I am really starting to feel like this trip is cursed! The person who told me off for using a car will doubtless be cackling with gleeful schadenfreude. Nonetheless, we will try again NEXT SATURDAY (11th), weather and transport permitting...
ETA: I have sent a txt to the people who originally said they'd come along for whom I have mobile numbers, viz.: rmc28, lnr, ewx, juggzy, claerwen and fivemack.
I do not have mobile numbers for ghoti or uitlander, so if anybody thinks they're likely to be making a special trip to see us, could they let them know? (Confusing pronouns, sorry!)
BTW I appear to have three mobile numbers for fivemack -- I picked the one that I believe to be the most recent, but sorry if I picked the wrong one! :-(