MID-SOMERSET

WARGAMES CLUB

The longest running Wargames Club in the UK

Mike Warman started the Club in 1964 in Street, Somerset. Games were played by these early members using the sand table in his shed. Airfix plastic American Civil War and Roman Figures were the Order of the day, before Hinton Hunt Napoleonic figures arrived in 1966, the metal age had arrived

The Club outgrew the Shed and moved to the Red Lion Pub in West Pennard, Somerset where it's greatest fall took place. Two No 12' X 6' Sand tables were constructed in the Upstairs Room over the skittle  alley. Unfortunately the absence of a Structural Engineer within the membership proved fatal. The joists decided that they could no longer

take the weight of the wet sand and the increasing number of members, with a result that the ceiling collapsed sending tables and members into the skittle match in full swing below. Fortunately there were no fatalities but the Landlord decided that the Club was surplus to his requirements and a move was made to the Albert Inn, Street, Somerset

where wisely accommodation was taken on the ground floor. From here it moved to the Globe Inn, Wells, Somerset and has remained in the City ever since.

The Club has always taken an active interest in promoting itself in Local Community Events, notable examples include the Battle of Waterloo at Street, Library September 1969 and the Recreation of the Battle of Trafalgar in October 1970 with The Street historical Society and Millfield School.During the early 1990's Mid Somerset joined with Wells Model Society to put on MODEX in Wells Town Hall. The Club also became a member of an Association of Clubs in the Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire areas including the Devizes, Lincoln Barnes Wargames Clubs taking part in Inter Club Competitions and Demonstration Games including the Battle of Shrewsbury at Reveille,Bristol University, WW2 Eastern Front At The Hexagon, Reading and the battle of Antietam at Fisticuffs, Weymouth our club has tried to spread the message wargaming is fun

These Inter Club Games came at a time of change in the nature of the Club (and perhaps in the nature of wargaming itself), in it's earliest days all the members had generally come along to play in one large multi player game (most often Napoleonic) with Club produced rules. From the late 1970's however multiple games began to be put on using commercial rules such as WRG Ancients.From that time it has become the norm that three or four

games each Club meeting and the breadth of the periods and types has become too wide to list.It is pleasing to note that some games are still played using the Club rules.What has not altered is  the open and friendly nature of the Club meetings which is why there is a strong core of members who have been going for over thirty five years.