It’s been a while since we last blogged so we have a few updates this time:

  • All the July Journals have now been dispatched to members. Those of you who did not take up last year’s multi-year membership offer will need to renew your membership – renewal forms were enclosed with the Journal where applicable. Our membership year runs from 1st August to 31st July.
  • Research into the family tree is ongoing and the family tree in the members area has been updated on a more or less daily basis since the beginning of the year.
  • The Willingale archive now numbers an impressive 1,500 items. We hope to start a new project looking at historic press articles shortly, now that the National Newspaper Library is available online.
  • Finally we have been considering how to recognise the tenth anniversary of our formation. Some of you will have responded to a questionnaire seeking your views, in particular whether we should organise a get-together.  Holding meetings is seen as an objective of the society but it would seem that we need rather more members to make it viable, so whilst there was some support for the idea it was not enough to justify the costs and effort involved as we have more pressing uses for our limited funds.  What we did decide to do was to publish an anniversary edition of the journal, which will contain some of the best articles from our first 10 years.  The aim is to produce this in time for it to be used as presents next Christmas.