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Tech a Break

Welcome to TAVIP’s annual TechABreak event for 2021. This year we are planning a virtual tech a break event.

Note from the board:

We are extremely sorry to announce that the Crewe Arms has closed. We have only been given one day’s notice.

Our very sincere apologies to all those who have booked for the Tech a Break event.

I, Mike Townsend, have been urgently looking for a replacement venue. The notice is very short. Also the rates at Crewe Arms have not been raised all the time we have been there. So other suitable venues are proving to be more expensive.

We are now putting our effort in to the virtual event.

It may be possible to run a future face to face event. But costs are going to be higher.

See an extract from Our friendly host, Rachael, who, along with the team, are very anxious about the future.

I am sorry to be writing this email to you, unfortunately the owner of the Best Western Crewe Arms hotel has entered an agreement with the Government for them to take over the hotel and we have to cancel all the bookings from tomorrow onwards. Over the pandemic we have fought to keep the hotel open housing NHS staff and key workers.  Our team have worked tirelessly to ensure that we have been looking after each other and our Guests.

The impact of Covid on the hospitality industry had been well publicised.  Crewe Arms has also been affected greatly by the restrictions on hospitality.  The owners of the hotel have made the decision and unfortunately now we have to manage all the bookings moving forward.  We appreciate that this is not the news you would be expecting.  We are now in the process of cancelling all bookings in our system.

Program for our virtual event.

Day 1 – 6th November

Session 1

09.30 – Welcome and Introduction – Jeff Bashton: TAVIP Chair Person.

09:50 – 10.40 – Get reading: audio, braille, and speech; the virtual way with Mike Cassidy and Mike Townsend.

11.00 – 11.45 –Television accessibility – the many ways to enjoy; with Steve Nutt of Computer Room Services.

12.00 – 12.45 – Showcase shorts: Mike Townsend introduces.

Session 2

13.30 – 14.00 – Company A

14.00 – 14.30 – Company B

14.30 – 15.00 – Company C

15.00 – 16.00 – Tech Surgery: TAVIP trustees will be on hand to respond to any tech inquiries.

Session 3

19.30 – 22.00 – Quiz and Social

Day 2 – Saturday 13th November

Session 1:

09:30 Welcome and Introduction – Jeff Bashton: TAVIP Chair Person.

Tech Session: Using social media presented by Karina Gregory.

10:15 TAVIP: Annual General Meeting

11:15 Short board meeting to elect officers for the following year.

How to attend

Please use the links below to register for the sessions you wish to attend.

Saturday, 6th November 2021

Day session

Registration link:


Evening session

Registration Link:

Day two: Saturday 13th November

Registration link for 13th November for day 2 of TechABreak and the AGM.

For anyone that wants to dial in; the details are as follows.

Telephone: 0203 901 7895

Meeting ID: 875 1691 1329

One tap dial in:  +443300885830,,87516911329#

We look forward to seeing you all at the event!