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Organising thread for Mumsnet Lancashire :-)

(36 Posts)
AllPurposeNortherner Thu 14-Mar-13 23:00:44

So, lets get this show on the road!

We're getting up a good team here of LAs and supporters, so what can we do to make the site great?

AllPurposeNortherner Thu 14-Mar-13 23:10:11

The "areas" on offer in the listings are in the process of being changed, to:

Chorley,
Fylde,
East Lancs,
Lancaster,
Preston,
Ribble Valley,
South Ribble,
West Lancs

Which should hopefully help with some of the issues with not knowing where things should be listed.

In the meantime though, just carry on listing things in the current system, and I'll go through after the change and sort it all out - the main details will still be the same.

I'm getting quite excited - is that sad? grin

Cannotbeused Thu 14-Mar-13 23:17:21

Hi, I'm a newbie to these parts, just taken on southeast, rolls up sleeves..

ChanceTurtle Fri 15-Mar-13 08:03:25

Those areas make more sense than the current system. They'll still be under the banner of 'Lancashire', will they? Makes it easier to log in to the one larger area and see what's going on around the region as there's lots of crossover of events if you're looking for things to do.

I can add listings for South Ribble, Preston and some Fylde - would that be ok, Northerner?
I can't be an LE as the organising regular Meet Ups isn't something I can take on at the minute (and I'm out of the loop wrt to pre-school things as DS is 10).

Hey there, Cannot! smile

AllPurposeNortherner Fri 15-Mar-13 23:08:27

Yeah, well, Preston has its own site too, at local.mumsnet.com/preston but it is offered as an option on the Lancashire site as well. Everything else is just part of the Lancashire site :-)

Please do go ahead and add listings for wherever you can - I think that if we can start things going, companies and users will start adding more for themselves too, and obviously the more listings there are, the more useful the site becomes and the more users we will get, who will add listings, and so on.

The same principle applies for the chat threads too, I think. It is just a case of getting the ball rolling.

I can edit listings after they have been added, so please go ahead even if you don't have all the details and I can add them in later if need be.

AllPurposeNortherner Fri 15-Mar-13 23:10:44

Oh, and if any of you can spread the word about the site (as well as our twitter and facebook) that would be good too.

I will hopefully have some flyers and posters in the not too distant future, and some shameless publicity stunts for when we have the site going a bit more grin

Cannotbeused Sat 16-Mar-13 00:11:49

Hey turtle, could do with your input for the older ones. The play centres seem too young for 10 yo so theres a definite gap on meet ups from that age group.
What sort of places do you suggest?

ChanceTurtle Sat 16-Mar-13 09:16:13

Will do, Cannot. Always on the lookout for outdoorsy activities for a wide age range so will add as I find if that's ok.

Friend of a friend setting up a Toddler Walking Group (slow going but fun grin) so will point her in this direction if it gets going.

Publicity stunts, eh? Intriguing! grin

DisplacedDiva Sun 31-Mar-13 13:57:54

Next meet-up Wednesday 3 April, 10.30am, The Novel Cafe, New St, Lancaster See you there!!!!

DisplacedDiva Tue 02-Apr-13 22:38:07

See you all (or as many as can make it) at 10.30 tomorrow, Novel Cafe!

Cannotbeused Tue 02-Apr-13 23:36:53

Afraid I can only do wkend meets since I work in the week but have a great time everyone.

DisplacedDiva Wed 03-Apr-13 15:14:13

Cannotbeused Was going to make the next one a weekend meet, maybe?

AllPurposeNortherner Sun 07-Apr-13 16:50:23

Just checking in to check everyone is ok :-)

MNHQ have asked that we add local museums, parks and play centres to our sites to tie in with promotions on the main site, so if any of you have time, could you please add your favourite, or review it if it is already on?

We can now have local ambassadors that aren't linked to a particular area meetup, so they would just need to help with listings, keeping the talk area active and general spreading the word - this could be good if you can't make it to meetups, although obviously please do get to any you can. They would still get the LA card, which I will be able to start negotiating discounts and special offers for soon :-)

On that subject, if anyone hasn't had their LA card yet, let me know.

Leaflets and posters are in the pipeline, and I should be able to send them out in a week or so, so let me know if you would be willing to put some in local shops, centres etc.

Does anyone fancy a Lancashire wide meetup? Obviously we can't do it very often, but it would be nice to put faces to names...

Cannotbeused Sun 07-Apr-13 17:23:50

I haven't had my LA card!
A lancashire wide meet up would be good. Can we please make it a weekend?!

AllPurposeNortherner Sun 07-Apr-13 19:52:25

A weekend is fine by me, how about everyone else?

It is quite possible that your LA card is sat in a pile of "to be posted", I'll check :-)

De88 Fri 12-Apr-13 17:49:10

I've just happened upon this part of the site, completely by accident. And I thought I was computer literate?!

AllPurposeNortherner Fri 12-Apr-13 20:20:34

Welcome De88! :-) Hopefully, once we get going, more people will be able to find us from the main site.

Have a click around, make yourself at home brew

Artemis206 Mon 15-Apr-13 11:30:29

I'm in East Lancs, would love a Lancashire meet up.

Quick question, am I able to namechange on mn local as I'm ArtemisKelda on the main site.

AllPurposeNortherner Mon 15-Apr-13 14:41:37

You can't namechange yourself, like you can on the main site, but if you let me know what name you would like I can pass it on to tech and they should be able to do it.

DisplacedDiva Mon 15-Apr-13 17:11:55

Lancashire-wide meet-up sounds like a great idea.... just somewhere we can all get to.... (I don't drive...)

Artemis206 Mon 15-Apr-13 19:24:30

Thanks AllPurposeNorthener, if tech can change me to ArtemisKelda, that would be fantastic.

AllPurposeNortherner Mon 15-Apr-13 20:55:28

I don't drive either, don't worry - I am attuned to the needs of the non driver grin

Am I right in thinking that one of the bigger places is best then? As they tend to have better public transport, and also have parking for the drivers.

I live in Preston, so obviously that is best for me, but what would be the best big place for other people?

AllPurposeNortherner Sun 21-Apr-13 18:04:43

Whoo! I now (finally!) have the flyers!

If anyone could be kind enough to stick some in local shops, offices, schools or wherever else you go, could you please email your postal address to lancashire@mumsnetlocal.com

Thanks!

DisplacedDiva Tue 23-Apr-13 16:29:32

Preston would be OK for me, All-Purpose Northerner. I can get there quite easily....

ScribbleValley Sat 27-Apr-13 10:14:28

Hello! Finally got my nickname sorted out with help from MN Tech last night! (Am W___D_____) on the normal site.)

I'm on my phone so can't scroll up but I can make Preston, daytime is better for me (will have tiny baby in tow!) and I can't remember which area I'm LA for but happy to take Ribble Valley, hence the NN grin

Would be good to chat about how best to use our little leaflets. I admit I thought they were going to be more like 'Mumsnet ambassadors recommend this place as being family-friendly' or something.

AllPurposeNortherner Sat 27-Apr-13 14:43:16

Yeah, I think I'm going to get some designed specially for us if I ever have the money to do so - they are the standard MN Local ones, and I'm not too sure about them. I think window stickers could be good, to give to cafes etc to stick up.

I've been using mine by asking local schools, nurseries and businesses to put a small pile in their waiting areas, and then saying something like "oh, by the way, we have free listings for local businesses/schools/childcare on the site. We're fairly new, but the main site gets over 42 million page views per month so we're hoping that we can bring some of that over into this amazing resource we are building for local parents...just go to that link to add your listing" (or something like that, lol)

I went to a swing dancing night last night and they let me put a little pile by the door, which is in the hallway so is where people go to cool down and chat, and i saw a few people pick them up and chat about them. Hopefully we can get lots of new users that way too :-)

I know I keep saying it, but I do think that the local sites have massive potential grin and we just need to get the users :-)

From next week I will have a lot more time to devote to this, so hopefully if any businesses etc want to talk about doing exciting things with us I can go out and meet them in person. I'm also going to go out on the bus all over Lancashire and see what I can drum up.

I'm considering some form of blog - eventually we will be able to have features actually on this site, but till then it would be nice to have bits of local news, interviews and longer reviews linked to the site. What do you all think?

ScribbleValley Sat 27-Apr-13 15:50:34

Yes I think that's a good idea. We can do trips out and reviews of places, all linked to and from the Local site.

DisplacedDiva Tue 30-Apr-13 22:40:11

You can count me in for blog...used to do my own but since pg have let it slip!

Have started NCT classes, so if I could have some Mumsnet leaflets could put them there and in Lancaster/ Morecambe...

Think listed cafes and attractions might like the 'as seen on Mumsnet' kind of sticker?

ScribbleValley Thu 09-May-13 13:10:52

I went to an NCT babies group this morning and left a lot of the leaflets at the venue (the Grand, Clitheroe) so mums as well as general visitors will see them. I wasn't brave enough to put any on the tables though - it was my first time attending!

I've emailed MNHQ to be made LA for the meet ups in Clitheroe and Longridge (I live between the two) but have had no response...

AllPurposeNortherner Fri 17-May-13 16:41:06

I've sent you a PM :-)

ScribbleValley Tue 11-Jun-13 19:23:59

Right we have a meet up in Clitheroe this Thursday 1-3pm at 4 Kids soft play. All welcome (and I'm expecting you AllPurposeNorthener)! grin

AllPurposeNortherner Fri 14-Jun-13 15:51:47

If you are a LA (or a regular user) and would like to place an advert, drop me an email at lancashire@mumsnetlocal.com for a discount. I have significant discounts for LAs (significant I tell you!) and I promise no hard sell if you don't want it :-)

Cannotbeused Tue 18-Jun-13 18:03:57

I need week end meet ups!

ScribbleValley Tue 18-Jun-13 20:55:15

I've started a new thread to help me organise the next meet up for my area. I'm going to try to set up an evening or weekend meet up for those who work and can't make a daytime meet up, although I may not be able to make such a meet myself.

AllPurposeNortherner Thu 27-Jun-13 21:38:12

I still have some LA cards etc, so if you want I can appoint someone else as LA alongside you, to run the evening meet ups?

ScribbleValley Thu 27-Jun-13 21:50:54

That's not a bad idea, thanks APN. I'll suggest it over on my other thread.

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