We are very sorry to inform you that the BOS Council has decided to cancel the BOS Spring Convention in Hull
4-5 April 2020. The coronavirus outbreak represents a serious threat to public health, and naturally the well being of all delegates and guests is one of our highest priorities. The BOS Council have been monitoring the situation very closely over recent weeks, including official advice regarding public health and travel within the U.K. and internationally, and have reluctantly come to the decision that we cannot proceed with the convention.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience – I’m sure you will appreciate this is a largely unprecedented situation, and this decision has not been taken lightly and without significant thought and discussion.Penny will be in touch with you to arrange refunds if you have booked through the BOS. If you do not want a refund and/or wish to go ahead with your booking, please let Penny know by 18th March at latest. Please note there will be no formal BOS activities for anyone wishing to go ahead with their booking. We ask that you do not contact the hotel direct if you have booked accommodation through the BOS. If you have booked travel or accommodation privately, we would ask that you check your cancellation terms and conditions and/or insurance and try to get a refund this way in the first instance. If you are going to be out of pocket due to this cancellation e.g. you cannot get a refund, we have a contingency budget for such exceptional events.

with details, amounts & copies of receipts or
other confirmation of costs incurred. We aim to ensure that none of our
attendees suffer a financial loss due to wanting to come to our

Please contact the convention organisers on conventions@britishorigami.info or Tony O’Hare on chair@britishorigami.info with details, amounts & copies of receipts or other confirmation of costs incurred. We aim to ensure that none of our attendees suffer a financial loss due to wanting to come to our convention.

Mercure Grange Park Hotel Hull

3-5 April 2020

We are still planning the programme, but we intend to dedicate the weekend to the memory of Iris Walker. With this in mind, we’d like to feature British creators, please can you send Nick or Lee some (hi-res / pdf) diagrams of your favourite models? We would appreciate a quick response!

Special Guest
Shoko Aoyagi is a respected creator of simple designs, so everyone will be able to join her classes! She is a  member of the Nippon Origami Association, British Origami Society, Origami Society Netherlands and Hungarian Origami Society. She was born in Japan and worked as a Concept Designer and Producer on commercials in Tokyo. Since moving to Australia in 1998, she has led Origami workshops in Sydney at primary schools, kindergartens, the Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre, Better Hearing Australia and the University of New South Wales. In 2004, she led the Origami workshop at the Sydney Opera House to cerebrate Asian Arts. She is now living in Japan again.

She has been a guest of Origami groups in Holland, Poland and Hungary. Her busy working life in Australia was devoted to publishing, teaching & television appearances. Australians like a light-hearted approach and it was said that Shoko’s popularity on national television was because her origami animals always looked happy. She created an ever-increasing number of Australian bushland figures that were loved by children.

Please check out her web site – www.shoko-origami.com

The Location
Grange Park Hotel was originally a 19th century manor house, and set within 12 acres of landscaped gardens on the eastern outskirts of Hull. Renamed Kings-town (Kingston) upon Hull in 1299, Hull has been a market town, military supply port, trading hub, fishing / whaling centre and industrial metropolis for centuries. In 1642, King Charles I was denied entry into Hull through the old Beverley Gate, which is often seen as the trigger for the start of the English Civil War.

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Directions etc
The venue is Grange Park Lane, Willerby, Hull HU10 6EB. It’s just under 6 miles from the Hull Paragon Interchange Railway station. Close to the Station the East Yorkshire 154 runs every 20 minutes and stops at the Willerby Shopping Park, less than 5 minute walk from the venue. It’s a brisk 108 minute stroll if you have energy to spare!  One local taxi firm can be reached on 01482 82 82 82. There is free parking if you are driving.

If you are attending from outside the UK, the nearest airport is Humberside (17 miles), but Doncaster Sheffield Airport isn’t much further away.

Here’s a google map showing how to reach the venue. Why not put a message out on BOSmail or Facebook if you can offer a lift, or would like to share a ride with someone else?

The leisure club has the swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym which guests are able to use free of charge! The restaurant and bar do serve “ad-hoc” food however we would recommend booking your meals in advance to ensure you are served as quickly as possible.

The main bar is open from 10.30am (!) and is usually staffed until 11.00pm but the “night team” are around to serve drinks after this time if required.

Free Folds
We’re sure many of you fold a great deal of origami designs, but what do you do with them afterwards? We’re asking you to sort out a box of cast-offs, “not quite there” models and those simply surplus to requirements, and put them in a box (anonymously) at the convention for others to take home with them. What isn’t right for you may give someone else hours of fun, working out how it was made. Anything left over will be donated to a school.

Anyone interested in contributing to the programme or assisting with the convention in anyway should contact the organisers (see below). As usual we will be holding an Exhibition, please bring along your latest origami endeavours; we thrive on your origami work, be it old, new, perfect or in the course of completion – original or an interpretation of another’s work, even gallant failures with a story to tell are welcome! Other folders always enjoy hearing these tales, and frequently we learn surprising things about exhibits.

If you would like to teach during the weekend, please complete our online form. It really helps us if we know in advance.

The programme organisers, would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to teach your own model (we need models of all levels). We would like teachers to explain briefly before or during their session how they came to create their particular model. Apart from teaching you could offer to help in the supplies shop, arrange the exhibition table, or assist with preparing paper for folding groups.

Bookings organiser      : Penny Groom
Programme organisers : Lee Armstrong / Nick Robinson

Convention fees
With approval by the membership, we have introduced a daily convention fee for delegates to help cover steadily rising prices such as hire of room and equipment, and administration costs. More fee details.

Please Note
Confirmation of your bookings and directions to the venue will be sent shortly after your form is received. If you have not received confirmation of bookings within three weeks, please contact Penny Groom to make sure that your booking form has not gone astray.

Final details of convention administration arrangements, timings of meals, details of the provisional programme and other information will be sent to attendees shortly before the convention.