Newsletter

The BSS Newsletter is sent to members by post 4 times a year and we also reproduce each issue here on the web site with an archive of back issues for reference purposes. I hope that you will find this section of the site to be of interest and I would be happy to receive your comments. Please remember that it is your Newsletter, so anyone wishing to communicate with other members of the Society is welcome to do so through these pages.

Members wishing to contribute to the Newsletter can send their contributions to newsletter@sundialsoc.org.uk. Copy dates are: February 15th, May 15th, August 15th, and November 15th respectively.

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CHAIRMAN

My main activity over the past three months has been working with Christine Northeast and Bill Visick to produce a normal-length Bulletin for March.

There is nothing like doing something yourself to discover exactly what is involved. I have to repeat what I said in the December Newsletter, but with even more admiration and awe, and stress just what a Herculean burden John Davis has shouldered for so many years.

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CHAIRMAN

The Bulletin‘s editorial explains why the December issue is thinner than usual and that the editorial role has evolved beyond a single volunteer. Having been personally involved in the production of the December Bulletin, and taken professional advice, I can see that the role is enormous and that there are many stages and skills. It is capable of being organised in a more collegiate form.

First and foremost are our contributing authors, without whom there would be no Bulletin. We have some articles in the pipeline but more are needed. Please could would-be contributors send their articles to editor@sundialsoc.org.uk

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CHAIRMAN

Two significant flagship policies have recently come to fruition: our new website is up and running and the Society is now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating Bill Visick and Chris Williams for their Herculean labours. Together these go along way to making the Society fit for purpose in the modern world and better able to meet our charitable object – educating the public in the science and art of gnomonics.

We have put an initial selection of dials recorded by the Society on the website – again I’m sure you will all join me in congratulating John Foad. We plan to put further dials on the website along with our older Bulletins and other educational material recently donated by Tony Moss.

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CHAIRMAN

Our 25th anniversary conference in Greenwich was hugely enjoyable and a great success. The venue, the splendid Wren buildings of the former Royal Hospital for Seamen, was certainly something to be savoured. Even the view from the gents was breathtaking! This conference was more than usually ambitious, with extra outings and tours, and we must all be grateful to Chris Lusby Taylor for the organisation and for overcoming a number of run-time challenges that were outside his control.

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CHAIRMAN

Our Silver Anniversary year has arrived and it is a great tribute to our Founding Fathers and many, many others that we have flourished so mightily since our foundation.

The Society has numerous monumental achievements to its credit. In particular, it has created a body of knowledge and expertise exemplified by our Bulletin, our Registers and by the free advice we give to the public.

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CHAIRMAN

This edition of the Newsletter heralds our 25th anniversary year in 2014. You will read about preparations for the Annual Conference which is to be held in Greenwich and other events that have been prepared.

Quite separately, but of the greatest significance, is the progress that Council has made on addressing the Society’s exposure to risk. There is a separate flyer which gives further details.

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