growing old disgracefully holds the following national and regional events. To see what kinds of local events there are, visit the What we do page.
The Annual Gathering
Annual Gathering fun
The g.o.d. Annual Gathering is a 3-day event held in a different part of the country each year. We have outings, entertainment, workshops and of course the chance to renew friendships and make new ones. We also have our annual meeting, where reports and accounts are presented, we think about our new officers, and deal with members’ issues and resolutions. In 2016 the Annual Gathering will be held near Shrewsbury from Tues 30th August to Friday 2nd September.
An Annual Gathering discussion
The g.o.d. Experience
The g.o.d. Experience is a highly recommended introductory event for those members who haven’t been to a g.o.d. residential event before. It lasts 5 days and aims to give new members a real insight into the ethos of the Network, whilst having a lot of fun. The course is led by experienced g.o.d members, and normally has about 18 to 20 participants. This event is open to women who have not yet joined g.o.d. Experience Week takes place every other year – the next one will be in 2017.
Activities at Experience Week 2015
The g.o.d. Renewal
The g.o.d. Renewal (also a 5-day event) gives those members who have attended a residential course a chance to meet up with old friends. This programme is planned, organised and delivered by those attending. Renewal week takes place annually and usually has about 15 or 16 taking part.
The Regional Gatherings are for one or two days. They are very similar to the Annual Gathering but there is no business meeting.
A north-west Regional Day – learning to clog dance
Local g.o.d. groups
Groups organise smaller events and activities, usually monthly, in the areas where they are situated. Please see the g.o.d.groups page.
These are organised by groups or individual members as informal get-togethers, or for special activities such as sailing, walking etc. Sometimes they are just for a holiday! They are advertised to all members.
About our events
We always make sure to cater for diets and disabilities at our national events. There is a Bursary Fund to assist those who have difficulty affording the costs of attending. The fund is available to all members who have been in the Network for at least 3 months, and of course it’s entirely confidential.