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A MidFur is a furry fan from the English Midlands.

The Midfurs group is normally regarded as smaller than the LondonFurs or NorthernFurs groups.

Furmeets across the Midlands[edit]

Informal gatherings have taken place between MidFurs for several years. More meets have been started across the Midlands in recent years to cater for the growing number of furs. According to the UK Fur forum, in the first six months of 2014, furmeets have been held in Birmingham, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Peterborough, Stafford and Worcester. ConFuzzled, the largest furry convention in the UK, takes place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, within the MidFurs area. The Great Furscape furry weekend event takes place at the Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire, which is also within the Midfurs region.

Other informal and irregular meets take place across the region from time to time. These include Brumcon, a house party organised by Rizzorat and Rallicat.

Furmeets in Birmingham[edit]

Birmingham Monthly Furmeets (often styled as Brumfurs) are the largest regular furry gathering in the MidFur area. They meet on the fourth Saturday of each month at a location near the city centre. The meets include a fursuit walk to the city centre or to a local park.

The idea of a monthly Birmingham meet was first raised in 2009.[1] By spring 2010, a regular monthly pattern of meets had been established. They were originally run by Aigus. By 2011, with the group growing, they recognised a need for an organising committee, and in October 2011 an ‘informal committee’ consisting of Camrath, SnuggleBunny, Jasper Wallace and Skyekitty had stepped forward. The group established the Flapper pub that November as their venue. Satoshi joined the organisers in April 2012 as ‘post meet planner’ and later as ‘pre-meet co-host’. They were joined in November 2012 by Redstar and Bloo Bander. Jasper Wallace left the organisers in December 2012, followed by Camrath, Skye, Satoshi and SnuggleBunny in the first half of 2013. This left Bloo Bander and Redstar as the sole organisers. In August 2013, the group moved to Sidewalk Bar, their current location, and began styling themselves as Brumfurs. Redstar stood down in October 2013 and was replaced by Torikabuto and Guystar. Bloo Bander stood down in March 2014, and Ziegenbock joined the team in July 2014.

Birmingham Coffee Meets take place every other Wednesday. Furs will meet from 5.30pm onwards at the Starbucks in Selfridges in the city’s Bullring Shopping Centre. At 8pm, furs will move to one of several restaurants. Popular choices include Nando’s, Pizza Hut or a local pub. The Coffee Meets were first organised by Rallicat in February 2009. Attendees used to meet for drinks in Birmingham New Street, the city’s largest railway station. However due to the station’s redevelopment, the venue was moved to its current location. The meets are an informal gathering and have no set organiser: furs will meet at this time and place by tradition.

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External links[edit]

  1. http://forum.ukfur.org/topic/20727-ideapossable-monthly-birmingham-meet-for-fur-suiters/

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