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Forever Avon 2022
ClareGC
Hey everyone. I'm very excited for Forever Avon and for seeing you all. I'll be teleporting in just for the day and evening tomorrow.
 
ruthdw
If anyone is at a loose end, there's quite a crowd at The Fox in Steventon
 
Welsh Rebel
Heading over there soon
 
Paula
Well, the con is almost here and I just wanted to say to everyone going, have a simply wonderful time! Safe journey to and from and donate lots of money for Paul's charity. We'll be with you in spirit. Cheers.
Resist the Host




 
Hugbot
Wishing you all much fun today on the 'warm-up' evening and tomorrow at the con the après-event!! Enjoy a Guinness and some prawn cocktail crisps (or whatever your poison may be), whether in the Fox or the Premier Inn. I hope to be there next time and meet the gang again - it's been too long!

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littlesue
Dearest and I have packed up the car and will be on our way tomorrow morning.
I have packed up my Prawn Cocktail Pringles and a bag of marsh mallows.
I'm in hall 2 next to the door...so Dearest can make a quick getaway!!!!
Looking forward to seeing everyone again.

PS Huggy...you've got the right colour for the crisps (although I have a big tube of Pringles)
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
ruthdw
The bar is closed at The Fox. There are tables booked at 7pm at The Apple Cart - the Beefeater at the Premier Inn
 
littlesue
Down and safe after a lovely day with all the wonderful people who have kept me sane these past 4 years.
And big thank you to Phil with his wonderful Hugbot.
Hidden deep inside the Hugbot is a panel with his name on it (saying he built it) and a lovely mention of my late Daughter Sarah who inspired him to build it. I burst into tears when he showed me his phone and photos of what was deep inside. Just in case anyone there was wondering why I was blubbing....and Phil gave me a little cardboard model of Hugbot. Photos to follow later.
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
RichardMk2
Great to see everyone today! Meegat39 and I have now fixed the date of this year's Bristol Beer and B7 meet as Saturday 3rd September. Usual venue - the Knights Templar near Temple Meads Railway station. Meanwhile I'm Down and Safe back home in Chippenham, Wilts,
 
GanMiniMe
Thank you one and all, lovely human beings, for a fantastic day! I knew this would be worth the wait but it exceeded every expectation. Huge thanks to the organisers, and to everybody for their kindness, fantastic company, hospitality and their lifts to and from my hotel. I hope to see you all again, hopefully in less than 2 1/2 years!!

Lizzy
 
ruthdw
Hello! I seem to have lost my card wallet at the event, did anyone pick it up? It has gossipy sharks on it.
 
Welsh Rebel
Welsh Rebels(s) down and safe.

Huge shout out and congrats to everyone involved for a fantastic day.

To everyone still travelling/travelling later this week enjoy the rest of your stay and safe journey. Hopefully we won't have to wait so long to meet up again at a celebration rather than a memorium.

To Emma who had to miss the convention because of COVID hope you feel better soon, safe trip home and hopefully you can make the next one.

I'm sorting out the photos from the event/location visit and will pop them up on a link later for those who want them.

Jon & Becky
 
littlesue
As you know, THAT jacket was on display for the first time. And I thought it my civic duty to inform you that it is nice and soft to touch....
i.imgur.com/4NYSWp2.jpg

And thank you to Scott for escorting me onto the stage and making sure I didn't borrow it......

More piccies to follow....
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
Travisina
It was a fantastic day! Hugest thanks to Team Blake for working so hard to make it happen, and to all the attendees and guests.

Can't wait to do it all again...!
There is no point being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes
 
Anniew
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I had such a lovely time. And it was such a healing day, both in terms of saying goodbye to Paul and in braving a social event after so long in lockdown. Team Blake worked so hard, both in the planning and the delivery of the event and it really couldn’t have gone better. Conventions for the fans, by the fans have a sweetness and depth that is unique and every detail fills a need you didn’t know you had. Special thanks to the Federation Guards. How you guys survived in the heat is beyond me. And to Team Blake - well you’re just the best!


Ps. To M….virn. It was so nice to meet you In person!
Play the hand fate deals you.
 
littlesue
My haul from Sunday. Booklet, postcards, Sarran Sand (my only win from the lottery and even that was won by Dearest!!!), a Friendship Bracelet and a lovely little Hugbot from Phil.
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i.imgur.com/N6r2CE7.jpg

Oh yes, many thanks to MCVirn..a tube of Prawn Cocktail Pringles..yum!!!
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
Cygnus Bazza
Well, judging from the lack of photos and anecdotes on this thread (except for LS's, of course), there must have been FA going on at FA!

Highlights? Surprises? Funny moments? Accommodation nightmares? Frolics in The Fox? Ill-advised excursions into the badlands of Didcot? M1 Virnetc faux pas (narrow these down to three if you could)? Please do share for the benefit on those who missed out!
He plays racquetball and runs in the rain
Still he's shackled to a platinum chain
 
littlesue

Cygnus Bazza wrote:

Well, judging from the lack of photos and anecdotes on this thread (except for LS's, of course), there must have been FA going on at FA!

Highlights? Surprises? Funny moments? Accommodation nightmares? Frolics in The Fox? Ill-advised excursions into the badlands of Didcot? M1 Virnetc faux pas (narrow these down to three if you could)? Please do share for the benefit on those who missed out!


Most people are posting on Facebook.
Me?
I'm still going through all he piccies dearest took and may transfer them to an Imgur album.
Cold! You don't know the meaning of the word cold!
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of your window!!


Sue's Book Shelf https://www.mediafire.com/folder/z1xg...Zine_Shelf
Sue's Stories sues stories https://sjlittle.webs.com
Rebel Run Video https://youtu.be/8prqS-XZtLo
 
Cygnus Bazza

littlesue wrote:

Most people are posting on Facebook.
Me? I'm still going through all he piccies dearest took and may transfer them to an Imgur album.

That'd be nifty!

Shame the Forum seems to have become a bit of a backwater in many respects these days, with people posting to FB etc as a preference. (Personally, I wouldn't touch FB with someone else's friend's mother's super-extended bargepole.) Wonder if this place will just end up atrophying into a rewatch and possibly ficlet hub?
He plays racquetball and runs in the rain
Still he's shackled to a platinum chain
 
Vargas
Yep I also shun FB, I guess I lack the narcissistic traits to continually post there , or maybe I am just too lazy! Smile TBH been so busy lately with RL stuff, work etc. that I tend to be in the real world longer than I would like.But in summary it was a lovely weekend.

My wife and I drove up to Steventon on a roundabout route where we took in a number of filming locations and a pub lunch!

I can thoroughly recommend the village of Turville (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang location as well as Poirot, Endeavour and Jonathan Creek!) Also took in several other villages used in Midsomer Murders and the village of East Hagbourne which was used in the filming of the Classic Doctor Who episode , The Android Invasion.

We met up with some Team Blake committee members whilst checking in at a local Premier Inn hotel and then wandered over to the Fox Inn

Met some delightful fans from all over the world, Australia, US and Wales! Smile Great to see some new fans, some who are almost half my age (and look twice as good!) One was even a Tarrant fan! There was much admiring of my wife's crocheted Blake's 7 characters. I am sure some photos will appear of these over the coming days.

It was just so good to catch up with fellow B7 fans, after 2 years worth of restrictions and lock-downs. Good to see new souls to the faith being added and the dedication of people travelling from the other side of the world to indulge in some Blake's 7 nostalgia.

The next day it was an early start for us as we answered the call to assist at the event. The venue is a small but well appointed hall with decent facilities. Gary did his usual thing with his amazing collection of costumes, with a few new additions too. Matt Irvine, Phil and Andy brought their collections of models and props too. Even though I have been to more B7 events than I can easily recollect, it was an impressive turn out of B7 memorabila and our celebration of Paul Darrow and his much loved role of Avon.

Particularly memorable, to me anyway was Phil's impressive model of the Space Princess (complete with ice cream van music) and the *cough* deadly security robot. If we have any more lock-downs sure Phil will be able to assemble the entire Andromedan Battle Fleet!

I was tasked with looking after Stephen Greif and I think he was particularly touched by the continual love and dedication fans have both to Paul and to the program of Blake's 7 in general. He recounted how Paul(ie) helped him get the role of Travis and his initial visit to Hardcore Leather to get fitted up.

One fan from either Aus or the US (Emma?) had contracted Covid over the weekend , so Stephen wrote a special greeting to her on the back of one of his publicity photo graphs.

Other guests were June Hudson, Jan Chappell, Sally Knyvette and Steven Pacey who also pleased at the large turnout despite Covid, and the current challenges with the current situation. Team Blake put together a marvelous video montage to Paul and all the roles he had performed over the years. I did feel some tears welling up at the end, I am a big softy really! June is an amazing lady, still full of stories and I was impressed that she stayed for the full duration of the event.

There was so much to do as a helper I missed out on things like the quiz and the auction, but I didn't mind too much, as my house has plenty of B7 artifacts already, but I understand that the event made plenty of money for Paul's charity. My main takeaway was catching up with old fan friends, meeting new fans and wallowing in some nostalgia and doing my small bit to ensure the event went well for my fellow team members and our wonderful B7 alumni. Team Blake worked really hard putting this event together and I think they did the fans and guests proud. Like the old Horizon Newsletters, it was late (no fault of theirs) but it was definitely worth it after the wait!

If there is another event, hopefully as a celebration than a memorial, I will certainly attend and help out in any way I can! Should be some photos at some point but need to get back to work!
My gang gets free extra strong mints for the rest of their lives!
 
Cygnus Bazza
Great stuff, Vargas! Just the sort of thing I was hoping to read!
He plays racquetball and runs in the rain
Still he's shackled to a platinum chain
 
Welsh Rebel
I'll get my photos uploaded to a share and post the link here on the weekend (I don't do FB either!). ATM they're split between my phone and camera.

We took some of the first timers into Abingdon Saturday morning for the location visit and spent a couple of hours in the gatdens and by the river, then after dropping them back to the Cherry Tree (must admit was a bitvsad seeing the courtyard all overgrown) and dropped by the hall to help Gary unload some of his stuff ahead of Sunday.

Like Vargas we both were helping out Sunday during the event and to get the hall put back to normal afterwards.

Best part of the weekend was being able to catch up with old friends and meet new ones and seeing everyone having a good time and giving Paul the send off he deserved.

Special mention must go out to the members of the ukgarrison - they must have been roasting in those costumes....

Emma (the young Australian first timer who came down with COVID) is doing OK, currently isolating in the spare room of one of the members on here and I understand she's managed to get a flight back home at the end of the month. I know she was really touched by the personal message from Stephen G.

Most hilarious moment had to be post convention in the Premier Inn Sunday night when one of the overseas visitors came out from the bar having just got her last order in before it shut and announced she had just 'double fisted' and wondered why she got some odd looks!
Smile Smile
 
scott
Hi all

A few quick pics for you to enjoy:

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Cheers

Scott
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Vargas
Some great photos there Scott, yes I forgot about the UKgarrison, it was a warm day and they must have been roasting in those uniforms. Such great costumes, those visored helmets are very intimidating.
My gang gets free extra strong mints for the rest of their lives!
 
Lurena

littlesue wrote:

Down and safe after a lovely day with all the wonderful people who have kept me sane these past 4 years.
And big thank you to Phil with his wonderful Hugbot.
Hidden deep inside the Hugbot is a panel with his name on it (saying he built it) and a lovely mention of my late Daughter Sarah who inspired him to build it. I burst into tears when he showed me his phone and photos of what was deep inside. Just in case anyone there was wondering why I was blubbing....and Phil gave me a little cardboard model of Hugbot. Photos to follow later.


This is so moving!
A lovely gesture towards Sue and (late) Sarah.
Phil, you are a gem in the B7 fan family!
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
click here to see my heartfelt tribute to Paul Darrow, Kerr Avon Forever
 
Lurena
As a fan who left Facebook a long time ago, I like to thank you, Littlesue, Vargas, Welsh Rebel and Scott for your photos and report!
I really missed you and the always so friendly contact with the actors and creators.
Did I see a photo (email forwarded by Paula) in which Stephen is wearing the Liberator tie I once made for him? Now isn't that lovely!
I dearly hope to meet you all again the next Convention.
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
click here to see my heartfelt tribute to Paul Darrow, Kerr Avon Forever
 
Anniew
M1 Virnetc faux pas

Well I was convinced she was a man, so having threatened to poke out her eye on this site and then discovering she was a fellow seska was a tad embarrassing.

Especially as she had provided free marshmallows.

Great Cos players! Mrs Underhill in her Killer costume a highlight.

Season 4 costume booklet - such a great souvenir. And the audience gasp when the curtain went up on Gary’s costume display.

Coming second in the Quiz (mainly due to lack of competition I suspect) despite having a complete brain freeze on Time Squad! And getting a prize bag full of amazing goodies.

Hugbot and the Space Princess (the latter displayed along with Xerox gold). Did Phil patiently craft about 50 bars of fake gold? And if not him, who? Why didn’t I have the confidence to ask to be photographed hugging Hugbot!

Amazing models and prop displays. Callum Ward’s paper constructions mind boggingly brilliant.

Charity table just overflowing with goodies. And people liking the little animals and box I’d decoupaged with Blake’s 7 pictures.

Lovely panel and what a darling Steven Pacey turned out to be - Tarrant all is forgiven!

Just the sheer warm niceness of the whole experience!

No pictures I’m afraid as I haven’t mastered imagur. And tbh I always get so caught up in the moment I forget to take many.
Play the hand fate deals you.
 
Lurena

Anniew wrote:



Just the sheer warm niceness of the whole experience!


Dear Annie, this sums up our precious B7 fandom!
Recalling previous conventions I have to agree, even though I had to miss this one. I'm sorry I could not meet up with you. Hopefully there will come a next time!
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
click here to see my heartfelt tribute to Paul Darrow, Kerr Avon Forever
 
Joe Dredd

Anniew wrote:

No pictures I’m afraid as I haven’t mastered imagur.


Hi Annie,

Maybe this will help. Also, it would be great to have someone test-drive it to see if it works:

How to post photos on the forum

N.B. This process looks long, but it's really quite quick!

Go to a free photo hosting site such as Imgur: Click!

Click on the "New post" button at top left.

i.imgur.com/zcEFT1x.png

You will be taken to the Upload page.

i.imgur.com/Ly7eUCN.png

You can upload your photos several ways:

1. Drag & drop - Open up the folder with your photos. Select the ones you want to upload and drag them all (by holding down the left mouse button, then moving the mouse across to the imgur upload window) to the "Drop images here" area. (Let go of the mouse button to release the photos. Don't worry, you aren't moving them off your computer. This just tells Imgur where to copy them from.

2. Choose Photo/Video - opens a file explorer window. You can navigate to the photos you want, select them and upload them.

3. Paste location - if you have the path to the photos, you can paste it here.
 
Joe Dredd
Let's try "Choose Photo/Video"

Click on Choose Photo/Video

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Navigate to the folder containing the photo(s) you want to upload.

Click on the photo. A blue box will appear around the photo to show it is selected. The name of the photo will also appear in the "File name" window at the bottom of the screen.

i.imgur.com/fjBvbhq.png

You can upload more than one photo at a time. To select another photo, hold down the [SHIFT] key and click on another key. You will see both photos have the blue selection box around them, and both photos are listed in the "File name" box.

i.imgur.com/JYKQjMQ.png
 
Joe Dredd
You can select lots of photos this way. If the photos you want to select are next to each other, you can click on the first one, then hold down [CTRL] and click on the last photo in the run. This will select all the photos in between too. You can still use the [SHIFT] method to choose any other photos you want, too. In this way, you can pick up lots of photos that are together plus any that are scattered about.
 
Joe Dredd
Once you have selected the photos you want, click the Open button at bottom right of the window.

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You will see your photos appear on the screen. This may take a few second, depending on how many photos you are uploading. Wait for the "Upload complete" banner to appear above your first photo.

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Once the photos are uploaded, hover your mouse over the top right corner of the photo. Click on the "three dots" [...] menu option and click on Get Share Links.

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Click the "Copy Link" button for "BBCode (Forums)". This copies the link to the photo to your computer's memory.

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Return to the Horizon forums, go to the Quick Reply window and paste in the link. (You can do this on Windows by pressing [CTRL] and [V] keys simultaneously.)

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You can add text or extra photo links if you like. It's usually better to post each photo as separate replies, rather than make one post with two or more photos in it.

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Anniew
It will - eventually. Thank you for taking the time and trouble Joe. Lot going on and it needs to settle before I can apply myself!
Play the hand fate deals you.
 
briggsy1
I've just headed over to Neozaz to listen to Ian and Eric's "Forever Avon" podcast. An engrossing listen is all I can say. Comes highly recommended.
 
clanger68
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm1Lr...&t=31s

The tribute video we put up for Paul at the event, hopefully it works, and hopefully you like it.

- Andy
"I plan to live forever, or die trying!"
 
M1795537OCVirn
Thanks for that, Andy. It works for me.
"You're not sulking, I hope?"
 
Welsh Rebel
Hi All,

Apologies for the delay in posting but a few family dramas have been occupying our time since the tribute to Paul.

Have finally got round to copying all the images up to a Google share here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folder...1E1IqqDQNN


Enjoy

Jon & Becky
Edited by M1795537OCVirn on 25-07-2022 20:38
 
Lurena

Welsh Rebel wrote:

Hi All,

Apologies for the delay in posting but a few family dramas have been occupying our time since the tribute to Paul.

Have finally got round to copying all the images up to a Google share here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folder...1E1IqqDQNN


Enjoy

Jon & Becky

Thank you so much for sharing your photo reportage Welsh Rebels! It is good to see you had a great time.
I'm sorry I could not attend this convention; I hope to meet you again next time!
*No, I am not. I am not expendable, I'm not stupid, and I'm not going.*
Lara&Sue's Blake's 7 stories
click here to see my heartfelt tribute to Paul Darrow, Kerr Avon Forever
 
clanger68
TEAM BLAKE are very pleased, and proud, to announce the total raised at the Forever Avon event on July 10th for Paul Darrow’s chosen charity, The Dogs Trust.......

It was an astounding £8,728.00

A massive 'Thank You' to everyone who came to the event, or supported it in other ways, you are all amazing.
We hope that together we have done Paul Darrow proud, the feedback we have had from his friends and colleagues suggests that he would have been pleased with everything.

As always our appreciation and thanks to you all – TEAM BLAKE
"I plan to live forever, or die trying!"
 
clanger68
Awesome photos Becky & Jon,

Great to see you and thanks again for all your help

Welsh Rebel wrote:

Hi All,

Apologies for the delay in posting but a few family dramas have been occupying our time since the tribute to Paul.

Have finally got round to copying all the images up to a Google share here:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folder...1E1IqqDQNN


Enjoy

Jon & Becky

"I plan to live forever, or die trying!"
 
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