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Horology open day, Caterham, nr J6 M25

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jaCK Hobson08/03/2022 08:17:19
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We had to cancel the last one because of Covid so this is a celebration of the new normal!

Free tea/coffee and cake. (No hog roast this time - a casualty of Covid )

Lots of displays that would be interesting to many on this forum. Workshop guided tour this time! I'm planning to have my 3D printer there so not just strictly horology.

I would guess this won't be as busy as last time but hopefully that gives more opportunity to 'engage', chat with exhibitors, 'have a go' etc.

Train station 50 yards away. Not far from J6 on M25. There is easy local parking for an hour or so.

Ady108/03/2022 08:35:05
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Bet ya it's mobbed, people are fed up of being kept under house arrest

The people who wanted to hide were always going to isolate anyway

The missus is at Crufts with all the mad dog people this weekend

Michael Gilligan08/03/2022 08:54:37
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Great news, Jack yes

Regrettably too far for me to travel … but I wish you well.


jaCK Hobson08/03/2022 09:29:28
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As a bit or marketing, which I'm not good at, this is run by the 'South London Branch' of the BHI, which is one of the largest branches. I'm lucky to rub shoulders with world experts in their field... and there seems to be strong correlation between success and just being really nice to talk to. For pedigree, George Daniels was a founder and former president.

jaCK Hobson21/04/2022 09:56:51
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I'm going to be showing off 3D printing on my table... Lots of other better exhibits. Should be a good day and maybe worth up to an hours commute - you will be able to spend more than an hour at the event without getting bored.

John Haine21/04/2022 10:19:54
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I think the marketing would be more effective if the SLB actually had an advert on their website! Unless someone can send me a link to an actual mention rather than a page saying the 2021 Open Day has been cancelled? Nor is the event listed on the main BHI site!

Clive Steer21/04/2022 11:02:52
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If I remember correctly there is limited parking available at Soper Hall and although there are Morrisons and Waitrose carparks nearby these may have conditions attached. So anyone knows where parking may be found that would be helpful.


JasonB21/04/2022 12:19:30
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You can park for a couple of hours in the Morrisons for free and don't have to buy anything from them.

jaCK Hobson21/04/2022 12:20:42
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I think morrisons etc is fine for most visitors - I think 3 hour limit. Worst case, move the car from one to other - 6 hours!

If disabled then talk to the people at the soper hall barrier and you might get special treatment.

Unlimited parking is available up the road... but it is a bit less than a mile to walk back


Sorry about the website. That is an oversight

Edited By jaCK Hobson on 21/04/2022 12:25:29

Iain Downs22/04/2022 21:35:11
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I don't suppose there is anything like this up north?


jaCK Hobson25/04/2022 15:29:51
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What a fun day! Not as busy as previous years but that meant that the visitors could really engage. I didn't get a chance to take a break so managed to bore many people with long explanations of active damping applied to my 3d printer.

I don't think there is anything quite like this anywhere else. The South London Branch of the BHI is probably the biggest. I'll try and give more warning next time...

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