Bristol Big'Uns
Welcome to our forums. The Bristol Big'Uns are a group of people who enjoy fantasy, science fiction and historical wargames. We tend to play mostly table-top wargames but you will sometimes see CCGs, CMGs, RPGs or board games. If this sounds like a hobby you currently enjoy then why not come along. The club is based at Iron Acton, between Bristol and Yate, in the recently refurbished Parish Hall and is held Sunday evenings from 6 pm until 10 pm. There are tables and chairs available plus various sized scenic mats and terrain for table-top wargames. There is a 'tuck shop' happily providing crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks plus tea and coffee at a reasonable price.

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Arranging Games » NO CLUB on these dates. » 26/4/2022 1:55 PM

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You're right Old g*t.
May 15th and November 20th 2022 there is no club.

Club Discussion » WHFB is on its way Back... » 29/1/2022 4:04 PM

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A wonderful trip down memory lane. The site seems to be to work of 1 fanatical Scandinavian. 

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Arranging Games » Boxing Day & 2nd Jan. » 13/12/2021 10:29 AM

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Bristol Big'Uns are closed on 26th December. We are open again on 2nd January.

We may also be closed next Sunday as we are short of key holders.

Arranging Games » New Covid19 rules 19/07/2021 » 09/12/2021 9:04 AM

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Meryl was putting up signs on Sunday just gone. I think masks, wipe down etc are back in effect. I think most members are double jabbed and boosted now also.

Arranging Games » New Covid19 rules 19/07/2021 » 19/7/2021 12:03 PM

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Iron Acton Parish Hall
 
We are pleased to let you know that the Hall will re-open on 19th July 2021.
 
The Parish Hall Trustees wish to ensure that all users can be safe during their hiring period.  We strongly advise hirers to follow the guidance below which has been issued to Village Halls as Government rules change on July 19th 2021. 
 
 
If you have any concerns please advise the Hall Booking Secretary (Meryl Cook) on 01454 228405  or email them to ironactonparishhall@hotmail.com .
 
Our Standard Conditions of Hire now apply again plus: -
 
 The hirer must keep a record of the name and telephone number of every person attending the session for Track and Trace purposes until August 16th 2021.
 
The following notes are purely advisory.
 
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[*]Face masks are advised as is social distancing.
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[*]Please encourage your members (guests) to continue to use the hand sanitiser provided on entering the Hall.
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[*]The hiring group should clean surfaces that are used regularly, during and at the end of hire.  Sanitiser or soap and water will be available on entry and exit to the hall.
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[*]The hire charge of the hall will remain the same as before the outbreak.
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I would be grateful if you could confirm by email that you have received, read and agree to the above information.
 
The Parish Hall uses personal data for the purposes of managing hall bookings, finances, events, and publicity. I would also be grateful if you could confirm that you agree to us holding your personal data for the purposes of managing hall bookings, finances, events and publicity.

Club Discussion » BIG Reopening... » 09/5/2021 5:46 PM

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I'm assuming pre-booking is essential and numbers will be limited? I'm not a BIG-ist (or is it BIG- ite?).

Club Discussion » It's February Already » 26/3/2021 8:57 AM

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Pen and paper = old skool! Zoom game = new skool! Old g*t = blended learner https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
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Arranging Games » The return 🤞🙂. » 26/3/2021 8:50 AM

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As a wise man once said: Yabba dabba doo!

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Arranging Games » NO Club until further notice. » 03/12/2020 3:05 PM

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The Parish Hall Committee have decided to close the hall until 2021. More info when we get it.

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Arranging Games » NO Club meetings during November. » 02/11/2020 10:40 AM

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Due to the national lockdown situation club meetings are suspended until December.

With any luck we can meet on 6th December but this has yet to be confirmed.

Club Discussion » Spam » 16/10/2020 12:33 PM

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They had over 200 posts by the time I deleted them - a workmanlike approach to spam!!

Arranging Games » NO CLUB THIS SUNDAY 13th September 2020 » 11/9/2020 7:07 AM

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Due to circumstances beyond our control there will be no club this Sunday.

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Arranging Games » Paying Subs » 09/9/2020 9:11 AM

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EDITED 25/04/2022.

We are returning to cash on the night from now on. Subs are £3.00 per night.

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Club Discussion » MASSIVE COCKUP! » 07/9/2020 6:55 PM

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We managed to not lock up our scenery cupboard, leave fire doors propped open and lights on at the hall last night. The Parish Hall Committee has threatened to revoke our hiring privileges as this voids their insurance and breaches the Covid 19 rules.

It is vital that we come together as a club for the clean down and lock up. It can't be left to the same 1 or 2 people each time.

Dreads

Arranging Games » RE-OPENING Report » 20/7/2020 7:22 AM

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I thought last night went well. It was good to see and talk to people. Everyone had a mask and the few things to remember are straight forward - sanitise hands on entry, someone sign in the log book, open the windows and fire exit for air flow, take a list of names and phone numbers of who attended and don't touch nothing you don't have to! ;-)

As I didn't stay to the end how was final clean down? Any issues for the PH committee?

Dreads 

p.s. we are the only group using the hall at the moment.

Arranging Games » DRAFT RE-OPENING PLAN - Opinions? » 13/7/2020 1:56 PM

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Update from the Parish Hall Committee:

Iron Acton Parish Hall – Re-opening from Sunday 19th July 2020
 
We are pleased to let you know that the Hall will re-open on 19th July 2020.
 
To comply with Government advice, the Parish Hall Trustees wish to ensure all users can be guaranteed a safe and sanitised environment in which to return and access our facilities.
A copy of our risk assessment is attached but may be subject to change at any time in line with Government and Village Hall Guidelines. The Hall Management Committee have made every effort to ensure the hall is safe to use and that hirers know how to use it safely but hirers remain responsible for ensuring the safety of their users and ensuring that all guidance is followed. All other guests, visitors and contractors are requested to follow all normal precautions as advised by Government from time to time, our posters and hirers instructions.
 
If you have any concerns please advise the Hall Booking Secretary (Meryl Cook) on 01454 228405  or email them to ironactonparishhall@gmail.com.
 
Please let me know when you are ready to re-commence your activities.
 
We have had to make some amendments to our conditions of hiring. An appendix to your hire agreement is attached for your information. Please read these conditions thoroughly to ensure you are aware of what is necessary to keep the Hall free of the Covid 19 virus and therefore open.
 
In addition, please note:
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[*]The hirer must sign a record of usage each time the group uses the Hall. This will be kept in the lobby area. This is to confirm the name & number of the responsible person present at that session for ensuring the guidelines are followed.
[*]The hirer must keep a record of the name and telephone number of every person attending the session for Track and Trace purposes.
[*]The hiring group will be responsible for cleaning surfaces used regularly, during and at the end of hi

Arranging Games » DRAFT RE-OPENING PLAN - Opinions? » 13/7/2020 1:53 PM

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Old g*t wrote:

Great job Dave.

1.Are there any special requirements regarding use of toilets?
2. Is there need to mention don't go into other rooms, or use the phone (or touch anything you shouldn't).
3. Will the proposed advance payment approach work for occasional attendees?

1. Not that I'm aware of. With everyone washing their hands and the amount of cleaning done in toilets they are probably pretty safe.
2. I don't want to over egg the pudding. I think people appreciate the situation we're in.
3. It should do. We are required to record names and phone numbers of all attendees every week.

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Arranging Games » DRAFT RE-OPENING PLAN - Opinions? » 10/7/2020 12:41 PM

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Have I missed anything?

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Arranging Games » DRAFT RE-OPENING PLAN - Opinions? » 10/7/2020 12:40 PM

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Big ‘Uns Re-Opening Plan
 
We are waiting to hear exactly when we can re-open but 19th July looks likely. The first 3 meetings will be free whilst we adjust to the new normal.
The Parish Hall Committee are providing sanitiser at the entrance. Please use it upon entry to the premises every time. So, if you must make 3 trips to the car you will need to sanitise 3 times.
Big ‘Uns are providing cleaning materials. You are expected to wipe down tables and chairs at the start and end of the meeting.
MANDITORY. A record of who has attended a meeting must be kept for track and trace purposes. Also, the Parish Hall register must be signed by a responsible person (I believe it’s by the front door).
MANDITORY. All attendees are expected to have read the 2 risk assessments and signed off that they have done so. They are available at the link below and copies will be available on club nights.
https://bristolbiguns.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=440
MANDITORY. You must supply a face covering of some sort in case it is not possible to maintain 2m social distancing. Anyone without a face covering may be asked to leave.
MANDITORY. All games must be finished by 10pm on the night. By finished this means miniatures and dice packed away and just tables/chairs and terrain remaining out. We then must clean down.
Cleaning: All members will be responsible for wiping down the tables and chairs they use both before and after their games. Members will be responsible for wiping down any boxes that are not stored in the terrain cupboard before and after their games. This is because other hall users may touch these items.

Items stored in the terrain cupboard and within terrain boxes on the shelving rack are considered safe as Covid19 has a life span of 3 days on hard surfaces, so will be dead when we next use the items.

The battle mats do not need to be wiped over.
The Parish Hall Committee have decided to close the bar and kitchen areas. This means you can mo

Arranging Games » UPDATE: Hall reopening » 09/7/2020 8:10 AM

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From the Parish Hall Committee:

"Dear War gamers
We will be opening the Hall from the end of next week so you may hold your first meeting on Sunday 19th July.  We will be sending out an appendix of additional regulations on top of our regular Hiring Agreement.  We will not be allowing the use of either the bar area or the kitchen due to the amount of deep sanitising that would be required after each session.  You will be able to bring in your own food and drink as long as any waste is disposed of appropriately or taken away from the premises.
The details will follow at the beginning of next week.  You will need to keep your track and trace register of all those attending your meetings. A responsible person will have to sign the Parish Hall register for each meeting.
The details to follow.
Regards
Meryl "

I will keep you posted when more details arrive.
Dreads

 

Arranging Games » COVID19 Discussions » 02/7/2020 2:58 PM

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davec1980 wrote:

Hi peeps, just an idea if you put all this information up on the Facebook group as some people don't use the forum it would be handy. On both of the group pages. 😁

I prefer to keep everything in one place otherwise it becomes an administrative nightmare. Please direct anyone that you know doesn't come here to sign up.

Dreads

Arranging Games » POLL - When will you be coming back to the club? » 02/7/2020 10:03 AM

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Just a quick poll - I don't want your life story https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/devious.png


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Arranging Games » COVID19 Discussions » 02/7/2020 9:57 AM

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The hall is due to reopen on Monday 6th July. As yet I have not heard from Meryl. I will contact her on Tuesday 7th July to find out if it is okay for us to use the hall on 12th July.

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Arranging Games » COVID19 Discussions » 26/6/2020 6:59 AM

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Steve and I had a chat about payment of subs and we have decided the follow method will be used:

Payment in advance using Paypal. We will use my Paypal account and we ask that members buy 5 sessions at a time (£15). Steve will check off who attends each week. When you attend for your last paid for session you will be asked to buy 5 more. 

Please send subs as a gift to davegee.gee@gmail.com via Paypal.

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Arranging Games » COVID19 Discussions » 24/6/2020 8:51 AM

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Ogrekan wrote:

Maybe dont touch other peoples figures, dont share dice/templates/tape measure etc?

That's covered in the RA.

Dreads
 

Arranging Games » COVID19 Discussions » 23/6/2020 12:12 PM

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Ujkakevin wrote:

No additions to Dreads initial thoughts but one that probably needs to be brought to the hall committee - how long has the water been standing as it may require a good flush through before use.

No problems with face coverings - they are annoying but becoming the norm when interacting with people.

For payments, is it worth setting up a PayPal money pool and pay subs in that way?

From Meryl:
"Hi Dave
We having been changing and flushing the water weekly during lockdown. We don’t have any showers so the risk is much less anyway.
Regards
Meryl"

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Arranging Games » IMPORTANT INFORMATION Covid 19 » 22/6/2020 9:05 AM

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Can we keep this thread just as a record of who has read the risk assessments please. I've started a separate thread for discussions.

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Some questions answered:
Q: Where is the club?
A: It is at Iron Acton Parish Hall. The postcode is BS37 9UH.

Q: Is there an age limit?
A: Persons under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Q: This club sounds great, how much does it cost to join?
A: There is no membership fee. The club runs a play and pay system whereby you only pay subs if you have a game.

Q: Wow! How much are subs?
A: Subs are £3.00 per night.

Q: I'd like to play but don't have any stuff. Does the club provide this?
A: No. You must bring any models, cards, board games, books, dice etc that you need. The club provides tables, chairs, various sized scenic mats and terrain for table-top wargames plus a bunch of like-minded individuals.