Thanks very much everybody for taking the time to comment, I do appreciate it.
Ed, yes the venue is agreed, I won't name it just yet till we have formally booked in the rooms, I don't want to offend anyone, but they have agreed.
Tom, it's in Shirley, S. E. Birmingham, not far from the M42 - still probably outside of your striking range from Oxford, but you'd be very welcome of course... Let's see if we can get something going...
Jerry, in think we can get away with not pinning the type of music down too much, because in the last few years something interesting has happened round here in that some of the barriers between players of the good old tunes and folk players have broken down, so a lot of the people we are aiming at play old time songs, pop, English folk and European folk as part of a general attitude of enjoying music. People who hate old fashioned stuff might be disappointed but to be honest they would probably know what to expect... I can imagine, though, that it could be hard to define the skill level, so that everyone can get involved and be satisfied. Well, they won't all be satisfied, I can tell you that before I start, we'll have to try to be responsive (if anyone comes at all...)
Yes, with the previous clubs tiredness, family illness, personal health, sheer old age, and all those things played a big part in them stopping meeting. There is also more for people to do than there was; the question is, do people need one more thing in their diaries? (and what will persuade them that they do?). I'm fine with running the nights - realistically I'm not going to be out and about spreading the word though, unless on the Internet, so that's where teamwork will need to come in if it's going to work. (But, it doesn't have to be big to be worthwhile.)
George, your point about the arms race on amplification is very valid. It is an acoustically dead and long room where the players will be down one end and the talkers up the other. I have sorted out sound in a very basic way for a few dodgy rooms and outdoor performances (I don't know what I'm doing but sometimes it works). We'll have to play it by ear.
Thanks everyone for taking the trouble to comment, including all the comments that I haven't responded to. if you don't mind, I'll let you know how it goes on.