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Secretary's Report 2013

There are 37 members of the society an increase of 4 from last year, but we have room for more.

A wide range of games continue to be played. The FoGA championship was well supported and thanks to John for organising this competition and congratulations to the winner Alan Cutner. The FoGR competition is reaching a conclusion and thanks to Neil for organising. The WAB competition eventually reached a conclusion and I was the winner. Following the death of Iain Forrest we renamed the trophy after him and it is being played this year using the Hail Caesar rules. 

We also supported the Schiltron FoG competition organised by George, which returned a healthy surplus, and the Scottish League. Command Decision and Black Powder continue to be played regularly together with a range of new rules like Maurice and old favourites. 

For the coming year in 15mm FoGA will continue and the FoG Renaissance 15mm championship is in progress as is the Hail Caesar competition. 25/26 January is pencilled in for the double header, so start planning those games. 

The double header in January was well supported with a FoG competition and several ‘big’ games, including Blenheim and Katzbach1813.  

We organised three display games. At Carronade in May the Battle of Muret 1213. Then on to Wappinshaw in June with the Battle of Glasgow Green 1938 and finally Claymore in August with Raid on Tito. Iain is taking a French-Indian War display to Targe in November. 

The website has increased its normal traffic levels to over 19000 hits a month. Most referrals come from Google, but a close second is the Miniatures Page. The most popular page this year was The Battle of Doboj, followed by the Battle of Vaslui. Yes, the Balkans has it again by some distance as well! 

I would like to thank the officers and members for their support during the year.

Dave Watson

 

Secretary's Report 2012

There are 33 members of the society. Whilst these numbers are adequate to maintain a strong society there is always room for more members in the current accommodation.

A wide range of games continue to be played. The FoGA championship was well supported and thanks to John for organising this competition that concludes at the AGM date. The FoGR competition has moved into its second 18 month round and thanks to Neil for organising. The WAB competition operated in a new skirmish format organised by me and moves on at its usual leisurely pace. We also supported the Schiltron FoG competition organised by George and the Scottish League. Command Decision and Black Powder continue to be played regularly together with a range of new and old favourites. 

For the coming year in 15mm FoGA will continue and the FoG Renaissance 15mm championship is in progress as is the WAB competition. 12/13 January is pencilled in for the double header, so start planning those games. 

Members participated in external competitions including Britcon and a range of FoG events. Alan Cutner won Britcon FoGA and John Muir is Celtic Champion, a tremendous achievement by both members.   The double header in January was well supported with a FoG biblical competition and several ‘big’ games, including Ukraine 1812, Boer War and Russian Front. This double header format was replicated later in the year. 

The society was represented at the Dumfries Albanich show with a 28mm Very British Civil War game. Sadly we were not represented at Glasgow Wappinshaw this year as there were no volunteers to assist with a game. It is very disappointing when we can’t support our local show. We recovered at Falkirk Cannonade when the WW2 group put on an unusual version of the Russian Front and at Edinburgh Claymore with Navas des Tolosa 1212. We are taking a display to Targe. Thanks to those who designed and helped with these games.  

The website traffic has maintained its normal traffic levels at over 16000 hits a month. 

I would like to thank the officers and members for their support during the year. 

Dave Watson

Secretary

August 2012

 

Secretary’s Report 2008

There are 34 members, a decrease of 6 on last year. Whilst these numbers are adequate to maintain a strong society there is clearly room for more members in the current accommodation. 

A wide range of games continue to be played. The DBM/M and DBR championships were well supported and thanks to John and Neil for organising these competitions. The WAB competition organised by me was also well supported although moving at its normal slow pace having reached the semi-final stage. The Age of Arthur campaign has filled some of the playing gap with a number of clashes and memorable abuse as recorded in the Bards Chronicle. There was also a Fire & Fury competition organised by Rab.

For the coming year in 15mm DBM and DBR are being dropped in favour of FoG and DBMM. WAB will continue although the scope of the competition is still under debate. I have pencilled in 17/18 January for the double header as there are no Christmas or New Year clashes this year. 

Members participated in external competitions including the UK Nationals and a range of DBM/M events. The double header in January was well supported with a DBM competition and several ‘big’ games including 15mm 19C PoW.

The society was represented at the Glasgow Wappinshaw, Falkirk Cannonade, Dumfries Albanich and the Phalanx show at St Helens. We will also be represented at Skelp in October and Kirriemuir in November. Our demonstration game theme this year was Napoleon in Egypt in 28mm and again was a feature article in the August edition of Wargames Illustrated. Many thanks to members of the display team with a particular mention for Andy but also Liam, Ian, Bill, John and David. The provisional theme for next year is Napoleonic skirmish in 28mm led by Liam using the new and entertaining Sharp Practice rules and anyone interested in assisting or promoting other projects will be very welcome.

The website traffic has grown again, by more than 50% this year, now averaging over 21,000 hits per month. I would like to thank the officers and members for their support during the year.

Dave Watson

 

Secretary’s Report 2007 

There are 40 members, a decrease of 5 on last year so there is room for some growth. The current membership list will be circulated with the AGM papers. Could all members please check we have their current contact details.  

A wide range of games continue to be played. The DBM and DBR championships were well supported and Ian Austin won both. Thanks to John Muir and Neil Grant for organising these competitions. The first year of the WAB competition was also well supported and won by Dave Watson. Again thanks to Liam Entwistle for organising this. This year’s WAB competition is under way with 12 players and an Age of Arthur campaign has started with the first skirmishes and verbal abuse well under way!   

Members participated in external competitions including the UK Nationals and a range of DBM events. The double header in January was well supported with a DBM competition and several ‘big’ games. 

The society was represented at the Glasgow Wappinshaw, Falkirk Cannonade and Edinburgh Claymore shows. We also went south to the Phalanx show at St Helens. Our demonstration games on the South American Wars of Independence were well received and featured in the August edition of Wargames Illustrated. Many thanks to members of the display teams; Liam Entwistle, Andy McGreary, Ian Austin and Bill Ramsay. The provisional theme for next year is Napoleon in Egypt in 28mm (well not quite the Balkans, but there are Ottomans!) and anyone interested in assisting or promoting other projects will be very welcome.

 The website traffic has grown again in its third year of operation averaging nearly 14,000 hits per month or put another way 18 people visit every hour of every day. The biggest requests coming for our display game pages that are now linked to many sites across the world. Perhaps surprisingly not always the latest games as our previous year’s efforts are still well used. For example our page on the Battle of Vaslui is the first external link on the Wikipedia Encyclopaedia entry.

 I would like to thank the officers and members for their support during the year.

 

Secretary’s Report 2006 

I am pleased to report that the society remains in good health. There are 45 members, a decrease of 1 on last year. The funds remain healthy despite a small operating loss this year and the Treasurer will make recommendations regarding this.

The current membership list will be circulated with the AGM papers. Could all members please check we have their current contact details.

Meetings have been well attended with a wide range of games being played. The DBM and DBR championships were well supported and Ian Austin won both. Thanks to John Muir and Neil Grant for organising these competitions. The new WAB competition has been well supported even if playing progress to somewhat slower! Again thanks to Liam Entwistle for organising this. Members participated in external competitions including the UK Nationals with the star turn being John Muir for coming 2nd in the Scottish DBM Open. The double header in January was well supported with a DBM competition and several ‘big’ games. Another double header with a DBM competition in September and a PoW campaign has just started.

 The society was represented at the Glasgow Wappinshaw, Falkirk Cannonade and Edinburgh Claymore shows. Our demonstration games on the theme Prince Eugene in the Balkans were well received and the rules featured in Wargames Illustrated. Many thanks to members of the display teams; George Dick, Liam Entwistle, Andy McGreary, Ian Austin and Bill Ramsay. The society also got an acknowledgement in the WAB supplement Vlad the Impaler for play testing and providing figures for the book’s illustrations. Some GDWS figures even made television in the new series of Rebus.

 The website traffic has grown substantially in its second year of operation averaging nearly 10,000 hits per month. The biggest requests coming for our display game pages that are now linked to many sites across the world.

 I would like to thank the officers and members for their support during the year.

 Dave Watson

 

2005 Secretary's Annual Report

I am pleased to report that the society is in good health. There are 46 members, an increase of 5 on last year and as a consequence the Treasurer will report a modest financial surplus despite higher accommodation costs.

The committee met on three occasions. Notes of meetings are available from me and key points are published on the web site. Flyers and other publicity materials have been produced.

 Meetings have been well attended with a wide range of games being played. The DBM and DBR championships were well supported and Ian Austin won both. Thanks to Hugh Cameron and Neil Grant for organising these competitions. Members participated in external competitions including the UK Nationals. Congratulations to Craig Tannock who came third in the Armati competition. The double header in January was well supported with a DBM competition and several ‘big’ games.

 The society was represented at the Glasgow Wappinshaw and Edinburgh Claymore shows. Our demonstration games Dyrrachion 1081 and Vaslui 1475 were well received. Many thanks to members of the display teams; George Dick, Liam Entwistle, Andy McGreary, John Conley and Bill Ramsey.

 The new website is in operation. It received some 60,000 hits this year, peaking after our two demo games in April and August.

 I would like to thank the officers and members for their support during the year.

 Dave Watson

Secretary - September 2005

 

2004 Annual Report

Glasgow & District Wargaming Society’s AGM heard that the society is in good health with strong finances and 41 members.

The meeting thanked Liam Entwistle and Dave Watson (assisted by George Dick and Andy McGeary) for organising the society’s display game, The Real Dracula, at the Glasgow show.

Club members had been successful in the UK Nationals. Mike Lillie winning silver medal in the Armati competition and Dave Watson a bronze medal in the 19th Century PoW competition. In club competitions Steve O’Grady won the DBR competition, the DBM league being close to completion. Hugh Cameron and Neil Grant were thanked for organising these events. A team will represent the club at the World Team Championships in Derby.

In 2005 there will be DBM and DBR competitions. Other proposals for competitions would be welcomed. A display game will be organised for the Glasgow show to be held on 2 April 2005.

 

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