The latest meeting, held at the Berwick Inn was well attended and MDers enjoyed a private showing of the "Directors Cut" version of Tad's superb video of the T R Thompson wreck taken on 16th June. Extracts of this video are posted on You Tube and linked to posts below. Having since watched the DVD on a full size screen at home it is definately the best record of the wreck that we are aware of.
Details of the visit by Mr & Mrs Jack's visit to Sussex to meet the TRT Project divers were given (see posts below) . In addition to the BBQ for the first evening and the dinner on the second evening , the Jacks will be invited to visit the wreck site aboard Channel Diver which has been chartered for the purpose. MDers will conduct a dive on the wreck. The string of events are a tribute to the hard work conducted by Tad in bringing local maritime history to life in a enjoyable & social way.
The meeting heard final details of the Looe trip , with the midday Friday rendezvous in Swanage for those who want to tuck-in a Pier dive on the way to Cornwall. Several divers will be doing this. (Incidentally a further one day Swanage dive trip will take place on Saturday 26 th July - Matt has more information on that, it will invlove a single wreck dive & pier dive).
The Northern France trip for 2009 is still a runner , cheques asap to Tracey!
All present at the meeting agreed that as the last BBQ on 8th June was such a success there should be more ! What a surprise - not! As a result a Seaford Bay BBQ & Dive will take place on Sunday 3rd August (based at Stuart & Debbie's house - thanks!) and another West Beach BBQ will be held on Sunday 7th September. More details to follow!
The momentum behind Meridian Divers is phenonmenal with so much going on and success after success. This is no doubt due to everyone supporting events and making them not only good diving opportunities but great socials.
Longer term plans including preparation for the 'out-of-UK-season' is now underway. Full details of those will be circulated via the meetings minutes.