As reported earlier, the Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, home of the West of England Congress and the Royal Beacon Seniors Congress, went into receivership during the Christmas period, when the bank foreclosed on the owner’s loans. The (former) owner, Paul Nightingale, is appealing against their decision, pointing out that he had never defaulted on any re-payments, and the matter clearly still has some way to run. Until a long-term resolution is reached, the bank has put in a temporary manager who will ensure that it is a case of “business as usual” until things can be sorted out.
Fortunately, this meant the West of England’s Easter Congress, where entries are already coming in and rooms at the hotel booked, could proceed as planned. Panic over – for now. Looking further ahead, the Seniors Congress, pencilled in the hotel’s diary for November 2012, is also safe, based on the dates and terms already agreed. I double-checked this with the management last night before going ahead with preparing the brochure.
So, with all arrangements being unchanged, the event starts on Monday 5th November, (so may we expect a few fireworks in Rd. 1?) and finishes on the afternoon of Friday 9th, shortly before the start of the Torbay Congress at the Riviera Centre, Torquay, at 7 p.m. thus enabling the keen ones to enjoy a full 7 days of chess on the English Riviera.
The brochure/entry form is currently at the printers and will be available shortly. Meanwhile, here is a picture of the Beacon, taken by the hotel’s Deputy Manager, Robert Davies, with his kind permission.