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Hold the dates
#11
Will be interesting to see the turn out for both events. They seem a little close in date and location.
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#12
My concern is that school term has finished (in my area) by 15th July, but the fact is you can't "win" so Study Days will be held when and where volunteers are available and willing.

My thanks and encouragement to those who are organising, leading and sponsoring.
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#13
(02-05-2017, 08:30 AM)dorothy.pipet Wrote: My concern is that school term has finished (in my area) by 15th July, but the fact is you can't "win" so Study Days will be held when and where volunteers are available and willing.

My thanks and encouragement to those who are organising, leading and sponsoring.

Indeed we'd have liked to have been earlier but now that it has missed the traditional March / April slot (partly a knock-on the exam results publication of course) and the need to avoid the weeks immediately prior to Signet event, holidays, commissionings etc. that's when its got to be
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(02-05-2017, 08:12 AM)Jerry1237 Wrote: Will be interesting to see the turn out for both events. They seem a little close in date and location.

Different modules though.  Certainly closer to each other than I'd like, but "we are where we are", can't wind back time and any later would be in peak holiday season and too close to the exam.  We come back to the need somehow to getting the exam results published before Christmas, or at the latest in early January though I admit that the YM's could have been quicker off the mark a well!

Alternatively be a bit radical and put the exam back to say mid November. With the exam currently in early October and the numbers involved I understand why the examiners are not able to meet the December Council date for presenting the results, then with the Christmas break there is little extra time to January and so it slips to February Council. However it then definitely shouldn't take nearly another month to get the results to the candidates!
With exam in mid November I think could still get the results out to candidates in March and as a bonus there would still be a decent time after people's summer holidays to brush up ready for the exam.  The examiners would still be able to look at the papers if they wanted if having a long break from work at the turn of the year but would still have a chunk of time afterwards should they not want to do that.
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#15
Is the answer to get the study weekend dates fixed in the diary well in advance - before leaving this year's event?

I suggest: Propose a date a year before, review it in February (is it still convenient for enough people), then get on with planning and publicity.
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(03-05-2017, 07:16 AM)dorothy.pipet Wrote: Is the answer to get the study weekend dates fixed in the diary well in advance - before leaving this year's event?

I suggest:  Propose a date a year before, review it in February (is it still convenient for enough people), then get on with planning and publicity.

We can give it a go; we did do that once but for some reason didn't continue.  Certainly worth doing for 2018 as there is an additional constraint for me.

Weekend of 24th June is the formal reopening of Swindon panel and we have Francis How booked to do the honours.  In fact we are aiming to make it a special signalling weekend at Great Western Society Didcot and aim to arrange quite a signalling gathering.  The IRSE Minor Railways section will be holding their AGM and we are expecting to have quite a few come to the "bring a bit of signalling" party; we should have the Crowley Bridge simulator from the Romsey signalbox group, Birmingham university, the computer demo that is being developed to take into schools in association with the IRSE and hoping for Signet etc.   
We have also acquired the ex NR mechanical signalbox signaller's training simulator that used to be at Redhill from the Bluebell Railway and no idea if it'll work if we connect it all together again.

Not only does that occupy a weekend at the relevant time of year  but there is quite a bit of organisation to do for the event which will conflict.  Indeed Swindon panel is a few thousand wires short of a commissioning at present and once we have done all that soldering we'll really find out how good the correlation and computer data turns out to be- so there is a lot to do over the next year.................and that's not counting the day job and the mountain being made out of a molehill in east Manchester.
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#17
As we're drifting off-topic, but onto something wonderful, i.e. Didcot and the Swindon Panel there, may make a huge effort to come to that. Is it open to all? The GWS base at Didcot is a wonderful place to visit. Proper gauge Fire Fly (7' 1/4") and plenty of "narrow gauge" GWR rolling stock. A wonderful museum reminding us of a Great Western world as was. The TPO demonstration is also excellent if you've never seen it.

On-topic: appreciate the dates were difficult but some pre-planning dates and fixing dates without being concerned about when the results are out is probably more profitable than waiting then being overly limited with choices. Would it also be worth considering two events (maybe only for M1/7). One in the south, the other more northerly?

As Dorothy said, many thanks to the organisers and those who volunteer their time for the betterment of others.
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