In light of Sally-Anne and Suki's reponse, I thought I should make the dreaded call again.
First of all same response, you just hear in the next couple of days, if you don't call us back on Monday. Then I started questioning why someone who had sent their appeal form after me had already rec'd their appeal date. I was trying to get an understanding of how they go through the pile of paper work, the clerk didn't know because she was new but said she would get her supervisor to call me back.
5 mins later I get a call, it's the clerk again saying that a letter went out yesterday. With delight I responded so when I get home I will get the appeal date, then she responded I can give it you know if you like. Yes please I responded, it's the 22nd Jan she said.
22nd Jan ??? But hold on I had put down on the yellow form the two dates I couldn't do was the 22/23rd Jan. Oh she said let me check the form, yes your right. Course I'm right!
Conclusion they are going to try and move it to another date, I told her if it's after the 22nd forget I'll try and re-arrange my husbands b'day plans!
Wot a joke, it's like they want to make it as a painful as possbile.