Fundraising evening for the Deer!

An evening of music, quiz, socialising, snacks, cake, and games (some soft drinks provided but all are invited to BYOB if you wish), £7 entry if confirming a place in advance, or £10 on the door.

This is being held to raise money for the campaign to end the deer cull in London's Royal Parks.

Cheques can be made out to TANSVEG (Twickenham and North Surrey Vegetarians and Vegans), or cash paid direct to me Lesley Dove, 35 Rectory Grove, Hampton, TW12 1AH.

PAYPAL now available, please pay to [masked] on Paypal, but also please when you do it let me know at the same time, so no confusion about who has paid and who has not!

Donations also very welcome from non-attendees.

Programme so far, some times still approximate as one person still to confirm length of time of music:

7pm Arrive, and greetings, drinks, snacks
7.20 Music Alex Forrest on trumpet
7.30 first two (shortest) quiz rounds, 6 questions each (12)
7.45 Music from Lily Schlaen on violin (length of time still to be confirmed)
8pm (or later to depend on Lily's time) Round 3 of quiz
8.15 Music from Surya Cooper 
8.30 Short interval for drinks and snacks and social
8.45 Round 4 of quiz (end)
9.00 More music from Alex.
9.10 Quiz results to be calculated and prizes
9.30 Music from "Dos Chicas" (Charlotte Barrow and Penny Elkins)
10.00 Short game if we do not run terribly over for time.
10.10 More chatting and socialising free time

I will alter this as necessary but this is a rough idea of the plans for the evening (I imagine times will run over a bit as I think this is usual). We should be finished by 10.30-11pm I am estimating.

I am looking for a volunteer to be quizmaster as our quiz compiler will be out of action at this time (I will do it as the default but prefer someone who can do it better!). Obviously you get free entry if you do this job!

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  • Lesley Dove

    Did anyone by any chance manage to capture any photos of this evening as I didn't have a camera on me but I am sure SOMEONE did?

    March 19, 2013

  • Richard Ⓥ Molyneux

    Sorry I couldn't join you all, and apologies for not changing my 'Maybe' to a 'No' Lesley... I trust you all had a good night.

    March 16, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      Yes it was a nice evening thanks!

      1 · March 16, 2013

  • Oak

    K's bought my ticket for me, yippee. Hopefully I remember to bring my brain for the quiz!

    1 · March 14, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      See you there, are you aware of our veggie and vegan group based in the Kingston/Twickenham/Rich­mond area?

      March 14, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    Well if everyone who replied as a yes but has not paid for a ticket shows up, I MAY have to turn a few ppl away.. oh well no more I can do as everyone has had ample warning I think by now! I make it that I can sell 4 more tickets, but really no more than that assuming everyone who bought one is going to attend. If you bought one and cannot attend please let me know in case of ppl turning up on the night and so I know how many can be let in paying on the door, thank you! It's not too late to pay on paypal today

    March 14, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    We now have a raffle planned for the evening thanks to Mavis White and Surya Cooper donating some prizes, many thanks!

    March 14, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    Thank you Robert Platt for finding the info and putting on the London AR Meet Up group, it may also be of help to those on here who are not on that Meet Up group.

    I really appreciate it that Robert did this, and as I recall there are a few parking places just in front of the Environment Centre in case anyone is driving.

    Here are walking directions from Kingston station:
    http://goo.gl/maps/1XcMd­

    FYI: Here is the place on google street view:
    http://goo.gl/maps/rlYOE­

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cannot make this one I'm swamped with uni work :(

    March 11, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    We have a few tickets left even at this late stage but as we have only 5 or 6 left I am concerned that several ppl from the meet up groups and facebook who have not paid upfront may just turn up on the evening and the possibility of having to turn some of you away due to lack of space.
    Please if you reply yes here could you clarify you are really planning on coming and if so please remember to pay your ticket on paypal before Friday. Too late for any more cheques in the post I think though. Jerome in particular could you please let me know your plans?

    March 10, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    Would anyone like the job of quizmaster and musical act announcer (obviously you get in free if you're a helper, either with music, food or being quizmaster/announcer!)? If there are no takers I will do it of course as I was planning to anyway, but I'd be somewhat less nervous with someone else doing it in case as the organiser I find I need to do other things on the evening.

    We will have snacks and a few soft drinks on offer but you are invited to BYOB of course!

    I've just changed the blurb at the top of the page to reflect these details.

    March 6, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    16 Tickets sold now and two more single ticket payments on the way in the post I am told so that will be 18 sold which is good, but still time to get yours.

    March 4, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    We have a lady from Walthamstow who has given a non-attending donation (on the AR meet up group), and she would probably come if anyone else is driving from her area and can give her a lift because it is very hard getting back on public transport late at night. Is anyone on this group planning to come from that end of London by car who can offer Marnie a lift?

    February 25, 2013

  • Richard Ⓥ Molyneux

    I'm a 'maybe' for now

    February 11, 2013

    • Richard Ⓥ Molyneux

      Here's Meetup's (flawed) reasoning for scrapping the 'Maybe' option - http://meetupblog.typ...­

      February 13, 2013

    • Richard Ⓥ Molyneux

      'Maybe' RSVPs could've not been included in the numbers/waiting lists, but would allow people to follow comments, etc., with an automatic reminder sent prior to the event, so they could always upgrade to a 'Yes'.

      February 13, 2013

  • K

    Very excited about this event, I am repulsed and upset about the deer killing, so want it stopped as soon as possible!

    January 30, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      Please would you be able to put in your booking and payment early to help me get that bit closer to being sure of enough support to go ahead? Selling sufficient early bird tickets, ie an absolute minimum of 15 out of a possible 25 is key to me being sure of being able to go ahead with this event!

      February 12, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    Please just reply as a maybe unless you're definitely attending this and planning to send your payment very soon, it is very important with this type of event. Due to hall hire and number of cakes needed we do need to know REAL numbers!
    Also I need most of the bookings and payments upfront to be able to go ahead with the event, it would really helpful if most of the bookings were in by the beginning of March please (there may be a few places on the door but I would not recommend it and best to go for "early bird" price in advance).

    February 11, 2013

  • marnie

    what about the website just giving, i dont think they charge fees, at least they send email when people donate via the site so you would have record of who paid

    January 30, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      OH no I am so terribly sorry for misjudging your intentions Marnie, please forgive me! I have been stressing out no end over this event as actual committed paid up bookings are going so painfully slowly.. and it's just been so stressful organising the campaign with one person after another criticisin and trying to tell me what to do.. while generally not always being actually helpful in any real way most of them!

      February 6, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      I had also honestly never heard of anyone with a bank account not having a chq book until now either! I had no idea it was ever done that way

      February 6, 2013

  • Kip

    Hi Lesley, I might be missing something here, but I think it would be useful to state exactly where the money will be going. I'm guessing there's a specific charity organisation you have in mind?

    January 30, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      We're not a registered charity, that would be too much extra work, I don't think all grassroots animal campaigns are registered charities and it is also harder to become a charity if you have possibly political aims anyway. It is simply being done to help with the costs incurred which have been considerable, in this campaign against the deer cull, mainly on leaflet printing. It is up to you if you trust me or not though. So far the costs have come almost entirely out of my husband's wage packet, for the printer cartridges, to print the leaflets, we have only had donations totalling £30 up to now (not associated with this event but from two vegan friends who supported me and knew it was costing us a lot of money), however that does not even come close to covering the costs of what we will keep needing to do to cover to keep the campaign going, mainly printing of awareness leaflets to hand out door to door and on our demos in Kingston and Richmond.

      January 31, 2013

  • marnie

    for those without a cheque book or means to get cash over to you, is there any online alternative such as a just giving link, this will also help for people who cant attend to make donation

    January 30, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      I know, it is a hard decision, I do not feel so sure about asking ppl to pay an extra fee on top of the £7, it just feels like it might discourage some ppl, it is hard enough getting ppl to commit payments in advance already, but thanks for your input. I will certainly think about it. I just hope I will see enough ppl to at least sell some spaces at the event in person to them.
      You have always been so helpful Sean in advising me, thanks for that.
      I am very disappointed with Barrow Boys though, did you know they never even had the courtesy to reply to my request for the crisps stuck in the depot on the way to you which were too late for your event?! So I am in search of a vegan savoury snack company which is more reliable and might support this event with a few freebies, otherwise it will be just tea/juice and Mavis' homemade vegan cakes as a little bit of refreshments (which are always delicious anyway).

      January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am not surprised that you didn't hear back from them.

      January 30, 2013

  • Katherine

    Hi - what alternative proposals are there for dealing with what I think they claim are too many deer if allowed to live there without a cull?

    Cheers
    Katherine

    January 30, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      Here is some info about wildlife contraception http://www.all-creatu...­

      ..and an article about one community where they are catching and spaying http://www.opposingvi...­

      If they can do it in the US which let's face it has more of a culture of deer hunting than we do in the UK, then we surely could do non-lethal control here, if the Royal Parks had the will to do so. They make around £30,000 a year from the venison by the way. I do not believe that is insignificant to their decision not to push DEFRA for licensing of wildlife contraception in the UK.

      January 30, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      There are also some animal rights campaigners who hold the view that deer will self-regulate and not overbreed and starve. I am a bit sceptical as this is an enclosed park, so I am not opposed to non-lethal alternatives of control on their numbers. I am also looking into more expert opinions on whether or not they will self-regulate effectively, so as to help me in working out which way to go with the campaign. At present we simply call on an end to the cull and that is the sole objective of this campaign regardless which alternative is picked to take the place of the cull.

      There is also the option of relocating if there are too many although that means finding a suitable place.

      January 30, 2013

  • marnie

    only a maybe at moment

    January 30, 2013

  • Lesley Dove

    The arrangements for the fundraiser for the anti-deer culling campaign are coming on nicely, but I can sell only a maximum of 25 tickets. Allowing for myself and all the musical contributors and one or two others who are helping by providing food/quiz questions/etc, as the room can accommodate 20-30 comfortably and up to 40 less comfortably, so decided I can allow just a little over 30 ppl in the room.

    So if you can send off your cheque for your space sooner rather than later it will help you be assured of your place at this event! Once I get your cheque I will confirm on email that you have your place.

    January 29, 2013

    • Lesley Dove

      Unless you are a helper with music or other aspects of this event replying on here does not guarantee your place without payment. Some more expensive places MAY be available on the night but as this cannot be guaranteed, depending on advance ticket sales.

      I wouldn't guarantee leaving sending advance payments until any later than 8th March, as I only have snail mail and no online payment set up (though anyone local can drop it in to me at home or some of you might be able to hand over payment at an earlier event - contact me for details of meeting up if you prefer to pay in person).

      January 29, 2013

  • Richard Ⓥ Molyneux

    I'm a 'maybe' for now

    January 18, 2013

  • Helen

    I'm a maybe for now

    January 14, 2013

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