Important Announcement: Conception 2016

By on 22 October 2015
Conception Darran Sims

On the 8th October, we (the conception committee) were contacted by Hoburne Holidays by telephone regarding our event.

We were informed that they would have to cancel our event booking entirely due to major building works in the club house.

After frantic discussion, they later stated that they would explore options to allow the event to continue, albeit with a change of venue.

They arranged a meeting the following Monday to discuss our options and clearly explain the situation.

Needless, to say, we were initially left in a state of stunned disbelief after receiving this news. Fellow committee members were informed almost immediately, but we felt unable to make any formal announcement before the aftermath of the meeting with Hoburne Holidays, scheduled for the following week. We also wanted a written declaration from them stating the reason for the cancellation and what means of redress were available.

The meeting went ahead as planned but unfortunately we have still yet to receive an official statement from their Head Office which we hoped would confirm the following details covered in the meeting and reassure those affected.

Basically, we were told that this was a relatively recent company-wide decision, made to engage in a major modernisation and renovation programme on the main club-houses during the Winter season (including Hoburne Naish). These works are optimistically predicted to complete late February-early March at the earliest. The exception was at Hoburne Park, which had already undergone similar works.

The works would therefore unlikely be completed in time for us to hold the event without serious disruption to both our activities and the travelling/holiday arrangements of our attendees.

Other similar bookings during that period have simply been cancelled.

However, it was suggested that we have exclusive use of Hoburne Park, to host the event, whilst retaining the accommodation at Hoburne Naish, both of which will remain unaffected by the building work.

They have verbally offered to provide free transportation between the two parks, which is, normally, about 10-15 minutes by car. The exact details of this are yet to be finalised or confirmed, though it has been suggested that a coach service to cover the mornings between 8.00 am till 9.00, last thing at midnight and a continuous mini-bus “shuttle service” for the remainder of the event.

Several members of the committee have made site visits to Hoburne Park and are confident that it does have sufficient capacity to host our normal gaming activities.

We also have been promised additional staff from two local parks affected by the building work including some Hoburne Naish staff that have considerable experience of our activities and expectations. This allows for higher staffing levels providing food and at the bar. There will also be waiter/ess service direct to the gaming tables should you wish it.

We understand many serious concerns may be raised about this news, but would ask you bear with us while we try and finalise details.

Our hope is that, although we know that there will undoubtedly be some disruption, particularly with transport between the two sites, we can work with our devoted volunteers, valued GMs and steadfast attendees during this event to minimise disruption to a point where the event can still be as successful as previous years. There is adequate parking for those who wish to make their own way between sites, though we hope that the transportation coverage supplied will make this unnecessary.

Of course, should you wish to cancel your accommodation reservation we understand perfectly and will endeavour to refund payments as soon as possible.
If you wish to cancel, please do so before December 2015, this enables us to offer your reservation to others on the waiting list. In such cases, we will make a full repayment.

We, the committee, apologise for the situation forced upon us all.

About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He blogs at

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