This year's BDDG Convention is being held, for the third time this century, at the above hotel as it has proved a popular venue at previous Conventions in 2003 and 2008.
It will be run on the same format as last year; the content proved acceptable to the vast majority of delegates, new and established, judging from comment and feedback.
The Convention starts on the Wednesday with registration from 4pm onwards, followed by a Welcome Meeting before dinner and a Joint Meeting with the families after dinner.
Thursday is reserved as the Academic Day. Rory O'Connor is collating and inviting the speakers and the programme will be posted once all speakers have confirmed.
The core of the rest of the Convention for BDDG delegates is small group work on the Twelve Steps. A main share and then breaking into smaller groups of 6 – 8 to share experiences on the individual Steps
There are further Joint Meetings with the families on Friday evening and Sunday morning. Each morning there is an Early Bird meeting of AA at 7am and every evening Night Owls meetings of AA, NA and AlAnon at 10pm.
There will be some free time for retail therapy, informal golf and fishing on Friday and Saturday afternoons but alternative therapeutic meetings will be provided for those who would rather stay behind.
On Saturday evening we hold the Annual BDDG Dinner.
In recent years the Family Group has attended the Academic Day as the content is pertinent to them as well. They hold their own meetings while BDDG are having the small group meetings.
Rory will be available for individual sessions and there will be a Back to Work
session on Saturday for those with work and GMC/GDC issues.
On the pastoral side, we hope to engage a blue badge speaker to give a presentation about Exeter and it's environs on Thursday evening and arrange to attend Evensong at Exeter Cathedral on Saturday afternoon. No transport issues; the cathedral and city centre are an easy 5 minute walk from the hotel!
The programme is designed to be of benefit to all, whether you measure your recovery in days or decades. For the newcomers there is a unique pool of experience which is shared in a non judgemental manner and whatever your particular worries or questions, there will be answers. Those of us who have found recovery are very keen for you to do the same!!
For the more seasoned delegates, remember the best way to keep it is to give it away and you are never too old or too sober to learn, or to ignore complacency.
So I offer you a very warm invitation to join us this year. Booking forms will be posted shortly and payment can be made by cheque, electronic transfer or Pay Pal (if desperate!!) - PP does attract an additional fee!
If you have any questions or require any further info about any aspect of the Convention feel free to contact me. Also, do not let the cost deter you. We are able to offer a number of bursaries for those in difficult financial circumstances.
Look forward to seeing you in Exeter in October
Take care ODAAT
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Exeter is a cathedral city in Devon, England. It lies within the ceremonial county of Devon, of which it is the county town.. The city is on the River Exe about 37 miles (60 km) northeast of Plymouth and 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Bristol.
Exeter was the most south-westerly Roman fortified settlement in Britain, although there is evidence a Cornish tribe existed in Exeter before the Roman invasion. Exeter became a religious centre during the Middle Ages and into the Tudor times. Exeter Cathedral was founded in the mid 11th century. During the late 19th century, Exeter became an affluent centre for the wool trade. After the Second World War, much of the city centre was rebuilt and is now considered to be a hub for modern business and tourism in Devon and Cornwall.
The cathedral, founded in 1050 when the bishop's seat was moved from the nearby town of Crediton (birthplace of Saint Boniface) because Exeter's Roman walls offered better protection against "pirates", presumably Vikings. A statue of Richard Hooker, the 16th century Anglican theologian, who was born in Exeter, has a prominent place in the Cathedral Close.
St Nicholas Priory in Mint Lane, the remains of a monastery, later used as a private house and now a museum owned by the city council. The priory was founded in 1087 and was home to Benedictine monks for over 400 years, until it was closed and partly demolished by Henry VIII. The property has been fully renovated by Exeter City Council, and the small garden area features Tudor plants and herbs
A is held every October when in addition to our members we have many visitors from overseas (particularly the U.S.A.) as well as our family members.
Our 40th Annual Convention from September 30th to October 4th 2015 will take place in Stratford-upon-Avon
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