Welcome aboard, Scouser
! I was recruited into the Academy at a Timegate (2013) - recruited, hounded, pestered, given the old "You have to join us!
" appeal (thankfully without the stipulation of having to drink the KoolAid!).
Seriously, though; I met a few PA members at that Timegate and they were a great bunch, so I said, why not!? And here I've been since. I contribute where and when I can to help, and everyone seems to be as friendly as those I met at Timegate, so I think you've come to the perfect place.
I'm in Virginia Beach, by the way, and with the Cons in this area drying up Timegate 2013 was the first real Con we'd been to in close to five years (and we had to scrape to get the pennies together for that); but with Colin Baker being there, and not having seen him in person since meeting him and Jon Pertwee (among others) at a 'Who' Con in Valley Forge, PA back in June 1985, we just had to get to Timegate to see him again.
Unfortunately we missed this year's because it came too close to the due date of our first grandbaby - I think our son may have been off a little on the dates because his wife still hasn't "popped" yet, but she looks like she's swallowed a planet! A real one! She's got to have it any day now (although my mum says I was about three weeks late... and it's been the story of my life since!).
Maybe next year, or one of these years, we'll bump into each other at a Timegate.