Cafe and events meeting 6 November 2007

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Cafe and events meeting 6 November 2007

Postby swithun » Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:44 am

Present: Pomme, Garden Andy, Laura, Graeme, Chombee, Pockets, Claire, Martina, Lucas, Bryony, Alex*, Torstein



Is barredcam working? Where is it? (Ryan)
Print tabletops (Alex)
Make more tabletop holders (Alex)
Events book with instructions on how to have an event (Gaz, Shannon, Faith)
Documentary film nights (Swithun talk to Tarik)
Change 'tea' to 'Handsome Jack' on menu (Chombee will take it on)



Grill element broke, new one ordered, taking ages to get here, should have been next day delivery. Delivery service 'delivered' twice in afternoon, allegedly. Hopefully arrive tomorrow, or make a big fuss.



Lots of crap in there.
Non-shift volunteers should ask, handy for parties
Key on different ring - with toilet key, keep in till.
Till impractical. Have a ring somewhere out of the way.
Only leave valuables - not tops.
Big sign saying that crap will be chucked regularly (Laura)



Fun and games with Andy.
Lock the front door and keep non-volunteers out. The parties are a thank you to volunteers.
Kiddies party theme.
Friday 9th.
Bryony phone volunteers, Swithun make poster.



Bryony will do christmas dinner - contact her if you want to get involved. On 25th December.



Swithun will be contacted by people who want to show films. Write it in book when film is chosen.
Person showing film has to provide film, control crowd, manage equipment.
Graeme will start thread on Christmas Films
Magda/Duncan - where are you? (Alex)
Alex will write up instructions on how to NM a film night.



Shannon has a plan. Have more of a creative edge in kitchen. More to cook in morning, so more staff then. Change the menu - has been similar for a long time.
Make the kitchen a creative place, like rest of Forest.
Have place for next year, so worth doing.
Give volunteers more cooking skills.
We have more volunteers during day anyway, so makes good use of their time.
Alex and Shannon will work out what we need to buy - equipment.
Can still keep dishes cheap.
Can let customers mix and match.
Have tubs for sandwich fillings, roulette option.
Apply same approach to main dishes as sandwiches.
Alex will make sure there enough bins in kitchen and for customers.
Have separate meeting later to discuss kitchen overhaul. Alex will start thread.



Alex has been doing food costs to reduce prices. The current prices are over the 3xcost formula.
Lowering prices would bring in more customers, but most people don't think the prices are too high. Some dishes are on the edge (Nachos!)
Good to have a cheap but healthy alternative to beans.



Jane was apparently supposed to touch me. I'm still waiting.



Nothing new on website.
Is the small first page good - it hides the events.
Swithun will find out who is doing stuff on the site and how more people can do more stuff.
Push the BB more. But are customers that interested.



The place is a dump. What happened to the cleaning rota?
Have a more comprehensive cleaning list.
A slot on the rota for cleaning.
People are not cleaning as well as before. Standards are slipping.
Alex will reorganise night cleaning list. Have it laminated so that it can be ticked.
Bryony will organise cleaning.



Customers often don't see signs. Alex has made tabletop leaflet.
Pomme will repaint sign for staff toilet to emphasise STAFF, not TOILET.
Signs in toilet downstairs - Andy to ask Nix to spray paint signs - unisex toilet, close door etc.
Have corkage explained in several languages.
Ban drinking in gold room. Impossible to enforce, but nice idea.
Bryony will draw up 'how to be nice to Forest' text.
We don't explain the unique nature of the Forest enough. Changes to gold room will help with this.
Pockets will make infomercial DVD.
Humour is good, but not private jokes.
Laura/Bryony/Pomme look into licence rules for under 16s. When there are young bands/customers it might be good to ban all alcohol.
Sometimes bands cause trouble - ask them to chill or get lost.
Need to be vigilant over Christmas. Police can advise. Kitchen people need to ask for IDs. Get KM/NM to do it if you don't want to do it yourself.



Forest is multinational. Bryony will get people to translate. Want Polish, Spanish, French, Greek.

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Postby ravanwin » Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:50 am

sounds like a really really productive meeting.

questions and follow ups

- barred cam --- somewhere in the office. where? i don't know. it got put there when graeme brought it in durring the festival and now i can't see it. sorry graeme, i am an asshole.


- vollie party - sounds great! yo mamma!

- kitchen overhall --- so, shall i wait on the fridge then?

- prices: nachos are high because they are fiddley and take up a huge ammount of oven space.

- website's first page is updated as are the events page. in terms of the front page --- i think it is good. i've been talking to web guys and really, it is important to have a clean and easy to load and simple first page. people know how to enter the labrynth... just click. pogo manages that page. i think gareth, me, beev (me doing the least) manage the rest.

- makeing things clearer is a great idea. and really important. go team!

that's all. ignore me if you wanna.

ry

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Postby Shannon » Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:56 pm

Yes, if we do it properly... In which case, it needs to be an inter-working group discussion.

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Postby chombee » Fri Nov 09, 2007 8:07 pm

I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!

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