St Albans

Details of upcoming UK events, please provide working links if possible.
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Roger de Coverly
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St Albans

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:47 am

This takes place this weekend, but their website claims "full" at 250 (!).

https://www.stalbanscongress.com/index.php/en/

Michael Flatt
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Re: St Albans

Post by Michael Flatt » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:33 am

I can confirm that the congress has 250 entries and is completely full.

It is the first occasion I can recall when the congress has had to close the entry list early.

The flurry of entries received in the last two weeks far exceeds anything we have experienced before.

Nick Burrows
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Re: St Albans

Post by Nick Burrows » Thu Apr 04, 2019 2:08 pm

With Kidlington selling out the last couple of years, I make it a trend :lol:

David Sedgwick
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Re: St Albans

Post by David Sedgwick » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:14 pm

Michael Flatt wrote:
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:33 am
I can confirm that the congress has 250 entries and is completely full.

It is the first occasion I can recall when the congress has had to close the entry list early.

The flurry of entries received in the last two weeks far exceeds anything we have experienced before.
Is there any chance that you could ask some of the new people why they have decided to enter this year?

Might publicity for the World Championship Match last year and the England team's silver medal in Kazakhstan be giving rise to a mini-boom? I know that that seems unlikely, but I can't think of any obvious explanation for the jump in St Albans's entries.

Richard Bates
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Re: St Albans

Post by Richard Bates » Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:11 am

Start of Easter holidays combined with Brexit uncertainty meaning people haven't made plans to go away?

NickFaulks
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Re: St Albans

Post by NickFaulks » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:11 am

Richard Bates wrote:
Fri Apr 05, 2019 8:11 am
combined with Brexit uncertainty meaning people haven't made plans to go away?
On that basis nobody will be going anywhere for years!

Richard Bates
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Re: St Albans

Post by Richard Bates » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:21 am

We'll call it the Brexit boom! ;)

But on a serious note, there's obviously a lot of anecdotal, if not firmer, evidence of people steering clear of foreign trips around the intended March 29 exit date.

John McKenna
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Re: St Albans

Post by John McKenna » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:58 am

Intended??

Inchoate!!
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Gavin Hughes
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Re: St Albans

Post by Gavin Hughes » Thu Apr 11, 2019 11:45 pm

St Albans doesn't clash with other events locally, unlike the easter weekend with too many events near each other relatively, diluting the numbers.

On a personal note i played because i was free, i missed last year because i was not. Family pressures define my availability generally.

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