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Forever Avon 2022
ruthdw
I couldn't find a thread for Forever Avon i n the new improved forum, so thought I would start one.

Fingers crossed this year is our year!
 
Vargas
Yup myself and my better half will be there..

These are always good events, run by fans for fans and easy to locate, get to and park cars etc.. Gets my vote. Grin
My gang gets free extra strong mints for the rest of their lives!
 
scott
Hi all

Hope you are having a good Easter Break and just thought you'd appreciate a quick update about the upcoming 'Forever Avon' convention. 'Team Blake' recently reconvened in sunny Steventon for a a bit of a recce and planning session ahead of July's event. It was great to catch up and we are all looking forward to getting together with the wider B7 family on 10 July.

All is going well and news about this year's limited edition convention t-shirts will be posted on here and other social media channels soon. We are really liking this year's design so keep and eye out and get ready to get your orders in early.

In the meantime, we'd really appreciate it if you could help us out a bit as well, and by posting your favourite Avon quotes in this thread (including season and episode please).

Cheers

Scott
AngryAngry
 
scott
Hi guys, as promised, the design has been finalised and orders are now being taken for the all-new 'Forever Avon' convention t-shirts.

As before, there are a range of colour and size options available with the design taking inspiration from both Blake's 7 and James Bond which was another of Paul's favourites. The flyers below provide further details on the options for convention attendees, but the basics are same as previous events.

The price is £15 per shirt with all profits gong to the convention charity. We will be taking orders up to 26 June which is a couple of weeks before the event at which point the shirts will be printed. The shirts will be available to be collected on the day.

If you have any specific questions or requests or are not attending the event but would still like to purchase a t-shirt, this can be accommodated. Just drop me an email (see flyer) or PM me on Horizon to sort out the relevant postage and packing charge.

i.imgur.com/0reMpQg.png i.imgur.com/3e1L6DN.png

Cheers.

Scott
AngryAngry
 
Anniew
My most used Avon quote

Vila I’m entitled to my opinion
Avon It is your assumption that *we* are entitled to it as well that is irritating.

Other favourites

No good deed goes unpunished.

If you didn't want the answer, you shouldn't have asked the question.

We are looking for conclusions, not critical acclaim.

Imagination my only limit. I'd be dead in a week.

It's considered bad manners to kill your friends while committing suicide
Play the hand fate deals you.
 
AmandaDH
‘I have never understood why it should be necessary to become irrational in order to prove that you care. Or indeed why it should be necessary to prove it at all’ - Duel (Series A)

Not instantly quotable in a comedic way but so true!

scott wrote:

Hi all

Hope you are having a good Easter Break and just thought you'd appreciate a quick update about the upcoming 'Forever Avon' convention. 'Team Blake' recently reconvened in sunny Steventon for a a bit of a recce and planning session ahead of July's event. It was great to catch up and we are all looking forward to getting together with the wider B7 family on 10 July.

All is going well and news about this year's limited edition convention t-shirts will be posted on here and other social media channels soon. We are really liking this year's design so keep and eye out and get ready to get your orders in early.

In the meantime, we'd really appreciate it if you could help us out a bit as well, and by posting your favourite Avon quotes in this thread (including season and episode please).

Cheers

Scott
AngryAngry
 
Welsh Rebel
Hi All,
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Becky and myself will be around from the Friday. Anyone needing transport to Steventon from the train station etc let me know.

Jon
 
Obsidian
i.imgur.com/jWd2ECQ.jpgThe latest Forever Avon necklace. I'm calling this one 'Redemption' but youse may think it suits another ep better. Please let me know your thoughts.
I started these years ago but have had to put them aside in order to earn $$$. Hopefully, I'll be able to get another couple finished before the con. 'Orbit', 'Shadow' and 'Volcano' are all in the works
This is 'Star One': i.imgur.com/fMVPPrU.jpg
Don't philosophise at me you electronic moron.
 
https://www.seraglio-design.com/
Anniew
These are lovely Obsidian. I immediately thought of Rumours for necklace one, but I can’t really explain why -
Play the hand fate deals you.
 
Obsidian

Anniew wrote:

These are lovely Obsidian. I immediately thought of Rumours for necklace one, but I can’t really explain why -


Thanks Anniew. I'll have a rewatch of Rumours and see if I can catch what you mean.

I'm not sure whether these should have gone in 'Fan Creativity' instead of here. Perhaps the other Moderators can rule on this.
Don't philosophise at me you electronic moron.
 
https://www.seraglio-design.com/
Obsidian

Welsh Rebel wrote:

Hi All,
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

Becky and myself will be around from the Friday. Anyone needing transport to Steventon from the train station etc let me know.

Jon


Hi Jon

That may be me again. I've yet to determine arrival times but will let you know.
Don't philosophise at me you electronic moron.
 
https://www.seraglio-design.com/
scott
Hi all

Thanks to everyone who has ordered t-shirts so far, we really appreciate your support.

For those who've not yet ordered, or who have ordered but not yet completed, can I remind you that the deadline for orders is Sunday 26 June.

To help encourage you, here is an exclusive look at some actual shirts (my test pressings), hope you like and see you all on 10 July

i.imgur.com/mk27JOs.jpg

Cheers

Scott AngryFrownAngry
 
RichardMk2
I'm looking forward to this and catching up with everyone.

I think my favourite Avon quote has to be: "I'm not expendable, I'm not stupid and I'm not going!"
 
Cygnus Bazza
The Cherry Tree's knocking out Wadworth's 'Horizon' ale at the moment. That's the cosmos in perfect equilibrium, right there.
Really don't mind if you sit this one out...
 
scott

scott wrote:

Hi all

Thanks to everyone who has ordered t-shirts so far, we really appreciate your support.

For those who've not yet ordered, or who have ordered but not yet completed, can I remind you that the deadline for orders is Sunday 26 June.

To help encourage you, here is an exclusive look at some actual shirts (my test pressings), hope you like and see you all on 10 July

i.imgur.com/mk27JOs.jpg

Cheers

Scott AngryFrownAngry


Hi all

Just a reminder that today is last orders for convention t-shirts. Although, I'll probably still accept orders up to lunchtime tomorrow.

Cheers
AngryFrownAngry
 
purplecleric
*** MEGA EVENT UPDATE *** especially for those not on Facebook.

Team Blake have been busy over the last few weeks and months re-confirming all the arrangements that were made for the Forever Avon event, which regrettably had to be postponed from its original date in 2020.

GUEST UPDATE: Unfortunately, Michael Keating (Vila Restal) can no longer be with us on the new date of Sunday July 10th.

Michael is very disappointed, as we know all of you are, and he sends his very best wishes to us all. All the guests appear subject to work and personal commitments. We thank Michael and his wife Sue for all their support in the past and we are sure that you will all join us in wishing them both all the very best.

At the time of writing all other advertised guests have confirmed their attendance, subject to work commitments.

June Hudson, Mat Irvine, John Ainsworth, Sally Knyvette, Jan Chappell, Steven Pacey and Stephen Greif are all looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of weeks.

EBAY AUCTION:
We have some ebay auctions currently running featuring some of the Blake's 7 trading cards that were available a few years ago, there are various lots including some signed and costume cards. All proceeds after shipping and eBay fees will be going with the totals raised from Forever Avon - a one day Blake’s 7 event for The Dogs Trust which was Paul Darrow’s favourite charity. Link above, thank you for looking.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/3251715012...Sw49JibqEW

BLAKE'S 7 LOCATIONS:
We are very happy to say that 'Blake's 7 Locations' will be at Forever Avon. The fabulous facebook page is run by John Kelly and he will have a table at the event with a selection of photos, maps and information regarding the many filming locations used in the series. John will be on hand to hopefully help with any queries you may have regarding the Blake's 7 locations. If you have any stories, or photos of your own experiences we, and he, would love to hear them.

TRADER - DAMIEN MAY: We are delighted that the fantastic creations, including artwork prints and 3D creations from Damien May will be on show and available to buy at Forever Avon in July. If you haven't picked up any of his work yet, it is definitely worth paying the table a visit, pop over and say 'Hi' to his glamorous assistant Charlotte Rogers .

TRADER - CENTURY CASTINGS: We are very pleased that Alex of Century Castings will be at Forever Avon with a table. Century Castings makes the most exquisite replicas of various props and models and sells both kits and completed items. Alex has been a strong supporter of the Team Blake events from the very beginning. Century Castings is currently taking a break, but we are delighted that Alex is coming out of the current company hiatus to be with us on the day, a rare opportunity to see and buy his work. Thank you Alex.

TRADER - CULT EDGE: We are very pleased to announce that Cult Edge, the people who produced the recent 1982 Blake's 7 Annual, Scorpio Tales and the B7 Calendar, will be at the event: "Really excited to have a table at 'Forever Avon' this July in Steventon. I'll have some exclusive new poster designs, a couple of one-off collectors items for the auction, a sneak preview of the new Annual and a surprise or two! It'll be nice to finally meet some of you!" I am sure you will join us in giving them a warm welcome on the day and maybe spending a few credits, or Black Gold, at their table.

FEDERATION GUARDS/PHOTO OPS: We have been very lucky on our previous events to have been supported by a group of amazingly accurate, extremely hardworking and totally professional Federation Guard/Troopers. We are thrilled that they are able to be with us for Forever Avon in July. They will be patrolling the event and if you get the chance to get a photo with them it makes a wonderful memento of the day. We are hoping there will also be a couple of pre-arranged/timed photo opportunities (tbc) with the Guards on the schedule (which will be published closer to the date). Thank you to Gary and his group for kindly arranging this again.

PAUL DARROW MEMORY AREA: As with previous events there will be an area set aside in the Fan Zone area where organisers and attendee's can share their memories of Paul Darrow, Avon and Blake's 7. Please note the organisers can take no responsibility for what is left at the area, so photo copies, duplicates, etc are suggested, and not originals, unique items, etc. The table will not be stewarded for the most part.
Artwork, photos, poems, short stories, paper cuttings, simple messages, all would be welcome and it would be great for us all to share our memories of Paul Darrow.
There will be a couple of tables and a display board where items can be left.

CHARITY SALES TABLE: As we have done in the past we will be running the popular 'charity sales table' from registration at Forever Avon. This is only possible due to the kind donations we receive. If you have any unwanted science fiction items you would like to donate, from any genre, not just Blake's 7 be it: Books, DVD's, CD's, Magazines, Collectables, etc, then we would be very glad of them. Kind of like a 'bring and buy' hopefully attendees will be able to pick up a bargain and help boost the funds for the charity. If you have any questions please message us at Maximum Power. Donations can be dropped off on the day at registration.

SUE'S BOOKS: Long time fan, and keeper of the sacred printed material, Sue Little will once again have her incredible display of books, fanzines, magazines, etc, on show in the fanzone area. You may remember the fanzine, the things we used to enjoy pre-internet! There will be an amazing array of items to look at and Sue, along with her extensive knowledge, will be on hand to chat about them.

LUNCH TIME QUIZ: For those who consider themselves 'Galactic Master Standard', or not, we will be having a fun lunchtime quiz at Forever Avon, for those who don't need to eat! Prizes to be won, free to enter, hopefully fun to be had. Look for the timings on the schedule when it is published and come and test your knowledge on Blake's 7, Avon and Paul Darrow!
Ooh, forgot to mention: If you could bring your own writing implement it would be most helpful!
TARRANT: "Graphite writing stick? I've never seen these things outside museums."


AUCTION, RAFFLE, TOMBOLA: As before we will have an auction at some point during the day, there have been some absolutely amazing items procured and donated for this. There will be a Grand Raffle with some amazing prizes to be won and the ever popular Tombola will be running again, with some truly unique items to be had.
Don't forget to bring your credits with you and please do have a go at some of the activities on offer, it is all for charity, and Paul Darrow's personally chosen charity at that. Have fun and good luck to all.

POSTCARD SET: A very special set (6) of Paul Darrow/Avon commemorative postcards have been produced for Forever Avon, available at the event for just £4.00 per set. No photos here as we don't want to spoil the surprise, but they are fabulous images. The Cards will be available from reception until stocks run out.

SURPRISES: Alongside the usual fayre at our Team Blake events there will be a few surprises at Forever Avon. Some big, some small, things you may not have seen before, things produced especially for the event that we think you will like. People have been working very hard for quite a while behind the scenes, keep your eyes peeled and we hope you enjoy them.

DISPLAYS: There will be a large number of Original Costumes, Props and Models that were used in Blake's 7 exhibited at the event. There will be possibly the largest gathering of original Avon costumes on display as well. Other displays will also be located around the venue. Lots to see, we hope you enjoy getting a close up look at these rare items, taking photos of the exhibits is welcome.

FOOD & DRINK: Please find the following options for food and drink availability in and around the event on Sunday 10th July.

AT THE VENUE:
FISH & CHIP VAN - serving hot food and drinks in the village hall car park for a limited time. For exact times and how to order, ask at registration on the day.

TEA / COFFEE / COLD DRINKS / BASIC SNACKS - available in the village hall cafe in the Fan Zone.

IN THE VILLAGE:
The Fox Inn - Pub/Restaurant - Booking Advised
29 High St,
Steventon,
Abingdon
OX13 6RZ
01235 833151

Cherry Tree -Pub/Restaurant - Booking Advised
33 High St,
Steventon,
Abingdon
OX13 6RZ
01235 831222

Co-Op - Shop / Store Sun: 7am - 10pm
8-10 High St,
Steventon,
Abingdon
OX13 6RS

FURTHER AFIELD:
At the Milton Interchange (aka Milton Gate) there's McDonalds, Costa Coffee, M&S, Beefeater and a Harvester. It's about a mile away.

TRANSPORT: Just a little info with regards to travel, fingers crossed everything is running normally that weekend.
Oh for a working Teleport system!
The nearest Railway Station to the venue is Didcot Parkway, and buses run regularly from there to Steventon Green (just by the hall). We believe the route numbers are X2 and X36. If anyone wants specific info, we will do our best to enquire.
Taxis are available from the rank at the station but it's probably wise to book a return journey for Sunday pm.
There are 3 small car parks in the village – one at the village hall (OX13 6RR), the school (OX13 6SQ) and on the left at the start of Milbank Way (OX13 6FF) as well as various on street parking.
Can we please ask anyone coming by car to park legally and with due consideration to the village residents, not blocking footpaths/ driveways etc, it would be very much appreciated.

( purplecleric lives in Steventon so if you have any specific enquiries about the location or facilities, please PM her or email thepurplecleric@gmail.com)

Not long to go now, see you soon.
Thank you from all at Team Blake.
 
Vargas
Ssssssoooon it musst be soooooon.... Smile
My gang gets free extra strong mints for the rest of their lives!
 
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