Please see the list of frequently asked questions.
How the group is run
We have a large number of organizers, who choose to put events on the calendar as and when they wish. There is no central planning, apart from the committee meetings which take place three or four times a year (see the Constitution
for more details).
We always welcome new organizers! If, after attending a few events, you are interested in joining the pool of organizers, just have a word with any existing organizer. There are two huge advantages in being an organizer: you get to decide where and when to go, and you always get a place on your own events!What happens on walks
Our walks are very informal. The organizer will try to get everyone together at certain points, to ensure that nobody gets lost or left behind, but between times, people tend to fall into twos or threes and walk and talk together on the route. Some people on walks already know each other, others do not, but there is no sense of there being any cliques, and new members are always made welcome.
Because the organizer of a walk is usually the only person who knows the route, it is important to keep the organizer in sight, and not walk on too far ahead. The organizer will also try to ensure that nobody falls back too much.About waiting lists and notify me
You will often see that events are fully booked, and have long waiting or notify me lists. Do not be put off by this! It is common for large numbers of people to change their minds during the days or even hours leading up to an event, and to change their status to ‘not going’. Places can come up at the last minute!
Where an event has a wait list, guests are confirmed in the order in which they joined it and notified by email. Please note that if you have wait listed for yourself and guests, you will be accommodated only when enough places open up. This means that if only a single places opens and you have a plus one, then the person below you on the list will get the place.
When the notify me option is available whenever somebody drops out, meetup.com sends an email message to anyone who has asked to be notified. The first person to see the message and to change his/her status to ‘going’ gets the place. It is first come, first served. If you have an email saying that a place has become available, but you see that the event is already full, it is because somebody has taken the place before you.Cancellations and no-shows
Because many of our events are so oversubscribed, it is important that people who are down on the web site as ‘going’ do indeed turn up, as otherwise they may be depriving another willing participant of a place. If you are unable to change your status to ‘not going’ before the RSVP deadline closes, or if you are away from the computer, or if you just get lost or are too late on your way to the starting point, please get in touch with the organizer of the particular event as soon as possible. Usually organizers mail the participants with their mobile phone number, or they may post it below the details of a walk. If you are down as ‘going’ but you do not turn up, and the organizer of the event does not hear from you, you may be marked down as a ‘no show’. There is more about this in the Constitution
Please see the list of frequently asked questions
If anything is still unclear, please do not hesitate to either ask an organizer or to post a message on the group’s message board.We look forward to seeing you on an event soon!