Meeting of partners 18-22 October 2017
Caslav, Czech Republic
This meeting took place on 19 and 20 October in the premises of our Czech partners in Caslav near Prague. It proved both very interesting and a great success, despite major problems for several partners because of the sudden cancellation of flights by Ryanair and by severe fog at Prague airport so that the aircraft could not land and had to return to its starting point. This necessitated taking another flight which arrived in Prague so late that colleagues had to run with their luggage in order to catch the last train.
Accommodation had been arranged at a Guest House in Kutna Hora, a town about half an hour from Caslav. Transport between the two locations was by minibus. It was an excellent choice because the owner and staff were extremely friendly in spite of the lack of appropriate language skills on both sides.
The meetings were intense. The first morning was taken up with discussing reports on budgets, timesheets, payslips and disseminatons and an analysis of work done on, and the piloting of, O1 and O2.
In the afternoon a visit was paid to Zleby Castle, after which there was free time to do some sightseeing.
The second day started with a tour of the Museum of Silver Mining. Later the day was devoted to analysing work on the A1 course and its piloting, and on organizing multiplier events.
Many opportunities were taken for informal get-togethers between colleagues from different partners discussing problems that they shared and exploring ways of solving them. This was immensely valuable and led to solutions that much time emailing had failed to reach..
The final day, Saturday, we were taken to beautiful wooded hills about an hour from Caslav where we enjoyed a lovely walk through the woodlands before being met by the mini-bus which took us to the nearby town of Pardubice where we had lunch and were able to explore this fascinating centre.
Some partners left that evening to spend a night in Prague before catching their flight home. Others spent the Saturday night in Kutna Hora and took an early train to Prague on Sunday morning. Ryanair was still in chaos and the return flight was diverted to Luton.
Director, Primrose Publishing Ltd 18-22 October 2017