Fade café = venue for newcomers’ meetup
We’ve now settled on a venue for the newcomers’ meetup before the main event on the 23rd:
Fade is at 171 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FR. That’s about 300 yards down the hill from the Maze. It’s just south of Chatham Street, with (like the Maze) a back entrance from North Sherwood Street.
This is a compromise choice, as it doesn’t have full wheelchair access (though the main event does). I’m very sorry if that affects anyone.
I hope & intend that the main event will be newcomer-friendly in itself, making the meetup an optional extra for newcomers – this makes sense anyway, because not everyone could get there as early as 2.30.
But I’m aware that we’re excluding any non-step-mobile wheelchair users who would have liked to meet up with some of us but wanted or needed to have children under 14 with them at the time. If that describes you, let me know, and we’ll invent something else for another day.
Although its child-friendliness and general niceness were part of the attraction, the main reason we picked Fade was so that the walk from one venue to the other wouldn’t be too long (that having other access implications).
More on access at Fade
Fade does have a wheelchair-friendly toilet, presumably on the basis that some wheelchair users do manage the steps.
If I get time between now and the day, I’ll do a photo-review of the access there (like the one for the Maze), so people can make their own judgement about the steps etc. (I did take some photos at Fade yesterday with that in mind, but they’re still on the camera as I write this.)