend Barrow with family in tow, would also attend Bala possibly sans le minions if it was there. Barrow is a rather convenient spot however.

    Being relatively local and relatively freelance, with enough warning I can make myself available to help set up etc, just let me know.

    With regards to a theme, could we perhaps have a change from the usual "paddling-into-the-wind-all-day-even-though-the-route-is-a-circle" theme?
    I refuse to let the fact that I haven't got a clue what I'm doing hold me back.

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    ok so not specific to Big meeting thoughts, but I was pootling around the Quorn and Mountsorrel loops yesterday.... and nice surprise moving from the GUC to the Soar just SE of Mountsorrel/Waterside Inn, where the footbridge, iron railings, weir are, someone has been along with a saw and done a great job of improving back access to the river....





    Previously this was a drag through some bushes, and precarious launching.



    Speaking of the Waterside - they do a very nice Chicken and Bacon salad




    I did Strava both loops, and total distance is closer to 6 miles than 8 - options North and South to make it longer, but these loops are the 'normal' Sunday paddle.

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