A preliminary edition of the Newsletter was first published by the Society’s Hon. Secretary, Stephen Marks, in February 1975. Followed by the first edition in the November it has been published biannually ever since.
Initially, the Newsletter was a four-page folded sheet of cream paper, the same size as our present newsletter; 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.
The first editor, from 1975 up to edition No 28 in May 1989, was the late David Webb who was succeeded by 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. A project is underway to digitise every edition back to 1975, No 29 below is the first example.
Copies of our Annual Reports and Accounts for the past five years can be found on the Charity Commission website.