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Kew Summer Meet

Discussion in 'Forthcoming Events' started by DaveS, May 28, 2015.

  1. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Hi All

    Looking at the TfL site, the only days in July and August where they could be giving us problems are the 18th and 19th July.

    Kew is having a spice-fest until Sept, with a big display of chilies in the Princess of Wales conservatory. Could be good for close-up colour photos.

    So, who's up for it?
    Any dates you would prefer?
    Any dates you can't do?

    Same as last time, meet up at The Victoria Gate and wing it from there.

    In summer think colour. The trees will be indistinct in 40 shades of green so not architectural. Flower macro or close-up.

    Lets get this one rolling!
  2. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Bump, in case anyone's missed it.
  3. Steve Bell

    Steve Bell Well-Known Member

    I'm overdue another visit to Kew, but looking ahead to July only have the following weekend days free - Sunday 12th and 26th, then in August surprisingly all weekends are currently free other than Saturday 15th and Sunday the 30th.

    If the date chosen doesn't clash with anything else I'll can be there.
  4. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    At this moment, I'm free every Saturday in July (Sundays are another matter) and August right now (although if possible I'd like to avoid the 15th ) and hopefully (fingers crossed) things will improve on the Dave front (we may finally be getting physio in mid June- only taken since before Xmas!) so I'll be okay to be out all day
  5. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    OK, let's run 12th July up the flagpole and see who salutes it!

    Ooh, cliche!
  6. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Duly saluted
  7. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Not looking good for Ailsa and I, I'm afraid...

  8. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    Oopsie moment!

    Saturday is the 11th July, Sunday is the 12th

    Sorry for any confusion
  9. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    All I ask is that as soon as a date is finalised let me know as I am no way going to get any leave in August or September due to covering for colleagues on leave I'm thinking about making that a long weekend after all I'll have loads of photos to work on the next day

    And alas I am stuck with a manager who demands I give him at least 2 weeks notice for leave. (Recently, I didn't have any work as all my doctors were at a conference, everyone else was in but I asked him on the Monday if I could have the Friday and he said it was too short notice so he wouldn't let me have it. I spent the entire day staring at the wall)

    Also if we could avoid the 25th of July that would help
  10. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    OK Lesley, don't want to cause you more hassle.

    I said the 12th (Sunday) and it's received approval, so let's lock it down.

    Sunday 12th July, Victoria Gate, 11 am.

    How's that?
  11. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Fine by me but Gray can't do it, as I say with the exception of the 25th I'm free and my boss only needs 2 weeks notice so another date would also work for me
  12. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    We'll see if he can make any other dates, though I'm on the brink of booking a week in Wales between the 17th and 23rd.
  13. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    Could Gray do the 11th?
  14. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    11th definitely out I'm afraid - I'm taking a bunch of ringers round some churches in Essex.

    We have the first two weekends in August free (I'd rather do Saturday, Sunday is sacred to the god C'ricket), and that's about it...

    Sorry for the delay in replying, Dave - a bit hectic at the mo!

  15. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    As far as I can recall 1st of August is fine for me
  16. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    OK then I was a bit hasty in trying to lock down the 12th July.

    Since TfL aren't doing anything to the tracks then, let's move it back to the 1st August.
  17. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    Depending on how confrontational you wish to be....
    I seem to recall that you only had to give notice equal to the duration (unless something else is in your employment contract),
    ie 1 day's notice to take a day off, 3 days notice to take 3 days off, 2 weeks notice to take 2 weeks off etc etc.
    So you should be able to ask for a Monday off on the preceding Thursday with no real (legal) problem

    However, some managers are totally unreasonable....... but should be reminded of the employee's rights from time to time
  18. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    There is nothing in our rules- the manager before this one was fine with a few days notice even one before who had no problem with "it's a nice day can I take this afternoon off?"
  19. DaveS

    DaveS Well-Known Member

    OK, let's do a head count

    DaveS, (me)
    Gray1720 (Adrian)
    Steve Bell

    Anyone else?
  20. lm1

    lm1 Well-Known Member

    Would have loved to join you but I'm working that day ~ taking a youth group to Brighton Pride ...hopefully third time lucky ~ I'm determined to make it to one of these meets!!

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