Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by AHB » 14:53 Fri 15 Mar 2019

I'd like to propose Thursday 19th of December as the date of our 2019 Port Forum Christmas extravaganza. (This ties in with my Ipswich team Christmas lunch so puts me in the right place at the right time.)

I haven't asked Tom yet, but I am hoping that he will kindly agree to host the Christmas offline again 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 and where I will stay).

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 since he has first refusal.

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 2019 and to book their place (which can be cancelled later, if required).
  1. Uncle Tom (confirmed)
  2. CMAG (confirmed)
  3. Axel Probst (confirmed)
  4. AHB (confirmed)
  5. IDJ (confirmed)
  6. MPM (confirmed)
  7. WS1 (confirmed)
  8. CPR (confirmed)
  9. PW (confirmed)
  10. vacant - awaiting response from Rich_n
RESERVES
  • Rich_n
  • WG
  • RGO
  • Ralph

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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Top Ports in 2019 (so far): Cockburn 1947 and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
2018 Ports of the year: São Leonardo 1927 White Port (Bottled 2018), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by Doggett » 14:56 Fri 15 Mar 2019

I am hoping that I will have had the summer season at the B&B and able to come to London for a few days for some port so would like to be added if possible please.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by PhilW » 17:30 Fri 15 Mar 2019

Please add me to the reserve list this year; thanks.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by flash_uk » 18:11 Fri 15 Mar 2019

Count me in Alex, thx.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by CPR 1 » 19:49 Fri 15 Mar 2019

Count me in please

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by Caparica » 22:16 Fri 15 Mar 2019

Please, if possible add me to the reserve ...
Thank you

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by Alex M » 09:45 Sat 16 Mar 2019

Yes please, count me in.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by WS1 » 16:13 Wed 20 Mar 2019

I would like to attend as well please.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by /2alph » 19:28 Wed 20 Mar 2019

Please put me on the reserve list. Is there a tasting a day before like in 2018?

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by idj123 » 19:39 Wed 20 Mar 2019

Reconfirming!

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by Axel P » 09:47 Mon 01 Apr 2019

Confirmed. Thanks, Alex
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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by AHB » 14:30 Mon 29 Jul 2019

Unfortunately the Cricketer's Arms in Rickling Green has closed at short notice due to "unforeseen circumstances". For reasons I'm happy to explain face to face I really don't want to stay at the Saffron Hotel so I have booked myself into Buriton House B&B, which is just next to Newport railway station and about 10 minutes walk from the White Horse. Buriton House has two rooms, the Toll House Inn (3 minutes walk from the White Horse, but 15 minutes from the station) has two rooms and can sleep up to five people. In addition, Airbnb has a complete 2 bed cottage available in Newport (4 minutes walk; 15 from the station).

Please don't leave your overnight accommodation arrangements to the last minute if you're a confirmed attendee!
Top Ports in 2019 (so far): Cockburn 1947 and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
2018 Ports of the year: São Leonardo 1927 White Port (Bottled 2018), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by CPR 1 » 14:39 Mon 29 Jul 2019

Thanks for the heads up Alex, I am now booked into the Buriton B&B

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by rich_n » 17:26 Sat 12 Oct 2019

Please can I be added to the reserve list? It seems more likely I may be able to attend (space and accommodation allowing).

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by Alex M » 18:01 Tue 15 Oct 2019

Work commitments prevent my attendance this year. Please offer my place to the first reserve. Have a great evening!

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by AHB » 22:21 Tue 15 Oct 2019

I have just found out that the Cricketer's Arms reopened in August under new management - and is getting great reviews on TripAdvisor.
Top Ports in 2019 (so far): Cockburn 1947 and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
2018 Ports of the year: São Leonardo 1927 White Port (Bottled 2018), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by AHB » 22:22 Tue 15 Oct 2019

Alex M wrote:
18:01 Tue 15 Oct 2019
Work commitments prevent my attendance this year. Please offer my place to the first reserve. Have a great evening!
Noted and will do. Thanks for the early notice.

Phil - do you want the spot?
Top Ports in 2019 (so far): Cockburn 1947 and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
2018 Ports of the year: São Leonardo 1927 White Port (Bottled 2018), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by PhilW » 15:42 Sun 27 Oct 2019

AHB wrote:
22:22 Tue 15 Oct 2019
Phil - do you want the spot?
Yes please.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by Christopher » 13:30 Thu 31 Oct 2019

Rather long reserve list but can I please be added thank you

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by Doggett » 09:07 Wed 06 Nov 2019

I am afraid I will have to miss out in this tasting yet again. A combination of proposed SWR industrial action that would scupper my travel and unknown as yet timings of some renovation works at the B&B mean that I am unable to commit. Apologies, but I hope one of the reserve list will now have a wonderful evening instead.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by flash_uk » 13:40 Wed 06 Nov 2019

jdaw1 wrote:
12:38 Wed 06 Nov 2019
Is specifies.unzipped.baths correct?
More like escorting.blending.digestion

But close enough :-)

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by jdaw1 » 14:23 Wed 06 Nov 2019

flash_uk wrote:
13:40 Wed 06 Nov 2019
jdaw1 wrote:
12:38 Wed 06 Nov 2019
Is specifies.unzipped.baths correct?
More like escorting.blending.digestion
Updated draft of the sticky labels, TNs, vote recorders, etc.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by flash_uk » 15:06 Wed 06 Nov 2019

jdaw1 wrote:
14:23 Wed 06 Nov 2019
Updated draft of the sticky labels, TNs, vote recorders, etc.
I think Axel may have been missed.

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Re: Thu 19th December 2019 - the Port Forum Christmas Bash

Post by jdaw1 » 15:51 Wed 06 Nov 2019

flash_uk wrote:
15:06 Wed 06 Nov 2019
jdaw1 wrote:
14:23 Wed 06 Nov 2019
Updated draft of the sticky labels, TNs, vote recorders, etc.
I think Axel may have been missed.
Thank you. Added.

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