YORK – UK Gathering Summer 2015


3 weeks and 2 days to go until the York Gathering. Wow, that’s come around quick!

So, what’s happening?


Accommodation

So far, I’ve booked the hotel Lou and I are staying at for the Friday and Saturday night. We plan on driving up to York Friday morning to get there for around lunch time. 

The hotel is called Moorland House, the address is 1A Moorland Road, YorkYO10 4HF. It’s not the cheapest option, but it ticked the boxes of it being a smaller hotel (less guests), off the main strip (bit quieter), but still ‘walkable’ into the City centre (30 mins walk). It’s costing us £144 for a double room for 2 nights. There are a lot of options around the £160-£200 mark, and we found hotels/B&B’s below £100, but we’re happy with this option. 

I was looking into hotel options that were in the City and were bigger so a few of us could stop in the same location, but the cost of some of the hotels was more than I was expecting (although it’s in the peak of summer!) and I’m not sure what people are looking for in a hotel or what your budget is. 

Have you booked your hotel or room at your friends/families house?

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Plan for the weekend

Currently I have a loose plan for the weekend. 

Friday
We’ll arrive Friday lunchtime, and we currently have no plan for the Friday afternoon. I understand that a few people will be arriving on the Friday too. I would like to meet up with you on the Friday afternoon, if you’re interested. We can also go out for a meal together in the evening. 

  • Please let me know in the comments below (that I’m a poet) if you’re interested in meeting up with us on Friday afternoon, and what tie you would like to meet us. Based on the numbers of people interested, I’ll look to set up a meeting place or potentially book a location. 
  • If you’re interested in joining us for an evening meal on Friday, let me know in the comments, and once again I’ll book a table somewhere based on those numbers. 
(No offense will be taken to people that want to be by themselves/family on Friday day or evening!)



Saturday
This is the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the weekend, and some people might just be stopping by for the Saturday. In SOA in the Spring, we meet up at Carluccios, and ended up staying there for around 4 hours. We drank coffee, got to know each other, and had lunch there. I would like to replicate this portion of the weened, as I felt it went very well and was told the same thing by others.

Regular readers of my Blog will be aware of my now good friend, Richard. He somehow convinced his lovely wife Alison to drive from their home north of York down to SOA for the Spring Gathering. Alison had pre-booked a restaurant for an evening meal for the two of them, and 4 of us gate crashed their booking to join them on the Saturday evening. The food was excellent, and the price was very reasonable. 

Alison and Richard kindly volunteered to review suitable locations for York and Alison has helped us all out by booking a room on the Saturday for 20 people at the Stonegate Yard from noon to 4.15pmIt’s a separate room within a garden courtyard at the Stonegate Yard Bar and Brasserie and the food there comes recommended.

Website – www.stonegateyard.net


  • Please let me know in the comments if you’ll be joining us at the room. I’ll make sure we have enough seats booked. Please let me know how many people will be with you.

Weenies ‘Monkey Stock League Challenge’
If you haven’t seen it yet, Weenie at Quietly Saving has announced her ‘Monkey Stock League Challenge’. The basic premise is you select 5 stocks to make your portfolio and the person that makes the highest return on capital and dividends wins. 
You can play with real money or have a virtual portfolio (free), and you select 5 stocks blindfolded or you can carefully select them by choice. 

For those of us that are doing the blindfolded route, Weenie will be hosting a live draw for the stocks during the allotted time at the Stonegate Yard between noon and 4.15pm. Check out the link I’ve provided above to find out more details on it. It should be fun!

 
Saturday AM?

I haven’t penciled anything in for the Saturday morning just yet. I’m not sure how late the Friday evening will be. I don’t know what time people get up either. 


Lou and I (especially me) are early risers, so we’re likely to be going somewhere on the Saturday morning prior to the meet up. Perhaps one of the parks or a general walk around. This might even be finalised on the Friday evening. If I change my mind and decide to do some specific at a certain time, I’ll let you know. 


Sunday
We’re due to vacate our room Sunday morning, but we’re planning on staying in York for the Sunday morning at least, perhaps even into the afternoon. Similarly to SOA in the Spring, we’ll do some touristy things on the Sunday. We’d like you all to join us if you’re interested, and we take no offense to you choosing to go home or do your on thing instead. We’ll happily do that stuff on our own, and equally, we’ll do it with a bunch of friends too. We don’t mind either way! 

I don’t want to plan too much right now as so much can change. As I remember in Spring, Saturday was a long, exciting day. As soon as we got back to out hotel room I was absolutely knackered, and it wasn’t that late 10.30pm (ish). 

I don’t know how Saturday evening will transpire just yet and how that will impact how people feel on the Sunday. You might all hate me when you get to know me! 

I’m going to leave the day nice and open for now and based on what people think on the Saturday, we can put some plans in place then. 


My outcome for the weekend

For those of you that didn’t make the last one, I just want to let you know my intention on organising a weekend like this. 

I have found that living frugally, investing, having an interest in Personal Finance, Early Retirement, running side businesses and alike makes me a bit of a weirdo in day to day life. I find myself isolated from the opinion’s of others and my interests are very different to most people I come into contact with. 

I wanted to organise these meet ups so I could meet some more weirdo’s and I could speak to people about all the stuff I’m interested in (all of the above), and in turn hear someone else talk passionately about the same stuff. 

There won’t be any ‘pitching’ or presentations going on. The key for me is getting like-minded people together in a room to chat, learn, have fun and perhaps make long term friends. 

I invite Bloggers, readers, and anyone else interested in this stuff to come along and meet up with us. 

I have some plans in place, but I don’t want to make it too structured. I’m happy to have some structure, but I also want to ‘play it by ear’ and see how the weekend transpires naturally. 


FFBF40 on YouTube
I previously mentioned that I plan on making a YouTube channel based around my new life leaving my 9-5 job. I’d like it to be a visual representation of how I work my way towards FI. I’d like to link it with the Blog. 

I’m hoping that it will draw more people into what I do as some people just prefer watching something than reading about it. I also think it will make my interaction with my followers more interesting for both of us. It adds variety, and it’s a little more personal when you can see and hear someone. 

I plan on bringing a camera with me to film some of the weekend. I’d like to film people having fun….. YOU’D BETTER HAVE FUN!!….. and give a a visual representation to others on what this weekend is about. It would be nice to look back on too (in my opinion). 

I’m considering doing mini-interviews with people on any investing/PF/ER tips, but I’m not sure how open people will be to this. 

I totally respect everyone’s privacy, and I will not film or edit anyone on camera that doesn’t want to be filmed. It’s not that important to me and I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable. 

If no-one wants to be filmed, than I might just film myself in York, which will be ultra-dull, but I don’t mind either way. 

If any of you want to film stuff too, so we can put together a ‘Super film’, I’m really happy to do that. 

Any thoughts on it being filmed?


Just two more things…. (Columbo didn’t say that did he?)

Can I ask you to fill in the comments section the following:
  • What time and day you’re planning on arriving and leaving York?
  • What time and day you’d like to meet up with people? Consider Friday afternoon, Saturday morning, ‘Stonegate Yard Saturday’, and Sunday. 
  • How many people will be with you?
  • If you have any questions about the weekend. Other people might be thinking the same thing. 

Could I also ask you to email my personal email address – hrdavies82@gmail.com (brave!) – with your contact number and/or email address, and name. I’ll email you back with my mobile number so you can contact me to meet up when you’re in York. I can then rudely ignore everyone that’s talking to me on the day because I obsessively watch my phone for incoming texts and phone calls (like last time!).

Thanks all. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!


0 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply 23rd July 2015

    Huw
    Heavens look at you – look at how well prepared you are for the second weekend!
    Having really enjoyed your first one, I would love to be there with you but alas am away with the other half that weekend.
    If you get the same quality of 'wierdos' as your first weekend it will be a very rewarding occasion.
    I look forward to reading your write-up of the weekend.
    All the best
    Bill

  • weenie

    Reply Reply 23rd July 2015

    Hi Huw

    Thanks for sorting out this update. The hotel I'm staying at (The Lighthorseman Inn) is about 10-15 mins away from yours, closer to city centre.

    I'll be working half-day on Friday so plan on arriving in York late afternoon – not sure what time yet, but I'll let you know. Certainly I'll be up for an evening meal on Friday, I'll be around Saturday (not too early though, I'm a night owl!) and likely to head home after breakfast on Sunday.

    Many thanks to Alison and Richard for sorting out the booking of a room for the gathering at Stonegate Yard – looks great and will be a more than suitable location for my Monkey Stocks to be drawn out of the hat – thanks for the mention!

    As for the YouTube thing, I'd prefer not to be filmed – I'm camera-shy when it comes to videos!

    Anyway, am looking forward to meeting folks from the last gathering again and also looking forward to seeing some new faces.

  • Cerridwen

    Reply Reply 23rd July 2015

    Hi Huw,

    I'm planning on coming up for the Saturday afternoon and so will make my way to the Stonegate Yard in time for the Monkey Stock Draw. Like weenie I would prefer not to be filmed.

    Very many thanks for making the arrangements and co-co-ordinating all this.

  • jiminyork

    Reply Reply 23rd July 2015

    Hi Huw
    I'll definitely be dropping by on the Saturday afternoon into Stonegate Yard (excellent choice by Alison, and one I would have recommended myself! It's quite a laid back place with a good atmosphere, bang in the centre of town.) It will just be myself and I look forward to meeting all the "like minded people" who come along!
    See you there.
    Jim McG

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply 24th July 2015

    Hi Huw and lou, congrats on the kindle progress, really exciting times. Love to hear more about it soon.time has flown since seeing you last, but luckily my new job has given me the Friday off. We'll aim to be with you by midday Friday. Havent set about booking anything yet though. We'll leave Sunday morning I expect but are flexible. Definitely up for mealtimes en masse, assuming in all likelihood there are vegetarian options; if not there's always beer. Look forward to it, A + Z

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply 24th July 2015

    Huw

    Both myself and Alison will be there on Friday and departing on Sunday.

    I am working on Friday (from home) but should be able to sneak off early. Even though we live in the same county as York we still have the best part of a 2 hour drive to get there so am not sure at this stage what time we will be there. Our aim will most likely to get there prior to dinner where we would like to join you all.

    Our intention is to be with as many like minded people as possible all weekend as we found the SOA meet to be very inspirational.

    We are staying in the Holiday Inn (yes Huw using my points).

    Thanks for organising this Huw. We are both really looking forward too it.

    Richard

  • Dividend Drive

    Reply Reply 25th July 2015

    Good luck with this Huw and all!

    Hopefully one time I may actually be able to get to one of these events. Sounds like fun.

    Enjoy and I look forward to seeing Weenie's stock picks!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    Hi Bill,

    I've had a lot of help again this time around, which I've really appreciated.

    Sorry to hear that you can't make it, but I think you're right, there'll be plenty of new 'weirdo's' that will help to make it another great weekend!

    Thanks again for stopping by and hope you and your other half have a great weekend too!

    Cheers
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    Hi Weenie,

    Great news! I checked out your hotel and saw that we were relatively close to each other.

    Friday evening sounds great, I'll email you my mobile number. Once you have a better idea of times you can let me know and we'll book you a table for Fri evening if you like.

    Alison and Richard have done a great job one again. The location looks great doesn't it!

    Weenie – I totally respect your request not to be filmed. It's not a problem.

    I'll see you very soon!

    Cheers
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    Hi Cerridwen,

    Great news. I'm looking forward to meeting you in person. It's not a problem with the filming either.

    See you soon
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    Hi Jim McG,

    Great stuff. It'll be nice to meet you in person. Thank you for volunteering to help out with your York knowledge too. It's good to hear that Alison has selected a nice location (although I'm not surprised!).

    See you soon
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    Hi A & Z,

    Lou and I are both really pleased to hear that you can make it for the whole weekend. We were praying to the shift Gods and they've answered.

    Thank you for the kind words too. It's very exciting for me right now, but I have a lot of work to do!

    It'll be great to hear about what you've been up to in the last 6 months too.

    See you both very soon
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    Hi Richard,

    It's crazy that you live in the same county and you're still driving for 2 hours! It sounds like lunch on Friday might be out of reach, but I hope you can join us for the evening meal.

    I thought the HI would be accommodating you once again. Well played!

    Thanks once again to you and Alison for your help in finding a location. I really appreciate it!

    See you soon
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 26th July 2015

    Hi D2,

    Not to worry. I hope you'll be able to make the next one 'down south'. Thanks for the well wishes, and I'll do my best to write up the event so you can hear the whole going's on.

    Best wishes
    Huw

  • Hi Huw, looking forward to seeing everyone at Stonegate Yard. It will just be me this time, and I'll probably not be able to see you guys at the other times over the weekend, even though I think we will be in town the whole time, but need to visit family etc.

    if plan changes, will text you.

    Cheers,

    M

  • Hi Huw,

    We'll be arriving on Friday but not sure what time yet. I'd like to meet up at least for a quick coffee and prelim chat before the "big meet" on Saturday, especially as we didn't come to the last meet so it might be a bit more daunting going into the Saturday meet without knowing anyone! I think we'll probably aim to meet in the afternoon if possible and do our own thing in the evening if that's ok?

    Stonegate yard looks lovely, will definitely be joining you on that bit! There will be two of us for that.

    Monkey Challenge – will definitely partake but will do so blindfolded… more fun 🙂 (and won't be putting any real money into that!)

    So just to confirm, I would imagine we'll definitely do something on the Friday (probably afternoon rather than evening) and then again on the Saturday afternoon and see what happens after that. I think we'll end up doing our own thing on Sunday but happy to play that by ear as well.

    Cheers for organising and looking forward to seeing everyone! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply 30th July 2015

    Hi Huw,

    I'm in for Saturday morning, afternoon and Sunday morning and am one person. I'll be arriving on Saturday and leaving Sunday.

    Cheers,

    Emma

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 30th July 2015

    Hi M,

    Great news. So pleased that you can make the live draw. No worries about the rest of the time, we'll be around if things change for you, but certainly don't feel obliged.

    See you soon!

    Cheers
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 30th July 2015

    Hi Emma,

    Thanks for stopping by. Great to hear you're coming along. Do you want to email me your mobile number so we can keep in touch for the day. I'll email my mobile so you can contact me when you arrive in York on Saturday – hrdavies82@gmail.com

    Best wishes
    Huw

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 30th July 2015

    Hi TFS,

    So pleased to hear that you can make it. I'm really looking forward to meeting you in person.

    That all sounds good to me. Thanks for emailing me your mobile number too.

    You and the other half are welcome to stay with us or do your own thing, it was very relaxed last time. No need to apologise or feel guilty for having alone time either. Leave it open and see how things play out.

    I promise you within minutes you'll both feel at home with everyone. It was a lovely crowd there last time.

    Thanks for making the way up, you have a fair commute and I appreciate you persuading the other half to come along too. Was money or chores exchanged?

    See you soon!
    Huw

  • Haha, no chores at all, I just said "do you fancy a weekend away in York, oh by the way we'll be meeting all my blogging buddies?", she seemed quite up for it from the get go 🙂

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 31st July 2015

    Ha ha. No, Lou was the same with me too. She didn't know what to expect but had a really good time in the end. She said it was funny when people asked her about her investing strategy and FI plans, as she doesn't really have a plan and has just invested in a lot of the companies and funds that I've recommended.

    I'm sure she'll enjoy it.

  • Anonymous

    Reply Reply 9th August 2015

    Hi Huw,

    As an avid follower of things FI I'd love to come along and meetup with everyone . I can make the Saturday for most of the day but Sunday I'll be treating my family for Sunday lunch to repay the Sofa surfing I'll be doing at theirs on the Saturday night!

    I'm looking forward to it – there's still not many people around who are into FI (or at least admit to it!) so, even though I'm a late starting neophyte at this (m'hats off to you and some of the other posters on here for the progress you've made!) it'll be great to pick up tips.

    I'm definitely up for Weenies' Monkey Stock pick although it'll have to be virtual cash for me at present!

    I'll email you my mobile number in a few minutes

    All the best

    Mike S

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 9th August 2015

    Hi Mike S,

    Great news. I was hoping you could make it. As I hadn't heard from you, I thought you might not have been able to make it.

    There should be a good turn out for it, and they'll be plenty of talking and great advice flowing around from everyone. I learned a lot last time. It was also a great crowd and a lot of fun!

    It's good to have another person sign up to the stock league too. It should be a lot of fun too. I've received your email, thanks for the details and see you this weekend.

    Cheers
    Huw

  • theFIREstarter.co.uk

    Reply Reply 11th August 2015

    Hi Huw (and anyone else following comments on here, hopefully there are a few!)…

    I was just wondering if there is a chance of setting up a short-ish group run (say half an hour?) on either Saturday or Sunday morning?

    I would prefer Saturday morning but would go with the majority (or just do both if enough people were up for it to do both days).

    I think it's a really nice way to cover some ground and see a lot of a place you are visiting, and I think that a lot of people interested in FI also like to keep fit so it could prove a popular idea, but thought I'd throw it out there and see what people think. Also another chance to say hi and have a bit of a chat in a less formal environment (not that the pub/restaurant meetup is particularly formal of course).

    Either way I'll be taking my running gear so if anyone wants to join me let me know 🙂

    Cheers!

  • Huw Davies

    Reply Reply 12th August 2015

    Hi TFS,

    Count me in for the run. I think it's a great idea. We can talk details on Friday, but I agree Saturday morning sounds great. I'd do Sunday too if people were interested. Hell, I'd run with you or my own! 🙂

    Thanks for the suggestion, it's a great idea!

    See you Friday
    Huw

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