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Rick Mulheirn
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posted 01-07-2015 06:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Space Lectures' astronaut guest for Oct. 30-31, 2015 is none other than Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8 and Apollo 13 veteran Capt. James Lovell.

We are also delighted to announce that Professor Brian Cox will attend both the dinner and the lecture and he has kindly agreed to conduct the post lecture Q&A on Saturday Oct. 31.

FEBRUARY 7 UPDATE: Please be advised dinner and lecture tickets for Captain Lovell have now SOLD OUT. There are some who have yet to follow up an order with their payment. Should they fail to do so, there may be a few cancellations (watch for updates). Please do not send payments for tickets without confirming availability. To do so may result in being turned away at the door and monies refunded.

FEBRUARY 12th UPDATE. Such has been the demand for tickets to meet Capt. Lovell in October that Space Lectures is looking in to the possibility of a second public lecture, to be held on Sunday, Nov. 1. At this stage, do not send any payment. Rather, please email to confirm interest and depending upon the uptake, Space Lectures will take the possibility of a second lecture to the next level. Prof. Brian Cox would not be conducting the Q&A in this instance.

The venues and timings are similar to previous Space Lectures events:

  • Dinner at the Wentbridge House Hotel around 7.30 p.m. on Oct. 30. A raffle and auction will follow the dinner.

  • The lecture at Carleton Community High School, beginning at 3.45 p.m. Oct. 31, with a Q&A and raffle to follow. Please allow plenty of time before each for the photo shoot, memorabilia stands, refreshments and time to catch up with old friends.
Some 200 lecture tickets and 85 dinner tickets have already been sold in advance of this announcement, some as far back as last October.

Ticket prices are as follows: Dinner £90, the lecture £80 with a combo ticket price of £160.

Space Lectures is accepting ticket payments with immediate effect via e-mail or telephone (01977 795535). When sending payment please be sure to include a self-addressed envelope. For those paying by BACS bank transfer please add £1 for postage, or collect in person after the Eileen Collins event in April.

Each ticket (dinner or lecture) entitles the holder to one signature; the combo ticket two signatures. Lovell will sign books, lithos, models, photos etc. We are not aware of any exceptions at this time (i.e. covers).

We have learned from earlier events, so Lovell will NOT be adding any inscriptions, dedications or missions; it is simply too time consuming. Signature only.

The photo shoot remains at £20 (regardless of how many people are in each photo) and pictures will be ready for signing after the dinner and the lecture, complete with card mount.

For reasons already touched upon in previous posts the ticket prices are influenced by the fee; Space Lectures is not a profit making organisation. Rather a group of like minded volunteers headed by Ken Willoughby that puts any proceeds into this, or the next astronaut event.

But it is worth noting that for a combo ticket price of £160 the holder will be treated to a superb three course dinner in one of Yorkshire's finest hotels, an illustrated lecture lasting approximately one hour, a Q&A and two autographs, and all for little more than Lovell's current base signature fee at private signings or organised autograph event.

The lecture and one signature equates to around half of his current base fee!

Noises from Lovell's agent would have us believe that this is likely to be the last time he will be visiting the UK.

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posted 01-08-2015 07:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
FYI - Wentbridge House Hotel has no rooms left on the 30th and the others are almost full.

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posted 01-08-2015 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All the more reason to purchase tickets and book rooms in one of a number of alternate hotels in the area as soon as possible.

Room availability at The Wentbridge is an issue Ken was aware of. Attempts were made to move the event but the venue is booked up throughout September and October and that did not take in to account our guest's existing engagements. Once we get to November the weather is a consideration.

That said, these dates were rumoured as far back as last October and many folk at Wentbridge for the Haise event took the decision to book rooms then knowing that they could cancel if there was an issue.

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posted 01-08-2015 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Buel   Click Here to Email Buel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm getting excited now!

Please can I ask what are the closest alternate hotels?

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posted 01-08-2015 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Rogerthorpe, Premier Inn North and Premier Inn South to name three, though the latter I believe has recently changed hands and is now owned by a different chain.

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posted 01-08-2015 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tickets for October will be mailed out after the Eileen Collins event in April. Or they can be collected in person at the Eileen Collins event.

Just let Ken know what your preference would be.

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posted 01-09-2015 01:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Buel:
Please can I ask what are the closest alternate hotels?

There's a Days Inn at the Weatherby Services on the A1. This is about a 20 minute drive away.

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posted 01-09-2015 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that Eddie. Google hotels in and around Pontefract and the area is well serviced. I just mentioned three of the biggest and most convenient.

There are quite a few "bed and breakfast" establishments too, not to mention a big tent at the bottom of Ken's garden. His rates are very reasonable.

Already ticket orders for October are taking on a cosmopolitan flavour with orders from across Europe and rumours of American cousins too.

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posted 01-11-2015 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for David C     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Where is the nearest airport to Pontefract?

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posted 01-11-2015 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Leeds/Bradford.

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posted 01-26-2015 05:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Please note, the Wentbridge House Hotel is full for Friday, Oct. 30. Below is a list of some of the alternate hotels in and around Pontefract and this does not include Bed and Beakfast accommodations.

October is a popular "Wedding Season" and the hotels listed below are popular so anybody considering staying stopping over had better book a room now. Most if not all offer refund options should anybody attending fail to make it.

Other potential hotels in Pontefract include:

  • Premier Inn x 3
  • Rogerthorpe Manor
  • Kyte Hotel, Darrington
  • Kings Croft

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posted 01-30-2015 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For those of you unfamiliar with anywhere north of Watford The city of Leeds also has plenty of hotels and is only 16 miles away from Pontefract via the M62.

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I have to say that this far out that the hotel being fully booked for the 30th is very disappointing especially when the hotel is hosting the event. I'd booked the hotel for the Fred Haise event in June yet in January fully 9 months away from the event and the hotel is full.

The hotel (rooms and food) was lovely and I can't say I fancy staying in a Premier Inn!

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Derek, it has been eluded too already I think in this thread and the Eileen Collins thread; The Wentbridge House Hotel is a very popular venue. From November thru March things are a little easier but then the weather is a MAJOR consideration.

The Rogerthorpe a mile or so down the road is a very nice hotel and having stayed there myself I can vouch for the calibre of the food.

Failing that you will just have to slum it with the like of Brammers, CRASH and myself at the Premier/Darrington.

Both are comfortable, convenient a reasonably priced. The Darrington (formerly the Premier Inn South) does an excellent breakfast and we usually go to a very nice pub just along the road for lunch.

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Can I repeat that if you don't fancy mixing the the common hoipolloi at the Darrington Premier Inn, you can try the Days Inn on the A1 at the Wetherby Services.

It's only a 30 minute drive to Pontefract from here and you can wave to the likes of Rick, Brammers, et al as they stagger from the pub after their lunch.

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The Darrington is about a 5 minute drive from The Wentbridge. The Rogertorpe about the same. There are several other options within 10 minutes of the venue.

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posted 02-02-2015 07:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As the top of this thread and subject now notes, Space Lectures has announced that their astronaut guest for Oct. 30-31 is Capt. James Lovell Jr.

We are also delighted to confirm that Professor Brian Cox will attend both the dinner and the lecture and he has kindly agreed to conduct the post lecture Q&A on Saturday, Oct. 31.

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posted 02-03-2015 03:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nigel Mc   Click Here to Email Nigel Mc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just as excited that Brian Cox will be there! Incredible work getting the Capt!

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posted 02-03-2015 03:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quelle surprise (as they say in Ooop North!).

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That noise is the sound of my jaw hitting the floor. Very happy and excited to be there for the Friday and Saturday.

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posted 02-03-2015 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do we know if the lecture will also cover Apollo 8 and Gemini, or just Apollo 13?

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posted 02-03-2015 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for One Big Monkey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well boy am I glad I took a chance on this one!

How many sleeps??

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Glad you liked the news guys. To say we are a bit excited would be an understatement.

If you have not ordered dinner tickets you may well be too late. Ken had 30+ combo orders on his computer at 10.00am this morning.

A message from Ken also: If anybody rings to order tickets, and they get his answer machine, please leave a name and contact number and Ken WILL call you back. Often he is in court (on the right side of the law). Other times he is home but he won't pick up if the caller uses a withheld number.

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Wow! Some things are definitely worth waiting for and this announcement is no exception. I don't like to wish my life away, but I wish it was October now.

Thank you Ken for working yet more miracles. All three original Apollo 13 crew members in less than 18 months (it doesn't get any better).

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Another message from Ken;
A George Lamb has mailed three times asking for tickets. Three times I replied but three times it bounced back.
George, if you read this phone Ken.

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Will Professor Brian Cox be answering questions after Jim's lecture or will Jim be answering?

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Professor Cox will be asking questions of Captain Lovell — I've suggested some of his own and some from the audience.

The start of the lecture has been brought forward to accommodate a longer Q&A. Should be a good one!

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Roughly what time will photos begin?

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Approximately 6.15pm on Friday and 2.30pm on Saturday....according to the event poster.

But I've discussed it with Ken and we will be starting Saturdays the photo shoot ealier than advertised; from approximately 1.45pm.

We don't want to overrun and end up starting the lecture late. That would then limit the time available to us for the Q&A.

Regarding payment for the dinner, can people please contact Ken before sending payment for the dinner via BACS transfer? Dinner may already be sold out!

And please hang in there re updates on the Space Lectures website. Our resident boffin is a busy guy currently away with his job. The webiste will be updated at the weekend, all being well.

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Originally posted by Rick Mulheirn:
Approximately 6.15pm on Friday and 1.45pm on Saturday.
The photo call on Saturday at 1.45pm is a little earlier than usual, so can I remind everyone that you will be allowed to eat your sandwiches in the queue providing you don't make crumbs. Not only this - you will be allowed to talk to each other as well.

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Unfortunately I will not be able to make it.

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Can I also ask the budding designers within our midst to start thinking of a suitable photo backdrop for the James Lovell event in October akin to the Eileen Collins thread recently?

Please note however that Eileen Collins is #1 on the runway. Keep your designs under wraps until after Eileen's event in April at which point I will invite members to show us the fruits of their work.

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A footnote to a busy and exciting day. Ken tells me that dinner is just about a sell out and the lecture ticket count stands at 313.

That equates to 45 dinner and 113 lectures tickets... today alone! At this rate we may have to switch to the O2 arena.

Thank you for your support guys. It is appreciated.

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First time poster here, although I've been reading these forums for a few years.

I'm a regular at another event that has Apollo astronaut visits but have been wanting to attend one of these Space Lectures for a while as they sound great.

Jim Lovell is my Holy grail of Apollo astronauts to meet. I fear this is my last chance. However, I have a dilemma!

I would be travelling from the London area. I don't drive and I can't stay overnight because I have to be back for my kids. I've had a look at the train situation and Pontefract doesn't have a direct route to London and the trains are few and far between in the evening. It looks like I would probably have to leave around 5.30-6.00 to get myself in the door by Midnight. Therefore, I would probably miss the signing part of the evening. Do you think it would be possible to hand the organizers of the event my item to be signed, at some point during the day, have them get it signed and then post it back to me? That way, I'd get to meet the man, have my photo taken, see his lecture, get home and not miss out on the signature.

Any thoughts welcome. Apologies for the rambling first post!

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Pete, it's good to have you onboard.

If you get yourself to Pontefract and make yourself known to me or one of Ken's team (we will be wearing ID) I am sure we can sort something for you.

Unusually, Capt Lovell has stipulated the number of signatures he will sign over the course of the two days so there will be no "wiggle room."

The key point is that anybody wanting a signature must buy a ticket and be there... for the majority of the Saturday at least.

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Many thanks for the reply Rick. Most helpful.

My main reason for going is to meet the man and hear him talk about his Apollo missions but it would be a shame to miss out on the autograph completely after travelling all that way.

What time do you think the lecture and Q&A would finish roughly?

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Originally posted by Pistol Pete:
I've had a look at the train situation and Pontefract doesn't have a direct route to London and the trains are few and far between in the evening.

There ARE direct trains. I'm leaving Friday afternoon from KX to Ponte direct. Then back from Leeds at 8pm on Saturday. You may be able to cadge a lift or share a taxi from Ponte to Leeds.

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There doesn't seem to be direct trains on Saturday evenings but like you say, I could get a cab or lift to somewhere like Leeds and get back from there.

There doesn't seem to be a timetable anywhere for October yet, so I'm just going by guess work really. Thanks for the suggestion though.

If Jim Lovell can get to the Moon and back, I'm sure I can get back to London from Pontefract on the same night!

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Pete, if you bring an item for Capt. Lovell to sign we should be able to sort that before the lecture starts all being well. If you want your photo shoot picture signing that might be a bit trickier.

The photos will be ready by the time the Q&A finishes but that is likely to be 5.15 to 5.30pm-ish!

On the subject of collecting the photo shoot pictures can I ask the audience to remain seated and NOT to collect the pictures from the front of the theatre the minute they are wheeled out, unless you intend leaving the theatre immediately. It causes an unnecessary scrummage and in any case the queue for the signing is marshalled by Ken's assistants, around and past the photographs which can be collected en-route to the signing table.

And on the subject of audience etiquette the marshalls may insert the occasional individual in to the front of the signing queue in case of need i.e. disability. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Finally, a message from Ken. "Someone paid £81 by BACS with the reference Space Lectures. No Idea who it is!" If that is a cS member please contact Ken as soon as possible.

Dinner is now sold out!

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Thanks a lot Rick. That's very helpful.

However, I've managed to negotiate with Mrs. Pistol and have decided to book a room somewhere. It makes sense, so I can enjoy the whole thing without rushing about.

Payment sent to Ken. Very much looking forward to it!


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