National Reunion

National Reunion

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Pictures of the Annual Conference and Reunion 2017

Here are some pictures of the 2017 Reunion weekend held at the Holiday Inn over the weekend 24th - 25th March. All photos were taken by Patrick Donovan a member of the Basingstoke Branch. I do have more so i will add some more at a later date and rotate them.

ANNUAL CONFERENCE/ REUNION 2018

The annual Reunion including the conference for 2018 will be held at the Premier Best Western Yew Lodge Hotel over the weekend of 23rd to 25th March.  The conference itself will be on Saturday 24th March.

General

The address of the hotel is: Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth, Derby, DE24 2DF

The hotel is located 20 minutes’ drive from Nottingham city centre. The hotel will run a complimentary 10 seat minibus twice on Saturday from the hotel to Nottingham and two return Journeys. Space will be limited so first come first served.

Car Parking is right next to the hotel and is free.

There is a Health and Leisure Club, which offers a range of options to burn off some energy or to simply relax and unwind. The health club features an indoor swimming pool, Spa Pool, Steam Room, Sauna and fully equipped gym to get rid of that fuzzy feeling in the morning.  Use of these facilities is free to hotel residents.

For the Ladies, there is also Discounted Spa Treatments available:

25 Minutes Neck, Back & Shoulder Massage - £20 (Normally £25)

25 Minutes Mini Facial - £20 (Normally £25)

Nail Shape & Paint – Fingers or Toes - £20 (Normally £25)

Failing that Maddog will give the ladies an all-over body rub for 50P!

Accommodation

I have reserved a total of 50 Doubles, 35Twins, (some of the twins can be converted to Triple rooms using a quality pull out bed settee, the price for a triple is extremely competitive but only available for the Fri/Sat package) and 19 Singles. This is the maximum I can reserve.  As you can see I will struggle with single rooms, therefore I cannot stress the point to much to BOOK EARLY! Or Branches utilise the triple option.  All bedrooms are accessed by lifts that are well maintained.  Although there are fully disabled rooms there is a number of what are called easy accessible rooms.  The showers are of the over the bath type.

We viewed a selection of rooms and found them all to be clean, spacious and all had TV, with Tea and Coffee making facilities. 

Meals

The Friday evening meal will be a Carvery

The Saturday evening Reunion Dinner will be a 3-course dinner with a 3-choice starter, a 3-choice main course plus a vegetarian option and a 3-choice desert with ½ bottle of Wine per person and Port for the toast.

Meal choice form sent separately.

The Most Important Room - Bar

A 25% reduction on bar tariff in the Main Function Bar and Reeds Health Club

Please note: The Yew Lodge Hotel has a Marcos Restaurant attached on the ground floor and that only offers a 20% reduction on bar tariff. If you are staying Thursday & Sunday this is the only reduction you will get.

Rates

Note all rates are per person

Friday & Saturday night’s   Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Sharing Double/Twin)   £114.00

Friday & Saturday night’s   Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Single)                          £130.00

Friday & Saturday night’s   Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Triple)                           £108.00

Friday Night Only Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Sharing Double/Twin)                  £ 54.00

Friday Night Only Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Single)                                         £ 62.00

Saturday Night Only Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Sharing Double/Twin)             £ 64.00

Saturday Night Only            Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Single)                          £72.00

Additional night Thursday or Sunday
Dinner Bed & Breakfast (Sharing Double/Twin)                                              £ 50.00

Additional night Thursday or Sunday Dinner Bed & Breakfast (Single)          £ 60.00

Non Resident Saturday Reunion Dinner                                                          £ 41.00

Non Resident Friday Carvery Dinner                                                               £ 25.00

Non Resident Tot Only                                                                                    £   3.00

The Friday & Saturday rate, the Saturday only rate and the Non-Resident Saturday Dinner includes your Tot, ½ bottle of wine and Port for the toast. 

Enclosed with this letter are two applications, one for your accommodation requirement(s) and the other for the Saturday Reunion Dinner meal choices.  Whilst applications via your secretary are welcome I am happy to accept an application from individual members, indeed that is the preferred method so that I can quickly ascertain the room requirements.

I would prefer full payment up front, but a £50 deposit per person for packages greater than that will be accepted but I do need the FULL BALANCE by Friday 9th March 2018.  I have to declare the room requirements at that time and pass back any not sold.

Please remember to include your contact details including your postal address so that I can contact you if there is a query.  Although this circular and application form will be sent to all those members on email I would ask all branch secretaries to get it out to your members as quickly as you can.

Please send your applications and cheques to Iain Mackenzie at 46 Almora Drive, Dumbarton, G82 1AE. Tel 07403 433 178. Email Please make your cheques payable to the “Submariners Association Reunion” and NOT me.  This causes a delay while I clear the cheques through my own bank before I pay the treasurer.

If you wish to pay online the sort code is 60-13-15 Account Number 52930645 Please put ‘Reunion Weekend’ as a reference. When sending your application/meal choice forms to me please inform me that you have paid by internet/amount and date payment made.

You will be aware that if there is a very low take up by the time I have to declare the room take up to the hotel I will be forced to cancel room to avoid payment for those rooms. This may mean late bookers will find no rooms available at our discounted rate.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

I WILL NOT BE SENDING OUT ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS OR TICKETS FOR THE EVENT, YOU WILL RECEIVE THEM ON REGISTRATION AT THE HOTEL.

IF YOU CANCEL AFTER THE 9 MARCH 2018 I CANNOT GUARANTEE A REFUND

PLEASE ATTACH A CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER WITH YOUR APPLICATION FORM

CONSIDER THE TRIPLE ROOM OPTION AS I WILL BE TIGHT ON SINGLE ROOMS

ADDENDUM

I thought I would add this short addendum to the circular explaining the reasons why next year’s reunion is not taking place at an inner-city venue.

Since I have been involved with the organisation and booking of venues for the reunions, my priority has been to keep the cost as low as possible. I am fully aware that the reunion is the highlight of the year for many members, a time to meet old friends and relax in the company of fellow submariners, after all that is what a reunion is all about.

However, this can be a financial burden on those who rely on the meagre state pension.

Inner-city hotels are in a position to demand top prices for rooms and their facilities all year round, this makes it increasingly difficult to negotiate competitive room rates and bar prices.

If I approach a hotel 20 or 30 miles outside the city centres I have a far better chance of negotiating a good deal.

Another added bonus for a hotel outside of the city centre, is they tend to be a better quality as the Yew Lodge Hotel will prove.

On average I can save £15-£20 per person on rural hotels, I also look at hotels with good bus/rail routes into the city.

I will still be looking at hotels in city centres, for example the Holiday Inn Leicester who for some reason have taken a shine to submariners and allow us a special price, but as previously stated the cost is the deciding factor.

Best Regards
Iain Mackenzie

Booking and Meal Forms are available from the Links below:

Booking Form

Meal Choice Form

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