Joined: 25 Jan 2005
Location: Bonnie Scotland
|Posted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:01 pm Post subject: Helpmates Convention October 2006
|Rob Lewis has announced that, after a long break, his 'Helpmates' tent in London are about to host a 'Laurel & Hardy Helpmates Convention', at the ever-popular Holiday Inn (former Crest, and Posthouse THF), Chatham, on Saturday 28th October 2006.
"We are delighted to have secured many extra function rooms, where we will be hosting a diversity of entertainment and attractions, completely private from any other hotel guests. There will be two film rooms running concurrently, from midday - till late, screening Laurel & Hardy films on the Big Screen; in a variety of formats: 8mm; 16mm film, and USA and UK Video and DVD. One room will have a Halloween theme - running all the Boys' spooky films. The films will be interspersed by talks and rare material from some of our regular Helpmates' Laurel & Hardy experts".
"At our events, you can choose how you spend your time. Some people like to chat at the bar, or socialise in one of the rest areas; while others pick and choose which films or presentations to watch in our two screening rooms. And for the very many of you who love to collect Laurel & Hardy Memorabilia, our well-stocked sales room will be open all day with enough goodies to satisfy everyone from the smallest to the biggest collectors. If you are the shy type, don't worry. You will not be asked to play any silly games or dress-up in fancy dress. You can stay on your own and go where you like, or there will be "Helpmates' Hosts" on hand to introduce you to other members, if you so wish".
Tickets are £12.50 for Adults, and £5 for Children (under 14). Your entrance ticket gives you unlimited access to ALL function rooms.
If you would like to pay by cheque or postal order, then just CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE BOOKING FORM
Rob continues, "Lots of our members continue to socialise into the early hours of the following morning. Others are tired after travelling long distances and spending the whole day with us. Fortunately, as this is a hotel, they can all book into the hotel for an overnight stay. Some even come the previous night, so as not to miss out on anything. If would like to stay at the hotel then you can book at our CONVENTION SPECIAL RATE by phoning the hotel direct on the number below".
Holiday Inn Hotel Reservations: 0870 400 9069
or direct to the Hotel on: 01634 673543
£65 including breakfast SINGLE ROOM occupation
£65 TWIN/DOUBLE including breakfast (based on two sharing)
£70.00 for a family (including breakfast), based on two adults and two children.
Please quote this reference number when you book for our special rates: 25851
"However, if you book online you may be able to get a better deal, as sometimes they have special offers on rooms. I should add that if you leave it too late the room rates do climb as the hotel gets full. Or to get our guaranteed rates (above) ,enter the dates and what room you require, then put LHG into the Group Booking Code box".
HOLIDAY INN ONLINE BOOKING.
"You can book an optional 3-Course Carvery Lunch (through us) in the Restaurant, for £15.50p per head. Vegetarian meals will also be on offer. You can either charge it to your room, if you are staying, or pay on the day. There will also be a full range of bar meals on offer throughout the day, for those who just want to grab a snack, plus all-day coffee".
"The hotel is located on the Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent , ME5 9SF, next to Rochester Airport. We can provide door-to-door travel details for you. Just let us know that you require a map when you book the tickets. We will then send you full directions from your hometown. Or click this link:- MULTIMAP - and it will take you direct to the location, you can then enter your own postcode on this site and it will come up with door-to-door directions".
By rail from Victoria Mainline station in London: buy a ticket for Chatham in Kent. Chatham is only 45 mins. from London. The Holiday Inn is only a short cab ride away. CLICK HERE: NATIONAL RAILWAY PLANNER & TIMES
"We can also provide travel details for the number of overseas visitors we always attract. If you wish to do some sightseeing while you on in the area, just mention it when you purchase your ticket, and we will send you some tourist brochures - just before the time".
NOTE: Tickets on the day will be at the increased tariff of £15, instead of the TICKETS IN ADVANCE price of £12.50, so help us to help you by booking NOW.
"This event is open to all Laurel and Hardy fans who appreciate a nice, family atmosphere, and we will try our utmost to ensure that every one of you has a great day.
The hotel is ideally located for key attractions in Kent including Leeds Castle, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Rochester Cathedral and Castle, Dickens Centre, Canterbury Cathredral, Kentish Vineyards, Brands Hatch Race Circuit, Buckmore Park Kart Circuit and Diggerland.
Getting to the hotel is easy, due to its close access from both the M2 (Jct 3) and the M20 (Jct 6) motorways which both link with the M25 making Rochester a great destination to reach from anywhere in the country with easy access to Eurostar International Station at Ashford, Le Shuttle and Ferry services to the continent from Folkestone and Dover".
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Fra Diavolo Tent, Scotland