I wonder if it would be possible to set up a webcam and skype so people who couldn't actually join could pay a fee to be there remotely? - have a few chairs set up round a PC terminal so that they can 'chat' live with other HMSers, and be able to see them - it might not be face to face, but surely it is a good second?
OK, so that idea is rather 'off the wall' and is probably completely impractical
Ombili, that is a really really nice thing to say. I wish we could somehow transport you in for it.