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Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:40 pm
by Mike Brown
Hi all,

With Spring in the air (according to the calendar anyway), it's finally time for me to announce the first-ever Countdown event to take place in the fine city of Cambridge.

Forming part of the FOCAL calendar of events, CoCam will take place on Saturday the 16th of June and, like the King's Lynn events of previous years, will be a Lincoln/Edinburgh-style tournament (where everyone plays in groups of three with perhaps a Prune or two in residence), with everyone playing six 9-round games followed by a 15-round grand final for the top two players at the end of the day. The official arbiter for any word disputes on the day will be the English word list on Apterous.

The event will take place in the fabulous setting of the auditorium of the St. Philip's Church Centre (http://www.stphilipschurch.org.uk/) (postcode CB1 3AN), which is a wonderfully bright and airy space with plenty of room for anyone wanting to stretch their legs without going outside! It also has two large TV screens which will be used to show the latest scores and free Wi-Fi. We will have access to a kitchen, so free tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided, as well as a few home-made cakes. Lunch is not provided, but there are plenty of places on Mill Road to grab something to eat, including a branch of the Co-Op and several coffee outlets.

Unfortunately, there isn't much car parking at the venue (I think it's something like three spaces and I'll be bagsying one of them!) and the local streets tend to be full of the locals' vehicles, but the weekend parking charges at nearby Cambridge Station are a very reasonable £5 (that's reasonable for Cambridge). There's also the option of Park & Ride, but be warned that it tends to stop running in the early evening. For those coming by train (which is very easy to do from London, taking around 60 minutes from King's Cross), or parking their car at the station, the church is then a short walk away, taking around 13 minutes if you're the little man on Google. The venue is fully accessible, so there should be no problems on that score. If anyone has particularly questions around travel, please let me know and I'll answer them if I can, although I'm sure most people reading this will be pretty handy with a web browser at solving them without assistance!

I'm not an expert on possible places to stay, but both Travelodge and Premier Inn have infiltrated Cambridge and there's a recently built Ibis at the railway station which is probably worth a look (I'll certainly be doing so). You might also want to consider the Holiday Inn Express at the Airport as it's not far away from the venue - and they might even let you leave your car there!

Of course, another reason (if you needed one) to visit Cambridge is to do the tourist thing and go and look at all the fabulous college buildings, go punting, find the mathematical bridge and England's answer to the Bridge of Sighs, visit the Botanical Gardens, climb the tower of the church that chimes like Big Ben (and get one of the best views of the city), spot the pub where the discovery of DNA was announced, and, well, I could go on, but if you're interested you'll be googling everything already, and this is about Countdown ...

There isn't anything formally planned for post-event food and drink, but I'm always open to suggestions. There are several options close to the venue, but people might prefer to head into the centre and take over a section of Wetherspoon's (The Regal on St. Andrew's Street). Walking to the city centre from the venue takes around 25 minutes (if you define Wetherspoon's as the centre), but buses do operate along Mill Road and there are always taxis available if required!

I'm pleased to be able to say that the entrance fee for the day is only £10, which you can pay me by PayPal in the usual way at mike@mjbrown.demon.co.uk. Those of you who would prefer to pay by cheque can do so by sending me a PM and I'll then let you know my snail-mail address.

The timetable for the day is likely to be the same as last year's King's Lynn event, which for those who sadly didn't make it (or have forgotten) is as follows:

10.30 Doors open
11.15 Welcome / Round 1 Draw announced.
11.30 Round 1
12.50 Lunch
13.50 Round 2
15.10 Break
15.25 Round 3
16.45 Break
17.05 Grand Final (15 rounds)
17.30 Prizegiving
18.00 End / down the pub!

I look forward to seeing some of you there!

Mike.

CONFIRMED ENTRANTS:

1 Thomas Carey
2 Samuel Prouse
3 Jeff Clayton
4 James Robinson
5 Robin McKay
6 Ben Wilson
7 George Armstrong
8 Jonathan De Souza
9 Graeme Cole
10 Jen Steadman
11 Phyl Styles
12 Alan Styles
13 Gevin Chapwell
14 Jonathan Wynn
15 Dan Byrom

UNCONFIRMED ENTRANTS:

Aidan Linge
Oli Garner
Mark Mills
Tracey Mills
Julia Hayward
James Wilson

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:59 pm
by Mike Brown
Meant to add as well that for anyone flying into the UK, Stansted is pretty convenient for Cambridge with regular trains (and coaches, I think). Forget about the airport at Cambridge, it doesn't do commercial flights, unless you're a rock star, possibly.

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:22 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Almost certainly coming to this.

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:28 pm
by Mike Brown
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:22 pm
Almost certainly coming to this.
Nice to see a traditional post, rather than this 'modern' facebook nonsense. Have 'likes' been fixed on here yet? :)

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:31 pm
by Matt Morrison
The Blue Moon on Norfolk Street would be a great option for post-event drinks: https://goo.gl/maps/8f5afnijx4K2

It looks scary from the outside but once you get in its friendly, does decent food and pizza (not tested but Google says so), serves great beer, and has a pool table, quiz machine, table football, and an arcade machine. Can't remember about darts.

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:43 pm
by Zarte Siempre
Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:31 pm
The Blue Moon on Norfolk Street would be a great option for post-event drinks: https://goo.gl/maps/8f5afnijx4K2

It looks scary from the outside but once you get in its friendly, does decent food and pizza (not tested but Google says so), serves great beer, and has a pool table, quiz machine, table football, and an arcade machine. Can't remember about darts.
I never had you down as the generic type...

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:57 pm
by Matt Morrison
Haha, yes. Sadly it's looking less and less likely we'll do Cambridge, so you guys can have a nice time in Wetherspoon without me trying to force you to follow the hipster crowd!

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:28 pm
by Zarte Siempre
Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:57 pm
Haha, yes. Sadly it's looking less and less likely we'll do Cambridge, so you guys can have a nice time in Wetherspoon without me trying to force you to follow the hipster crowd!
I don't like Wetherspoon either :P I just enjoy things having their own mental plan. I was looking forward to post-Cambridge cow tipping.

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Tue May 15, 2018 3:38 pm
by Jonathan Wynn
I'll be there I think, but probably just through for the day due to finances

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Mon May 21, 2018 5:25 pm
by Gavin Chipper
Payment sent.

Re: Countdown in Cambridge (CoCam) - Saturday 16th June

Posted: Tue May 22, 2018 7:02 pm
by Jonathan Wynn
Payment sent too