Philippa, I don't do Facebook (far too grown up for me). To bump the thread, to keep it active and therefore likely to attract responses, just come on to the thread, write the word 'bump' and submit in the normal fashion. Everyone on the forum understands that and won't think it peculiar.
I like your idea of all meeting up at the M5 junction. I'm tentatively thinking of May sometime, but you and Rosie know the conditions down there far better than I, so will bow to your judgement. What is WHY?
I can't help with loads of dosh either, as need new boiler.