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AAGB Spring 2021 meeting and Coronavirus

It will come as no surprise Iím sure but we regret to inform you that the scheduled spring meeting of the AAGB will be cancelled. 

This year is the 40th anniversary of the AAGB, thank you to all of you who have helped us reach such a terrific milestone however I feel our celebrations will need to wait a little while.

In spite of the planned easing of lockdown measures by the Government the proposed meeting in April cannot take place.  Hospitality services (indoor) and hotels are proposed to begin reopening from 17th May at the earliest but it would appear that initially there will be continued restrictions to numbers of people gathering.

Considering all the planned measures it seems likely that if all goes to plan, the earliest we could consider holding an unrestricted meeting would be after 21 June 2021. 

Reassuringly plans made after this date should be less likely to change.

I have once again spoken in detail with the IBIS Hotel.  As yet they have had no guidance from the parent company about future conferencing and have advised me to contact them again after 21 June.  They remain very keen to work with us.

In the meantime, I have provisionally booked the weekend of 2 & 3 October 2021 again to be held at the IBIS Hotel

While Coronavirus will almost certainly still be with us, I feel by then, there would be a greater understanding of what can and canít happen and we would be able to deliver a meeting safely and with greater confidence. Hopefully most of us will have had the option of the vaccine too.

Again anyone who has pre-booked accommodation with The IBIS Hotel / Accor direct and not through a third party booking (or example ) is advised to contact the IBIS Hotel in Rotherham on 01709 730333 and they will refund your fees. Given that there remains some uncertainty about the autumn meeting you may feel this is a better option than changing the dates of your booking.

Kind regards


Chris Webb (Secretary)