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Club Update – re-opening 19th May

Now that the club reopening is not far off (Fingers Crossed!) it is time for an update on what has been going on and what reopening might look like.


Club Nights

Based on the current government timeline the club will be able to reopen socially distanced on May 19th. As this gets closer we will give more details about the number of people we will be able to have, how to book and how many people will be allowed per table. We are currently still working this out as there are changes to the rules since last time we will able to meet.

If the current timeline is followed full club nights with no social distancing will be possible in June when restrictions are removed.

As we get more concrete information we will provide further updates.


Town Hall

Closer to the first possible meeting we will run a town hall. Depending on the notice we have to will look to run the Town Hall on Wednesday May 12th at 8PM. Once the reopening is confirmed we will send out another notification for the Town Hall with the meeting invite.


Club Subs

Closer to the first possible meeting we will calculate the club subs for the year. They will be reduced from normal and as per the announcement earlier this year they will be calculated based on the rest of the time left in the year.



The Committee is working on Warfare taking place as planned in November. The dates are 27th and 28th of November. The only scenario where we will not be going ahead is if there is a lockdown or restrictions that prevent it.

There has been a lot of work been going on behind the scenes to make Warfare happen and will provide a more detailed update when we get closer.

At present we would prefer that members don’t enter tournaments as more volunteers will be needed during the weekend than previous years. Once we know what will be needed for volunteers we will provide more information. If you have already booked a ticket in one of the tournaments and would prefer to help out you can contact for a refund.


Club Sundays

Currently no club Sundays are booked, we are going to wait until reopening has taken place before restarting these. We will let the club know when this will take place.


Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman


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Warfare 2021 – November 27th/28th

Warfare 2021

Warfare 2021 – Ascot Race Course 27th/28th November 2021


Warfare, our annual wargames show, is one of the largest in the country. This year, it is being held on the 27th and 28th November 20201

The Show in 2021 is moving to the Grandstand at Ascot Race Course, this move was due to Rivermead leisure centre being re-developed and the new centre will be smaller and we have out grown this location. With the new venue we will have a lot more space and will be able to expand Tournaments, traders, demo and participation games  and the Bring and Buy as well as add more to the show such as buy and play areas, more space for traders to run demos of games by their stands, and expand traders to include board and card games  plus other areas we currently do not cover


Entry will be £8/day (non war-gaming partners and children under 16 Free)

Also  Free parking 

So very exiting times ahead


Show Opening times

Saturday 10am to 5pm

Sunday 10am to 4pm

Traders will be confirmed over the year, but we expect to have more than 80 of them. In addition, our ever popular (and huge) bring and buy will be present.

There will be a number of demonstration and participation games, as well as a large range of competitions. Watch this space for details.


Car Parking – FREE

There are from 2,000 to  8,000 car parking spaces available at Ascot Racecourse

Park in Car park 2 and 3


From London & The North
M4 Junction 6 onto the A332 Windsor by-pass and follow the signs to Ascot.
From the West
M4 Junction 10 to the A329(M) signed to Bracknell and follow the signs to Ascot.
From the South & East
M3 Junction 3 onto the A332 signed to Bracknell and follow the signs to Ascot.
From the Midlands
M40 southbound, Junction 4. Take the A404 towards the M4 (Junction 8/9). On the M4 head towards Heathrow/London. Leave M4 at Junction 6 and follow the A332 Windsor by-pass to Ascot.


South West Trains runs a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading, Guildford and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the racecourse, via. a spacious paved path away from roads.


Ascot has special offers on Hotels see link Ascot Racecourse Hotel List

Also there are Premier inn and Travel lodge hotels within a few miles of the venue see list below

Premier Inn Bracknell Central hotel, Premier Inn Bracknell (Twin Bridges) hotel, and Premier Inn Bagshot hotel

Travelodge Bracknell Central, and Travelodge Bracknell


Trader enquiries

Other/General Enquires


Demo/Participation games

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WAR Club AGM Joining Details


WAR Club AGM Joining Details


Please see below the instructions for joining the AGM, at 7pm on Wednesday 9th “see” you then.


AGM Join Details

To join the AGM please use the link below:

Click Here to Join the Meeting

We are going to be using Teams again for this meeting but it will be a different type of event that is more of a meeting than the ones we have done for a town hall. The idea is to be more interactive so we can have members speak directly as part of the AGM.

You will go into the lobby of the meeting when you initially join and we will only admit those who are paid up members so please put your name fully when you join.

All attendees will join Muted to start with and we will then allow un-muting once the meeting has got underway.


Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman


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WAR AGM Announcement & Call for Nominations

WAR AGM Announcement & Call for Nominations
It is that time of the year again for the AGM, due to COVID everything will be held virtual, that is nominations, voting and the AGM its self. Our timeline for the AGM is as follows:
From now until 17.00hrs December 2nd nominations are open for next year’s committee, any specific items for the AGM agenda and for club member of the year.
The AGM will take place on December 9th at 7pm.
Voting will be allowed to continue until December 15th at 7pm.
We will run another short Virtual meeting to announce the outcome on December 16th at 7pm.
To vote you will have to put your email address, name and preference into an online form, which is why we are giving a longer amount of time than usual to vote particularly, as we will not be able meet at Winnersh for the AGM if still in lockdown or if lockdown is lifted on the 2nd December, the number of club members able to attend Winnersh will be limited.
Membership Fees for 2021
We are also looking for your say on club fees for next year. Most people have had less than 6 month of gaming and some nearer 3 months. With this in mind we are wanting to know what your view on having lower club fees for 2021 is. The outcome of the poll will be shared with next year’s committee so they can take it into account.
The committee see there being 2 options:
Membership fees are unchanged at £40
There is a 50% discount for those that paid full price in 2020. Membership would then be £20 for the entirety of 2021 but it would have to be paid by Jan 31st 2021 to take advantage of this. If you paid the reduced membership rate in 2020 you will be liable for the full price in 2021.
This year’s committee feel that option 2 would be fair however please bear in mind that this year the club will make a loss and if the discount were put in place it will leave the club worse off but shouldn’t affect the ability of the club to run “as normal”.
How to Get Involved
To Nominate for the 2021 committee please use the form on the link here
To Nominate a member for Member of the year please use the form on the link here
To send in items for the AGM agenda please send a mail to
To provide your view on membership for 2021 please use the form on the link here
Many thanks and hope you are staying well.
Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman
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Club Update – %th November National Lockdown

Dear Wargames,

Unfortunately as we are heading into lockdown again this means that the meeting this Wednesday be the last one that takes place until we come out of lockdown.


Club Nights

It has been great to see those that have managed to make it down to the club over the last couple of months, all being well we will be able to reopen in December. We will circulate more details of when that will be closer to the time.


Club Sundays

Thanks for all your interest attending the club Sunday that was due to take place on November 15th will not take place due to the new lockdown.


During Lockdown

Please do share any pictures of games or videos that you do over the lockdown with us. If you are happy for us to do so we will publish them on the club website and Facebook page.


Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman

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Club night update

We have had a few weeks of the club reopening, there have been a few FAQ and some updates. These are as follows:


Club Nights

Thanks to all those who have come down to the club nights so far.

  • Please Consider Attending Every Week – We have had a steady turn out and some of you have said that you have been limiting coming down to every 2 weeks. There have been spare tables every night so please come down every week if you want.
  • The Cost of Club Nights –  A number of you have asked this question, based on the reduced capacity Winnersh council have halved the cost of hiring for the club, this makes the smaller club nights sustainable.
  • Organising a Game – Several members have been in contact to say they are looking for a game but don’t have a way to contact other members. If you have Facebook there is a game group that you can use to contact other members. We are trying to figure out how we can make this easier for those who don’t use Facebook. For now please mail and we will try to match you up.
  • Where to book – To book for a Club Night please use the booking page available here


New Members

Based on the attendance so far we have decided to re-open to new members. The cost of joining between now and he end of the year we have set at £20 and is available through the club shop here.


Club Sundays

We have cancelled the club open day scheduled for Sunday 18th of October. We have added a new date of Sunday 15th Of November which would have been the Sunday of Warfare. This will only go ahead if we have enough attendees to make it viable. To express your interest please put your email in the form here


Many thanks and hope you are staying well.

Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman

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club reopening – Booking and rules

Club Re-Opening, Table Booking Details & Correct Link for Town Hall Recording
These are the details you will need to book to attend club nights and where to find more information
Following the result of much planning we have been allowed to reopen the club. This is not going to be the return of “Normal” Club nights, there are some major changes and compromises we have had to make in order to make this possible. All of these changes are to enable us to run club nights socially distanced and to reduce the risk of infection.
In order to attend Club nights you will need to book in advance. To book in advance please go to the following link and fill in the information required, we need the information for Track and Trace:
Booking is possible 7 days before a club night and there are only 18 tables. Initially only bookings for club members will be approved, if you are a non club member and make a booking it will be cancelled and we will respond explaining why. We will look at allowing new members once we see how popular club nights are, this will be reviewed at the next committee meeting. If you don’t have a booking you will not be allowed into the club night.
Club nights will run from 18:30 and your game will need to finish by 22:30. This is to allow the club night manager and deputy to setup all of the tables and tidy up afterwards.
When at a Club night please be aware of the following:
  • The club Night will be run by a Manager and a deputy – Both of these positions will be filled by committee members who will be in a rota. Their word on the club nights is final.
  • Masks are required at a club night – This is in line with government guidance and applies unless you have a valid medical reason. You will need to bring your own mask as Winnersh Parish Council are not providing them. You are welcome to bring any other PPE e.g. gloves and visor if you wish to.
  • Do not attend a club night if you are symptomatic and/or have a positive test – I hope this is common sense by now but if you are symptomatic or have had a positive test and have been told to self isolate do not attend the club. Please let the committee know if this is the case.
  • A game can only take place between 2 members – Only 2 members will be allowed per table, there are no exceptions allowed.
  • Your table will be setup for you when you arrive – All tables are 6×5 foot and will be setup with a green cloth and 2 chairs. Do not move your table, all tables will be placed in accordance with social distancing.
  • Please bring Terrain where possible – There will be limited terrain available, the cupboard will be unavailable however we will put popular terrain outside.
  • Please bring your own drinks and refreshments – The Kitchen is closed and there will be no shop available.
  • You will not be allowed to circulate to other tables – If you want to chat to another member not at your table both of you will need to go outside.
  • There will be hand Sanitiser provided by Winnersh Parish Council – These are dotted throughout the building and there is cleaning supplies to sanitise tables. Please do bring your own supplies if you want them at your table.
The above Please read the guidance document that details how club nights will run and the restrictions in place –
Winnersh Parish Council have worked with us about reopening and have given us guidance on how the night needs to run. They have then approved our plan to setup club nights. If you want more information on the Government guidance that Winnersh Parish Council are working to please Click on link
The current plan is certain to change and will either get more restricted to the point there will be no club nights or as restrictions ease we will be able to move more towards “Normal”. We will communicate changes as quickly as possible though mailing list, Facebook and the website however with Government policy changing so fast please do bear with us.
The parish council have offered more bookings of the hall to us as there are reduced numbers possible on any one night. With these bookings we can try to run more club events and one idea has been to do Club Sundays. All of the same restrictions would apply on a Sunday. If you are interested please pop a mail to and let us know. If Club nights are popular we may try to put one on and see what the reception is.
If you have any feedback on club nights, the booking process or any other part of the process please let us know.
Apologies – Correct Town Hall link below
Apologies to all who tried to join last night with the link sent out on the previous mail, must have had a moment when putting the mail together as the link was wrong.
The below link is to view the recording from last night:
Many thanks and hope you are staying well.
Chris Watling
Wargames Association of Reading Chairman
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Good News! – Club Re-opening

Good News!

Winnersh Parish Council are allowing us to resume club nights under very specific conditions, we will be having a virtual town hall on Wednesday 09/09/2020 at 8PM to brief on how club nights are going to run. The first night will be 16/09/2020, in order to attend this night and future nights you will have to book. Details for how to book will be made available at the town hall, mailed to members and on the website and social media afterwards.

To join either mail or details will be in the private WAR Club Game Group.

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Postponement of Warfare 2020 to 2021

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the postponement of Warfare 2020 to 20201 due to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 regulations.  We have held on for as long as possible in the hope that the situation for events of this size would normalise, however we now need to make a decision in order to give everyone time to plan their activities in November.

We are moving on to making sure Warfare 2021 will be a success. Warfare 2021 will be on the weekend of November 27th and 28th.  We will have the same Ascot Racecourse venue as was planned for this year and we are committed to making the most of the venue that will combine all the good things we have had in the past along with all of the new things we had planned for this year.

Thank you for your support of Warfare 2020. If you have already been kind enough to send us a deposit or pay for a tournament ticket for 2020 we will roll over your deposit and ticket to 2021. If you feel unable to commit to joining us next year, we will naturally return your deposit or refund your ticket.

Thanks to everyone who has either helped with the planning for this year or who has provided encouragement over the last few months.  Looking forward to a massive Warfare in 2021.

Tournament and Trade organisers will be in contact personally but if you have any queries please mail<>


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Please sign up for club updates

+++ Club Members +++
Hi All,
It has become increasingly apparent that posting on Facebook and the website is not enough to get everyone at the town halls and see announcements as a lot of our members don’t use Facebook. To this end we have setup a mailing list using a company called mailchimp. The basic version we have signed up for is free and includes settings to make it GDPR compliant.
In order for people to register they need to sign up using the below link. At which point we will check them against the membership list and if they are not there we will offer them to pay and join or we will boot them off the list.
We plan to use the list so that we can announce what’s happening with the club re opening, Warfare and town halls.