I've spoken to a couple of people recently and I'm thinking about holding a Frogmarch Metro in London in October. Format would be a night or two in a hotel.
I'm suggesting it then as I may well be heading overseas again in November, and as I'll be quite a long way away I'd like to do something like this before I go. At the moment I've been offered the job but I'm going to go there in a couple of weeks to check to see that I like it enough to live there. But of course you'll all be most welcome to visit me when I am there.
So let me know whether you fancy meeting in October, and also which weekends are available for you at the moment.
The impromptu Frogmarch committee has decided to hold Frogmarch 2006 at the Friars Carse Country House Hotel, near Dumfries. It is an historic baronial hall, dating back to the 13th century, set in 45 acres of woodland. Robert Burns wrote many works while staying at Friars Carse.
Frogmarch 2006 will run from Friday 12 to Monday 15 May. Local attractions include the historic town of Dumfries, the wonderful Caerlaverock Castle, and an opportunity to find out about Devil's Porridge.
All are welcome. Come for all or part of the weekend. If you would like to come, please book directly with the hotel. Double rooms (B&B) are £79 per room per night, and single rooms £52.
If you prefer to stay elsewhere, there are plenty of hotels and guesthouses in nearby Dumfries.
(If you want a lift from central England, cavolo will be driving up from Nottingham on the Friday morning. If you want a life from Edinburgh Airport, qidane will be driving past on the Friday.)
A couple of people have asked me if the Frogmarch is taking a Glastonbury-style 'year off' this year. I can confirm that it isn't. Instead I must apologise as you were all quite justified in expecting me to organise it.
As you'll remember, the Frogmarch will begin on Friday the 12th May and last until Monday the 15th. It will be in a hotel somewhere in the Lake District or Southern Scotland. More likely it will be in a couple of hotels in the same town as it's less likely that one hotel will have enough rooms available for everyone. What I have in mind now is that there will be a main hotel with a bar area where we can all meet, and then those who wish to stay elsewhere instead would have a choice of nearby places.
You'll notice that I haven't actually named the hotel. The aim is to announce the hotel by the end of this weekend so there is still a bit of time to book it. Therefore if you have any suggestions please do send them to me in the next few days.
I'll look forward to meeting up again in five weeks' time.
The Frogmarch itself will be from Friday 12th May 2006 to Monday 15th May. If there is a Frogmarch Extra, it will be during the following week, ending on Friday the 19th.
I'd also like to ask for suggestions for the location and type of event. Should we hire a big house again, or should we stay in a hotel? The house idea is usually cheaper, but a hotel has its charms as well - no cooking or washing up for a start. And secondly, where should we go? This year was successful because it was quite handy for quite a lot of people. Yorkshire has been suggested as a place that could be reasonably accessible for people.
For both questions the main thing is finding a nice spot, whether hotel or house. If you can, please either comment on this post on the Blogmarch discussion board or reply to me and I'll put up your suggestions (unless you don't want me to). I'm sorry but I can't work out how to set it so that anyone can comment on this entry.
Sorry - Toby just reminded me that he and Kate paid for the oil and electricity as well. It was £78, which is £1.59 per person per night. So that means that I'll need to ask everyone for a little bit extra to send to Toby and Kate.
The new final grand totals are:
Ruth - £114.82 to pay Jo - £55.94 to pay Helen - £19.88 to pay Gareth - £15.11 to pay (None of these people have made a contribution to the food)
These people will receive a refund: Andrew - £39.88 Toby and Kate - £138.23 Tim and Rowan - £12.97 Lisa - £6.48 William and Liz - £8.20
Thankyou for such a great Frogmarch. I had a great time and I'm glad I stayed the extra day as well. My back's almost recovered from all that limboing under the beams in the attic bit.
I said there'd be a bit of money flowing about afterwards because Jo and Ruth marched after everyone had paid. I'd like to ask Jo for £32.71 for the night she stayed and Ruth for £88.39 for the three nights. This means that the people who were here for all three nights will receive £12.91 each. William and Liz will be refunded £8.93 each as they were only there two nights.
On the food, Andrew and Toby bought food for general consumption. I know that a lot of people also contributed food for the weekend but I understand that you aren't expecting a refund for it. Please let me know therefore if you would like a food refund from the Frogmarch Bank. Toby thinks that £200 of the big Tesco drop was the weekend food. Andrew spent £59.76 on food, mostly the fresh stuff for the big meals. That comes to £259.76, which is £21.65 each. Tim, Rowan, Lisa, William and Liz all gave Toby £20 each, so those people owe another £1.65 each, while Helen, me, Jo and Ruth owe the full £21.65.
Sorry that the £1.65 is rather a pointless sounding number. Toby had said that he didn't want any more money for the food if it was only slightly more than the £20 he'd asked for, but as money will be flowing about anyway I hope you won't mind me adding it into the calculation. Andrew will receive a net £38.11 while Toby and Kate will receive a net £56.71, as they kept the £100 cash that those five people paid on the weekend.
On the drink, I understand that alcohol was all on a bring-a-bottle basis, so I won't be putting that into the calculation. Please let me know if you are expecting payment for alcohol you bought.
The best bet now is that I'll pay everyone who is due money from the pot, and ask for contributions from the people who owe the pot. I'll send cheques to the Frogmarch creditors shortly. And if you owe money, could you please pay it to me and I can pass it on for you.