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A preliminary edition of the Newsletter (No 00) was edited and published by the Society’s Hon. Secretary, Stephen Marks, in February 1975.  Subsequently, it has been published biannually with copies being sent to members.

Initially, the Newsletter was a four-page folded sheet of cream paper, the same size as our present publication; occasionally it appeared as a single sheet and sometimes six, but four was the usual number. Throughout, the Newsletter’s content has been a mixture of news, articles and reviews, much as it still is, although there were no illustrations until 1989 and the text appears rather forbiddingly dense in the earlier editions. No 29, published in November 1989, was the first to use the present layout design and photos. Colour illustrations were introduced in November 2016 (No 83) when the Newsletter was printed on a glossy paper to allow for better reproduction.

Stephen Marks continued as the editor up to edition No 28 in May 1989, when he handed over the reins to Penny Hunting, the Society’s current Chairman. No 29, in November 1989, was the first to have the circular design for the title and consisted of 12 pages and included some maps and photos which set a new pattern. The late Denise Silvester-Carr took over editorial duties from May 2004 when Penny Hunting became Chairman, Denise being succeeded by our current editor Bridget Cherry in May 2008 (No 66).

  • A detailed Newsletter Index by Simon Morris covers the period up to No 49 in 1999.  Please click here to read.
  • Digitised versions of the Newsletter from May 2012 (No 74) onwards are available below.  Thanks to a most generous allocation of his time and expertise, Society Member John Causer has digitised all copies of the Newsletter from the very first up to No 73.  These are (slowly) being loaded onto the site and make for fascinating reading.
  • Copies of our Annual Reports and Accounts for the past five years can be found on the Charity Commission website.

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