Please carefully read all of the following information about the group so that you can make a decision about whether you would like to join us. This is not a group for people who just want to join every group in the area for the sake of it. This is a group where you might form long lasting friendships with others.
We do charge a membership fee of £5 - but look at the events we put on:
Making new friends Holidays,Weekends away, Theatre trips, Days out, Pub nights.
This group is for anyone who would like to meet new people,visit new places,and to do things with others this includes couples. This is a friendship group which is open to anyone no matter what their marital status is.
This is not a dating site but relationships might blossom from friendships.
You must live in Canterbury or the surrounding Thanet or Ashford areas. No upper age limit. My aim for this group is to build positive friendships.
From October 2016 we are introducing a yearly membership fee this will be £5.00. This fee will be due by 31st October each year.
Our meet up account details: Sort code: 201792 Account: 63530493
Anyone who joins from November on wards will still need to pay £5 with the renewal of their membership being the following October so that we only have one month to check membership fees.
If you have good reasons to leave the group within your membership period we will refund your membership fee.
If for whatever reason Liz and.I jointly feel the group is not right for you we will refund your membership fee
New members please note from 1st December 2016 we will be asking potential new members to attend one small event before we approve membership and before they pay their yearly fee. This could be a new members meet up or any other event where the numbers are no more than 10. This gives you a taster of what the group is like and gives us an idea of what types of events you would like to attend. This means we can take your interests into account. This also gives us an idea of whether the group is right for you. At this meeting we will ask you to give us your mobile number and surname this is for safety purposes. We will contact you by phone if we have any concerns about you joining the group at this moment in time confidentiality will be maintained with this. You can also contact us by phone if you think the group is not right for you or you can send us a private message through the site. If the thought of attending a first meet up like this is too much for you Liz and I could meet you for a coffee instead. I do run two other groups one for life after loss which is a very small group with less events and one for ladies only.
I have to pay £156.00 to meet up per year for the use of their website. Recently I have paid this myself. We have looked into public liability insurance for the group and this will cost £82.50 a year.
Once you have paid your membership you can attend as many meet up events throughout the year as you choose. There is no minimum of maximum to this.
We are a very active group and the organisers are doing their best to put on additional activities especially as we have a number of events with waiting lists.
If you become a member and are interested in becoming an organiser solely for our group, you will need to be a member for a minimum of six months. If you run your own meet up group we will not ask you to be an organiser for our group. This is due to the fact that we are looking for commitment to our group and our members.
If you rsvp an event please do not cancel at the last minute unless it is really urgent, especially if this has involved organisers booking a certain amount of seats etc. It is very annoying when members cancel when a table has been booked for a restaurant especially if the member has just changed their mind or decided to.do something else last minute. Please treat an rsvp as a commitment. Booking events can take a lot of time and effort organising.
I am aware that occasionally things do come up that you cannot change such as illness and family emergencies.
Please do not rsvp no to an event unless you have had to cancel for reasons beyond your control. Making an rsvp is a commitment. Do not rsvp if you only think you can go as this might prevents other members going who really want to go.
Any one who does not bother turning up for two events without letting us know will be removed from the group. It is not fair on other members who are on our waiting lists. Your membership fee will not be refunded for this.
Meet up state that no member should be made to feel uncomfortable by another member at meet up events.
Meet up state that organisers have the right to remove any member from the group whose behaviour affects other members.
As adults in an adult social group if someone's behaviour is upsetting you or you don't feel safe report this to the local authority, the police. Ensure you keep yourself safe.
My aim is not to have hundreds of members as this would not work if everyone was active.
I am limiting membership to a maximum of 200 members once we go over this there will be a waiting list to join the group.
No new member will be accepted without a photograph of themselves as we need to know what our members look like for meeting at events etc. If you upload a photo of anything else I will decline your approval.
Over the last year the group has grown and developed with strong friendships formed across the Canterbury and Thanet area.
We have a strong team of organisers.across the areas.
All events will have at least one organiser so you can be sure someone is there to meet you if you are new and are made to feel welcome.
Thank you for reading all of the above. As you can see we are a very organised meet up group. Liz and I run a tight ship but this is for the benefit of all of our members. Our organisers are our strength and keep our ship afloat.