Conference News

What’s NEW!

There is now a dedicated website, with additional information about the conference, posted by the conference team, check out the new website.

Update

  • The conference programme has been published. The full list of workshops over the two days, along with contest and other information, is now available here. There may be some final tweaks on the timing of events over the weekend, we’ll update the conference programme here when we do.
  • There are a handful (at the time of writing this newsletter) of full weekend including gala dinner tickets left at the early bird rate of £150. Once they have gone the rate raises to £170. Be quick to book here.
  • Gala Dinner – if you are unable to attend during the day but planning to join us for dinner on the Saturday evening, there are limited gala dinner tickets left, book now here.
  • Social Media – follow us, like and share our posts! All updates and useful information about the conference, is regularly posted on the Toastmasters D91 Spring Conference Facebook page and Twitter on @D91SpringConf18.

Make your communications matter

The overarching theme for the conference ‘make your communications matter’, fits perfectly with the Toastmasters values and what matters to our members.

First D91 breakfast networking event!

An exciting new venture at this conference will be the AI and Tech Business Breakfast event being held at 7am, before the conference begins. A range of speakers from our corporate clubs, Microsoft, Verizon and FM Global, are delivering presentations at this event. If you have purchased or are planning to purchase a Saturday ticket, this event is included in your ticket at no extra cost. If you want to come along for the Breakfast only event, you can purchase a separate ticket.   Why not start the day on Saturday, bright and early by attending the AI and Tech Business Breakfast event? That time again, 7am!

Do also invite your business colleagues and friends to this event, not only will they learn from industry experts, but they will also have the chance to make new contacts in the fields of AI, Cyber and Augmented Reality.

Conference delegates, there will be filming and photography of the conference weekend. The speech contests and keynotes will be filmed. The photographer will be covering all events during the weekend. In addition, over the weekend, there will be a Head Shot Station, for those seeking to have professional head shot photographs taken, which you can purchase.

Conference Tickets

Booking for conference tickets is via Eventbrite.  There are plenty of ticket types available, check out which is right for you. If you are planning to attend and have not yet decided to book a ticket, now is the time! With well over half the gala dinner tickets already sold, if you want to join us to celebrate and party on the Saturday night, be quick.

Where is the conference?

The venue, the Coppid Beech Hotel, looks like an Alpine hotel however it’s in the heart of Berkshire. Depending on which website you search you may find the location as Binfield, Bracknell or Wokingham. This link takes you to the hotel website. The room booking is directly with the hotel. The discounted room rate has now ended. There may still be rooms available at the hotel please contact them to check.

How to get there

The hotel address is John Nike Way, Bracknell, RG12 8TF. This is the correct post code for your sat nav.

Driving – The venue is just off the A329M at the Coppid Beech roundabout, which can be accessed from junction 10 of the M4 and from junction 3 of the M3 via the A322.

Parking – There is plenty of free parking at the hotel.

Public Transport

  • Trains from many destinations stop at Reading mainline station, from there connecting with trains to Wokingham and Bracknell.
  • From London, there are direct trains from London Waterloo station or alternatively travel from London Paddington to Reading mainline station and change.
  • Coaches to the nearby National Express interchange at junction 11 of the M4.
  • Bus X4 from Wokingham and Bracknell train stations pass the venue.

From the train and coach station delegates can make their own way to the venue, using local buses or taxis. There is a taxi rank at both stations. If you are arranging to catch a train why not arrange to travel with others and share the cost of the taxi?

 District Council Meeting

  • For those only attending the District Council Meeting, this will take place at 15:30 on Saturday 5 May.
  • For all, if you are carrying votes for your club for the District Council Meeting, please check District correspondences for confirmation of the process and what you are required to bring, particularly if you’re carrying a club proxy.
  • Also note the time you have to register at the Credentials Desk before it closes.

Conference Team

The conference is being hosted within Division J, more specifically in Area 21. The conference team all hail from clubs across the area. There have been some changes along the way and we’ve adapted. The current conference team line up are: –

  • Conference Director, Helena Brewer, Wokingham (& Aylesbury) Speakers
  • Conference Finance Manager, Charlotte Brennan, FM Global Communicators
  • Programme and Workshop Manager, Chris Boden, Maidenhead Speakers
  • Registration Manager, Janet Bramwell, FM Global Communicators
  • PR Manager, Gulbin Chatsworth-Muster, Windsor Speakers
  • Logistics Manager, Tom Hostetler, Maidenhead Speakers
  • Breakfast Networking Manager, Paul Imre, Chiltern Speakers
  • Gala Dinner Manager, Amanda Bouch, Wokingham Speakers

Club Banners

At this venue, we can go old school. Yes, they will adorn the walls of the main conference room. If you bring them with you that is! Please remember to collect them and take them away with you on the Sunday afternoon.

Volunteer

All the conference team are volunteers. To support the conference, you can volunteer too. If you want to get involved over the conference weekend, then please let us know.

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