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
First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the meets. So far we have raised £345.17 from you. These donations have gone a long way to supporting our meet activities. And, we would like to update you on some of our purchases.
The organisers do not earn any money from Birmingham Furs. We are all volunteers, and we are all furs like you. 100% of the money goes to the meets, or is saved up to buy bigger and better items.
We started a separate Birmingham Furs budget in June 2016, to coincide with our first donation round. This allowed us to buy a small inventory of equipment, which we use each meet. The organisers approve all of these purchases collectively. The items are:
We also purchased some ‘consumable’ items during the year. These include:
We also use some items acquired before June 2016. These include:
So now you know where your money goes! Of course, we’re open to suggestions for what to buy next. And in the meantime, if you’d like to drop us another penny or two – the address is www.paypal.me/Brumfurs
(First posted December 2016 - last updated June 2017)
You'll be seeing a couple more posts about donations. And some of you may be wondering why we need them. After all, the meets are free, right?
Actually, although they're free to attend, we do have running costs.
• Equipment (e.g. fans and fursuit area screens)
• Water and fursuiter snacks
• Consumables for themed meets (e.g. Park Party snacks, Christmas decorations)
• Web design and hosting
• Stationery/printing costs
Smallish costs, but they do add up. In the past year alone we've spent about £400 on the meets.
You see the fursuiting area we can now set up? That was paid for by you guys. But please do not think it is only for fursuiters! The more we raise, the more decorations we can have, the more refreshments we can provide for the Park Party, and the more contest prizes we can offer through the year!
We have big plans for our meets. We want to provide more drinks and snacks to keep our fursuiters going. We want more stationery and gear to help our artists. In future, we could even afford a bigger venue for larger meets! However, for this to happen, we need your help.
So please, donate, buy our supporter art (more will be available soon), and let's make Birmingham Furs even better!
What's more, it all comes back to you guys! The organisers do not earn one penny from organising the meets. Quite the opposite - even with your support, there's still a shortfall which the organisers have to pay.
And yes, we will be cheeky and add the donation link. It's paypal.me/Brumfurs And if you have any spare pennies, there will also be a donation jar at each meet.
Thank you so much!
Mazzy and Zieg
Heya everyone, it's time for the post meet post. Well first of all thank you all for attending and making this another great meet (when we got back to the sidewalk) but let's move forward onto the main chunk of what went on and what has gone on over this long, hot, weekend.
First of all, the venue. Oh my God that venue. To clarify for you guys, we had informed the venue staff how much space we needed and they did not deliver at all, from the space, to the drink price fluctuating. We did our best to work with the situation, to the point where we couldn't do anymore. All the staff spoke as a collective to move back, and we were running around a fair bit. We as staff want to thank all those that helped us pack down as quickly as we did and got our fluffy butts back to the Sidewalk.
Moving forward away from the Malt House, we will be back at the Sidewalk for the future meets. Next meet is our lovely summer picnic, where we are out in the park, so bring sun block and water, a lot of water. Look forward to icepops... ALOT of them *hides the cooler box full till the meet day*
Now, onto the donation part of this little post meet post, to clairfy what they are for. The donations help fund us getting things for the meets, such as curtains and seats, stuff for our special meets (like the summer party, halloween and the christmass party). They are for every part of the meet and we get none of the funds. There will be many things for donation drives and art (such as what our lovely gryphon Mazzy is doing and more to be seen in the coming months)