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The 2012 COL Annual Members’ Meeting

PostPosted: 2012 May 17, 10:34
by Stephen Burt
You are warmly invited to
The 2012 COL Annual Members’ Meeting

The 2012 COL Annual Members’ Meeting will take place on Saturday 10 November in Reading, Berkshire.

If you’ve not been to a COL annual meeting before, they are a great opportunity to meet like-minded enthusiasts, exchange ideas and ask questions, seek advice, look at the latest instruments, share in discussions and help decide the future direction of COL. There will also be chances to buy and sell books and surplus equipment, and the agenda will of course feature ample ‘social time’. All are welcome, new members or old!

Venue
This year’s meeting will be held in the magnificent Victorian Hall at Reading Town Hall. This striking Victorian building has been beautifully restored and features up-to-date conference and meeting facilities (meetings of the RMetS south-east local centre are also held here). It is located 2 minutes walk from Reading train and bus station, which has direct rail links to London (Paddington, Clapham Junction), Manchester and Edinburgh, Durham, Gatwick, Oxford, Basingstoke, Southampton, Birmingham, Bristol, Exeter, Penzance and many others. (Book your train journey now for excellent advance-purchase fares.) There is ample car parking within 5 minutes walk at Reading station and at Queens Road NCP (satnav: RG1 4AR). Bring the family ̶ Reading also has a large and modern shopping centre, The Oracle, located less than 5 minutes from the Town Hall, which also has a large car park (satnav: RG1 2AG).

The venue features an on-site cafe: food and drink are also available from numerous outlets within two minutes walk including M&S, Sainsbury’s, Starbucks, Carluccio’s and numerous town-centre pubs. Location map: http://www.readingarts.com/townhall/howtogetthere/

Agenda
1030 Arrival and registration, with tea/coffee etc on arrival
1100 Welcome Stephen Burt, COL Chairman
1105 Four short illustrated presentations by members, loosely entitled ‘My weather station’
John Goulding – Normanby, Middlesbrough
Andy Page – Romansleigh, Devon
Bernard Burton – Wokingham, Berkshire
Richard Griffith – Horsham, West Sussex
1210 Results from the 2012 COL member questionnaire Stephen Burt, COL Chairman

1230 Lunch break and social time

1400 Speaker Dr Julian Mayes, Meteogroup: To freeze or not to freeze – winter road forecasting
1500 Tea/coffee

1520 COL Annual General Meeting

The AGM agenda will be issued with the September bulletin. All are welcome to attend, but of course only members may vote at the AGM.
If you wish to raise a matter at the AGM, please notify the Secretary before 1 October.

1600 Close and social time
1700 Meeting ends

Equipment sales on the day
We hope to stage a small exhibition of meteorological books and equipment. We can also provide space for members to buy and sell books, periodicals, surplus equipment etc. If you wish to bring items to sell at the meeting, please let the Chairman know in advance so that we can arrange for the appropriate number of tables, etc. There is no charge for doing so for private COL members, although a small donation to COL would be welcome.

Costs and registration
Registration fee for this meeting will be £10 for COL members, £15 for non-members. (The registration fee covers the venue costs, tea and coffee, etc.)

If you would like to attend, please complete the form that will appear in the next COL Bulletin (and shortly on colweather.org), or send your details (name, station, e-mail address) with payment to the Treasurer by 3 November. Payment may be made by Paypal, BACS or by cheque. Places are limited, and an early reply ensures a seat at the event.

Paypal: you can pay by e-mail via COLpayments<at>gmail.com. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by Paypal, and your payment details are not disclosed. Please include your name and station name in the ‘comments’ box so that we can identify your payment.

BACS transfer: You will need our account name (Climatological Observers Link), sort code (20-50-21) and account number (00710210). Please include your name and station name in the transfer documentation so that we can identify your payment.

By cheque/postal order: please send your payment (payable to COL) with your name and station details to John Morris, COL Treasurer (address and e-mail inside the front cover of every monthly bulletin).