• AFF Gathering #15 (October 2021) Postponed

    Unfortunately Covid got the better of us and we have been forced to postpone the 2021 annual AFF Gathering. The event will now be held in October 2022.

    Please see my POST for full details.

AFF Gathering #15 in NTL on 22 – 24 October 2021 **Postponed**

Added to Calendar: 21-10-22, 22-10-22, 23-10-22


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Newcastle has been chosen as the AFF Annual Gathering destination for 2021, occurring over the weekend of the 22nd to 24th October. The average temperature range for October is 14.1ºC – 22.1ºC. The average rainfall is 72.5mm with 11 rainy days. It is NSW's second most populated area and Australia's seventh most populous, representing 1.95% of Australia.

The weekend is likely to take in a wine tour, owing to the proximity of the Hunter Valley. Please note if you are interested in attending a wine tour when indicating your interest for the weekend as this will help organisers make a good start on venues that can cater to our group size.

The lead organiser this year is a member that has turned up to many previous events, @Bindibuys.

Members that have offered help include: @support @Bindibuys @Princess Fiona



Activities​

Friday 22nd October​

The dinner venue is The Landing Bar and Kitchen, located next to the Rydges on the water front. We will have the outdoor marquee all to ourselves, with the sides down for privacy. Menus are available online, and the exact kickoff time will be advised closer to the weekend.

Saturday 23rd October​

During the day will be a wine tour for those who have indicated interest/are booked for the tour and another tour – possibly dolphins – for those not attending the wine tour.

The dinner venue is The Wickham Boatshed, where some canapés will be followed by a two-course meal. There is a cash bar. The special guest is a local Newcastle breakfast DJ.

Sunday 24th October​

A tour of the city will follow on the last day, ending at Fighter World, located conveniently next to the airport.

Tentative Attendees​

This list simply indicates an interest in attending the event and additionally, the wine tour. Members are in order of response to the thread and are not ranked from silver to platinum (least likely to most likely to attend).

UsernameArrival DetailsAccommodationWine Tour?Departure Details
I love to travelYes
Bindibuys
Congewai
Lynda2475Yes
AIRwin
kpc
Doug_Westcott22/10 VA1593RydgesYes25/10 VA1594
samh00422/10 QF1776NovotelYes24/10 QF2424
TownsendDrivingYesDriving
Townsend +1DrivingYesDriving
MattgYes
kookaburra7522/10 DrivingNoah's on the BeachYes24/10 Driving Noon
kookaburra75 +122/10 DrivingNoah's on the BeachYes24/10 Driving Noon
Matt_01Yes
oz_mark
DrakeculaYes
Drakecula +1
NMYes
NM +1
EijaYes24/10 QF1567
RooFlyerNovotelYes25/10 QF1565
tuapekastarYes
serfty22/10 VA159325/10 VA1594
JessicaTamYes
CaptJCool
SprucegooseYes
Jacques VertDrivingYesDriving
Gem56DrivingYesDriving
ellen10
Hvr22/10 QF1564Holiday Inn Express24/10 QF1567
Major
Major +1
justinbrett
SimoYes
motefLocalLocalYesLocal
motef +1LocalLocalYesLocal
sharpinjrYes
sharpinjr +1Yes
FifaHoliday Inn ExpressYes24/10 Afternoon
Princess FionaLocalLocalLocal
penegalYes
AdeYes
drron
mrs.dr.ron
BVTYes
admin
admin +1
Glider_22/10 Train?24/10 Afternoon
straitman
straitman +1
aleafYes
 
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motef

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No, but your organiser was in Armidale last Saturday night….
I never left the motel, hubby picked up a pizza, waiting to see where the hot spots were.
Had my 2nd jab yesterday
Oh no. 🤦🏼‍♂️
Stay safe
NTL is still open btw. Just need exemptions.
 

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I think Sydney will still be in lockdown so I don't like my chances of attending :(
 

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Best case scenario is NTL will be out of lockdown by this date, but very unlikely any other jurisdiction will be open to NSW (except maybe ACT). And it's likely there will still be travel restrictions between Sydney & Newcastle.

I can't see this going ahead.
 

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Best case scenario is NTL will be out of lockdown by this date, but very unlikely any other jurisdiction will be open to NSW (except maybe ACT). And it's likely there will still be travel restrictions between Sydney & Newcastle.

I can't see this going ahead.

I am starting to have serious doubts about getting there from Perth.....
 

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Best case scenario is NTL will be out of lockdown by this date, but very unlikely any other jurisdiction will be open to NSW (except maybe ACT). And it's likely there will still be travel restrictions between Sydney & Newcastle.

I can't see this going ahead.
Matt and I were having much the same conversation last October, when planning for the Canberra AFF get together, but it still happened. Chin Up people !
 

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At this stage I regret to inform that the annual gathering for 2021 has been postponed until 2022, on roughly the same weekend. We will be moving from October 22 - 24, 2021 to October 21 - 23, 2022.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but we do not believe the current outbreak in NSW will have improved enough by October to allow travellers from other states to visit and then head home without a stay in quarantine.

This is very much a shame as @Bindibuys had done a fantastic job organising the various aspects of the weekend and the attendee list was strong. Hopefully there will be less troubles in 14 months time and the attendee list will be even stronger!
 

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At this stage I regret to inform that the annual gathering for 2021 has been postponed until 2022, on roughly the same weekend. We will be moving from October 22 - 24, 2021 to October 21 - 23, 2022.

This decision has not been taken lightly, but we do not believe the current outbreak in NSW will have improved enough by October to allow travellers from other states to visit and then head home without a stay in quarantine.

This is very much a shame as @Bindibuys had done a fantastic job organising the various aspects of the weekend and the attendee list was strong. Hopefully there will be less troubles in 14 months time and the attendee list will be even stronger!
Same location?
 

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