Imagine the scene. It’s 14.40 on launch day, 5 minutes before we are due to leave the house to go to Bindle’s Restaurant, Worcester, to set up for a 16.00 start. The phone rings and Bindles manager says ‘due to a burst pipe flooding the cellar, they are closing Bindles with immediate effect’. A truly heart stopping moment for me as I know we have people coming from all over the county. I take a deep breath, grit my teeth and say ‘I cannot possibly cancel the event at this late hour’.
The manager then says we can use the room above Benedicto’s Restaurant over the road. I have never seen this venue and have no idea if it will meet our needs, but as I am between a rock and a hard place I have to agree to this last minute alternative.
The room at Benedicto’s was half the size of the original venue, but was charming with exposed beams and Italian murals painted on the walls. The staff of Benedicto’s were warm and welcoming and slowly I started to breath again whilst wondering if we could fit everyone in, if they could find where we had suddenly relocated to.
Polly, Martin, Carole, Heather, Geoff, Alex, Fiona, Joe, Tana and I pulled together and the new launch venue was set up. Bindles had put a directional notice in their door and a member of their staff was allocated, for a while, to point people to the new venue. Hopefully we managed to ‘net’ everyone but I wouldn’t be surprised if we lost a few of our lovely friends who saw Bindles was closed and not surprisingly presumed that the event was no longer happening.
A very big thank you to the team at Benedicto’s who did everything possible to help us. The launch was a huge success, see the next post for launch news.