2020 AC BW Reunion in Florida

Annette Weatherley (Forkun).....forkun@powergate.ca.....and her Bricket Wood Reunion Team are organizing a BW reunion this year in Florida.  They are trying to reach everyone who attended AC in the UK with this news, so please forward this to anyone with Bricket Wood connections whom you have contact with who is not on the Pasadena website.  BW Reunions were previously held in San Diego (2011) and Watford, England (2014).  Below is Annette's January 29 announcement.

Thank you.......bob gerringer

 

Bricket Wood Reunion 2020 -- in Florida!

Hard to believe it’s been almost 6 years since our last Bricket Wood reunion in England!  Time to gather again!

DATES: Thursday evening November 5th, 2020 to Sunday evening November 8th, 2020 (check out next morning)

LOCATION: The Villages, Florida.  Check out the website: https://www.thevillages.com/about-us/  The Villages is a beautiful town in Central Florida, comprising of neighbourhoods (“villages”), all geared to the 55+ age group!  Loads of activities and facilities surrounding lakes, pools, golf courses with shops, restaurants and “squares” where free, live music takes place each night.  You’ll be able to recognize the songs!!

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Central Florida is home to so many attractions!  Just an hour away to places like Disneyworld, Discovery Cove, SeaWorld, Universal Studios or an hour and a half out to either coast to enjoy gorgeous beaches.  Busch Gardens on the Gulf side, the Kennedy Space Centre, and the oldest town in America, St Augustine, on the Atlantic side to name a few.  And of course the sun!!

NEAREST AIRPORT: ORLANDO, just over an hour away.  TAMPA is also a good option and almost as close. If you’re not renting a car, then best option is Orlando where it is possible to get a bus shuttle to The Villages.  Orlando is a hub both nationally and internationally, so check out flight specials!

HOTEL:  **TownePlace Suites by Marriott, 1141 Alonzo Ave. The Villages, Florida 32159
Here are the details on how to book your room:

  1. Call the hotel at 352 753 8686 and tell them which dates you want, and give them this Code: REUNION – BWRS
  2. They will then give you the special rate of $105 US (plus taxes) per night.  Breakfast is included.  This rate is good for each night of our reunion, which is check in afternoon of Thursday Nov 5, Check out morning of Monday Nov 9.  Plus if you would like to stay extra nights, you can get the same rate for the night of Nov 3 and Nov 4, and for the night of Nov 9.
  3. Cancellation Policy: You can cancel anytime at no charge up to 48 hours before the first day of your arrival.
  4. You have a choice of King bed with sofa bed, or 2 Queens, and choice of lake view or pool view (subject to availability), all at the same special rate.  Each room has a FULL kitchen (Full size fridge, stove, microwave, plates, cups, sink, dishwasher etc.)
  5. Also included in the rate is: Continental Breakfast, Free Parking, Free Wi-Fi,  Free access to Heated Outdoor pool, Hot Tub and Fitness Centre.
  6. Please let us know when you have booked your room, and what kind of room, so we can keep track.
     

+++++ Be sure to send us a quick email with your name and email address so we can keep you updated with details. Contact Annette Forkun at forkun@powergate.ca. +++++

 

Your 2020 BW Reunion Team
forkun@powergate.ca
 



**Additional info about the hotel and the Reunion:

Hotel Website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/leets-towneplace-suites-the-villages/    The Hotel Website has lots of great info: Map, Directions from the airport,  shuttle bus info., local attractions etc. etc.

Location:

  • The Hotel is located on Lake Mira Mar with beautiful walks and nature around it.
  • The hotel is also just a one minute walk to the Spanish Springs Square with its fountains, restaurants, cafes, shops, movie theatre, bowling alley, Fine Arts Theatre, Happy Hour, and live music and dancing each night!  Perfect spot for us to gather!
  • The Spanish Springs Square is adjacent to a shopping plaza with two grocery stores and many other shops (and restaurants) so you can easily walk (less than 5 minutes) to pick up any supplies that you want.
  • Please Note:  When you book the shuttle bus from Orlando Airport to come to The Villages, you have to specifically request that the bus stops at Spanish Springs when you make your reservation for the bus, otherwise it will only go to the other two squares in The Villages.  Check the website as to how and when to make your reservation: https://workmantransportation.com/schedule-information/
  • Getting around: The Villages is located one hour away from Orlando airport.  You may choose to rent a car at the airport.  Or as an alternative, you could take the bus shuttle (available from Orlando airport only) to Spanish Springs ($35 each way per person) and then rent a car in The Villages - the car rental company in Spanish Springs is Hertz.  The vast majority of our events for our reunion will be walk-able, but we will need to arrange carpooling for those without their own transportation to get to a couple of the events which are 15 minutes away from the hotel.  We’d appreciate hearing if you will have a car at your reunion.
  • Check out the photos of the Hotel and surrounding area on the Facebook Ambassador College Bricket Wood Friends and Alumni Page.  (Which will also be posted on the upcoming Reunion website soon).
     

What are the other costs for your Reunion? 

We’re working out the details to keep everything at a very reasonable cost. More details to follow soon.  For now, here are events being planned to give you a bit of an idea of what will be involved: 

  • Registration Fee.
  • Thursday Meet and Greet Night with Group dinner
  • Sunday Night Group Farewell dinner
  • Group Picnic lunch  (but all activities and equipment are free – try the ever popular Pickle ball, or Tennis, shuffleboard, Bocce, or relax by the pool!) 
  • Bus Trip to Historic and Quaint Mt Dora, 40 minutes from The Villages: There is a charge for the bus but what you do at Mt Dora is up to you:  English Tea Room, English Pub and other restaurants, Classic Car Museum, Boat Tour, Nature Trail (free), browse the antiques and other interesting shops.
  • Trolley Tour of The Villages: Free
  • LIVE Nightly Entertainment and dancing in the Square: Free
  • Whatever you would like to do in the Free Time – go bowling, watch a movie, have a coffee or ice-cream with friends at one of the many outdoor cafes, walks, or take a trip to one of the many attractions in the area – Orlando being just an hour away.
  • Browsing the shops in the Square – as free or as expensive as you want to make it – LOL!
     

Look forward to hearing you have booked your room!   forkun@powergate.ca



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