UK Gathering – FI / PF Bloggers and Readers – Symonds Yat

If you’re an avid reader of the great Mr Money Mustache Blog like I am, you’ll be familiar with the MMM gatherings he sets up around America. Fellow Bloggers, readers and general Financial Independence enthusiasts meet up at a set location and time, and hang out. They are based around workshops, presentations and at times it’s just about being around like-minded people. 

I’ve felt a bit envious of these gatherings taking place over the pond, as I’m unable to attend. Time spent socialising, learning and laughing with like-minded people is all very appealing to me. I’ve learned that you are most like the people you choose to spend time with – positive and negative! 

We’ve decided to take a unique route in life compared to most people. Love it or hate it, we’re different. So, why not embrace our individuality?! A few readers and fellow Bloggers have discussed a PF/FI UK meet up but we’re rapidly running out of time for 2014. The temperature is starting to drop, the nights are closing in, and we’ll be talking about Christmas soon. I was considering what time of year to suggest as a date and I undoubtedly think the summer would be fantastic. That is a long way ahead, and I’m sure we can set up one or two meet-ups prior to the summer months. A light-bulb then flickered above my head, we have a unique opportunity approaching us very soon – The New Year. I’m not talking about getting drunk, dancing and overpriced entry tickets on New Years Eve. I’m thinking of 2015, New Years Resolutions or more specifically 2015 Goals 

Why not capitalise on a time of year where most people think about what they’ve achieved in 2014 and what the plan on doing for 2015. This is a topic of conversation for a lot of people in the New Year, so we could form our meet up around it. 

The primary focus of the gathering is to get people with similar interests together and getting to know each other more. We can then anchor the meet up around Goal setting for 2015. We can share what we have as goals for 2015. I think this might help the ‘goal setter’ feel more committed to delivering their goal, and I believe it will inspire others to think of similar goals or to push themselves. I would like it to be in a very informal setting and to take a relaxed approach about the whole thing. If we walk away from it having made friends and had fun I think it would be a great success. If people go home with new goals for 2015, and feel motivated about the year ahead then it’s a real bonus!

I’m proposing a UK PF/FI meet up for Bloggers, Readers and enthusiasts on Saturday 3rd January 2015, at Symonds Yat, Herefordshire. There’s a pub right next to the River Wye called the Saracens Head – Link to website. The pubs Postcode is HR9 6JLThey have loads of seating (and parking) by the river, we can relax, chat and drink (tea or alcohol). I was going to propose 11am. It also allows us most of the day to socalise and it won’t be too early for travellers. We can choose to sit there all day, walk alongside the river to the rope bridge, or if people have the energy, we could walk up the hill to Symonds Yat Rock. There’s plenty of food and drink options, and you can even bring your own if you want to save some money.

Saracens Head location

There’s just over 2 months to go until the New Year, and I hope I’m early enough to suggest this before people make alternative plans. I’m going to call out all UK Bloggers and Readers of PF and FI. Please share this post with other Bloggers and Readers, whether it’s on your Blog, Twitter, Facebook etc. I will go ahead with the gathering even if there’s one person going, but it would be great to have a nice turn out. 

I hope to see you there!

What do you think? If you’re interested, please leave a comment or feel free to contact me direct. 


  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply 24th October 2014

    Great idea Huw

    Count me in. As you say it will be great to talk with like minded people. Most people think I am crazy living my frugal life but then get very negative when I mention retiring early.


  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 25th October 2014

    Hi Richard,

    Great News! I look forward to meeting you.

    You're certainly not alone, and it'll be nice to spend some time with some fellow crazy people. ๐Ÿ™‚


  • weenie

    Reply Reply 25th October 2014

    Hi Huw, a great idea and the location looks beautiful. However, it'll be a 6 hour/300 mile round trip for me so I'll have to pass. A shame, as I would love to meet up with you and other fellow like-minded PF individuals – I'm sure there will be other opportunities in the future.

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th October 2014

    Hey Weenie,

    I'm so sorry to hear that. It would have been great to meet you in person. I understand you have a long drive though. If you change your mind, you know where we are, and I hope we can meet in person at some point in the future!


  • The Big Monkey

    Reply Reply 27th October 2014

    Hi Huw,
    Myself and the good lady should be up for this.
    I'll check where we are likely to be on the 3rd.

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 28th October 2014

    Hi TBM,

    Great news! I hope you both can make it. It would be nice to meet you in person.

    Speak soon.


    Reply Reply 6th December 2014

    Hi Huw!

    As you can probably guess I am only just getting time to catch up on lot's of old blog posts, now the move and hectic summer/autumn is out the way I am finally getting time to devote to blogging again (both reading and writing) which is nice!

    Liklihood is I won't be able to make this… similar to weenie it's a 300 mile round trip from "darn sarf".

    I wonder what the optimum location is for a meetup, we need some sort of map based app where you can plot everyone's location and then it tells you the best place! I bet there is one already out there… *nips off to google*… aha, what do you know there is ๐Ÿ™‚

    I just did a simple example for yourself, weenie and I (rough addresses for you two, obviously. I'm not a stalker!) and it worked pretty well, the midpoint came out as Stratford-upon-Avon (nearest decent sized town in any case).

    Maybe for the next meetup we can get more people on board and meet somewhere in the middle? I'd love to meet up with you guys and others that comment and are into FI, investing, and all of that jazz that we are into! Next time we can all post on our blogs (apologies again for missing this and not posting anything on the blog, I know you emailed me but assumed it wasn't going ahead as never heard anything back)

    Anyway nice one for organising something and hopefully get to meet you (all) at some point in 2015. Cheers!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 7th December 2014

    Hi TFS,

    No problem at all. I'm glad to hear that the house move is now behind you. It's a long, time consuming process, and it's nice to have your time back once it's all over.

    I'm sorry you can't make it, and the location is going to be a big ask for some people. I didn't know who I'd be pitching the idea to, and where they live.

    Great work with the meet up site. I wish I had thought of that before! I can tell you right now that if Weenie and yourself would be happy to travel there, I'd set it up! Stratford upon Avon is just fine with me. Let's make it happen! I'll report back on the New Year meet up, and we can then get the ball rolling with a future date for the next one. Hopefully, if we can get 3-5 Bloggers on board, you, Weenie, myself and couple more, we can get the invite out there and generate some interest from Bloggers and readers. A central location should increase the uptake and if we go out early with a date and promote it, people can commit in advance. I'm getting excited now.

    I think I might go a step on to make a 2015 Goal on setting up a FI/PF meet up. I think it would be great to meet you all in person, get to know each other, share ideas and take things to a new level.

    Thank you for the encouragement and for your ideas. They're greatly appreciated!

    Here's to 2015!


  • weenie

    Reply Reply 7th December 2014

    Hi guys, just spotted this and yes, Stratford-upon-Avon should be doable for me, just over 2 hours driving! As long as wherever we meet has a postcode so I can plug into my sat nav, should be fine!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 7th December 2014

    Hi Weenie,

    I'm so pleased to hear that. We've make sure the meet up is easy to get to by car. I think I'll set a date with plenty of time to spare too, so people can commit in advance.

    I'm excited about it already!


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