The midnight hour creeps ever closer, and so it's time for this month's Fiendinsh Final Thoughts:
• Our fursuit walk will follow the standard route. As always it's weather permitting, so we'll keep checking the forecast right up until 2pm Saturday.
• Bottled water is allowed! The venue are happy for you to keep bottled water with your fursuits. Other drinks, as always, are not allowed.
• Following recent discussions about meet age limits, we would like to remind people that Birmingham Furmeets are for people aged 16 years and over ONLY. There is absolutely no negotiation on this rule. People attempting to avoid this rule, or helping others avoid this rule, will face a permanent ban. The venue have given their full support to this rule, and will work with us to uphold it. You can find more details here: http://www.birminghamfurs.org.uk/…/birmingham-fur-meet-age-…
C G K N R S T Z
Following recent discussions about meet age limits, we would like to remind people that Birmingham Furmeets are for people aged 16 years and over only. There is absolutely no negotiation on this rule. People attempting to avoid this rule, or helping others avoid this rule, will face a permanent ban.
Having under-16s at the venue is a direct breach of their bar licence, which could open them up to fines and legal action. Any breaches of this licence will also implicate Birmingham Furs Ltd, which will not only lead to the loss of our current venue, but will permanently risk our reputation among all venues within Birmingham. As such, Birmingham Furs Ltd would cease to operate, which would mean the end of our furmeets.
Birmingham Furs Ltd has written Terms and Conditions in place with the venue, and they have given their full support to this rule. We will be working together to uphold the age limit.
Therefore, the venue will be running spot checks, much the same as when you buy alcohol from them. If we believe that a person is under 16, that person is responsible for providing proof-of-age ID. This is either a passport, a driving licence, or a card with a PASS logo. Other items (such as printed documents, images on a phone, or a letter from your mum) will not do, no matter how official-looking. As a rule, if you are clearly 16 or over, you won't have to worry about being spot-checked.
However, the future of these meets depends on ALL of us (not just the organisers, not just the younger attendees, not just the venue) working together on this matter. Therefore, if anyone is aware of this kind of behaviour, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can comment anonymously if you wish, and your comment will be kept in the strictest confidence. Any queries on this matter can be directed to your Attendee Reps, Gops and Kriss, either directly or via the same email address.
Thank you very much for your understanding.
The Birmingham Furs Organisers
Hi there friends! It's time for a look back on our meet last week.
We would like to thank everyone for coming! We were short on a few staff and you guys were amazing through the whole day!
Let's talk about our merch sales, that everyone seemed to enjoy. Thank you to all of those who bought our pins, lanyards, stickers, badges and prints! With the amazing amount of feedback that we got, we ended up raising a fantastic £196.86!
Thank you all so much for the suggestions on merchandise and we'll have more to offer in the future!
We also appreciate the detailed and constructive feedback we have received this week as well, it helps a lot and gets us closer to ensuring our meetups are fun.
We'll be reviewing and answering this set of feedback after our next team meeting, on Monday 4 September. So if you're yet to have your say, let us know before then!
We apologize for the cancelled fursuit walk, we didn't want to be walking around all soggy so we thought it would be best, but let's hope the weather is nice to us next meet.
Overall, we hoped you enjoyed the meetup, and if there are any concerns, do come to the attendee/newcomer rep and we will help you out.
Many thanks to those who read this post, and we will hopefully see you all next meet, which will be the 16th September!
~ The Birmingham Furs Organiser Team
Hi everyone! Soy here.
I'm here to come clear up the confusion caused by our recent blog post.
There have been many comments floating around that we will be now charging an attendance fee for meets. This is NOT the case.
In our blog post we stated that in the future, we plan to run a couple of large scale meet events annually. These will be one day events with a paid attendance fee - a very low fee at that - in return, the events will take place in a much bigger venue, allowing us to have things like dances and DJs, bigger food buffets, expanded Artist Alley and more!
This is something that won't happen immediately, as things like this take lots of planning and preparation. We mentioned it in order to gain some interest, as well some feedback! We want to know what you guys would like to see at Brumfurs.
Unfortunately there has been a lot of confusion due to how things have been worded in said post. It's led a lot of people to believe that there would only be four main meets a year, and all would require an entry free.
This is incorrect. Vastly incorrect.
Birmingham Furmeets will continue to go on as normal, like they do now. No entry fee, nothing like that. We will never change that. They will always be free to attend.
We advise that if you are ever unsure about something, to please ask us to clarify it. We don't bite, and we'd appreciate the politeness instead of vague comments.
Also we'd like to point out that we've had a few personal attacks directed at our staff. We do not tolerate this at all. If necessary, we will take action against it. Please remember that we are all human. We take time out of our lives to arrange these things for you.
If you have any questions, please contact us and we'll be glad to help. We apologise for any confusion caused by this.
The Birmingham Furs Team
Last night, we had our regular organiser chat. As well as our plans for this meet, we also discussed the future direction of Birmingham Furs.
We’ve come a long way in a relatively short space of time. Our meets, much like the furry fandom itself, have grown larger, and we now attract at least 80 furs each month, we’re larger than many conventions. This presents a number of challenges for our meets, most of which you’re aware of (size of venue, finances, etc.) Despite all of that, we’ve got a great community here, and that’s what we want to build upon.
Therefore, we have two proposals.
The first is to set up Birmingham Furs as a not-for-profit, limited company. This is the same way that Confuzzled, Londonfurs and Bristol Furs run. You won’t need to ‘join the company’ or anything like that. However, it does mean we will be a legally recognised group for the first time, with a separate identity, and it will also show to host venues that we’re an organised, recognised group.
The second is some restructure of the meets themselves. The meets as they currently run will continue, just to be clear. However, alongside those, we propose running four, larger, meets, based around our three key events (Park Party, Halloween, Christmas), plus a fourth meet in spring. They will be one-day events, and we will be asking for a contribution from each attendee, amount to be confirmed. In return, we can consider a far wider range of spaces, for use by Birmingham Furs and Birmingam Furs only: conference centres, hotels, places whose very lifeblood are events such as ours, and who know how to create a special, tailor-made experience. We can look at the Holiday Inn (BCEC), the Novotel, the Barclaycard Arena, Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the Custard Factory, and many more besides! We can offer more food, expand our Artist Alley, organise dances and DJs… the possibilities are endless!
This idea is still in its infancy, and will take several months to get up and running. Until then, the meets will carry on as normal. However all of us organisers support this idea, and it's a discussion which all of us attendees need to begin. With the chance for us all to create something truly unique and special, we’d love to get you guy on board too. So if you have any questions, or indeed suggestions for getting this idea off the ground, please get in touch.
We’ll see you around!
The Birmingham Furs team
Hello everyone guess what time it is today. That's right Its post meet post time. First of all, I want to thank you all for yet another meet, it is amazing that we had so many new faces. Well, time to get to the meat of the post.
First port of call which is a major one is a change of meet scheduling they are now going to be moved to the 3rd weekend of every month until further notice. As such the next meet date is Saturday 19 August 2017 and the one following that is Saturday 16 September 2017. This is due to what the sidewalk can offer us and it is nothing to worry about.
The second port of call the guy at the door and bag checks, I'm sorry that this has to take place but its the new rule at the venue . We have had a no outside food or drink rule for years and sadly some ruined it for us all by breaking that rule. Please do not blame the venue or us organisers. We will be collecting any outside drinks into a save bag to be collected at the walk/end of the day , please remmeber to come get them from us before 7.
The third port of call is please remember to have good hygiene, shower/bath and please wear deodrant.
Forth port of call we are going to introduce lanyards for our own meets. Please feel free to show your interest, as we are taking preorders, if you haven't already shown interest/would like to donate, then please respond to this post (facebook), on telegram, or contact @rynozerus.
We have an idea already of the numbers to get, we just wanted to check if anyone else is interested before we order them this weekend.
So many fancy little things comming to our meets. Be excited for whats to come.
Summer’s here, and the time is right for a furmeet in the park. So as is customary, here are our Final Thoughts:
- As a reminder, we start at Sidewalk/Equator at 12, and head to the park between 3 and 5. Walk route attached.
- The forecast is light cloud and 19C. So not overly warm, but if you’re fursuiting, do still bring your water.
- This meet, we have use of Equator Bar, next door to Sidewalk. If you’re looking for a more chilled-out space, head over there. You can fursuit in there, but bear in mind this is our quiet space.
- If you’re taking part in Artist Alley, please contact Soy. We also have a dedicated Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1322860377833537/
- The donation jar will be returning – please be generous!
- If you’d like to pre-order a Birmingham Furs lanyard, contact Rynozerus.
- Suggestions! We love them! And now there are several ways to make your voice heard. We have a suggestion box, an online form, and this month we’re trialling a Q+A session with the organisers. Join us under the flag at 5.30pm.
- Supporter/”I am” badge orders can be picked up from the Artist Alley.
That’s all for now – see you Saturday.
G M N R S T Z
Want to support your local meets? Want to nab some art while you’re at it?
We offer a range of meet merchandise – with all proceeds going to the Birmingham Furmeets! New items will be added over time, but here’s what you can get now:
‘I AM’ BADGES
£5 pre-made, £10 custom
These will be sold at the artist table for £5 , if you wish to have a custom one they will be £10!
you can pre-pay for the non custom ones or buy on the day
Custom's will have to be paid in avance atlest a day before the meet to get it on the meet day!
What can be changed for the customs?
The character will be changed to your character of choice.
The speech bubble can be what ever you wish !
The box text can be what ever you wish!
then they will be printed out and lamanated for you
Available on pre-order – Contact Ryn.
It’s been one month since we started our latest donation drive. So how much have we raised? Well, so far, you guys have donated a stunning £234.89.
Thank you so much! We’ll be putting this money towards our Park Party goodies, some running costs (including web hosting), and saving the rest for our future meets (Halloween and Christmas).
But… we can do better than this! We have a selection of Birmingham Furs goodies available, with all proceeds going to the meets. More details to follow. And if you have any change spare, you can send it to our PayPal, which is paypal.me/brumfurs
Hey there... it's been a while.
But here at Birmingham Furs, we haven't been hibernating since the last meet. Far from it. We have been squirrelling away in the background, getting everything nice and aligned for Park Party and beyond.
Since the last meet, the organisers have:
And there's more to do! In the next two weeks, we plan to:
And that in a nutshell (to keep with the squirrel theme) is what we've been up to! But remember, we're here for you guys. So as ever, if you have any questions about what we do, or suggestions for the meets, please let us know.
See you on the 29th.
Zieg and the team