Seniors at 68th BAPS

After 2 years of Covid restrictions we are thrilled to tell you all that we’ve arranged a splendid social SAPS Meeting in Birmingham, Tuesday 12- Wednesday 13th July, prior to the BAPS also face to face Conference.

The BAPS Conference Hotel is the Hyatt Regency, next door to the ICC (International Convention Centre) on Centenary Square. The centre of Birmingham is now mainly pedestrianised – so easy walking and short distances between our venues. There are several hotels on the BAPS website all either on or very near Centenary Square (see map)

We have booked the Champagne Room for our dinner on Tuesday 12th July. This is a triangular room with 2 walls of glass floor to ceiling and a champagne bar on the 25th floor of the Cube in Hotel Indigo, 200 Wharfside St no more than 5-10 minutes from most hotels. The views are wonderful. We will have a champagne reception followed by a 3 course meal, which we need to preorder, with choice of 4 starters, 5 main courses, 4 desserts and sourdough. The cost will be about £70 per person depending on numbers. The more we are the cheaper it is. The room can hold up to 50 sitting. Please book a Committed ticket.*

On Wednesday 13th morning we will meet at 10.15 in The Exchange on Centenary Square. We will then be led at 10.30 by Jonathan Berg a retired Director of Chemical Pathology at Birmingham University Hospital, who now does Birmingham City walking tours and has produced 3 wonderful illustrated books one of which he will give to each couple or singleton. The tour will last about 1.75hours and is about 2km of easy walking. It will include the Canal- Gas Street Basin, Broad Street, Victoria Square, St Philip’s Cathedral Square, School of Art, Chamberlain Square and the secret garden of the Library – with all Birmingham’s history explained. In the Cathedral we will see windows designed by Edward Burne-Jones. Please bring a pair of earphones with a 3.5mm jack to save the planet and Jonathan having to provide them! The cost will be about £20 for 20 of us and cheaper if more. Again, please book a committed ticket.* We will return to the Exchange for a self-service lunch.

You can then purchase through BAPS Website an afternoon ticket for tea with BAPS delegates. We hope many of you will stay on for the evening Presidential Reception at the Library – bookable through BAPS.

Those staying on for the Gala Dinner (bookable through BAPS) may like other attractions: the Museum and Art Gallery will be partially open from April as it is currently under major renovations; Canal boat trips and the Sea Life Centre.

*So we can estimate numbers for final pricing, please book “Committed” tickets on the BAPS website for the Dinner on Tuesday, and Wednesday’s walking tour.

Su Anna Boddy

To obtain the registration link to book, please email info@baps.org.uk.