A fabulous occasion with friendly conversation and good humoured banter surrounded by relaxed company providing opinions, views, jokes and a pleasant atmosphere.... and that was just in the car.
The weekend's Event was truly. High quality locations from AWP including easy access to the hallowed turf where the Thornely Manor Magnificent once trod. Good planning involved Saturday’s trip to The Barley Mow to enjoy the potential last few remaining hours of this pub, and it was a great way to start the weekend. Everywhere we visited on the Sunday was a classic location, and having the stops for refreshments along the way made the day most enjoyable. The evening dinner back at the hotel was a perfect way to wind down and end the day.
Many thanks Gene for organizing such a brilliant weekend. It was thoroughly enjoyable and very much in line with the high standards you always aim for, and we appreciate so much.
I'm going to say this once, and once only Gene. Stay out of Camberwick Green!
I'd been waiting for this weekend to arrive since it was announced back in April and finally the weekend was upon us.
After a few scoops with the lads, while keeping an eye out for gamekeepers on the square, it was a short journey to Redmile where Arthur had put away the toast & marmite and really pushed the boat out. We worked up an appetite by doing a spot of brass rubbing at the local store of local history followed by looking for alternative accommodation at Sunny View Guest House. It's not until you look around at the locations do you appreciate the work that Gene and also the production team put into the finding them. These three locations are within a few hundred yards of each other but on screen, you get the impression that they are miles apart.
After a fine meal (thanks Baconballs), there was time for a few opportunities for some great photos, who knows what the new owners intend but we saw The Barleymow off in style, while keeping all the windows intact.
Sunday arrived and after searching and finally finding the roof of my mouth we were off round town to take in cafe where The Gamekeeper caught up with Barry & Oz which is across the square from the hedgehogs temporary office.
Then it was into the cars & I couldn't wait to get to the first location. Thornely Manor was a sight to behold, shrouded in early morning mist and scaffolding as she is undergoing a bit of change too, not unlike The Barleymow. This allowed us closer access than would usually be afforded and we took advantage while we could.
We traveled through Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire & Lincolnshire taking in spectacular countryside. Stopping for some much needed refreshments at Harry's C&W boozer, I was again struck by how ingenious the production team are as this is nothing like you would imagine it is and so must be very difficult to nail these locations.
A nice stroll around the village looking for dogs to annoy (& Mrs Chatterly) was followed by another boozer, just down from the Wey Ling Chinese. This is pretty much the same as it appears in AWP but the seats that Barry, Wayne, Pippa & Linda used are no more. It was just as busy though, not bad for a Sunday afternoon.
No one breathalysed and so it was off to Hazel's before meeting Rod from school. Again, I was not aware that these two locations were literally just around the corner and I wonder if Hazell saw Oz & Wayne's school inspector debacle from her window.
Off to Barry's next, the Jag & skip gone we were able to park up right outside. This location has stayed pretty much the same and we can confirm that despite the lack of tea (thanks Trev), the extension is still standing.
Only time for a quick phone call to Tiger to let him know "Wall meet again" and that was it, a long day but still over all too quickly.
As I mentioned earlier, it is really surprising how far apart these locations were. The whole production crew did a great job in this deception as it is really believable on screen and the meets give you a better understanding of what is involved in making a film and as a result, your appreciation of film grows.
These weekend meets are a great way to catch up with the lads, have a few drinks with like minded folk, share a few laughs and conversation. It also means you can pack a lot more in.
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend anyone who hasn't yet been on one to get involved, they're great fun.
Thanks must go to Gene who must spend hours searching for these locations, not easy at all for the reasons given above. The accompanying stories and detailed information on each one is much appreciated.
Thanks to all the forum members too for your great company and for the drinks bought, look forward to seeing you on the next one.
I thoroughly enjoyed catching up with everyone on Saturday, the meal in the Barley Mow was spot on and it was great to finally see this iconic location.
Unfortunately I needed to unexpectedly head back down to London late Saturday night so I missed the main event on Sunday. However, based on past experience and the reports on here, I know Gene did you all proud with another legendary meet! Well done Guvnor!
I will be back with the boys again on the next meet, but in the meantime I look forward to reading the reports and seeing all your photos on this thread!
A thoroughly enjoyable weekend, great weather, great company and of course great locations to visit.
If the locals thought the magnificent seven looked a bit rough i don't know what they made of this bunch........
Perhaps the Magnificent Twelve.
Thanks to Gene for organising another great meet and Steve Austin for sorting out the meal in The Barley Mow, a super start to a weekend which just got better as it went on. Also cheers to Charles Bronson for his company in the motor and everyone else for making it a top weekend.
Post by Brown Granada on Oct 16, 2017 19:24:39 GMT
It was a great weekend from start to finish. Started well in Bingham with a few jars and got better as the day went on finishing on a high at the Barley Mow. Thanks Steve (Dougie) for booking that mate. Sunday was spot on with being up close and personal with Thornley Manor, Barrys gaff and the Bell and Dragon. All rounded off with a really nice Chinese meal. So glad we skipped the curry house. Big big thanks to Gene for pulling it out the bag again. Well done mate. Superb meeting. Thanks to Doug for driving us around on Sunday. Great banter in the car with you, Marcel and Julian. Thanks to the Saint for booking the Hotel and the lift up and big big thanks to Del for dropping me back and going out of your way. Thanks to everyone too for making it such a friendly place to be. See you next time.
Evenin' each! What a fantastic weekend from start to finish. Massive thanks to Gene Hunt for planning the meet itinerary with military precision and for giving me a lift to and from the meet in that gorgeous motor of yours (loads of laughs/great banter). Thanks to Windy Miller for allowing me to be a passenger on Sunday for the locations tour and thanks Windy, Vienna and Brown Granada for making it such a fun day with excellent banter in the car. Thanks Steve Austin for arranging the meal at the Barley Mow on Saturday evening and thanks to The Saint for booking the hotel.
Great locations, great company, great hotel, great restaurant for Sunday evening's meal, great pubs = amazing weekend!
Thanks to everyone who attended and collectively made it the fantastic weekend that it was ..... cheers lads!!
If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there.
Well, what can I say? Just another fantastic forum meet again organised by the quite brilliant Gene Hunt. Personally, I feel this one was the best yet in the seven years I that have been attending them or similar.
Auf Wiedersehen Pet is one of the greatest TV shows ever made and it was fascinating to visit the East Midlands locations from Series 2, particularly Thornley Manor, The Barley Mow and Barry's house in Beeston, Notts (supposedly 15, Townley Crescent in Wolverhampton). All the other locations we visited were great as well.
Now we all know each other reasonably well, it makes these weekends even better, especially with all the banter and Del Boy dressing up again - this time as Oz, complete with trowel and spirit level! Meeting up and having a few drinks with the lads is also a big part of the weekend; we had a few decent beers and also had some decent grub over the two days too.
Special thanks to Del Boy for letting me share a room with him and for booking it and providing much banter, Windy Miller for meeting me in Nantwich and driving me to Bingham and around the locations, also to Steve Austin for booking the evening meal on Saturday night at The Windmill (Barley Mow). Thanks also to John Steed and Brown Granada for their banter in the car on Sunday and all those members who attended and made it such a fab weekend
But, as always, the biggest thanks goes to Gene for organising such a great itinerary for the meet. The hard work and effort that he puts into these events is amazing and much appreciated by me and other members of 4:3tv - so thanks again mate!
Let's do it all again soon...
The 'permissive society' doesn't exist. I know, I've looked for it - Rupert Rigsby
Post by Charles Bronson on Oct 17, 2017 18:10:16 GMT
Many thanks to Gene for organising such an enjoyable meet for such a worthy subject Auf Wiedersehen Pet series two. It was a brilliant weekend with good company. I very much enjoyed visiting the various towns and locations. It was my first ever visit to Nottinghamshire, and I hope I will get to see it again sometime.
Auf Wierdersehen Pet 2 two is a fantastic series, unfortunately when it was shown on mainstream telly years ago I missed it, as well as a lot of other stuff on TV mainly due my having to work a lot of evening overtime, and shift work in those days, so I have to confess that I didn't appreciate how good a series it was till lately.
I watched the first episode of AWP 2 again last night, and it seemed better than ever to me, with the brilliant writing and acting from the cast. It was a never to be forgotten experience to visit the locations of the series.
I had a great time over the weekend, seeing the locations and also parts of Old England in Nottinghamshire. Thank's to The Saint for sorting the hotel out for us. Also to Steve Austin for arranging our meal at The Windmill, and a very nice meal it was too.
Thanks to Gene once again for all his efforts, and Sam and Del (I loved his Oz tribute it really added to the days fun.) Thank you Peter Picard for taking me to the various locations.
I'm already looking forward to the next meet up wherever that might be. I'm up for practically anywhere. If it's Newcastle, what a great place that is.