Return to Face-to-Face Networking

I am delighted to let you know that Coffee and Connect is returning to face-to-face events and our September 21 meeting will be held, in person, at Victoria Hall in Hartley Wintney.

I am very conscious of the need to ensure that everyone feels comfortable and I have canvassed opinion from a randomly selected group of people who have attended Coffee and Connect previously.

The broad consensus was that whilst the overwhelming majority are happy to resume face-to-face meetings it is better to be overly cautious in terms of how we run the event.

I have detailed below some guidelines on how we will run the meeting and I would ask that you read through these before attending.

Firstly, just a reminder of our meeting structure:

  • Book In/Open Networking/Refreshments
  • One minute introductions, seated in a rectangle around the room
  • Recommendations for other networking events
  • Open Networking/Refreshments/Close

Revised Room Layout

  • Chairs will be spaced out more than usual
  • Refreshments area layout will be modified to reduce congestion

Covid Precautions – Guidelines

  •  Please take a lateral flow test before attending
  • The most congested area is always near the Refreshments so please move away from there once you have collected your tea/coffee and cake
  • Mask Wearing – suggest we just use our common sense here so:

Please wear a mask on arrival to book in, when collecting your refreshments and leaving the hall to use the toilet facilities.

It is fine to remove masks (if you want to), when we sit down to do our formal introductions (chairs will be more widely spaced) and if you are having a socially distanced conversation, away from the refreshments area, enjoying your coffee and cake with a small number of people.

  • Please remember social distancing when chatting – and if someone gets too close and you are uncomfortable just ask them to step back. No one will mind!
  • No hugging – though we can still smile!

I hope you find these guidelines re-assuring and I am sure once we are there we will manage just fine

Meeting Fee

Just a reminder that there is a charge to attend the face-to-face events and due to increased costs this is now £12 per person (incl. VAT).

This is paid in cash on the day.

I am very much looking forward to seeing you all again next week. I will be wearing a mask to greet you but please be assured I will be smiling broadly beneath.