Whilst the website is being updated, regular events information can be found below.

DANDA EVENTS

Kindly note that the Events below have been organised for DANDA Members and their Carers / Family Members / Associate Members only unless indicated on individual entries. If you are a non-member but wish to attend a Members only event, please contact us in advance. Members should be able to pay for the event when required.

Regular Monthly Meetings for London Group Members:

Kindly note that all Members can attend the London Group Events.

Kindly note that the Events below have been organised for DANDA Members and their Carers / Family Members / Associate Members only unless indicated on individual entries. If you are a non-member but wish to attend a Members only event, please contact us in advance. Members should be able to pay for the event when required.

First Tuesday of every month: Young DANDA at the Knights Templar Pub – Due to varying attendance figures during 2013, the Knights Templar Pub Management have decided that Young DANDA meetings should cease for the foreseeable future – the Social Committee will review the possibility to resume the meetings in the Summer.

Fourth Tuesday of every month: DANDA Members’ Pub Night at The Knights Templar Pub – EXCEPT DECEMBER 2014 – THIRD TUESDAY (DECEMBER 16) due to Christmas

DANDA Events

Future Monthly Members’ Meetings for London Group Members: Kindly note that the due to DANDA as a National Charity having been wound up and the creation of the DANDA London Social Group, London Group Monthly Members’ Talks will remain suspended for the time being. Please check Website for next meeting - The next talk may be held in Spring 2014. DANDA London Social Group is the new name for the former National Charity – this name was approved by the Board of Trustees before the National Charity was dissolved in 2013.

As many Members are aware, the National Charity currently operating as DANDA is in the process of being closed down. A New Group, DANDA London, will be created, to continue the aims and objectives of the existing charity organisation. Although there is a name change, Members (as well as those Members whose Membership has expired) from the existing National Charity are welcome to join or transfer to the new group.

As we are in a transitional period, some Members Events, such as London Members Talks and day trips have had to be suspended. However, the pub night social meetings (Young DANDA and the Main DANDA pub nights)  will continue. Day trips may resume in May 2014. Please check this page for further updates.

KINDLY NOTE THAT THE DANDA LONDON SOCIAL GROUP COMMITTEE WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY UNSOCIAL OR INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR AT ANY EVENT, INCLUDING PUB NIGHTS OR VIA SOCIAL MEDIA - A WARNING WILL BE GIVEN AND IF IT CONTINUES, YOU MAY BE REQUESTED TO LEAVE. The Social Committee will have the power to contact the relevant Social Media platform and close down any pages it feels are unsuitable to continue – If the Social Media Platform contacts a Member of the Social Committee regarding a request to close a page down, the Social Committee will allow that request to be actioned, depending on the nature of the request – ALL MEMBERS HAVE BEEN WARNED NOW NOT TO ABUSE THEIR PRIVILEGES ON THE VARIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS OR THE LINKS WILL BE TERMINATED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

Monthly Events:

Meetup.com - The Social Committee have had several requests from Members in the past to consider alternative methods of communicating our events to all those interested. As a result, we have created a Meetup.com account, however, we need to request a small contribution from those who wish to be notified via Meetup.com, as there is a charge for registration and use of this service. As DANDA London Social Group no longer has any funds, we need a minimum of £5 per person each year for Meetup.com. Therefore, we suggest that those who wish to join the circulation list on Meetup.com start to contribute from tonight's Pub Night Meeting. The sooner the necessary money has been raised, the sooner the Meetup Account can be activated.

December 2014:

Sunday 14 - Christmas Pub Meeting - Our Annual Christmas Pub Meeting will take place on this date at the Knights Templar between 12 noon and 5 pm – due to various issues securing the upper left hand side room booking for Tuesday 16 December, the pub management have kindly offered to open the venue for our use on Sunday 14 December. Members can bring their family, friends, children / grand-children with them to this event. However, there will be a charge of £15 per person for entry (Children under 18 will be allowed in free) for Members, family and friends, which will be payable on the door (if one has not registered in advance, there will be a slight increase to advance payment on the door to £20 per person). The charge is to cover some party food; Secret Santa gift and also to raise some funds for future activities for Members (we are planning to re-start discussion groups / talks in the New Year and will have to pay for room hire, hence the charge). Just to be clear, if one did not want to pay the charge in advance and wanted to participate in the raffle or Secret Santa or have a Mince pie only, the following charges would apply: raffle / Secret Santa £5 each; Mince Pie £1 each. By paying the charge, minimum total £5 would go towards the Party, remainder would go towards the funds – the individual charges would work out more expensive for you, your family and friends, as well as the Social Committee. The Social Committee may consider requests from those who are unsure whether they will be able to attend or not or are unable to pay the full amount and agree part payment in advance (if this happens and you do not turn up to pay the balance on the day, an additional charge will be levied and will be payable on Tuesday 27 January 2015) – we need to raise sufficient funds for our proposed activities for next year, hence the fixed charge. The kitchen will only be open between 1 & 4 pm on the day of the party and everyone will have to vacate the pub by 5 pm sharp, as the pub has another function in the evening.
 
If we are unable to collect sufficient funds, the Social Committee will have to consider charging £5 per person entry for future meetings, including pub night meetings and also consider implementing Membership Charges from January 2015, rather than Spring 2015, therefore, it would be in your own interests to pay the charge for the Party.
 
All those interested in attending the Party should e-mail londonevents@danda.org.uk only by 10 am Friday 5 December 2014
 

Friday 19  - Christmas Meal - Our Annual Christmas Meal has been arranged for Members and their families by Claire Hutchinson (contact: 07939912229; e-mail claire.1975@hotmail.com) at Bistro 1, 27 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 5LE. It will be a 3 Course Meal with A Glass Of Prosecco included in the price of £21.95. Please contact Claire if you have any queries regarding this trip - PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT DANDA PHONE OR E-MAIL LONDON EVENTS REGARDING THIS EVENT.

December 2014/January 2015:
 
Date TBC - Christmas trip to the Theatre - After last year's absence, we hope to arrange a trip to see a pantomime or play during the Festive Break – We are planning to see White Christmas at the Dominion Theatre, Tottenham Court Road - further details will appear nearer the time




Venue details for regular events:

The Knights Templar Pub, 95 Chancery Lane, off Carey Street, nr Fleet Street, London WC2A 1DT. The nearest stations are Chancery Lane on the Central Line & Holborn on the Central & Piccadilly Lines. From Chancery Lane Station, use exit 4 out of station & continue towards Holborn Tube Station for about 5 minutes and turn left at the traffic lights (Cotswolds shop on left corner and Starbucks Coffee Shop on opposite side of High Holborn road, facing Chancery Lane itself), continue down for about three quarters of the road, the pub is on the right. From Holborn, turn right in to High Holborn and walk down towards Chancery Lane Station for approximately 10 minutes, turn right in to Chancery Lane & follow instructions above to the pub.


Contact Details

From 1st September 2013:
For more information about DANDA London Events only, e-mail londonevents@danda.org.uk. This e-mail address is shared by various Members of the London Group Social Committee and should only be used for events enquiries – all other enquiries should still be e-mailed to info@danda.org.uk. Kindly note that as the London Social Group is run on an entirely voluntary basis, all e-mails will be answered as soon as it is practical to do, therefore, please be patient if there is a delay in responding to your enquiry.

DANDA Telephone: 07722703805 – Available from 1st June 2013

We will be launching a telephone line on 1st June 2013: 07722703805, which will be primarily for enquiries related to DANDA Activities, but can also be used for general enquiries related to non-DANDA Activities. Following the launch of the telephone line, all telephone enquiries from Members should be via this number only. The phone line is operated on a Virgin Mobile number and will be shared between various Members who will be answering the call. Therefore, if the call is diverted to voicemail, you will need to leave a voicemail message with the following information:

1) Your Name, contact number and where you are calling from – location & where appropriate company / charity name (please ensure that this is left clearly at the beginning of the message – call back number can be to a UK landline (beginning 01/02/03) or UK Mobile number ONLY)

2) A very brief message – reason for your call: e.g. enquiry about an event on [date]

3) Returning Call: When the best time would be to call back

Alternatively, you can text us & we will either call back or text you a reply, with the text message format as follows:

1) Your Name, contact number and where you are calling from – location & where appropriate company / charity name (please ensure that this is left clearly at the beginning of the message – call back number can be to a UK landline (beginning 01/02/03) or UK Mobile number ONLY)

2) A very brief message – reason for your text: e.g. enquiry about an event on [date]

3) Returning Call or text: When the best time would be to contact you via phone call (if appropriate)

For those Members who have a Virgin Mobile or Virgin Landline Number, the call or text will be either at a reduced rate or free (depending on how your mobile/landline package).

We will endeavour to contact you as soon as possible, however, kindly note that as this is managed by Members on a voluntary basis, please be patient with us if there is a delay in responding.