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« Reply #15 on: March 12, 2020, 07:16:22 am »

Might be some clarification after Boris' Cobra meeting this afternoon?
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« Reply #16 on: March 12, 2020, 09:47:05 am »

I'm sure everyone wants to meet up, no substitute for that, but given that almost by definition, forum members are computer literate, if the situation deteriorates in reality (or even merely perception), some form of electronic meeting might be useful. No sure what software would be suitable for that?
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« Reply #17 on: March 12, 2020, 08:14:56 pm »

No sure what software would be suitable for that?

As it's a railway related meeting, perhaps this...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooke_and_Wheatstone_telegraph

Finding terminals and installing may take some time though. Grin
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« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2020, 10:27:11 pm »

No sure what software would be suitable for that?

As it's a railway related meeting, perhaps this...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooke_and_Wheatstone_telegraph

Finding terminals and installing may take some time though. Grin

Rather that choosing something new, perhaps "meet the manager" runs as "meet the moderator" or "meet the [speaker]".   Perhaps not the perfect tool, but a tool we all know well, can already use, and don't have to download, don't have to sign up further for, don't have to get to know.
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« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2020, 11:05:10 pm »

No sure what software would be suitable for that?

As it's a railway related meeting, perhaps this...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooke_and_Wheatstone_telegraph

Finding terminals and installing may take some time though. Grin

Interactive discussions might be a little slow.
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« Reply #20 on: March 17, 2020, 08:07:51 pm »

This has, presumably, now been postponed?
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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2020, 08:24:13 pm »

This has, presumably, now been postponed?

Almost certainly.   Confirming change of plans tomorrow.
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2020, 09:51:46 am »

With the rapidly changing situation, we have pulled forward a decision on the AGM on 4th April - pointless waiting until a week before it was due to happen.

The Great Western Coffee Shop AGM on 4th April 2020 in Taunton is CANCELLED.

Periodic (usually annual) check point meeting such as our AGM are important milestones in organisations - but whilst they are important, they are rarely urgent.  It is certainly not worth putting our members at any significant risk of catching infection by having the travel to Taunton. It would also be utterly unfair of us on the admin / moderator team to continue with plans that push members into making really difficult "attend or not" decisions for a meeting that is not vital in real life at this point.

The forum continues to run (member will have noticed this!) and indeed provides perhaps ever more useful information, discussion and social facilities now and in the period to come.   Some members have gone very quiet as they deal with personal, work and family issues away from The Coffee Shop; other are here more rather than less - and it's to be celebrated that we're open and available.  New members welcome too.

So is the AGM cancelled, postponed, or replaced by something else?    I don't know; probability is that we'll have some sort of online checkpoint event/ meeting later in the spring - but a decision on the detail of that is a few weeks away.   Most likely we'll use a "Meet the Manager" style session as "Meet the team", but pre-loaded with publications so there's little to surprise anyone on the day.   One of the joys of the Coffee Shop is just how engaged member are all the time - our annual event is not "the one chance to meet the team" that it is at so many traditional AGMs.
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« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2020, 10:01:45 am »

Grahame,

Could we not try something like Zoom or similar?

Just a thought.
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« Reply #24 on: March 19, 2020, 10:06:38 am »

Grahame,

Could we not try something like Zoom or similar?

Just a thought.

Tempted - but aware that adding a technology not familiar to all members could be a significant hurdle to them 'attending'.  Ideas under review; "few weeks" as described in the cancellation gives time to look into things and perhaps experiment. 
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