WORKBENCH 2022 – How to buy extra Raffle tickets

Sponsored by Stephen Jones of Checkmate Digital, the Swindon Museum of Computing, Bitmap Soft and Retro Lemon. Prizes include an A1500 Plus Checkmate Amiga case, a fully boxed A500 Cartoon Classics pack and much more!

Funds raised will be split equally between SWAG and the Swindon Museum of Computing.

Your entry ticket

Each entry ticket purchased, (table, seat or BYOT) will include one entry into the raffle, but we need to raise as much as possible to cover the value of the donations at least, so this is your chance to purchase additional tickets before you arrive at Workbench 2022.

At the Previous Workbench

We managed to raise a fab £700 that we split between ourselves and the Museum which was an amazing acheivement with donations from many sources.

Previous Workbench Prize Pool
Keith with his assistants drawng the numbers

How we going to do this?

We are going to be selling the raffle tickets at Workbench 2022 and also on this website, we will then collect all the entries into a bucket and pick them out at Workbench at around 5pm.

How will I get my tickets?

When we receive your payment confirmation, we will write into a raffle book your ticket purchase, you will receive a confirmation email when we have done this to the Paypal registered email account, this email account will be cross checked against your main ticket purchase to verify that you are going. This will not be instant, but this will be done before we go to Workbench.

PayPal Fee’s

As you know Paypal take 2.9% and 30p from every transaction you make unless it is done in a different way, for this we decided to charge the buyer a fee to cover this.

How To Buy

Enter the amount of book strips that you will want to buy priced at £1 a ticket, so one book strip will be charged at £5 + fees.

A Strip of Raffle Tickets

1 Book Strip £5+fee


2 Book Strips £10+fee

3 Book Strips £15+fee

4 Book Strips £20+fee

5 Book Strips £25+fee

6 Book Strips £30+fee

7 Book Strips £35+fee

8 Book Strips £40+fee

9 Book Strips £45+fee

10 Book Strips £50+fee

Raffle Sponsors – Stephen Jones of Checkmate, The Swindon Museum of Computing, Bitmap Soft, Retro Lemon.

Terms and Conditions

Judges Decision will be final (SWAG Commitee)

Only available to those who have purchased an entry ticket.

Anyone who is on a reserved list or a ‘plus one’ will be allowed to buy tickets.

Refunds will only be given if SWAG is cancelled. If you cannot turn up then you will not be refunded.

If you are unable to turn up (e.g. due to illness), then we will hold your winning prize until another meet.

Your order number / details will be marked in the ticket book, you will receive a follow up email of your raffle tickets (manually)

This is open only to attendies of Workbench 2022

Your email address will also be added to our mailing list.

WORKBENCH 2022 – Book your tickets

Please be aware that there is a price did increase to £10 per person, CHILDREN ARE FREE but we need to know about them, so please put in the notes their name/age. The cost increases was to cover mostly Covid related supplies and any venue / food and drink prices increases, we will be following current government and council guidelines regarding the use of the venue. The booking system is limited to book a maximum of four people and please put their Full names in the NOTES section.

Please be aware that there is filming that does go on at our meets, we have been part of DVD documentaries, YouTube and Twitch channels which helps increase our exposure. Please let a SWAG team member know if you have a problem with this.

The Workbench event is primarlly focused on Amiga equipment, space is a premium so we wish to focus on the Amiga related activities.

For anyone booking a hotel, we suggest the Premiere Inn Bristol East (Emersons Green)

Food is a little different this time, we suggest putting in the notes any food allergies you may have, we are having catering done instead of the usual sandwiches.

After booking, sometimes the emails get caught up with spam filters, we sometimes have to force them thru. Make sure you complete PAYPAL and let it return to the website.

Your ticket purchase will enable you ONE entry into the Raffle, if you put additional names in the NOTES section, they will be added to the Raffle.

Workbench 2022

Start: 2022-05-21 00:00:00
End: 2022-05-21 00:00:00

The Big SWAG Event

Workbench 2022

You must book within ten minutes or your selection gets released. Under 18's accompanied by a ticket holding adult get in free. We just need to know how many you'll be bringing, names for badges and place that in the 'notes' part)

Booking is closed.

WORKBENCH 2022 – Chipping Sodbury – May 21st

We are finally putting final preparations for the Workbench event in May and tickets will be available this Sunday from 7pm.  Previously we have sold out of tickets within 4 hours which for a small group like us is an amazing achievement and we had some fantastic gatherings and also helped many projects showcase themselves.

The Booking Page will open Sunday the 3rd of April 19:00 BST.

We did manage to have a Workbench before the dreaded virus took hold, which was a success and we did raise money for both ourselves and the Museum of Computing in Swindon.  Keith from the Digital Orphanage will be taking the small stage once again as he will present a line-up of talks and short presentations, like last time we were teaming up with the Museum and shall be doing the same again by raising money with a raffle and presenting it later on in the day.

Retro Games Ltd have been working on the A500 mini, which is a smaller version of the Amiga that first blew away the competition back in the late 80s, it is a solution for those who require an Amiga but doesn’t want all the problems associated with getting it running on a modern TV, it is a straight out of the box solution that also comes with preconfigured games and it is now possible to load onto the unit your own backup games.  You will be able to see the A500 mini which will be on show on the table at Workbench if you’re undecided about ordering one and they will be doing a presentation during the day.

We been working with Steven Fletcher now for the last few meets, himself (and with the help of the Retro Shed team) have been filming and interviewing *you* To be included in the Kickstarter that he launched about Amiga today, after the success of the Commodore Story, he brings us ‘Amiga: Alive and Kicking’ which talks about why we are looking back at the old computer today and how it shaped some of our futures.

We had a lot of raffle prizes in the past and this time with no exception and this is going to be a fantastic raffle, we got donations from Steve Jones who has donated a new and complete A1500 Plus Checkmate case that came from the original Kickstarter run, this allows you to make your A500 (or other system) look like A3000. The Museum of Computing is also donating a Amiga 500 which is still a favourite for many people and also a boobie prize, more to be revealed.  Other donations will be announced shortly including items from ourselves and Retro Lemon and if you want to donate something then please message us.

Later on in the day, we will be doing the first ever PT1210 DJ Battle between two well known Amiga enthusiasts DJ’s H0ffman and Formula (Retro Ravi mostly known from the Retro Hour) and we will see who will not make any mistakes and keep us entertained ! Most DJ’s today use modern equipment like a laptop but back in the day we had turntables made by Technics called the SL1210, a software project that H0ffman took on called PT1210 allows you to beatmap and mix Amiga music using the Amiga and it’s fantastic sampling capabilities. 

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