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

I am sure that all members of the Society will wish to congratulate Chris Daniel on being awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List in June. This is a fitting tribute to his contribution to so many aspects of sundials and related activities over so many years.

Other entries in this Newsletter report progress on various fronts and, once again, I must emphasise how much the Society appreciates all that our Volunteers do for us and the continuing need for others to come forward with offers to help.

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CHAIRMAN

I am sure that all those who were at the Edinburgh Conference will agree that we had an excellent venue in a spectacular setting and we all enjoyed the Conference dinner in the splendour of the Playfair Library.

The highlight, for me, was undoubtedly the Andrew Somerville lecture. Tony Freeth enthralled us all with his talk about the Antikythera Mechanism. Here was a true enthusiast holding his audience in rapt attention. The applause at the end was loud and prolonged.

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CHAIRMAN

My second year on Council is drawing to a close and I look forward to outlining progress at the Edinburgh Conference.

As at Cheltenham last year, a session will be set aside for discussion. One topic to be aired is the Society’s Grants Policy. Council is reluctant to spend members’ money without having some feel for the views of the membership.

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN

Once again, the annual gathering in Newbury was very successful with a sunny day, good talks and fascinating exhibits. Our thanks are due to David Pawley for making the arrangements. He has already confirmed that there will be another meeting in Newbury next year.

A most notable event this autumn was undoubtedly Mike Shaw’s cameo performance on the Antiques Roadshow on 14th October. A stellar performance notwithstanding the rain!

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN

As I write, I am about to set off for the 2012 NASS Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina. This sounds to be a fascinating place in its own right, a splendid setting in which to talk about and hear about sundials.

The new BSS Council has met twice since our own Conference in Cheltenham and our immediate priorities are to enhance the website and to give thought to celebrations in 2014.

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FROM THE CHAIRMAN

The Cheltenham Conference was a most enjoyable occasion for all those who attended, with the customary excellent talks on a wide range of dialling topics. We were especially fortunate to have Professor John Heilbron to give the Andrew Somerville lecture. He spoke about Pope Clement XI and Francesco Bianchini, one of my favourite Italian diallists!

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