Social Care Curry Club

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September eat-ups #socialcarecurry

September Social Care Curry Club is taking place in just over a week, on Thursday 4 September. You can now book the following places (details of venues and times are in the eventbrite links listed):

Derby with Simran hosting

Glasgow with Fiona and Alison hosting

Hemel Hempstead with Javeda and Annie hosting

Middlesbrough with Rachael hosting

Newton Abbot with Sam and myself hosting

Southampton with Angharad and Hilary hosting

Stoke-on-Trent with Amanda hosting

Wokingham with Brian hosting (please note this is happening a day early than the others on the Wednesday as a one off)

We had hoped to also have curry in Belfast (may still) and in Birmingham and Liverpool but no-one has responded to calls to co-host, and it seems pointless to arrange a curry for one and logically if there aren’t enough people to find a co-host then there wont be others at it. If you would like to co-host or attend please add your name to the bottom of this post as a comment.

Thu 28 Aug update: I’m delighted that we can confirm we have Belfast as an option next week, with host Laura. This is the first time we’ve had an eat-up anywhere in Ireland, and we really hope it proves successful.

London is also now happening, thanks to Natasha finding a fully accessible venue (we believe, all facilities on the ground floor) – all welcome.

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Also we have had numerous enquiries about London. It would appear to be incredibly difficult to find London venues that are genuinely accessible, as much as Sue kindly agreed to go back to the place that tried to ban her and Faith (the coolest dog on the internet). We have tried four venues in London now and none have ticked all boxes: accessible, good value for money, near mainline train stations. Something has to give, and we’re not prepared for it to be accessibility, or ideally value for money, because that just becomes another barrier for participation for people. The mainline train stations is (I think, as ever shout if I’m wrong) a slightly lesser priority because if you’re getting a train into London, perhaps you could consider hosting an eat-up wherever you’re coming from? I have no real idea, sorry curriers, I’m stumped on this one and it’s a slightly taxing problem to have to try and solve from Devon!

If there is someone prepared to host in London who can find an accessible curry house then please, please add your name and venue to this post and I’ll get the booking set up. If there isn’t that’s cool, I suggest we give London a miss in September and convene a crack group of ninja curriers to solve the problem in time for December – feel free to add your name if you’d like to convene that group or join it.

Social Care Curry has always relied on its network to make it happen, it’s not complicated, book a venue, advertise and see the magic happen (no sales)….but ‘we’ are not a team of staff, we can’t advise on local venues or book them for you, and we can only do a certain amount of promo.There is still just about time to set up new eat-ups if you’re sitting there wondering why your local area hasn’t got one. Just add your name, venue and time below and I’ll add it to eventbrite with the others. You then need to do the leg work to drum up interest, and in just over a week there will be scores of people sitting down to eat curry and chat social care. Magic.

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Book now 5 Dec 2013

Just a short reminder to encourage you to book now if you’re interested in coming along to the December Social Care Curry Club eat-ups. They’re all taking place on Thursday 5 December, which is just over two weeks away. Most eat-ups start at 7pm, although check your actual booking page on eventbrite or your tickets to double check as one or two are starting earlier or later.

We’re delighted that there has been a similar level of interest as September (over 200 people in the UK and Canada so far) and are even more pleased that we have more locations, meaning that it should be easier for people to access an eat-up closer to them. The criteria remain the same, everyone is welcome providing they love social care and love curry and promise not to sell anything.

You can book all the UK locations on this page. Choose between:  Baker Street, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Canterbury, Dawley, Derby, Dundee, Frome, Hereford, Leeds, Liverpool, Luton, Lye, Newbury, Newcastle, Oxford, Preston, Sheffield, Tunbridge Wells, and Wimbledon. We also have a Vancouver option available for our Canadian friends again too.

If you’re sitting there thinking ‘that’s all well and good but there’s nowhere near me’, then you have two options: one is to grab a takeout on the night and join in via the hashtag #socialcarecurry and the second is to be brave, suggest your local curry house to us, volunteer to host and we’ll see if we can drum up some company for you!! You’re welcome to do that but make sure you act quick.

Getting ready for our December eat-up

Well what do you know, you lovely curriers have surpassed our expectations yet again. Two days ago we received our 100th booking for the December eat-up which is taking place across the country on Thursday 5 December at 7pm. We now have 15 locations in the UK and one in Vancouver and it looks like the December eat-up may prove even more popular than September when we had over 200 people.

In alphabetical order, what follows are the locations, the venues and the hosts. If you click on the location it will pull up the booking page for that curry; click on the hosts names to get their twitter handles if you’d like to contact them directly about anything.

Baker Street at Cinnamon Spice with Jemima and Rich

Brighton at Chilli Pickle with Lucy and Susan

Dawley at Bengal Spice with Pete

Derby at Viceroy with LACDerby

Frome at Jhalmuri with Rachel

Leeds at Aagrah with Elly

Luton at Red Chilli with Age Concern Luton and Beth

Lye at Balti Bazaar with Paul and Kate

Newbury at Nawab with Rachael

Newcastle at Rani with Beverly

Oxford at Chutneys with Burcu

Preston at Kashti with Amanda

Sheffield at Aagrah with Patient OpinionCare Opinion and Paul

Tunbridge Wells at Turmeric Gold with Graham

Vancouver at Jambo Grill with Ernie

Wimbledon at Ahmed Tandoori with Chloë and Jo

From our perspective it’s the more the merrier when it comes to eat-ups. There are no minimum or maximum numbers, only two entry requirements – love social care and love curry, and as ever only one rule – no sales. So if you’d like to goto curry but can’t travel to any of the ones already organised then let us know where you’d like to hold it and we’ll add you to the list. More on what is involved is in our last blog post here.

We are fairly confident that we’ll open bookings to a number of eat-ups in the planning stages in the next week or so. These are likely to be in: Cambridge, Dundee and Liverpool. There is also talk of at least one in Wales, one in Canterbury, one in Hereford, one in Hertfordshire and one in Leicester – so do leave a comment or send us a tweet if you’re interested in any of these venues and we’ll do what we can to get them happening.

Here’s to a December eat-up to end the year on a high.

Let’s make this happen 5 September

I’m sure any of you reading this blog are already aware, but just in case you’re not, we have been delighted at the support and interest for Social Care Curry Club so far – there are already 10 people booked to attend the Scottish event in Glasgow and 73 votes were placed for preferred location across England.

Of course the proof of success will be in us actually getting the next eat-up organised for 5 September 2013. In our last post we asked people to indicate their preferred geographic location for gatherings. The votes have been counted and verified, two rogue votes have been identified (well the voters confessed, we’ll be honest there wasn’t much investigation) and they didn’t influence totals so we’ve left them in, and the results are as follows:

North 23 votes: 10 Manchester, 7 Preston, 5 Liverpool, 1 Don’t mind

Yorkshire 8 votes: 2 Bradford, 2 Leeds, 2 Sheffield, 1 York, 1 Don’t mind

Midlands 11 votes: 7 Birmingham, 1 Derby, 1 Leicester, 1 Wolverhampton, 1 Don’t mind

South West 5 votes: 2 Bristol, 1 Plymouth, 2 Don’t mind

South 8 votes: 4 Southampton, 1 Basingstoke, 3 Don’t mind

South East 18 votes: 11 London, 5 Canterbury, 2 Don’t mind

The next steps are down to you guys. We’re now looking for a ‘host’ in each of those regions, who can commit to attend in the place with the most votes. They will need to identify a curry house that will be open on 5 September.  Once that is decided let us know on twitter and we’ll set up the eventbrite pages allowing people to book tickets. This ensures you can book a big enough table.

There are two decisions that still need making – where to hold the event in Yorkshire – will wait for a host to volunteer and we’ll go with their preference. Also whether those who indicated Canterbury would like to join the London contingent or have a gathering of their own. Again I’ll wait to see if a host volunteers and take that as an indication.

Some people have already offered to help but we’ll wait for the next week before pleading with people/deciding where we have a choice, but please do let us know if you’d like to host (and if so in what region).