I've scheduled this for 7pm but we can easily move the time if it makes things easier for anyone who would like to come along
I propose that this just be a freeform meeting for those of us who can make it to get to know each other a bit and just get the group started, maybe share a bit of our background and the areas that we feel most passionately about, and maybe also discuss ideas for how the group should evolve, how we would like to structure future meetings (if at all, or whether we prefer to leave them mainly freeform); which venues might be good ones to meet at; which times and days of the week are most suitable etc etc etc
please feel free to make suggestions about venues and times for this first meeting, I've started a discussion thread so people can make comments and suggestions there.
Possibilities that occur to me: my flat in Clifton (if it's convenient for people and we are a fairly small number); the cafe/bar upstairs at the Watershed theatre; the terrace of the Avon Gorge Hotel/White Lion Bar (very pleasant place if the weather is nice but it may be too busy on a Thursday night, I'm not sure).... other suggestions are very welcome!
I've scheduled the location for now as being the cafe/bar of the Watershed, down by the Waterfront; it's a nice place, spacious, fairly quiet, and fairly central... but we can change it if there's a consensus for a better location.