A pre-Christmas meet-up would offer those from further afield an opportunity to combine it with a trip to Oxford Street or wherever to support those poor retail outlets who struggle so at this time of year. It also sounds like an excellent opportunity to get the green light from 'She or He Who Must Be Obeyed'.
Dates-wise, a pre-Christmas meet-up would probably need to be on the weekend of 17th/18th December since Christmas will be held on 25th this year, which is a Sunday.
If, as is entirely possible, this appears to be too busy a time then perhaps instead a meeting in the between Christmas and New Year when the groans of an over-full belly have been groaned and we're down to turkey sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner and when an excuse to venture out of the house for a pint or two and a chat with like-minded photogs would be an attractive proposition.
Dates-wise Thursday 29th or Friday 30th December would leave us clear of New Year's Eve commitments and celebrations etc.
Such a meeting would allow those unable to make it on the 27th November another opportunity to catch up and hopefully attract members from further afield.
What do you think?