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« Reply #15 on: March 03, 2019, 07:26:34 pm »

Anyone else interested in meeting in or near Taunton for a drink afterwards ?
The Plough in Taunton is good, but I am open to alternative suggestions.
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« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2019, 07:43:18 pm »

Anyone else interested in meeting in or near Taunton for a drink afterwards ?
The Plough in Taunton is good, but I am open to alternative suggestions.

Are you interested in attending the meeting  Grin.  We're looking for new young blood and there will be a buffet lunch.
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« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2019, 12:51:40 am »

I will be attending the meeting in Taunton (pah!) on that Wednesday, so I would be delighted to introduce member broadgage to the formal event (including the buffet lunch) - as well as partaking of a quick half pint of shandy (or two) in The Plough afterwards.  Wink

I will, of course, be wearing my customary orange hi-viz vest, for ease of identification.  Grin

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« Reply #18 on: March 16, 2019, 02:50:23 pm »

Don't think that I will go to the meeting, but DO expect to visit the plough afterwards.
Roughly what time ?
If anyone else going ?
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« Reply #19 on: March 17, 2019, 12:38:02 am »

Meeting generally finishes at 15:00, so anytime from 15:30 would allow plenty of time for a pint or two of the many excellent local real ales to be enjoyed in The Plough.  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2019, 03:44:03 pm »

I expect to be there from about 15-30 in that case.
Please keep a good look out for me as I am so small as to be easily missed. I expect to be wearing a maroon sweatshirt, black or dark navy trousers and black shoes.
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« Reply #21 on: March 20, 2019, 05:26:09 pm »

Excellent meeting ... as I'm between one meeting and the next,  just noting it as very useful.   Moved from the 1875 room to the County room (bigger, thank goodness) and great to see lots of new faces; I noticed during the introduction the usual generous selection of users groups, but additionally lot of people from local authorities / government who aren't regulars.

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« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2019, 07:17:10 pm »

I expect to be there from about 15-30 in that case.
Please keep a good look out for me as I am so small as to be easily missed. I expect to be wearing a maroon sweatshirt, black or dark navy trousers and black shoes.

Did no one else make it ?
I was there from about 16-00 until about 17-45.
Though SLIGHTLY over refreshed after about  17-00.
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« Reply #23 on: March 21, 2019, 06:50:00 am »

I know (already knew) I had to dash afterwards and couldn't make The Plough - see comments upthread ... always hard to mix business with pleasure.

Next TWSW meeting - early alert - again a Wednesday. 9th or 16th October 2019 are most likely / I won't put in diary just yet as TWSW team is checking diaries, etc.    I have suggested not 2nd as it would make for a very busy week indeed for anyone doing the ACoRP awards in Telford on the 3rd.
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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2019, 05:59:58 pm »

Just a minute!

At TravelWatch SouthWest, delegates get an opportunity to talk for a minute on a subject of their choice and it's always interesting to see what comes up.  7 delegates chose to speak on Wednesday, subjects:

* Don't talk rail down - satisfaction may be down but is still at 79% - that's 4 pof 5

* Equality of access comes in for coaches and trains from 1.1.20 but stil more to do for stations and loos

* Getting Reading Commuters to realise there are good trains trips to the SW - Community Rail in the City, 15th May.

* Inadequate buses run in south Somerset -high entry and full / leaving people behind now that they are running with 16 seaters

* Morebus trail / Innovative new website

* Please use Parson Street Station or book to there if your're doing to Ashton Gate; station needs ramp and numbers will help justify it

* The nightmare of public transport from Bournemouth / Poole to Taunton or Devon - part of the South West but cut off from it.
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« Reply #25 on: April 12, 2019, 11:22:52 am »

Has the October meeting gotva firm date yet?
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« Reply #26 on: April 12, 2019, 12:40:46 pm »

Has the October meeting gotva firm date yet?

Checking back for date ... there was a round robin email but not sure the outcome.
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« Reply #27 on: April 15, 2019, 10:05:43 am »

Has the October meeting gotva firm date yet?

Checking back for date ... there was a round robin email but not sure the outcome.

OK - I have a confirmed date / will start a separate thread to avoid any mixing up

Edit to add - separate thread is http://www.passenger.chat/21418
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