Where were you on Friday 6th of March? Maybe you were at The Old Fish Market pub
sharing a Colin the Caterpillar cake in honour of First Friday Bristol’s first anniversary.
Perhaps you’d joined the London crowd on the Balls Brother’s mezzanine? Maybe you
hadn’t fancied First Friday that month and thought you might pop along in April instead.
I probably would’ve chatted a little longer, toasted a little harder, and taken up the offer of
a group hike the next weekend if I’d known ‘ordinary’ hang outs like these would come to
be rare treasures over the next few months.
But with little warning, the nation shut down into preservation mode and as a Fresh Light
Events team we had to adapt overnight. The mission – to create chances to meet, chat, and
connect – was the same. The means became very different; in the virtual world.
The call to keep people connected felt even more urgent as many in our community live
alone. So thank you to all who’ve joined us on the varied roller coaster of online socials –
from board games and stand-up comedy, to elaborate quizzes and DJ sessions, breakfasts,
lunches and increasingly random icebreaker topics.
There have been some unexpected perks to moving our socials online.
We’ve welcomed people from all over the UK, who live too far away to attend our In-Real-Life events. Shout out to so many West Midlanders who’ve come along.
We’ve been able to get international – including gatecrashing New York’s First Friday style social and Free and Fit pioneer (Hi Tim!) enabling us to catch up with others with a similar vision.
For those who’ve previously been a bit nervous about coming along to one of our events,
it’s been a low risk chance to check out the people and the vibe. And, apparently, we’re not
that scary as several newbies have returned more than once.