“the queerest place with the strangest people in it leading the oddest lives…”
Well that’s what Charles Dickens thought of Harrogate and he hadn’t even seen the conference agenda…
The venue looks wonderful https://www.classiclodges.co.uk/our-hotels/the-old-swan/) Agatha Christie stayed here when she came on her holidays (but she forgot to tell anyone she was going.) It’s in super smart Harrogate birthplace of the legendary Betty’s Tea Room and Yorkshire tea. It’s got a really nice free art gallery (nice and free being my favourite combination) and for the horticulturally inclined you can walk to RHS Harlow Carr from the town centre. You must be tempted now surely? Bookings for the conference will open in January 2019 so you will have something nice to look forward to in the midst of the post-Christmas gloom.
So now that the venue is arranged and all the guests have been invited there is much work behind the scenes to make it a memorable and enjoyable conference for everyone for all the right reasons. I am sure that the programme will be diverse enough to have something for everyone but like my old PE teacher used to say you only get out what you put in so that’s where we need your help. We are calling for papers in November from you all so you have got a month to contemplate what you might like to present. Don’t be shy we are all friends here and even if your submission is rubbish at least you will have given the selection committee a good chuckle so it’s a win whichever way you look at it…
Regular update and developments can be followed via the conference twitter account @itsgreatupnorth
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust