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    See post #152 for details of next meeting



    Just trying to gauge the interest here. Would anyone come to a central London get together? I know there are lots of London CPFer's around so I figure if we arrange a meeting somewhere in central London close to a tube station, we should be able to get the maximum number of people.

    I won't set a time or place until we get enough interest.

    I spent last year in Toronto attending regular CPF meetings (check out the GTA thread) and was thinking that we should do something similar here although I'm not sure how well it would work in the UK. About once a month, a bunch of us would meet up at Starbucks, talk about lights for a while then head out for a walk round the park at night which was perfectly safe. Does anyone with a with a good knowledge of central London know a place where we could do this? i.e. a place where we wouldn't come across chavs or drug addicts?

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    monkeyboy

    Nyctophiliac +1
    tx101
    Raoul_Duke
    Jay R
    orb (possible +1)
    Essexman
    London Lad (maybe)
    Blue Led
    Hammer Train (maybe)

    Tallnhairydave +1
    meganoggin+1
    brunt _sp


    Location: Hampstead Heath, Freemason's arms.

    Date/time: Saturday Feb 27th 4pm.

    UPDATE: Time changed to 4pm
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    Sounds great to me! Depending on the date, of course (which has scuppered me for both of the previous UK get-togethers...), but a London-based meet would suit me well.

    I don't know London all that well, but I'll have a think about a location. A Starbucks sounds like as good a starting point as any, though.

    I like the idea, thanks for the thread

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    My work doesn't often give me enough time to leave London, so I'd be interested. Don't know much about the parks around at night, but I could look into it.

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    Yes please. Very interested.

    I know of a couple of others in the area. I'll PM them.

    Any part of London you're thinking of? Hampstead Heath is always open - Spaniards Inn for food and meet? Or Horsenden Hill in Perivale - Car Park is shut after dark but the Ballot Box pub is just down the Hill. Primrose Hill? Grand Union Canal towpath? Even Hyde Park is open until midnight nice and central? Though quite a few people there even after dark.

    There must be loads of places to go.

    Nice idea, monkeyboy.

    As for safety - imagine the scenario: If thugs attracted by the lights in the sky make threatening moves imagine how aggressive they might be after several thousand Lumens of our lights all pointed at them at once? Anyway - not had any problems cycling in London Parks at night, yet... I think the bright lights actually keep people away.
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    I'm in

    Anytime, anywhere in London


    @ Nyctophiliac, thanks for the heads-up

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    YES!!!!!!!

    I would love to come to a CPF London meet!!!


    Shift dependant of course, I work a 2 week on 2 week off 2 week on 4 week off rotation, so I hope the dates match up!!!...and I'm not on a course somewhere. Last two dates / locations ruled out the meet ups for me.

    I dont know the more spacious areas where we could go...but there must be loads.

    Prehaps letting the local bobbys know when we do plan to light up the neigbour hood, just so they are informed...but I see no issues to a well planned meet.

    Only 3 hours away for me...I'd have a lot of stuff to bring down!!!

    When I used to collect pocket knives, we used to go to pubs...( arranged in advance) and they would usually have a private room, and a bar so we could all look at the stuff in comfort, so that may be a concideration, and then out at night when it gets dark


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    Raoul - good point about Police - especially if we decide to go anywhere near Regent's Park or Hyde Park. Lots of VIPs in those areas.

    Be good to have this meeting before it gets too light in the evenings.

    Let's see how the OP feels.

    Great!

    Tx101 - you're welcome!

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    London - Where the hell is that?




    Somewhere near the tube sounds good, I'd just have to make sure I don't miss the last train home!

    TX101 - I hope you have a big rucksac for all those maglites?

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    I'm in. Weekend is best for me though I can do any day.
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    Awesome, I wasn't expecting such a fast response. It looks promising so far. We'll try to set a date that will accommodate the most people possible.

    I'm pretty much up for anywhere in london as long as its near public transport. I don't know London that well as I just moved here but all those suggestions sound good nyctophiliac. Hampstead Heath sounds good as it's wooded and near tube and train stations but let's avoid the public toilets (I heard stories). I guess you're right that hyde/regents park may cause too much suspicion with the police. We should be safe enough as long as there's enough of us and we don't go around pointing our lights at people.

    I hope that northern line closures won't screw up our plans (I'm at collier's wood).

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    What would be best, a Friday night so’s that the people that work in London could hang about after work or a Saturday night so’s that those of us outside London could make a day trip of it ???

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    I'd be there.
    Where can I pitch my tent?
    Look forward to more details.
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    A Friday night or a Saturday would be good for me. Perhaps a slight preference for the Saturday as I don't actually live in London.

    More importantly...what lights to bring?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest UK View Post
    More importantly...what lights to bring?!
    Eh ! All of them of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay R View Post
    Eh ! All of them of course.
    You provide me with a truck, and I'll bring them

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    Quote Originally Posted by orb View Post
    I'd be there.
    Where can I pitch my tent?
    Look forward to more details.

    We can find a pitch, and If you are missing any tent poles I can lend you some V-long maglites, I hope your tarp is fire proof though

    It would be nice if we meet with a car park close by also as I'm not humping all my stuff down on the train.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest UK View Post
    You provide me with a truck, and I'll bring them

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    I have access to a 7.5 ton truck and a forklift

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    I really like the idea of a tent using Maglites as poles. Appeals to my sense of the absurd.

    Are we thinking of having the meet outdoors? Brrr.

    I quite liked the idea of meeting up in a cosy pub and having an ooh and aaah session with everyones torches, then going out into the dark and frightening the foxes/geese/owls/joggers etc.

    How about this - there's a pub in Hampstead called 'The Freemason's Arms' It's just off the East Heath Road and the Heath itself. Normally quite a popular pub, but quite large and I used to go there loads ( Long time ago - Marriage career and kids ago ). But there is a car park on the Heath near it, and the great expanse of Heathy Goodness just over the road - quite a few restaurants in that area too. It is a more approachable part of the Heath and will not be deserted.

    Very easy to meet and display - have a drink and a bite then shine out over the Heath.

    Or we could go to the top of the Heath near the Vale of Health - bit of a bigger walk to a pub since 'Jack Straws castle' has been converted into flats, but nice views and much more deserted - impossible to park I would think.

    I'm sure there is a UK CPFer who is a policeman - can't remember his username but I think he is in Kent - maybe he might have an idea how to do this in London. Maybe he'd come?

    Any ideas on dates? I would think Saturdays are best for this.

    Of the lights to bring - just all the ones you like!

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    Cool, let's set the location to Hampstead heath unless there are any objections. I don't know the area at all so I'll let someone else decide on where exactly we should meet.

    I guess the requirements would be:
    - near a tube station (within walking distance)
    - preferably with car parking nearby
    - not too busy
    - away form the sat night drunken mobs
    - large enough to accommodate us

    Since people seem interested in a weekend meet, sat or sunday would be ideal as people can come earlier and get home before the last train. It gets dark pretty early so that won't be a problem. I'm thinking we should try to arrange this sooner rather than later as there's no point dragging it out.

    So what dates can people make out of these?
    Feb 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th Mar 6th, 7th

    I'd prefer Feb 20th/21st

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    The 20th/21st wouldn't be much good for me, my work schedule conflicts pretty heavily. Any of the other dates would be okay I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orb View Post
    I'd be there.
    Where can I pitch my tent?
    I would say www.debdenhouse.com just off the M25 (10mins drive), near the central line tube (5 mins drive or approx 1/2 hr walk).

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    I just googled Hampstead heath and the second google dropdown was all about cruseing, seems to have quite a reputation....Not sure I'd like to tell my girlfriend that I plan to take my 'big guns' down to Hampstead heath for the evening.

    I cant do the 20th...maybee the next weekend

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    Quote Originally Posted by etherealshade View Post
    The 20th/21st wouldn't be much good for me, my work schedule conflicts pretty heavily. Any of the other dates would be okay I think.
    OK let's strike that off. I just checked the underground website and those dates also correspond to a track closure which includes hamstead station on the northern line so it would be a bad idea anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoul_Duke View Post
    I just googled Hampstead heath and the second google dropdown was all about cruseing, seems to have quite a reputation....Not sure I'd like to tell my girlfriend that I plan to take my 'big guns' down to Hampstead heath for the evening.

    I cant do the 20th...maybee the next weekend
    haha! I saw that too, it's where George Michael was caught. but I read that if you avoid the areas around the public toilets, it's fine.
    If anything bad happens to us we'll just blame nyctophiliac's navigational skills

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    I'm going to check out this pub and location this Saturday. Bit worried about the northern line as some people have said. The Heath is not non stop cruising so I have been told!
    Not the 20th then. Any other date for me.

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    Just found this for info:

    http://londonist.com/2005/08/londonist_loves_11.php

    The Heath seems perfect for our purposes - Freemasons arms or Spaniard's Inn? I'll look at both this Saturday. In fact a nice path through the woods and past the ponds ( one of them at least ) goes from Spaniard's Inn to the Freemason's Arms. Torch Pub crawl? ( Not that I drink of course ).

    Still checking the Northern Line.

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    Any of those dates are good for me.

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    I'll check the dates...hopefully I'll be able to make it this time

    It would be great to finally put some faces to the names

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    Can (in theory) make both dates, but I think Feb 27th, 28th would be better for me.

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    Any Saturday evening is good for me

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