In case you haven’t noticed any previous references, such as the first announcement, or the banner along the top of all the pages on this site1, there is an extra (sort of2) RISC OS show taking place in just five days time on 9th December – the MUG RISC OS Xmas market.
If you want to take the opportunity to get that last minute Christmas present for a family member (okay, for yourself really) then the place to head for is:
Dodderhill Parish Community Hall,
The Hall is located very close to Junction 5 of the M5, making it easy to reach by car – and there is some public parking on site – and for those coming by other means there are railway stations in Droitwich and Bromsgrove, with bus links to Wychbold via the 144 and 145 services. However, there is planned industrial action on the railway services that day, so you are advised to double check your travel arrangements before setting out.
Doors to the event will be open from 11:30am until 4:00pm, and if you time it just right, you’ll probably be able to sneak in for free.
How? Just turn up between those times and walk in, because it’s actually free entry. That means the sneaking part isn’t actually necessary, but the Soft Rock Software/RISCOSitory table is positioned such that I’ll be able to see the entrance, and it’ll be amusing to see people actually trying to sneak in (if/when I’m actually at the table)!
When it comes to exhibitors, the venue isn’t especially large, which means available spaces were limited – but all have been taken, so it’s fully booked. As well as the show sponsors (Soft Rock Software and RISCOSitory) and the organisers themselves (the Midlands User Group), you can expect to see RISCOSbits, RISC OS Open, R-Comp, RISC OS Developments, Elesar, Chris Hall, Wi-Fi Sheep, Drag ‘N Drop, AMCOG Games, North One Communications (Organizer), and 3rd Event Technologies (AMCS).
If your favourite RISC OS company or developer isn’t listed… they were probably too slow off the mark!
There will be raffle tickets available to visitors, each costing £1.00, with two prizes available:
- The first prize winner will receive an exclusive ‘ePhobe Cool R’ system, provided by RISCOSbits. “A what now?” I hear you ask. Well, I have no idea what it actually is other than, apparently, an anagram. Suffice it to say, I’m going to be disappointed if it isn’t yellow, and am annoyed at the lack of a ‘u’ in the anagram.
- The second prize winner will get a RiscPiC-standard case for the Raspberry Pi (the very last one in stock), and a copy of the Soft Rock Software Collection.
All money raised from the raffle will go to Tools with a Mission, a charity that takes old, unwanted and unloved tools, refurbishes them, and sends them on to people and places around the developing world where they can be put to good use.
- Of course the reference to the banner won’t make sense if you happen to be reading this after the event, and the banner has been removed. So just for you, here is what used to be there:
- Although not a regular event, and therefore an extra one in that sense, the reason it came to be was this year’s London Show officially being declared a no go – so not an extra one in terms of numbers.