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Topic: London Meetings
Posted By: AndyK
Subject: London Meetings
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 09:47
CCI hosts a number of meetings in London each year, based on HMS President, moored on the Thames Embankment. As HMS Saxifrage she was part of the Royal Navy in WW1, and is now fitted out as a conference centre and party venue.
 
Despite Jeff Hargrave's best efforts, attendee numbers are declining and we're forced to review whether we should carry on beyond the end of 2011. Last Friday we had just seven people attend an excellent talk on Albert Ball by Bill Fulton. As far as I'm aware we didn't clash with an England game, the weather was decent, and we're not yet into the main holiday season. London has been our flagship meeting for as long as the society has been around - so we're certainly not going to abandon it lightly. However, a lot of effort (and some cost) goes into each event, and of course we must be led by what the membership want.

Over to you! Does the membership want a regular meeting in Central London? Would changing the location, the timing or the format help? Let us know what you want!
 
AndyK



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Posted By: Rob
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 11:10
Hi Andy, I made my first visit to a CCI London Meeting for the superb Air Accidents and Investigations talk back in May - I would have attended the Albert Ball one but i've now moved to Derby and was working that night, although hope to travel down to attend more in the future.
 
I think the venue is fantastic, I received a very warm welcome and everything, in my view, for a regular meeting was spot on


Posted By: Paul R Hare
Date Posted: 14 Jun 2011 at 19:10
I think you should carry on holding the meetings.
I only manage to attend about once every decade but stiil read the program with eager anticipation.
Paul.


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Paul


Posted By: Jonathan Saunders
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 08:57
I have attended in the past and will endeavour to attend again. 
 
Kind regards,
 
Jonathan S
 
Edited: just found the itinerary and regret I cannot make 22 July lecture.


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Remembering the McCudden family of Gillingham.


Posted By: AndyK
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 09:12
The London Meeting location and itinerary is here:
 
http://www.crossandcockade.com/blog.asp?Display=14 - http://www.crossandcockade.com/blog.asp?Display=14
 
Much as we'd love to keep the meetings alive, with a mere seven attendees it really doesn't justify all Jeff's hard work. We need more attendees, and/or ideas on how to improve the meetings, such that people are encouraged to attend.

Come on you Southerners - what does it take to drag you into Central London on a Friday evening?
 
AndyK


Posted By: Jonathan Saunders
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 09:19
As these meetings are open to non-members, do you have any objection if I circulate details to similar military history interest sites - I am thinking primarily the Great War Forum, but why not WW2 Talk, British Medal Forum etc? 
 
Regards,
 
Jonathan S


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Remembering the McCudden family of Gillingham.


Posted By: AndyK
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 11:40
Hi Jonathon
 
Meetings are open to non-members. In fact most of the attendees on Friday last were WFA, not CCI! If we can get numbers back up to a decent level we may well offer CCI members a discount to encourage attendees to join the society ...
 
Regards,
 
AndyK


Posted By: Jonathan Saunders
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 13:26

Well I have posted details on several sites.  It may help - I hope it does as it would be a shame to lose these lectures.

Regards,
 
Jonathan S


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Remembering the McCudden family of Gillingham.


Posted By: AndyK
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 13:44
Quick work! I've already heard back from a mate in the US who saw your post on WWI-L Smile
Can I ask where else you've posted, so we don't get overlap??
 
AndyK


Posted By: Jonathan Saunders
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 13:46
I sent to WW1-L as you know, also The Great War Forum, WW2 Talk and British Medal Forum.
 
I contemplated Victorian Wars Forum but decided it was a little outside their scope.
 
Regards,
 
Jonathan S


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Remembering the McCudden family of Gillingham.


Posted By: AndyK
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 14:07
Thanks Jonathon! I've just posted on the WFA Forum - lets hope Jeff is inundated with folk for Mike Pearce's July talk on Fonck Smile
 
It's been suggested that Friday evening might not be the best time for a meeting, and that Friday afternoon might be better for some. Any thoughts??
 
AndyK


Posted By: Paul R Hare
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 14:43
Afternoons are always better for those of us no longer burdened with employment, especially as they give more scope for homeward travel after the meeting.
But for members still working it may be a whole different situation.
 


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Posted By: Jonathan Saunders
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2011 at 15:04
How about a compromise of a 6pm or 6.15pm start?  This will give those at work time to get across London as necessary and also benefit those that want to socialise afterwards with enough time for a convivial drink and no immediate pressure of dashing to the otherside of London for the last train home.
 
Regards,
 
JonathanS


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Remembering the McCudden family of Gillingham.


Posted By: Jonathan Saunders
Date Posted: 16 Jun 2011 at 08:34
Originally posted by AndyK AndyK wrote:

Thanks Jonathon! I've just posted on the WFA Forum
 
I have just posted a message on the RAF Forum.  If I think of any more I'll let you know.
 
Regards,
 
Jonathan S


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Remembering the McCudden family of Gillingham.


Posted By: Adrian Roberts
Date Posted: 19 Jun 2011 at 01:56
I was one of those who did get to the last London meeting, June 10th on Albert Ball. I appreciate the issues of lack of attendance, but personally I always enjoy the meetings, and appreciate Jeff's hard work, and would miss them if they stopped. 

Sadly I can't make the July 22nd one as we will be on holiday then but I will prioritise the rest. 

I do still work, so they would have to be evenings if I was to get to them, and preferably no earlier than they are. 


Posted By: Markyboy
Date Posted: 27 Sep 2011 at 20:43
Hello,
         Due to the post on WW2 talk forum, a friend and I attended the excellent talk on Rene Fonck. We will also be attending the next talk in October, so you can count on two more regulars at least, should you decide to organise a program for 2012. I'd encourage anybody to go, as we had a friendly reception from everybody we spoke to. I only have a very limited knowledge of WW1 aviation, confined to reading a few personal accounts by combatants, but the lecture was not bogged down with technical data as can sometimes be the case with enthusiasts.


Posted By: yossarian
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2012 at 16:28
Gents,

Just a suggestion, have you considered transferring the Meetings on-line across to a http://www.workcast.co.uk/" rel="nofollow - Webinar? The link is an example service. The event itself could be run in the real world but being filmed and recorded, the guest speaker feels that his words have a wider audience and a poor turnout doesn't seem to matter on the day.
You could 'cast' the event online and with appropriate targeted advertising, you might pull in a very respectable audience. You could even charge a little for it...

Another:  http://www.aopa.org/asf/webinars/" rel="nofollow - http://www.aopa.org/asf/webinars/




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Kind regards,

Norman



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