Cancellation of the 2020 autumn conference It is with great regret that the BSB Executive Committee decided at a recent Zoom meeting in June to cancel the 2020 Autumn conference due to the effects of Covid-19, particularly in terms of social distancing. Even if this was reduced to one metre, it would greatly reduce the number of conference delegates that could safely attend and would adversely affect all the conference activities, particularly in terms of networking. A further important consideration was that many BSB members, including many on the committee, have said they would not be able to attend due to restrictions imposed by their employers due to the economic cost and disruption caused by the pandemic, and to help ensure they are not infected with the virus.
The 2021 BSB Autumn Conference will now be held at the Ardencote Hotel, The Cumsey, Lye Green Road, Claverdon Warwickshire CV35 8LT on a Tuesday in October, AGM and Conference Dinner, and a Wednesday in October, six conference presentations, plus lunch and coffee breaks. Previously we held five very successful conferences at the Ardencote from 2009 to 2014, see picture but decided to try some different from 2015, as our conference attendances were increasing. Although our last two conference at the Heythrop Park were successful, its location and a change of ownership gave us some concerns. We therefore looked again at the Ardencote, with a visit by Executive Committee members Jim Brown and Stephen Ville, together with BSB Secretary Sharon Byrne, who made the initial contact and arranged the visit. The Hotel has recently been upgraded to improve both its conference facilities, delegate capacity and its accommodation and we found it very impressive. We feel it will be ideal for this years autumn conference, and for future conferences. See following a link to the Ardencote website for further information, https://www.ardencote.com/