Above photos from 2009 Convention by Michael Kimpel, Germany
can attend Prisoner conventions in Portmeirion?
of Six of One who have registered to attend the convention.
do I become a Six of One member?
can join online at any time at: www.sixofone.co or you
can print out the online form and sent it by post to Six of One, Box 228, St. Leonards on
Sea, TN38 1EX, UK or you can write to that address for a form.
do I register?
using the form sent to members with mailings which will also contain details of how to
long does membership last?
members who renew their subscriptions annually (with the form sent in the spring mailing
each year) continue to be members for the next full year. New members who join at later
points during the year obtain the most recent mailings (to avoid having to wait until the
annual spring renewal point or any next mailing point which is due in the current year).
Therefore, if a new member joins in the summer (or later) membership lasts for about 9
months (or less) but the same amount of material is received.
other amounts do I have to pay while a member?
at all, except in connection with the convention if you wish to attend.
are the convention costs?
from the cost of a subscription, to become a member of the society, there is a separate
registration fee to attend the convention. This is payable by all persons who come to the
conventions, whether they are actually staying in Portmeirion (see below) or not. The
registration fee is a one-off payment for each person (2011 was £35 for the whole weekend
and less for two days or one day). If a member wants to attend with other members or
friends (who must become members of the society) each person pays the registration fee
is the registration fee for?
make the convention self-funding. The amounts cover the cost of hiring equipment, venue
hire, guests travel and accommodation expenses, printing of the programme and all
other leaflets and additional items, such as tickets or passes. Any surplus is used to
purchase items for prize draws (the cost of buying draw tickets is added to the fund to
help pay for the convention and to provide a little advance funding for the next
Apart from paying to become a member and the convention
registration, what else has to be paid for to attend the event?
else has to be paid for (apart from travel, food and drink - see below), but if members
wish to stay in Portmeirion, the cost has to be paid separately. Six of One reserves the
entire Portmeirion Village accommodation each year for the convention and members request
places through the society convention organisers. Places are allocated and a separate
letter is sent to each member staying in Portmeirion to give details of the cost, so that
an initial deposit has to be paid and the balance is payable before the end of January, a
few weeks before the convention. Naturally the amounts members pay for accommodation are
passed entirely to Portmeirion by Six of One and no handling change applies.
I have to stay in Portmeirion?
is possible for members to attend the convention as day visitors or to stay in Portmeirion
for the whole weekend or to stay somewhere in the local area. For example, a number of
members each year stay in guesthouses or hotels in nearby Porthmadog or even on camping or
do I find alternative accommodation?
One supplies on request details of other places in the local area where members can
I attend with several of my member friends?
some of the Portmeirion cottages are big enough to accommodate 8 people, while other rooms
or cottages are for single or twin occupancy. All queries can be answered in advance if
members need any information and it is not possible to answer all points here.
in simple terms, what does a new, non-member have to do?
join the society, then use one of the convention forms, which will be in one of the
societys mailings, or register online to attend the convention. As detailed above,
these steps can be dealt with by post or online. After that, a new member simply needs to
write or email the organiser who deals with the accommodation to apply for a place in
Portmeirion, if this is wanted.
other points should I be aware of?
places in Portmeirion are limited and so it is best not to leave too late the request for
a place in the Village. Also, preference is given to members who want to stay the whole
weekend and not for example just one night.
I have to take part in any event?
all. Some members like to be involved in events and others prefer to observe and enjoy the
weekend, without taking part in activities.
If I am coming to the convention on my own and want to stay in
Portmeirion, what happens?
are two options. You can pay for a room to be alone, but this is more expensive as most
Portmeirion rooms are twin or double rooms. Also, we give preference to rooms where two
members wish to share as this allows more people to attend conventions. If we are
over-subscribed, a single person would not normally be given a room or his or her own.
However, we have had no problems in the past and normally we offer a second place to a
member of the same gender and a twin room can be shared in this way. Members who have
shared a twin room in the past have often become good friends and have attended
conventions together in later years. All details are given to a member so that he or she
has the option of declining the place if it is to be shared and this does not meet with
the members wishes.
the convention cater for disabled persons?
to an extent. Portmeirion is an independent, private hotel and so Six of One members are
simply attending there as guests. The society does not provide the facilities, the hotel
does. All enquiries need to be addressed to Portmeirion in this event but we are aware of
some cottages which are suitable for wheelchair access. We also make space available at
the front of our meeting hall for wheelchair users. All other related queries can be
raised with the organisers and the society will do its best to cater for everybody.
I covered for any loss of property, damage, injury etc?
respect of the convention itself. Members can take out their own insurance or simply
choose to look after their property and themselves. We have had no problems arising in
past years and there are no events which might give rise to any injury, apart from normal
unforeseen accidental injury (for example if somebody trips and falls on a cobbled path).
Portmeirion is very safety conscious and has recently erected railings and walls to
decrease the chance of injury while people are walking around the grounds. As for
property, we ask members to be responsible and to look after their own items, as they
would in any other location. In short, the convention is for enthusiasts who want to
attend the weekend and not act in a way which would cause any loss or damage or injury to
other persons or their property. The weekend is well organised and the high standards of
Portmeirion are observed.
about eating and drinking?
are included in the cost of hotel and nightly rooms. Self-catering cottage enable members
to provide their own food and drink. There is a bar during each convention evening and
there are the usual Portmeirion eating facilities at lunch time. There is a dining room, a
restaurant (which is next to the convention meeting hall) and also the separate Castell
Deudraeth, which is available for lunch and dinners. All food and drink has to be paid for
by members separately, on top of the other amounts mentioned above. For members who are
not self-catering, it is best to decide upon early, mid or late evening dining, so that
arrangements can be made. The restaurant adjacent to the meeting hall is not open in the
evening and so members who are not self-catering or who have not arranged evening dining,
must make their own plans. Portmeirion also has shops which sell a limited range of food
and the restaurant also sells sandwiches etc which could be purchased for later.
there any travel information?
members attend from all over the world and across the UK, it is not possible to provide
travel information for each journey. There are some details on this convention website at www.portmeiricon.com/location.htm and
if a member does not have Internet access he or she can contact us and we can send a
printout of the convention travel page. For members driving to Portmeirion, there is ample
parking and for those coming by train there are local buses and taxis from Porthmadog for
can I find out more about the conventions?
exploring this Six of One convention website and information about the society can also be