Autumn Meeting 2023

Saturday 30th September 2023

The Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham, B15 2R

Arrangements are already underway for our 2023 Annual Meeting. After receiving such positive feedback regarding last year’s venue, we have decided to again hold our 2023 meeting at the Edgbaston Park Hotel, Birmingham.

The hotel is located in the pleasant and leafy suburb of Edgbaston. It has adequate car
parking facilities and the University railway station, is a ten-minute walk through the University campus to the hotel. It provides a ready and rapid link to New Street, Birmingham’s main railway station. The hotel itself is well situated, the function room layout is spacious and the facilities on offer are suitable to meet our needs and those attending the meeting. You can take a look yourselves, via the Hotel’s website, at, which provides details of its location, together with lots of pictures of the facilities available. We have provided a few photos and a QR code link to this website, within this article. You can also watch a brief video on YouTube –

As we have done previously, the Charity will be making a significant contribution to cover the function room hire, plus the costs of lunch and other refreshments. However, due to an increase in these charges by the hotel, we are also having to increase the cost of attending our annual meeting from £10 to £15 per person for paid-up members and their guests (up to three). Non-members will be asked to pay £30 per person. These contributions cover less than half of the
overall hotel charges levied for each person attending. A buffet lunch will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day, all included in this fee. If you have any special dietary requirements, please make us aware of these when registering for the meeting.
Preparations are also being made regarding guest speakers and presentations on the day, once we have further details about these, we will post an ‘Order of Events’ on our website, nearer the time. We will certainly allow adequate time for “mingling” amongst attendees because this, we have found, has always been one of the most valuable aspects of our annual meetings.

There are several ways you can register to attend, there is a form on the back of the
Spring/Summer magazine, we have also provided a ‘Registration Form’ which you can download via the link at the bottom of this page and print-out, complete and return to us by post or e-mail, along with your payment. Alternatively, you could use the online application form via the “Register your interest” link at the bottom of this page. In order that we can provide catering numbers to the hotel, please provide us with a completed registration form as soon as you can.

Places will be given on a first come, first served basis. Any applications received 2 weeks prior to the date of the meeting may not be accepted.

For anyone wishing to stay overnight at the Edgbaston Park Hotel. In order to get the best rate possible at the Edgbaston Park Hotel, the Charity has block-purchased a limited number of rooms. These will be available to book, via the Charity, on a first come, first served basis. The hotel also provides a limited number of dog friendly hotel rooms. Please Note: Dogs are
welcome in hotel rooms but not in the main meeting room.

The cost of the rooms will then be:
– Single occupancy £120.00, inclusive of breakfast.
– Double occupancy £131.00, inclusive of breakfast.

Please note that these prices include VAT.

For those wishing to dine on the Saturday evening, the cost of a two-course meal (menu available nearer the date) will be £37.00 per head.

If you would like us to reserve a room and/or a place for dinner on the Saturday evening, please let us know separately, in addition to completing the registration form for the meeting itself. Please use the same email address: to do this. Please also note that we need you to pay the Charity in advance, by cheque or bank transfer. If doing so, please reference “Room/Dine”.

Don’t delay, register your interest in attending today. We shall look forward to seeing you on the 30th September.

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