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This is the page for news about CESIG 

Barbara, CESIG Electronics Communications Officer      e: ecomm.cesig@aamail.org

Now that most AA meetings have been moved online, I have compiled a list of meetings in CESIG (and some other areas).  You can get a copy by emailing me on the address above.

I update AA's GSO office as soon as I know of these online meetings so that they can update the Meeting Finder but if you know of any not listed here or on the website please let me know and I will update the list and GSO.

Using Zoom & preserving anonymity:

Many AAs are now using Zoom for online meetings but unfortunately some meetings have been hacked into by internet trolls who've displayed some unpleasant material.  And of course this breaks everyone's anonymity. If you are a 'host' on Zoom - ie you open up the meeting - I have produced some easy to use guidelines for how to change your Zoom settings to prevent this happening.  It will take you 2 mins to do it - and I can talk you through it if you would like.  Just email me with your phone number and I'll call you.

Your identity on Zoom meetings: If you join a Zoom meeting make sure your phone, laptop, tablet, etc doesn't show your full name - change it to just your first name.  It's helpful for the host if you do give it a name; I can't tell you the times, as a host, I have to ask 'iPad' to share!  It would nice to be able to at least call out a name!

Sponsoring people (this is guidance for 'mutual aid groups' from Public Health England: Only in exceptional circumstances should an individual sponsor visit a sponsee to provide  support at home. They should both then follow the same precautions as are required of essential services i.e. stay at least 2m apart in an adequately ventilated area, both wash hands, don't go if either party is showing any symptoms of the virus, don't visit people who are self-isolating because they have COVID 19 symptoms, don't visit those who are being shielded because they are highly vulnerable or if the sponsor themselves is from a vulnerable group.

Tradition 7 (The 'Pot'):  you can make contributions to AA by online banking.  Send to:  Account name: The General Service Board, Sort Code: 40-47-31, Account number: 63930408. Or post a cheque to: AA, 10 Toft Green, York YO1 7NJ.  Remember to add the account name, account number and sort code.

There is a list of online meetings which can be found by clicking here: Or just go to: https://alcoholicsanonymouslondon.com/ 

 The London Telephone Service office is now closed (0207 407 0700).  All calls to that number are now receiving a message saying that if the caller is seeking help for their drinking to call the AA Helpline number (0800 9177 650).  These calls are being picked up by other Regional helplines.  Twelve step callers are having their details taken and passed on to our London responders, who then distribute them in the usual way.   

Families in Recovery event - which was due to be on Saturday 28 March - has been cancelled.  it will run later in the year.  Keep checking back for details.

August Camping Convention - Banstead Woods
Date: Thurs 6-9 August 2020
Venue: Park Farm, Holly Lane, Banstead, Surrey SM7 2BY
Come and join us for fun and Fellowship in lovely Banstead Woods!
AA meetings each day, children welcome!
Please book in advance by 4 August. The cost to camp for either the whole event or for one or two nights is 27.54 and 16.75 for under-12s (includes booking fee). Children under 4 go free. Book online: www.eventbrite.com/e/camping-convention-tickets-92868870291

We will not be able to organise refunds.  Please ensure that you will definitely be able to attend before you book, or pay on the day.  Pay on the day - spaces on the day are on a 'first come, first served'  basis and subject to availability.  To come on the day, and not stay over is 5.00. For details contact us: camping.convention.aa.gmail.com

The event:

  • You can arrive any time after 3pm on Thursday 6 August.
  • The event ends at 12 noon on Sunday. 
  • Children are welcome, but parents/guardians must be responsible for them at all times.
  • As the event is open to non-AAs, the entire event will be considered 'open'.
  • We'll ask for volunteers to do service at the event.
  • AA meetings will be held in the daytime and evenings.

What you will need to bring: 

  • Your own tent, bedding and camping equipment; we cannot supply these.
  • Showers are available on site.
  • The event is self-catering so please bring your own food and cooking equipment.
  • Only tea and coffee will be served.
  • There will be a communal meal on Saturday evening so please bring something to share.

Venue and site rules:

  • The site is next to Banstead Woods. Shops and places to eat are around 5 minutesâ?? drive from the camp.
  • The site is used as a Scout/Guide camp so please no smoking in the campsite. As it is an AA event, we also ask that no alcohol or drugs are brought or used.
  • No pets are allowed.
  • No fires are allowed.
  • We are asked to keep the site clean and take our rubbish away with us.
  • Only tents are allowed on the site; there is no facility for caravans or campervans.
  • Please car share if possible as parking is limited.
  • The site is uneven so not suitable for wheelchairs; if you have any special needs please let us know before you book.