Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

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Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 13:25 Tue 03 May 2016

Tom has kindly agreed to host the Christmas offline again, which will be at the White Horse in Newport. The nearest train station to the pub is Newport (Essex), which is a 10 minute walk from the White Horse. Those staying overnight usually stay at the Saffron Hotel in Saffron Walden, a 10 minute car journey from the White Horse, at the Tollhouse B&B in Newport or at the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green (a 7 minute drive).

The theme will be the usual, that is The Unknown Shipper and His Peculiar Friends

Space at the White Horse is a little tight so numbers attending have to be limited to 10. Normal practice is to offer those who attended the previous year first refusal. The industry guest will probably be Dirk Niepoort.

Last Year's attendees were as set out below. Last year's attendees have until end of May to confirm their intention to attend in 2017 and to book their place (which can be cancelled later, if required).
  1. Uncle Tom (confirmed)
  2. EDN or other industry guest currently vacant
  3. Axel Probst (confirmed)
  4. AHB (confirmed)
  5. DL - replaced by IDJ
  6. MEN - replaced by MPM
  7. WS1 (confirmed)
  8. DJ (confirmed) replaced by PW
  9. RLC (confirmed)
  10. CPR (confirmed)
RESERVES
  1. SGD - declined offer to replace EDN
There are usually one or two people who can't make it at the last minute each year so being on the reserve list gives you a decent chance to attend. If you'd like to be on the reserve list, please say so.
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by idj123 » 13:37 Tue 03 May 2016

Bitterly disappointed at not being able to attend last year and so can you please add me to the reserve list for this year please Alex.

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by flash_uk » 15:43 Tue 03 May 2016

Could I also be a reserve please? Hopefully I will not be as busy as last year!

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by PhilW » 16:01 Tue 03 May 2016

Having had to unfortunately drop from last year's event, I would very much like to attend again this year if possible.
Please add me to the reserves also.

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by Doggett » 16:48 Tue 03 May 2016

In the faint hope that a few spots may open up, could I also add myself to the reserve list.
Many thanks,
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Post by Axel P » 08:16 Sun 22 May 2016

Yes, please
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by CPR 1 » 11:32 Sun 22 May 2016

Yes please

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by WS1 » 13:44 Sun 22 May 2016

I would like to join the XMAS bash this year. Bring it on.... :lol:
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 19:44 Sun 22 May 2016

First post updated. 5 places gone, 1 being kept for an industry guest, 4 places still to be confirmed...
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by Cookie » 00:39 Wed 01 Jun 2016

Although some 45 minutes late on the deadline I hope this post is sufficient for me to reserve my place as usual.
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by djewesbury » 15:05 Mon 13 Jun 2016

Goodness the forum is slow today..

Anyway, consider me confirmed please.

See some of you on Wednesday.
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 13:29 Mon 20 Jun 2016

List has been updated - and before anyone asks, DJ made the deadline in an email exchange rather than by posting on the forum. He weakly claimed that he was "too busy to post on the forum" and since I hadn't specified that confirmation had to be by posting in thread I decided to accept his confirmation.

Ian, Mike - you currently have places.

Tom, Axel - do you want to reach out to Dirk?
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by idj123 » 13:04 Wed 22 Jun 2016

AHB wrote:
Ian, Mike - you currently have places.
This is cheering news-thanks Alex

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 16:27 Fri 07 Oct 2016

If anyone is planning of staying at the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green then please let me know and we may be able to share a cab between Rickling Green and the White Horse at both ends of the offline.
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by CPR 1 » 20:07 Fri 07 Oct 2016

I have booked into the Cricketers again as it worked well last year thus keen to share a taxi both to and from The White Horse.

Thanks

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by djewesbury » 12:52 Mon 28 Nov 2016

Sorry, I did attempt to post a few weeks ago that I couldn't make this - clashes with the last day of teaching unfortunately.
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by idj123 » 14:24 Tue 29 Nov 2016

Have now finally got around to booking the Cricketer's Arms at Rickling Green and so happy to share that cab suggested. Fingers crossed I can make it there this year :D

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 21:30 Tue 29 Nov 2016

Phil - Daniel's withdrawal leaves a place open for you if you'd like it.
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by PhilW » 08:25 Wed 30 Nov 2016

AHB wrote:Phil - Daniel's withdrawal leaves a place open for you if you'd like it.
Yes please, I should still be ok to make it.
The bottle I intend to bring is an unknown/unknown, believed circa 1890s, so if someone with tongs could bring them along that would be appreciated.

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by PhilW » 08:16 Thu 01 Dec 2016

I have now also booked into the Cricketers and would be up for taxi-sharing; has anyone already set up bookings, and if so for what times please?

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 18:43 Sat 10 Dec 2016

DJ has dropped out and been replaced by PW.

EDN has dropped out and has not yet been replaced since SGD declined the opportunity.

This means there is a place spare at the table for the Xmas tasting - is anyone interested?
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by jdaw1 » 19:34 Sat 10 Dec 2016

The Bell didn’t have space for glasses pages — stickies were used. What is the format at the White Horse? Glasses pages? Cork display? Other?

Are there any pre-revelations of bottles? Are any Names to be associated with multiple bottles?

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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 23:10 Sat 10 Dec 2016

jdaw1 wrote:The Bell didn’t have space for glasses pages — stickies were used. What is the format at the White Horse? Glasses pages? Cork display? Other?

Are there any pre-revelations of bottles? Are any Names to be associated with multiple bottles?
Stickies for the White Horse too please. No cork display. No pre-revelations. No association of bottles with people.
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Re: Thu 15 December 2016 - The TPF Xmas Offline

Post by AHB » 11:29 Sun 11 Dec 2016

The layout looks good, but it is very unlikely that we'll have 26 bottles between 9 of us. If I recall there are 13 labels down a page - if we had 13 bottles on the tasting sheets then it would be just as easy to share the labels out between us.
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